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Thanks to curlers and designers Debra Gerylo-Smith and husband Gary, the Ottawa Valley Curling Association just may have a tag line that is at the cutting edge of where many curlers are at. Congrats!

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Posted below is the press release issued by the Canadian Curling Association announcing its “new” National Team Program. This initiative is designed to keep Canada winning medals at the international level. But is this the way to go?

Is this a short sighted policy? What about players development to replace these 12 teams as they move on? Is there a policy and a plan in place for that?

The CCA wants to keep winning medals to ensure Sport Canada/Olympic funding. This is another reason why in the recent past, the CCA has taken a more active hand in, for instance, announcing team changes. This is something that players themselves had done in the past. Everyone has to tow the party line.

While the teams chosen obviously deserve it – what about those teams coming up? Where are their resources?


For Immediate Release
Aug. 14, 2014
CCA announces
2014-15 National Team Program squads
Six men’s and six women’s teams will be part of the Canadian Curling Association’s National Team Program (NTP), it was announced today.

The teams qualified for the NTP based on their standings on the Order of Merit following the 2013-14 curling season. As part of the NTP, the teams will have funding to cover some of the costs of competition and training, in addition to being able to access high-performance resources in the areas of sports science, sports medicine and coaching from either inside or outside of the CCA.

Here are the teams that have qualified for the 2014-15 National Team Program, in order of their Order of Merit standings:

(Skip, third, second, lead)
Team Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) — Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden.
Team McEwen (Winnipeg) — Mike McEwen, B.J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni Neufeld.
Team Morris (Calgary) — John Morris, Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen.
Team Gushue (St. John’s) — Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, Geoff Walker.
Team Koe (Calgary) — Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing, Ben Hebert.
Team Howard (Penetanguishene, Ont.) — Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Jon Mead, Craig Savill.

(Skip, third, second, lead)
Team Jones (Winnipeg) — Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen.
Team Homan (Ottawa) — Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, Lisa Weagle.
Team Lawton (Saskatoon) — Stefanie Lawton, Sherry Anderson, Sherri Singler, Marliese Kasner.
Team Sweeting (Edmonton) — Val Sweeting, Andrea Crawford, Dana Ferguson, Rachelle Pidherny.
Team Middaugh (Coldwater, Ont.) — Sherry Middaugh, Jo-Ann Rizzo, Lee Merklinger, Leigh Armstrong.
Team Nedohin (Sherwood Park, Alta.) — Heather Nedohin, Amy Nixon, Jessica Mair, Laine Peters.

“The depth of curling talent in our country is amazing, and the international results continue to prove that,” said CCA Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “We were the only country in the world to have no team finish outside of the top six in traditional four-player world and Olympic championship events last season, and the National Team Program has played a significant role in those ongoing successes.”

All 12 teams will be participating in the opening event of the CCA’s Season of Champions, the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling presented by Meridian Manufacturing, running Dec. 3 to 7 at Encana Arena in Camrose, Alta.

“As always, the objective of the National Team Program is to achieve podium results at international competitions, and we’re excited about the potential of the group of athletes that is part of the NTP for the 2014-15 season to continue to maintain those high expectations,” said Gerry Peckham, Director, High Performance, for the CCA. “Thanks to this program, these teams, based on their proven performance levels, will be given every competitive advantage possible to keep Canada contending for international medals.”


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The Dairy Farmers of Ontario issued a press release a couple of days ago indicating that they are now the sponsors  for the 2015 Ontario Men’s Tankard - The 2015 Recharge with Milk Tankard. See the full press release below.

This is perhaps a first however. I received this press release  from the dairy farmers but obviously the Ontario Curling Association must have provided contact info to them about curling writers and publications. Why is thus worth noting?

In my almost 12 years of writing about curling I believe I have ever received 3 press releases from the OCA about anything. This is a nice change and we all hope this now becomes the norm.


Dairy Farmers of Ontario will be the Title Sponsor of the 2015 Ontario Men’s Curling
Championships Hosted by Ingersoll District Curling Club:
The 2015 Recharge with Milk Tankard
Helping Ontario Curlers Power Up and Recharge

TORONTO, ON, August 8, 2014 – Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) announced today their title sponsorship of the 2015 Ontario Men’s Curling Championship: The 2015 Recharge with Milk Tankard.

“Supporting the 2015 Tankard was a natural fit for Dairy Farmers of Ontario and the Recharge with Milk Program,” said Bill Emmott, DFO Chair. “We are extremely proud of Ontario curlers and the dedication they put into their sport, and we are proud to throw our support behind them.”

Research continues to demonstrate the benefits of drinking milk and specifically, chocolate milk as an effective post-workout beverage. Milk has all of the nutritional attributes to help refuel and repair exhausted muscles. The post-workout recovery benefit of milk is the combination of carbohydrates, high-quality protein, fluid and electrolytes that help the body recharge. Research shows 2% milk has significant post-sport rehydration benefits, surpassing both water and sport drinks.

The 2015 Recharge with Milk Tankard will be hosted by the Ingersoll District Curling Club in February 2015 at the Dorchester Flight Exec Centre in the Municipality of Thames Centre. This event “The Clash on the Thames” is held in cooperation with the Ontario Curling Association and the Towns of Ingersoll and Dorchester. Eleven teams representing all the Ontario curling zones will play down to an exciting final that will determine the team representing Ontario in the national Brier. With more than 140 teams from across Ontario vying for the 10 spots available in each championship – the 11th already qualified is the previous year’s winner, Team Balsdon. The provincial bonspiel will bring thousands of people into Ingersoll, Dorchester and London between February 1st – 9th, 2015.

“The Ingersoll District Club has put in a lot of work preparing for this important event and we’re thrilled to partner with Dairy Farmers of Ontario,“ said Bob Armstrong, Co-Chair of the 2015 Tankard. “Ontarians love curling and we know this will be a phenomenal event,” he added.

The 2015 Recharge with Milk Tankard will attract over 18,000 spectators and more than 100,000 television viewers on Rogers television and Sportsnet.

To learn more about how milk and chocolate milk rehydrates, refuels and recharges, please visit

For more information on the 2015 Tankard go to

About Dairy Farmers of Ontario

Dairy Farmers of Ontario represents almost 4,000 dairy farmers in Ontario. Canadian dairy farmers proudly provide consumers with safe, high-quality and reliable dairy products that support our communities, processors and farmers. The goal of Dairy Farmers of Ontario is to strengthen the industry through innovation and increased productivity to maintain a strong Canadian dairy sector.

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As I have maintained for the last number of years, one of the best ways for curling clubs to prosper is to offer a league for beginner curlers – especially after a most successful year of curling television watching novices after the winter games.

In order to achieve great results, it is important to have solid instructors who can impart a love of the game with enthusiasm. That being said the Ottawa Valley Curling Association (OVCA) is doing something about it. They have teamed up with the Canadian Curling Association (CCA) and the Ontario Curling Association (OCA) to offer a one day TRAIN THE TRAINER SESSION

The session is designed for people who might not be the best curlers in the world but who have a love of ensuring new curlers receive a positive experience as the learn the game we all love.

It will be offered Sunday September 28, 10 to 5 at the Ottawa Curling Club – where the national program was introduced. See below.

Who should attend: The success of this program is based on the enthusiasm of the curling centre’s Board and
management and the quality of the instructors hired to deliver it. Once you have decided to deliver this program,
you will need a coordinator and instructors. The beauty of this program does not require either of these positions
to have extensive coaching or instruction backgrounds. That is what this day is for – to train your group to be
effective and successful!
This session is open to the first 30 people who sign up.
Financial Support: The OVCA will provide a $500 grant to member clubs towards the implemen

Preamble: The Adult Learn-To-Curl program has achieved significant momentum
since the pilot project in 2007 with more than 100 Canadian curling centres now
participating. At a recent workshop with OVCA and a number of clubs, however, a
gap in the success of the program was identified: recruiting and training of
instructors and/or league coordinators. Therefore, in conjunction with the CCA,
the OCA and the OVCA, we are pleased to offer a one-day session to train the
trainer for your rink’s Learn To Curl program. This is an opportunity to enhance your
current program or fast track a new program. Your league coordinators and
instructors will leave the session with all the tools they need to run a successful
league at your rink!
 Earle Morris, coach of Team Rachel Homan and originator of the Adult Getting Started Program
 Anna Keller, coordinator of Ottawa CC program and technical resource for a number of Getting Started
programs nation-wide.
Instructor Profile: Ideally, you should be recruiting instructors for this programme staying as close as possible to the
profile to maximize the success of your program. Your coordinator and instructors should be:
 Enthusiastic & passionate about curling
 Confident with good communication skills
 Representative of the demographic of the community
 Solid understanding of the basics of the game & a balanced delivery
Register: please register with the OVCA by September 19, 2014
Name: Curling Centre:
E-mail: Mobile:
Any curling training?:
Please complete this form electronically and e-mail to the OVCA at You will be contacted about payment.
Cost: $49.00* per person includes lunch, refreshments and course materials (* plus HST)

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harnden's tattoo


Inspirational ink
Courtesy of Steph Crosier, The Sault Star

E.J. Harnden got some inspirational ink to remember his team’s success at the 2014 Sochi Olympic.

The second for Team Jacobs was in Toronto last week with teammate Ryan Fry to get the first stage of his new tattoo completed.

“I knew once we got back from the Olympic games that I wanted to do something that would remind me of that achievement daily,” Harnden said. “So that’s why I ended up going with a tattoo.

“It is something that will remind me of that achievement; a dream come true.”

The large tattoo spreads from the middle of Harnden’s chest to his left shoulder. It features the Olympic rings, a large gold medal, the mountains and black sea in Sochi, Russia, and inspirational words: believe, sacrifice, dedication.

Harnden designed the tattoo as an all-encompassing portrait of his Games experience with artist David Glantz at Archive Tattoo in Toronto

“There’s many athletes, when they go to the Olympic Games, they end up getting a tattoo to celebrate the achievement,” Harnden said. “Typically its just the rings, but for me, I don’t have any tattoos, more than likely I won’t be getting any more, so if I do do this I’m going to make it more then just the rings.”

With the first phase complete, Harnden estimates he’ll have to sit for one or two more sessions or about five or six hours.

“Still lots to go,” Harnden said. “Honestly, for me, I’m very detail oriented and very specific about things going into it because I know it is permanent, but I’m extremely happy with what I’ve seen so far.”

In mid-May, little brother Ryan Harnden also started a large tattoo the left side of his chest. It features a picture of him and brother E.J. after receiving their gold medals. The same picture is E.J.’s Twitter profile picture.

“Our team kind of talked about it and how if we won the Olympic Games that one or more of us would probably get some sort of tattoo,” E.J. Harnden said.

Harnden said the tattoo will also serve as inspiration for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongshang, South Korea.

“(It will) serve as a reminder for myself to continue to push harder, and want to achieve more in the sport, and hopefully do this all over again in 2018,” Harnden said. “Also beyond that, serve as a reminder that in curling, or anything else, to never give up and always follow your dreams because when you do good things happen.”

Team Jacobs has already made waves in the curling world with their high level of fitness and now with tattoos.

“I’m pleasantly surprised in the interest that my tattoo, and Ryan’s, has garnered,” Harnden said. “I think it is because its a bit different in the curling world… I think everyone knows someone with a tattoo, but it is a bit different in terms of a competitive curler doing something like this.”

He said he knows of some curlers with smaller tattoos but nothing at his and Ryan’s scale.

“Maybe that’s just following the suit of our team, doing things a little bit differently,” Harnden said.

Harnden added wife Rachelle is supportive, was surprised at the actual size, but is now excited to see the finished product.

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weagle car

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The forest fire driven evacuation order for Kelly Scott’s family in Kelowna, BC along with 906 other evacuees, has been lifted. They are all, however, still on evacuation alert at any moment.

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Mark Nichols (playing drums in brand new Team Gushue photo) and his wife Colette had their first baby boy a couple of days ago. They welcomed Beckett Hugh Nichols into the world.



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Congratulations to Lisa Weagle and husband Robin Guy on their Saturday July 19 wedding!

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Former Canadian champion Kelly Scott along with her family and hundreds of other citizens were evacuated to avoid any harm during the recent BC forest fires in west Kelowna.

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What a turnout last weekend (July 11-13) in North Bay Ontario for their summer spiel. It filled quickly and is becoming known as THEE summer spiel in the country.

  • Thinking of next season’s Tankard in Ingersoll well here is a unique opportunity for a bit of a summer trip and maybe rub  shoulders with a few curling greats. The host committee for the 2015 Tankard is hosting a golf tournament replete with celebrities on August 8 at the Ingersoll Golf Club. It is inexpensive at $100 per person and includes golf, cart, dinner and prizes. For info

Mike McKwen is in Ottawa visiting his in-laws and is now a sales rep for the new Ice Pad like of curling equipment.

  • Well this is a pleasant surprise – some dedicated Ottawa area volunteers are working hard over the summer to start a city-wide youth curling league. They already have 13 teams interested and they haven’t even advertised yet. Hats of Marc Bourguignon.

 ROCKS AND RINGS BOOMING : A July 10 press release from the CCA indicated that ” 1,456 Canadian schools during the 2013-14 school year, involving 228,162 students, were exposed to the program. Since Rocks & Rings was created in 2009, the program has been in 4,633 Canadian schools with 689,548 participants, meaning the magical 1-million mark is firmly within reach.” It is too bad some tracking method couldn’t be devised to see if this translates into kids on curling ice. The future of our sport depends on this and getting immigrants involved in the game.

Go here to find out what it is like to curl in 106 degree F heat in Tempe, Arizona.

  • Earle Morris has been named as the coach for Team John Morris. So much for Earle stepping back from the game.



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Ottawa’s Bob Martin passed away last week at 96 years of age.

Bob volunteered at the Ottawa Curling Club for a number of years. He curled in many leagues eventually winning the provincial masters. He won some bonspiels along the way as well. He was inducted into the Governor Generals Curling Club and was the Ottawa’s last Lifetime Member.

His quiet support of curling is what made Bob the proudest. He supported curling in many ways especially at the local level.

In the years he couldn’t play, which were many, Bob the non drinker used to spend plenty of time at the Ottawa just talking to curlers and watching games. Ask any young curlers, especially the juniors and the person who he took the most interest in were the junior curlers he talked to when they came off the ice. His interest in them was about their curling, their schooling and what they wanted to do in life.

His greatest joy was volunteering for Doors Open Ottawa at the Ottawa Curling Club. Doors Open meant a number of city institutions that normally were shut to the public would throw their doors open to the public who could tour the facility. Bob LOVED Doors Opened Ottawa! He would even wear the tee-shirt. His eyes lit up when people asked about curling especially the young people. He was a born story teller.

But he could be critical too. Since I write the curling column in the Ottawa Sun he would question me after each article and he would be sure to point out the spelling or grammatical mistakes. He made me better.

As his health faded Bob couldn’t attend many major curling events. It became routine for me to sit Bob beside me while I showed him photos on my lap top that I took of various curling events and the locations they were in. It always brought a smile to his face and resulted in plenty of questions.

Bob was easy to like. Easy to love. This June during Doors Open Ottawa, your tee-shirt will be on the chair, your spirit will be in the room and your presence always felt. And learned from.



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Steve Chenier said ‘In this day and age there is no reason we can’t return an email in 24 hours.” Chenier made a number of eye-opening statements at the Zone 1 OCA meeting at the RCMP club on Tuesday evening.

Chenier spoke at the meeting along with OCA board member Joanne Pomalis and zone 1 rep John Tobias.

The most cogent statement made by Chenier was “what does the OCA do for you?” He realizes that that question has been asked for most of eternity but he wants to make the association relevant to the membership. Some highlights:

  • To answer all inquiries within 24 hours
  • To get ride of current website and unroll a new, more modern one
  • Create a new separate scoring website. “If we can do it in northern Ontario (where he is from) we can do it here.”
  • Create a new service whereby clubs can import a template to create or update their bylaws. Also provide the services of legal advice to examine a club’s proposed bylaws.
  • Create easy to copy and use policy papers. For instance ” A concussion is a concussion. Why not have a concussion policy everyone can use.”
  • To find a better way to use the associations large reserve to better serve the membership. (The reserve is $1.5 million)
  • Re-write the OCA’s bylaws to make them more inclusive and democratic.
  • Give the OVCA a “member at large” seat on the board.
  • Create a new site review committee that will more closely examine sites for more high profile events like Scotties and Tankard.
  • Announce sites for major events two years in advance.

There was much more activity announced. Not once did the panel mean mouth the CA either. This was a breathe of fresh air.

Hopefully this will last.

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If Brent Laing can move to Alberta then New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford can move to Alberta too. Crawford, who has represented NB at numerous Scotties is moving with her police officer hubby to Calgary where she will play third for Val Sweeting,  the runner-up to Team Homan at last years Scotties. Sweeting’s vice, Joanne Courtney is moving to Ottawa to throw second stones for Rachel Homan.

Crawford has never made the Scotties playoffs. Her best record was last year’s 6-5. This is a great opportunity for the New Brunswick skip who most likely would never capture the women’s national championship if she remained in her home province.

The cheering you hear is from other NB skips. Crawford has represented NB at the national Scotties since 2009.


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Yesterday the CCA announced that Adam Casey is returning to the province of his birth to skip his own team next season out of PEI.The CCA  had previously announced roster changes or announced teams remaining together – Team Jones, Kreviazuk leaving Team Homan, Team Koe reforming, Team Canada adding John Morris, etc.

On the men’s side the 3 most prominent teams did their own announcements. Kevin Martin made his on Sportsnet. Jeff Stoughton and Glenn Howard made their own announcements as well but not on television.

All three of those skips were integral parts of the players boycott of the CCA.

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They saved their sorry asses.

The OCA board, through a series of concessions and promises to reform, dodged a bullet and they remain in place.

Through Tweets, thanks to Curling Zone and Bob Weeks, we got the record of the 4 hour plus meeting.

The highlights are:

  • Dale Curtis re-instated as VP but her status has new acting President is unclear.
  • New bylaws to be written.
  • A new,  clear nomination process for the board defined.
  • New committees to be struck to attempt to write the wrongs.
  • Ian McGillis takes a leave of absence.
  • TCA, OVCA and HACA will be members at large.
  • New ED makes great impression. Steve Chenier offers some reforms in the way OCA does business.
  • CCA admits it had a bad year financially.
  • CCA Chair Hugh Avery apologizes to curling for the entire incident.
  • The way the OCA was run resulted in the loss of Travelers as a sponsor.
  • Chenier promised better communications with members and emphasis on club development.
  • Best line: Chenier  “We are going to update FACEBOOK and have a 12 year old teach us how to tweet.”

One of the OCA’s biggest critics was the former head of the Dominion, George Cook. Cook saved their asses when he said just before the vote to turf them that there was only 7 weeks left in the board’s term anyway so leave things alone.

It is too bad that the board has reformed itself because they were scared. Let us hope they now have the message.




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Wayne Middaugh knew how good he was.

Throughout his career and no matter at which position he played the game very well. He was also a money players – 7  time skins game champion; 3 time Tour money leader and big cash earner at 4 Players Championships. This 3 time world champion and 3 time Brier champion said that the only thing he regrets was not getting to the Olympics. Curling money got him in trouble the the Canadian Revenue Agency too. They went after him for not declaring his win money. He stood his ground at first time with the CRA realizing that a curling team’s expenses far out weighed a team’s prize money. The CRA recently went after him again but for other reasons. No info is available on that.

He knew the game so well and because of that he was the kind of third that skips listened to. Players listened to him as well especially the 18 teams that boycotted the CCA just before the 2001-2002 season.  Along with Kevin Martin, Middaugh was the most vocal of the players in explaining what the players were doing and why.

Middaugh could upset people too. 2001 Brier in Ottawa. His middle finger goes up in anger from sheet D I believe. The crowd booed Middaugh and the media bench cleared so the scribes could interview him.

Last season a young man from Slovenia moved to Ottawa for the season so he could learn more about ice making. Tomas as a curler as well. One day a number of people sat around a curling club table when some asked who was the best curler ever, living or dead. The usual suspects were named – Kevin Martin, Russ Howard, Ed Werenich – the list went on. Then Tomas spoke. He claimed that Wayne Middaugh was the best players ever. It was almost like the hockey argument about who was better Bobby Orr or Wayne  Gretzky.

If not at the top Middaugh is right up there.



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With Morris gone from Team Cotter, the BC based team has recruited the 2000 World Junior Champion Ryan Kuhn as their third.

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So John Morris is now skipping Team Canada and throwing last rocks.

No surprise but we won’t be seeing much of the team together. Carter Rycroft will only be playing with the team in the Season of Champions events – Canada Cup, the Continental Cup and the  Brier. If they play in ant Tour or Slam events, Scott Bailey, will be brought in the play second.

Even Morris won’t be participating in everything as he works on his captain’s job with the fire department.


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Team Brad Gushue announced today that Adam Cassey is gone and Mark Nichols is back on the team.
Nichols is moving back to the island after leaving Team Stoughton in Manitoba.
Next announcement is who is going to skip the former Kevin Koe rink – John Morris are you thinking about it?

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When I was not curling but a curling club employee I volunteered to drive for the Welton Beauchamp curling cash spiel. My first driving assignment was to pick up Team Kevin Martin at the airport and drive then to their hotel giant rental van.
Knowing it was my first assignment I bought a 24 pack so I could offer the Martin team a beer at my apartment before I took them to their hotel.

I was working part time so buying a 24 pack cost me a lot of money in the day.

So I picked up the team and drove them to my area on the Golden Triangle near where I worked and near their hotel.

We got out of the can bear my apartment and we passed a big mansion next door to my apartment. Kevin asked if the mansion was my house and when I said no he td the team they should just go to the hotel. So much for buying beer.
Many years later I am interviewing Martin outside the Brockville Country and Curling Club at the Shorty Jenkins Classic. Surprising to me he went on for at least 30 minutes about how to improve the game, how to get more people involved, how the CCA should anticipate the sport’s growth.
After the interview I realized that people grow. I realized that Kevin Martin is the real deal. Curling owes a lot to Martin.
He isn’t finished yet improving the game. Thanks Kevin.

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Joe Pavia, Ottawa Sun Curling Columnist


His season couldn’t have been any worse.


Local skip Chris Gardner, just shy of thirty years of age, earned three provincial championships since March 15 – Tim Hortons Colts, the Dominion Regalia Silver Tankard and the John Shea Mixed banner won this past Sunday.


It still doesn’t make up for the failed promise of his men’s team he started out with this season – Bryan Cochrane, Mat Camm and Brad Kidd. In this scenario Cochrane called the game and threw lead, Gardner tossed third stones and Camm fired the last rocks. Their opportunity for greatness came at November’s Capital One Road to the Roar. Their second couldn’t attend so Mike Anderson subbed.


“We weren’t there very long.” Gardner quipped. They lasted three games and were outscored 25 to 12. “It should have been the best week of our lives but it was the worst.”  He recalls that his motivation was gone and he wasn’t having fun.” For the first time in my career I wasn’t in the house or throwing last rock. It wasn’t enjoyable for me.”  This resulted in team animosity especially accusations that Gardner partied too much. “I knew we weren’t going to win.” Kid, his former second is still best friends with him. “Even Bryan brought me eggnog last Christmas.” He is still distant from Mat Camm. “He (Camm) has huge potential and is one of the best. It still is going to take some time however.”


What has he learned? “I wish I could do it all over again. I regret everything and I take full responsibility for my actions. My goal is to learn from it and make sure it doesn’t ever happen again.”


Gardner (who finished first in the tournament) ended up playing his current roommate and teammate for next season Mike McLean as well as his former second, Kidd, in the mixed final. McLean had to battle through a five-way tie-breaker. The momentum changed sides throughout the game and came down to last rocks forcing Gardner to draw to the four-foot facing two. The final score was 9-7. Gardner played with Trish Hill, Jonathan Beuk and Jessica Barcauskas. Besides McLean at third Gardner’s next season rink is Terry Scharf and Steve Forrest.


The day before another local rink took the Senior Mixed title. The Rideau’s Paul Madden, Natalie Boucher, Norm Hewitt and Carole Fujimoto defeated Toronto’s Bob Garvin 7-5 after both ended the round robin with 5-2 records.


NOSTALGIA CURLING: The Players Championship from PEI began yesterday evening. Many of the rinks will curl this last event then split. Team Glenn Howard just announced the return of Richard Hart as vice and the inclusion of Jon Meade at second although neither will be on the team for the event. Hart will be in the broadcast booth. Meade will throw third for Jeff Stoughton. How will the squad handle playdowns? According to lead Craig Savill “Not sure what the plan is just yet. We are going to discuss our options this summer.”  Stoughton second, Reid Carruthers, is skipping his own rink next season. For Team Rachel Homan a championship in spud land could mean a hefty bonus of $100,000 for having won a previous Slam. Sportsnet will broadcast games beginning Thursday April 17 at noon with 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. draws daily until the finals on Sunday. The women’s final is Sunday morning at 10 while the men’s goes in the afternoon at 4.


END NOTES: In a refreshing change Team Jennifer Jones announced yesterday that they are sticking together until the next Olympics. This marks the final column for this season.

Joe Pavia
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April 11, 2013. Shorty left us.

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Joe Pavia, Ottawa Sun Curling ColumnistBY 

It has been a banner year for him.

Twenty-one year old Ryan McCrady marked the end of his junior career on the weekend by capturing the provincial mixed junior title. McCrady previously won the Pepsi Junior Men’s Ontario title. “It definitely feels great managing to grab one more banner before I head out of junior curling. It took me a while to get my first one back in January, so to end up winning the mixed provincials as well was just such an amazing way to finish off a great year.” said the Rideau curling club skip.

The team consisted of Lauren Horton, Matt Haughn (McCrady’s junior men’s teammate) and Jessica Armstrong. They achieved a 7-0 record. McCrady tends to be loyal to the people with whom he curls. That is one reason the Carleton U student is one of the most popular junior curlers in the province. “Lauren Horton and I had played Bantam Mixed twice before only to finish second at provincials both times.” Ray Bushfield, his coach, has been with McCrady his entire junior career.

As he leaves juniors his worst memory was his 2013 junior men’s final loss. “It’s just so tough to come so close to the title after all your hard work throughout the year. The 6 hour drive home after didn’t help much either.” Bookend that with his best memory – his men’s provincial win this season.

He is looking forward to playing the men’s circuit. “I’d like to think that I’ll have success with men’s curling, but I know it’s a pretty different place compared to juniors.”

OCA RESULTS: More banners for Ottawa teams – the Dominion Regalia Silver Tankard double rink provincial championship went to two Ottawa curling club rinks comprised of Don Bowser, Jon Beuk, Spencer Cooper and Nick Catizzone and Chris Gardner, Mike McLean, Jeff Guignard and Andrew Hamilton. This win is a second win in two years for both Bowser and Gardner.

WINNER’S CIRCLE: Two Rideau rinks medaled at the ATB Canadian Masters. The Diane Favel rink captured silver while the Layne Noble foursome took bronze. Perth skip Chelsea Ferrier lead her school to a bronze at the Tim Hortons Tim Bits Elementary school championships. Mike Robb, Blake Sinclair, Jeff Tindall and Mark St-John won the OVCA Colts League Tournament of Champions.

OCA TROUBLES: Thanks to Ottawa resident and OCA board member, Joanne Pomalis, some of the mystery that is the OCA was solved Monday evening. Pomalis, in conjunction with the OVCA, called the meeting to explain the OCA/CCA dispute. She said the membership scared the heck out of the OCA by their adverse reaction to the OCA’s non-communication with anyone. OVCA President, Elaine Brimicombe, emphasized that all curlers should contact their zone reps to express their opinions about how the reps should vote at the April 27 special meeting where replacing the OCA board will be voted on.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ottawa curler Willis Hebb wrote to the Sun.

“I heard the comment to the effect that Team Koe was finished. Does the CCA “appoint” the other Team Canada – the one with the Gold Medals or do they do a total re-think, and restore what they have tried to destroy?  (How could they “re-think”, which implies they were capable of “thinking” in the first place.)  The NERVE of these airheads to think that they should kick Nova Scotia, home of the First Brier Winner, to the relegation round!!  Long live NS, even at 1-23-0!” Well the CCA announced yesterday that Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen will compete as Team Canada next season. They are looking for a skip.

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Please join the Ottawa Valley Curling Association at the Rideau Curling Club on Monday, April 7 at 6:30 for an information session on the special meeting held by the Ontario Curling Association on March 30 and the upcoming special meeting on April 27. Since the weather in this part of the province was poor on Sunday morning and a number of people were unable to attend some of the background presented at the March 30th meeting will be shared.

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“After you. “No no after you.”

Apparently no one wants to be Team Canada at next year’s Brier.

Team Koe is broken up – well the skip is but his former three remaining players – Simmons, Rycroft and Thiessen- want to take some time off from curling so they are out.

With Johnny Mo taking the next season off his BC rink decides that heck we can’t perform to the vaulted heights we did this past season, so Cotter and the boys have decided to await the return of their leader before strapping on the grippers once more.

Okay so Team  Stoughton should grab the mantle. But no – Jeff turns it down; Mead is playing with Howard, Carruthers is otherwise occupied and Nichols is moving back to the Rock.

So now we have Menard. Well my God he accepts. So Quebec becomes Team Canada. Wait – not so fast. Pauline Marois  wins a majority government, she calls a snap referendum on separation and wins! Team Menard cannot be Team Canada because they are now from a foreign country. Maudit.

Well what now?

Next up is Gushue but his team is so pissed off that Gushue got rid of Gallant so Nichols could re-join the squad that they have quit and all have moved to Nunavut so they can play in the relegation round and sneak into the Brier.

Surely James Gratton from New Brunswick will accept faster than water flows into the reversing falls. Well he turns it down too. He wants to give up the Brier and concentrate on seniors play where he might just win a national title he says. And besides he says “I like the puke  brown colour we get to wear as New Brunswick.” he said.

Surely Saskatchewan wants it. Can Steve Laycock end the province’s 35 year drought? “We were just a Flasch in the pan.” said Laycock. “The pressure will be too great if we are Team Canada. As long as we stay under the radar as Team Saskatchewan we will be okay.” That’s their tried and true strategy that has worked since 1980.

Greg Balsdon – the Brier rookie – most sportsman like player – he would never turn down an offer like this. “I can’t accept. With the demise of Team Howard why we can be the dominant team in Ontario for the next 10 years or until we get sick of playing with a five man rotation.”

Okay we are down to Eddie MacKenzie from PEI. “Yes. I accept. Eat shit CCA. I knew I could get us out of relegation.”

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John Morris announced on social media Wednesday that he is taking next season off. See his Facebook post below.

After a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided to take a step back from the game of curling next year.
I had the tremendous pleasure of playing with three great, genuine teammates in Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky as we made it farther than I think anyone would have predicted for a team playing its first year together. You were all amazing, as were our coach, Pat Ryan, and our alternates Jody Epp and Jason Gunnlaugson. I am extremely proud of our squad for what we accomplished and would like to thank my guys for helping me recover my passion and heart for the game of curling, and for having one of the most memorable years in my career. I will be taking some time off to pursue a holistic nutrition course that I’ve been wanting to take for a few years now, as well as to secure a career in the fire service. If our team happens to be awarded the default Team Canada berth at the Brier next year, then I will consider coming back to play a light schedule.
Thank you to all our true fans, friends, sponsors and to all of our families for being there every inch of the way and showing us the support we needed to almost make the improbable happen!

At least he waited until April 1 was over to announce his intentions. Lost Its Handle posted plenty of great team changes on April 1!

When John was in Ottawa for the Mixed Doubles Curling Trials I asked him if he was taking next season off. He told the Sun that all his options were open. He hadn’t decided. Well now we will have to wait to see what happens with the Team Canada concept. Morris may be forced to curl somewhat next season if his BC rink gets the new Team Canada nod.

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Joe Pavia, Ottawa Sun Curling ColumnistBY 

Assistant coach charged with abuse. Police officer stands guard at meeting.

Do the above refer to the NBA? No it refers to curling.

The assistant coach of the Korean women’s team was accused by his players of verbal abuse and other unproven charges. He quit and four women are gone.  In Ajax, Ontario the OCA board met with about 150 curlers to explain the whole OCA/CCA fiasco. A uniformed Durham Region police officer was there as security. Reports cite a heated meeting that went on for three hours. The rancor resulted in the board dismissing its incoming president who was accused of leaking information.  Nothing seemed to be resolved as the board stood firm despite accusations coming at them from all sides. A second meeting is scheduled for April 27 at the High Park Curling Club in Toronto. One agenda item will deal with dismissing the entire OCA board of directors. Bring lots of cops.

Meanwhile on Sunday at almost the same time as the special meeting at the Annandale curling club was taking place, the Manotick curling club hosted their last youth program of the season. Little rockers, bantams and juniors all shared pizza. Manotick is raising funds for its very successful youth program as well as attempting to retrofit their building.

A special guest made an appearance at the jammed packed meeting. Craig Savill, who was Mister August in the 2014 Men of Curling calendar, recently moved to the small village. Those that posed for the calendar could designate where the proceeds from the sale of the calendars went. Savill chose Manotick’s youth and building program.  People were led to believe that the pro lead would donate $700. There were gasps in the room when the large format check revealed a total donation of $11,220.

DEAF NATIONALS: The National Deaf Curling Trials are starting today at the Granite club. Six men’s and three women’s teams play in a round robin format. The first draw is today at 1. The finals run Saturday morning April 5 at 11. There is an admission charge. The male and female winner will represent the country at the 2015 Deaflympics in Russia.

THE SWEDE SPOT: Alison Kreviazuk’s pending move to Sweden is scheduled for October once the paper work for permanent residency status is completed. She won’t be curling for Sweden as there is a five year residency requirement. Even if that came to pass Kreviazuk maintains she couldn’t curl against Canada in any case.  Her curling may be limited to curling in a recreational mixed league with boyfriend Fredrik Lindberg. She did get some negative feedback from fans when her move was announced. Some fans even questioned her patriotism for moving. Perhaps those people should get lives.

END NOTES: Barb Kelly is looking for a competitive player for her woman’s senior team. Contact Barb at The ATB Financial Masters Curling began Monday in Coaldale, Alberta.  Two Rideau teams are representing Ontario – Diana Favel and Layne Noble. Favel is the defending champion. She threw third stones last year for Joyce Potter.  The bantam and junior mixed provincials begin today in London. Representing this area are Ryan McCrady and Emma Wallingford in juniors and bantam teams skipped by Eric Shantz and Derek Bowden. At the men’s championships in China, the World Curling Federation inducted three players into their Hall of Fame Tuesday. They are Randy Ferbey, Switzerland’s Patrick Huerlimann and Norway’s Eigil Ramsfjell.



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Beginning next season you can substitute freely during the game.

At their annual meeting in Beijing during the Men’s Worlds the WCF passed a couple of new rules.

1. Throwing substitute: At any time during the game you can bring a player in to throw shots. Once the shot is made the thrower leaves the game but can be re-called to throw other stones.

What this means is that say you are in a situation where a left hand throwing, hard hitting shot is required your team can bring in a person who can do that.

2. Substitute sweeper: Much the same as the sub thrower, teams can also bring in a sweeper to spell off a player. This person can only sweep and is not allowed to be the same person as the thrower.


It remains to be seen if the CCA will accept these 2 rule changes.

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With the Durham Regional Police there as security the Special Meeting that was demanded went ahead with plenty, by a accounts, of rants, accusations and the dismissal of the incoming president, Dale Curtis – the person who wanted to make changes.
Meanwhile in Manotick, Ontario at pretty much the same time as the meeting, Craig Savill was making a check presentation to Manotick Curling Club’s youth program and their building fund from the sale of the men of curling calendar. The check was for over $11,000.
Who has their priority right?

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Joe Pavia, Ottawa Sun Curling Columnist


Alison Kreviazuk is moving to Sweden.The Team Homan second announced Tuesday that she is moving to be with her boyfriend, Fredrik Lindberg from Team Sweden.

“I consider myself so incredibly lucky to have played the past 13 years with Emma (Miskew) and Rachel by my side, and four unforgettable years with Lisa (Weagle),” said Kreviazuk.

She will stay with the team for their last event – the Players Championship. Joanne Courtney (the bandana second) from Team Val Sweeting will move to Ottawa from Alberta to replace Kreviazuk next season.

Kreviazuk,  the most approachable member of the Homan rink saw the players at the world championships vote her the Frances Brodie Award for sportsmanship. She was the players who “by deed and action in the course of their performance, best exemplified the traditional curling values of skill, honesty, fair play, friendship and sportsmanship.”

In the 24-year history of that trophy – Brodie was a Scottish curler who was instrumental in starting a women’s championship. She died in 2006 – Kreviazuk is the first Canadian to win it.

So what happened to Team Canada in the final of the world championship? Four words. “Well Al Moore. Welcome.”

That is what Swiss skip Binia Feltscher said to her coach during their first time-out in the gold medal game. It wasn’t that she said it on television. It was how she said it – with a lilt to her voice and a lightness that hid the critical situation they were in.

Contrast that with Team Homan, who were all work and no play. Their solid work ethic got them through the round robin, albeit easier some moments than others, but it deserted them in the final. The Canadians seem to put pressure on themselves, which negated the work ethic. The Swiss were loose and enjoying themselves. Heck, the winning skip was quoted as saying she would have been happy to win silver.

According to TSN, Sunday’s final was the most-watched Women’s World Curling Championship ever. Overall, 3.2 million TV viewers watched some part of the final.

Meanwhile, in Regina on the same day as the gold medal loss for Kreviazuk, sister Lynn Kreviazuk won the Carleton Raven’s first CIS/CCA university championship. They defeated the Alberta Pandas 9-4. Kreviazuk threw second stones. The team was skipped by Jamie Sinclair and included Lauren Horton, Jessica Armstrong, alternate Sarah Armstrong and coach Graham Sinclair. The coach was a substitute for Doug Kreviazuk, who couldn’t get the time off work to either coach the rink at the finals or cheer on his daughter in Saint John.

Earlier in the day, Carleton defeated the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks in the semi-final. Cheryl Kreviazuk was on the losing team. The Manitoba Bisons won the men’s.


The husband and wife team of Wayne and Kim Tuck from Ilderton captured the gold at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials at the Hunt Club on Sunday. Ironically, Team Tuck also won their mixed regions on the same day. They advance to Scotland for the Worlds.


The John Shea Insurance Mixed region winners were: 1A – Chris Gardner, B – Mike McLean. The region winner for the Senior Mixed were: 1A – Paul Madden, B – Terry Corbin.


At OFSAA girl’s curling championships the Brockville team of Sarah Throop, Hailey Robertson, Taylor Pike and Emily Foan were runner-ups in the final. Sudbury took the gold. In the Hogline Curlers Proshop Little Rocks championships on Sunday the RCMP team of Lucas Bourguignon, David Boswell, Brendan Laframboise and Eva MacCarthy took the top spot.


The Men’s Worlds begins March 29 in Beijing, China. If you want to watch the recently destructed Team Koe (Canada) play, the games are on TSN mostly starting at 7 a.m.

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By Joe Pavia



After turning down a meeting with their voting members the OCA is now facing a revolt by its vice president and incoming president. Dale Curtis has exorcized her right to call a special meeting that is allowed for in the bylaws. The meeting place is yet to be determined but is slated for April 27. Despite this move don’t be shocked if current president Ian McGillis (who refuses to even respond to any queries from the Ottawa Sun) finds a way to avoid this meeting. He cited the last special meeting request from voting members as not being in compliance with the Corporations Act.  In the meantime the Convoluted Association has announced that Stephen Chenier from New Liskeard has been selected as the new Executive Director. He takes over in early April giving the current board time to train him on how not to respond to members.

There are at least two groups exploring the formation of new organizations to represent Ontario curlers.

WINNER’S CIRCLE: The Ottawa rink of Kevin, Graham and Ian Rathwell along with third Terry Scharf captured the Ontario Tim Hortons Colts title on Saturday. They lost just one game for 6-1 record.

CITY RESULTS:  The winner of the Alexander Keith’s City of Ottawa Men’s bonspiel was the Rideau rink skipped by Chadd Vandermade who played with Andrew Bugg, Jesse Attfield and Dan Lalonde. They played Greg Richardson in the final in a defensive battle that resulted in a 5-3 win via a steal in the last end. The winners lost their first game before racking up nine wins in a row. They earned $5,600 plus $1200 in executive Golf memberships. Other event winners were: Bytown event – Greg Richardson, Billings event – Chadd Vandermade, Colonel By event – Dennis Elgie, Laurier event – Scott Westwell, Heritage event – Peter Provost, Governor General event – Richard Davis, Pontiac event – Al Solari, Rideau Falls event – Paul Hope,  Mackenzie King event – Paul Weedmark and the Hogs Back event – Marco Sedlar.  In the senior section Layne Noble took the section. Other winners were Capital event – Mike Johansen, Gatineau event – Jean St. Pierre and St. Lawrence event – David Brown. The senators’ bracket winners were Rick Takahara who took the top prize and event victors were Parliament event – Darrell Barnes, Ottawa Valley event –John Mayes and Algonquin event – Rod Matheson.

The Friday evening reception at Tail Gators was a refreshing change with plenty of activities to do.

MIXED MESSAGE: The Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials begins today at 7 at the Hunt Club. There are plenty of notable curlers in town to compete. Kaitlyn Lawes is playing with her nephew Connor while John Morris is teaming up with Heather Smith. Lawes has a 12:40 practice today followed at 4 by Morris. They format is eight ends with only six rocks aside. One of these rocks is pre-positioned on the centre line prior to each end. One player delivers the first and last stones while the second throws second, third and forth. Both can sweep.

END NOTES: The University Curling Championships begin today in Regina. The Carleton Ravens women’s team is competing. The team is skipped by Jamie Sinclair with Lauren Horton, Lynn Kreviazuk, Jessica Armstrong and alternate Sarah Armstrong. The coach is Graham Sinclair who is taking over from Doug Kreviazuk who can’t get time off work to see either daughter (Alison on Team Homan) curl in Saint John or Regina… Craig Savill, the lead for Glenn Howard has told the Sun that it isn’t necessarily true that he won’t be playing for Howard “but I’m not sure what I’m doing next year.”


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The date has been moved up to March 21.

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It looks like someone has deposited a caustic liquid in each organization’s CEO or ED’s cereal.

And we the curlers are caught in the middle.

Instead of getting better the rumour is that the CCA will be publicly responding to the OCA statement that appeared on the Ontario website earlier this month. Fasten your seat belts.

The interesting thing is that the OCA says in their messages that they will answer questions at this spring’s zone meeting. I bet they won’t. They will give answers to questions not asked.

So far the OCA is breaking its own bylaws by not allowing the special meeting requested by over the proscribed 10% of voting members. Association president Ian McGillis issued a terse statement saying that the meeting request did not comply with the Corporations Act. Why they would have bylaws that don’t comply with a provincial statute leaves the organization open to criticism.

I have asked McGillis for an explanation. His answer will be NO COMMENT.

It might be time for Ontario curlers to explore starting their own organization to represent the curlers in this province.

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Joe Pavia, Ottawa Sun Curling Columnist



If you want mixed doubles don’t go to a bar next week. Go to the Hunt Club.
The Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials run March 19 to 23. The 32 team field is studded with Olympic medalists, world and national champions who smell a new Olympic event perhaps as early as the 2018 games in South Korea.
Who will be competing? Kaitlyn Laws, John Morris, Heather Smith, Adam Casey, Scott Howard, Mary- Anne Arsenault – plus a host of other national champions like former junior champ  Charlie Thomas. Ottawa’s Andrea Sinclair is the only local presence.
Each province or territory (except for PEI and Nunavut) sends a rink. The winner of the Canadian Mixed got two entries while the remaining sixteen teams are the result of open invitations based on the order of merit.
Four pools of eight teams each will battle in a round robin with twelve rinks advancing to the playoffs. Unlike most CCA nationals, each team pays a $400 entry fee and must pay for their own travel, accommodations and expenses. There is prize money of $100 per win.
The action begins on the evening of March 19 at 7 with the final slated for Sunday, March 23 at 5. The winner plays in the World Mixed Doubles April 23-30 in Dumfries, Scotland.
RELEGATION PUSH BACK: Although equal opportunity to access CCA championships events began last season not many people cared. Once it struck the Tim Hortons Brier people took notice. There is now a petition started by Connor MacPhee from PEI. So far 750 people have signed it.
OCA RESULTS: The region winners in Bantam mixed were: 1A – Derek Bowden. B – Eric Shantz. In Junior mixed regions those advancing to provincials are: 1A – Ryan McCrady, B - Emma Wallingford. On Women’s Tankard zone winners were: 3A –Caroline Deans, B – Julie Jarvis; 4A – Barb Sopaz, B – Kerry McCue. In men’s Dominion Regalia zone action the winners were: 1A – Don Bowser, B – Alexander Dyer; 2A -  Doug Johnston, B – Greg Richardson; 3A – Bill Adair, B – Paul Weedmark; 4A – Dave Collyer, B – Randy Hutchinson.
SPECIAL MEETING: In response to a demand by over 10% of Ontario Curling Association voting members (as per their bylaws), for a special general meeting, a source close to the OCA told the Sun that President Ian McGillis has polled his board about their meeting availability. Those who want the meeting are expecting answers to the recent OCA/CCA dispute. McGillis said “No comment” to Ottawa Sun questions. The organization’s Executive Director, Doug Bakes, told the Sun he was unaware of the meeting request.  On Tuesday an email was sent to those asking for a meeting. In the email McGillis said “Please be advised that the requisition received is not in compliance with the Corporations Act and cannot be considered by the Board of Directors.  There is now a statement on the OCA website about the situation. The statement does not address what the actual issues were and ends with platitudes.  
WOMEN’S WORLDS:  Team Rachel Homan leaves for the Ford World Women’s tomorrow morning.  Their first match is against Russia on Saturday afternoon at 1:30.
END NOTES: The Syncrude National Grand Slam of Curling begins today in Fort McMurray, AB. The tournament features Canada’s top men’s teams including Team Canada – both the gold medal rink and this year’s Brier winner. Sportsnet will broadcast games beginning Thursday evening at 7…The Alexander Keith’s Men’s City of Ottawa ‘spiel begins today. There are 144 rinks in the open division and twenty teams in each of the Senior and Senator divisions. The Friday night reception will be charity driven with proceeds going to support Prostate Cancer Canada. Team Chris Gardner is defending his title. The aggregate finals are at the RA Sunday at 5.

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Request for Interest: Ottawa Curling Club Ice Technician

The Ottawa Curling Club (OCC) requires the services of an Ice Technician starting the upcoming 2014-2015 curling season with the possibility for a multi-year contract (details to be discussed).

About the Ottawa Curling Club:

The OCC is one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in the country, boasting everything from a vibrant getting started league to Canadian and world champion curlers and coaches as members.  The membership is engaged and competitive while enjoying one of the friendliest social atmospheres around.

The OCC is a busy, full-service, professionally managed curling facility in the downtown core. This five-sheet club has a one draw morning program followed by a two hour practice period and three evening draws Monday to Friday.  Saturday includes a morning league with two draws followed by a full slate of public rentals into the evening.  Sunday is the busiest day with 6 draws from 9 AM to 9 PM.

Member amenities include a full service kitchen as well as an independently operated pro shop.


The Ice Technician will be contracted to direct the ice making and ice maintenance operations of the club; directly oversee the preventive maintenance program for the physical plant; and consult on related aspects of the ice house/building.

Summary of duties:

  1. Maintain the ice daily for approximately 30 weekly draws plus additional public rentals.
  2. Prepare the ice for all curling events such as league play, bonspiels and special events.
  3. Hire, train, administer and supervise your own ice crew (the OCC can offer names of candidates)
  4. Meet weekly with the Manager and/ or Ice Director.
  5. In conjunction with the Manager, communicate with the membership about ice conditions.
  6. Maintain the Maintenance Log Book for the Machine Room equipment.
  7. Perform preventive maintenance procedures as required.
  8. Maintain on-ice member amenities (including drinking water, tissues, and cleaning brushes).
  9. Ensure catwalks are clean and tidy and ice equipment is stored properly.
  10. Install ice in early September for opening league play usually the last Monday in September.
  11. Install ice markings in consultation with the Ice Director.
  12. Shut down the ice plant and clean rink area after season concludes at the end of April.

Minimum qualifications:

  1. Possess a Level 3 Ice Technician’s certification.
  2. Produce verifiable work record that validates your qualifications.


Ice Technician is responsible to the Board of Directors and reports to the Ice Director. Ice Technician works with the Club Manager to determine ice usage requirements and maintenance schedules.


Written applications must be received on or before 31 March 2014. Your application must include:

  1. Cover letter with your concept of member service and communicating about ice conditions.
  2. Resume detailing your ice making experience including references.
  3. Your contract expectations (price quote not expected at this stage).

Successful applicants will be sent an information package and asked to submit a complete bid. The shortlisted bidders will be interviewed by the Ice Contract Evaluation Committee.

Applications should be sent by email, post, or fax Attn: Peter Glover, Ice Director.

The Ottawa Curling Club

440 O’Connor Street, Ottawa ON K2P 1W4

Telephone: (613) 234-4119 | Fax: (613) 235-2178 |

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Joe Pavia, Ottawa Sun Curling Columnist



Who cares where they live.

John Morris is skipping the B.C. entry at the Tim Hortons Brier, even though he lives in Alberta. Pat Simmons, the Alberta vice, lives and works in Calgary but commutes to his Saskatchewan home in Moose Jaw. At last year’s Brier, Brock Virtue from Alberta skipped his Saskatchewan rink. So what gives?

In June 2013, all 14 member associations of the CCA adopted a national residency policy. That policy makes it clear that one has to reside in the jurisdiction they wish to represent.

However, exemptions are possible in three circumstances. 1. You live within a short distance of a provincial/territorial border. 2. You are based in two locations due to you employment situation. 3. You are a full-time or part-time student and want to represent the area where you attend school.

In the case of Morris, Curl B.C. CEO, Scott Braley, indicated to the Ottawa Sun that the Alberta Curling Association and Curl B.C. granted Morris a one-year exemption to the residency requirements because he is required to be based in two locations due to his current employment situation.

The B.C. skip does the marketing for a hunting and fishing guide company as well as acting as a guide. Braley went on the say “a review of this policy is currently underway at the national level to see how it can be improved.”

Morris’s father, Earle, maintains that if his son hadn’t received permission to curl in B.C., he would have quit curling.

The executive dDirector of Curl Saskatchewan, Amber Holland, also cleared up the Virtue question.

“Brock Virtue provided our association three of the five requirements and those included Saskatchewan driver’s licence, rental lease agreement from his current Saskatchewan residence, and letter from employer confirming employment in Saskatchewan.”

But does any of this really matter at the elite level? If we want Canada to keep winning gold medals and finishing first at the Worlds, it might be time to grant limited exemptions to one player a team for those rinks deemed to be world caliber. They should be able to live wherever they have to for work, family or whatever.

Jennifer Jones lives in Ontario, not Manitoba. Most of her non-curling work is conducted in Montreal. Doe she pack up her 18-month-old and Brent Laing, her partner, and move to Winnipeg? Then where does Laing curl? In Simmons situation he now commutes between two provinces while his family remains in Saskatchewan.

While these individuals are Canada’s elite curlers, it might be best to invent a system where they can concentrate on being the world’s best and not have to jump through hoops to keep curling.

OCA RESULTS: In Tim Hortons Colts and Trophy regional winners were: 1A – Matt Paul and Laura Payne, B – Bryce Rowe and Caroline Deans.

WINNER’S CIRCLE: The team of Sarah Throop, Hailey Robertson, Taylor Pyke and Emily Foan from Brockville defeated Perth high school to capture the eastern Ontario title. They advance to OFSAA girls’ provincial championship beginning March 18 in Brampton. Kayla MacMillan of Huntley with Sarah Daviau, Lindsay Dubue and Marcia Richardson won the silver medal at the Ontario Winter Games in Orillia.

END NOTES: Former Ottawa curler, Kevin Britt, is representing British Columbia in the Canadian Seniors… All are invited to the Team Homan send off to the Worlds tonight at the Ottawa club beginning at 7:30…The much loved Neil Harrison will be buried today in Newmarket, Ontario.


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Joe Pavia, Ottawa Sun Curling Columnist


Let the relegation begin.

The Tim Hortons Brier begins this Saturday in Kamloops, BC. The most anticipated battle to watch will be who finishes in the last three spots. The 2015 Brier in Calgary will see the introduction of the Team Canada concept (the 2014 Brier winner will become Team Canada) and it will also see the three jurisdictions with the least number of Brier wins in 2012, 2013 and 2014 play against Nunavut prior to the start of the Calgary show to determine who gets the final (twelfth) round-robin spot.

The two-year win totals coming into the 2015 Brier are as follows: Ontario (20), Manitoba (16), Alberta (15, exempt), Newfoundland & Labrador (13), Northern Ontario (13), Northwest Territories (12), Quebec (10), New Brunswick (10), Saskatchewan (8), Nova Scotia (5), P.E.I. (5), British Columbia (5), and the Yukon (0).

Prediction – Kevin Koe (AB) and John Morris (BC) in the final.

RIFT VALLEY: The OCA CCA dispute is over now that the OCA apologized to the Canadian folks. The people who organized a petition aimed at the OCA are still pressing on in the demands to reform the provincial body. This isn’t over yet.

HARRY PASSES AWAY: The man who invented specializing in a curling position passed away Monday morning in Newmarket, Ontario. Neil Harrison not only made a lead a more valuable tool but was one the game’s greatest strategists. Harrison suffered from a mild stroke last year then last September he was diagnosed with brain cancer. The 65 year old curling icon was widely regarded as one of the game’s greatest raconteurs. At one tankard this writer sat between Harrison and his former team mate, Paul Savage. The two traded stories for an hour. The two time world champ and curling hall of famer will be remembered fondly by many curlers and fans.

OCA RESULTS: Two area rinks made it to the finals of the Travelers Senior provincials. Bryan Cochrane from Russell lost a close one to Kitchener’s Peter Mellor 6-3. Ottawa’s Brian Lewis lost the semi-final to Mellor. Kingston’s Diane Wiley finished first but lost the final to Marilyn Bodogh. In Tim Hortons Colts action zone winners were 1A – Matt Paul, B – Bryce Rowe; 2A – Brett Lyon-Hatcher, B – Evan Sullivan and 4A – Dennis Murray, B –Jonathan Beuk. The Bantam mixed zone winners were: 1A Philippe Lalonde, B – Mackenzie Comeau, 2A – Hayden Richmond, B – Eric Shantz, 3A – Gabriel Arsenault, B – Derek Bowden; 4A –Brad Lumley, B –Grace Wallingford. Only eight junior mixed rinks entered the four zones in this area so all eight advance to regionals without playing zones. They are Austin O’Flaherty, Colton Daly, Kimberly Gannon, Abby Bolton, Ryan McCrady, Emma Wallingford, Pascal Michaud and Mac Calwell. In Travelers Stick regions 1A was won by Doug Titus.

WINNER’S CIRCLE: Catherine Derick’s Thurso rink earned Quebec’s senior title on Sunday. They won the final 11-5. Playing with Derick were Sylvie Daniel, Chantal Gadoua and Cheryl Morgan. The team was undefeated. They head to Yellowknife for the nationals that begin March 22.

END NOTES: The Ottawa Hunt is hosting the national mixed doubles curling trials March 19 to 23. The winner advances to the worlds April 23 to 30 in Scotland. Kaitlyn and Connor Lawes are competing as is John Morris with Heather Smith…The Granite is hosting the Canadian Deaf Curling championships this April…Everyone is invited to the March 5 Ottawa Curling Club send off for Team Homan. The send off to the Worlds begins at 7:30…The World Juniors begins today in Flims, Switzerland. Braden Calvert’s team from Winnipeg and Kelsey Rocque’s team from Edmonton carry Canada’s colours.


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Joe Pavia, Ottawa Sun Curling Columnist


Ontario curlers are getting hostile.

The on-going conflict between the Ontario Curling Association and the Canadian Curling Association is an unneeded distraction to Olympic curling. The dispute is enraging club curlers who want this to end.

Two local curlers on different teams who don’t want to be identified are thinking about suing the OCA if this dispute hurts their chances to advance to a national. Elsewhere, there is now an online petition which as of this writing has 500 signatures, urging OCA zone reps to act on their behalf to stop the dispute with the national body. You can see and sign the petition at Many curling club boards have also written both organizations.

On Saturday the OCA president, Ian McGillis, was in town to oversee Colts action. The Sun attempted to have a conversation with him but it turned out to be a personal attack on this writer.

At first, McGillis refused to answer any questions, saying we should concentrate on the positive. When I asked what the positives were, he said he meant the positives on the ice.

He then criticized me for not even mentioning Team Homan in my column last Wednesday. When I said her accomplishment at the Scotties was covered by the Sun on Monday, he said “I guess I read a different article.”

He then told me that he wouldn’t say anything because it would only end up in the paper. He then castigated me for publishing the email he sent me a few days ago. Did he not realize I am a newspaper columnist?

I asked him how this dispute showed the positive side of Ontario curling if curlers are denied the possibility to advance to national competition. He replied that I should ask the CCA that question. When asked if he had received feedback from his members, he said yes. When asked what he said to them, he said the response was between him and the members. When asked what is so secret that his members can’t even know what is going on, the president said it was between the OCA and CCA. \

He did answer one question I asked. “Yes the Colts is a double knock out.”

This is all leading up to a March 11 meeting of CCA members to determine if the provincial body will be stripped of its CCA membership.

What happens if the OCA is ousted? There is a development fund curling clubs can access. That would be cut off to Ontario clubs. That fund is dormant at this point, however. The CCA does issue charitable tax receipts to individuals who donate money which in turn the CCA sends to the club designated by the donor. That would disappear. Ontario would forfeit the right to compete in national championships. The CIS university championships beginning March 19 would be affected, for instance.

The bad news is that neither side is saying anything substantive.


The Carleton Ravens women’s curling team earned a silver medal in OUA provincials. They advance to the nationals along with Laurier women who captured first. Cheryl Kreviazuk from Ottawa is on the rink. Algonguin College had a 4-2 record in their community college provincials.


In Tim Hortons Colts zone play the winners were: 3A – Dennis Elgie, B – Geordin Raganold.


The Travelers Senior provincials begin today in Ennismore. Brian Lewis, Bryan Cochrane, Cheryl McBain and Kingston’s Dianne Wylie represent this area”¦Correction – In the Rideau CC Enduro 125 each team is NOT curling 125 ends. It is 125 ends collectively by all teams which will take about seven hours.



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OCA president Ian McGillis, was in Ottawa Saturday to oversee Colts zone action.

The Ottawa Sun in the person of this scribe, Joe Pavia, met with McGillis. The main thrust of the conversation with the president was a personal attack on myself.

At first McGillis refused to answer any questions saying we should concentrate on the positive. When I asked what the positives were he said he meant the positives on the ice. He then criticized me for not even mentioning Team Homan in my column last Wednesday. When I said her accomplishment at the Scotties was covered by the Sun on Monday that elicited “I guess I read a different article.”

He then told me that he wouldn’t say anything because it would only end up in the paper.He then castigated me for publishing the email he sent me two days ago. I guess he never realized I worked for the Sun.

I asked him how this dispute showed the positive side of Ontario curling if curlers are denied the possibility to advance to national competition. He replied that I should ask the CCA that question.

When asked if he had received feedback from his members he said yes. When asked what he said to them he remarked that the response was between him and the members.

When asked what is so secret that his members can’t even know what is going on, the president said it was between the OCA and CCA.

At this point there was no need to ask any more questions as the only info that I would get was how bad I was.

He did answer one question I asked. “Yes the Colts is a double knock out.”


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After weeks of cajoling, the Ontario Curling Association finally broke its silence on Wednesday February 12. In a response to the Ottawa Sun, OCA president Ian McGillis wrote: ” It has always been the OCA position that we will not put this issue in the
public domain and people should focus on the game of curling and the achievements of the excellent curlers in the Country (sic).”

Well how is that for a response to enlighten the curlers of Ontario as to just what the situation is!

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It has now gone too far.

The spat between the Ontario Curling Association and Canadian Curling Association is escalating. The CCA had given the OCA until Feb. 10 to apologize for their actions or suffer further consequences, accoring to Bob Weeks, editor of the Ontario Curling Report.

The Sun contacted the CCA and OCA Tuesday to see if the matter had been settled.

The OCA did not respond. And CCA CEO Greg Stremlaw would only say, “I will simply advise that the Ontario Curling Association is fully aware of the conditions of their not-in-good-standing parameters and guidelines related to such. It would be inappropriate for me to comment on what the OCA has or has not done until the CCA board of governors has a chance to review and make decisions in accordance to our bylaws.”

Just what does the OCA have to apologize for?

According to Weeks, the OCA president, Ian McGillis, sent a letter to board members and stake holders that outlined deficiencies in CCA management. The CCA supposedly feels the OCA is dysfunctional.

Reports say the CCA investigated McGillis’ charges and found no evidence he was correct. That is where the apology ultimatum came from.

Sources told the Sun that stakeholders within the OCA were busy last summer attempting to oust executive director Doug Bakes, who announced in December that he will resign this June.

If no apology is received, a March 10 meeting with member associations will kick the OCA out of the CCA thereby denying their players participation in national competitions such as the Brier and Scotties.

It is now time for the grass roots to flex their muscles. All clubs should send a letter to both bodies asking for the situation to be resolved immediately. The entire board of the OCA should also resign for allowing this situation to even happen. It would also be nice for the OVCA to put some pressure on the two associations.


The strong youth program at Huntley has produced a bantam provincial champion. Kayla MacMillan skipped her team of Sarah Daviau, Lindsay Dubue and Marcia Richardson to a 6-1 record. They also advance to the Ontario Winter games. The boy’s side was won by Jeff Wanless from Mississauga. His third and lead were Joe and David Hart respectively, the sons of Richard Hart. The fact Richard had to take a coaching course no doubt had to help the team clinch their undefeated record of 7-0. Dad Richard coached them to 5-0 then left because he had Sportsnet commitments. The Brian Lewis rink is headed to provincial seniors competition again. They won the Travelers regions on Sunday. Cheryl McBain took the women’s side. Bryan Cochrane and Dianne Wylie won the B side.


Sunday saw the crowning of the final seven provincial champions headed to the Tim Hortons Brier. They are John Morris (B.C.), Kevin Koe (Alta.), Jamie Koe (NT/YK), Jeff Currie (N. Ontario), James Grattan (N.B.), Eddie MacKenzie (P.E.I.) and Jamie Murphy (N.S.). Morris now matches his father and Ryan Fry as the only players to represent three provinces at the Brier. The west coast skip has come out of Ontario, Alberta and now BC.


The women at the Crystal Heart raised plenty of money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation this year – $62,097. The open event winning rink was Tara Holland, Maelane Hums, Ruth Desjardins and Barb Truscott. Second event winner was Susan Schmidt. Third event winner Brenda Muir and fourth event was won by Sandy Muttart. Betty Bush with Joanne Miller, Joanne Gizzi and Karen Peters repeated as the senior main event winner. Event two went to Bernadette Fleming while Donna Tallon won the last senior event.


The Ottawa team of Conall MacMillan, Patrick Gratton, Chris White and Kimberly Gorin earned their Special Olympics Ontario title Feb. 1 at the Travelers Tankard.


As one of their activities to celebrate the Rideau’s 125th anniversary, the club is inviting everyone to sign up for the Rideau CC Enduro 125. Your team will be curling for 125 ends! Organizers will form 6 to 8 person teams. The entry fee is $45 per person which includes the curling, breakfast, lunch and prizes. People are asked to get pledges for the Ottawa Humane Society, another institution marking its 125th anniversary. Enduro runs March 8. Call 613 232-9665 for information.

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Ford supplies nice automobiles to the Brier to transport the athletes around.







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Here is Canada’s round-robin schedule (all times Eastern Standard). All of Canada’s games are scheduled to be broadcast live on various channels. Please note that television schedules are subject to change. Check for the latest updates:

Feb. 10, 5 a.m. (TSN) — Canada vs. China (Bingyu Wang)
Feb. 11, midnight (CBC) — Canada vs. Sweden (Margaretha Sigfridsson)
Feb. 12, 5 a.m. (TSN) — Canada vs. Great Britain (Eve Muirhead)
Feb. 13, midnight (CBC) — Canada vs. Denmark (Lene Nielsen)
Feb. 13, 10 a.m. (Sportsnet) — Canada vs. Switzerland (Mirjam Ott)
Feb. 15, midnight (CBC) — Canada vs. Japan (Ayumi Ogasawara)
Feb. 15, 10 a.m. (TSN2) — Canada vs. Russia (Anna Sidorova)
Feb. 16, 5 a.m. (CBC) — Canada vs. U.S.A. (Erika Brown)
Feb. 17, 10 a.m. (TSN2) — Canada vs. South Korea (Ji-Sun Kim)

Feb. 10, midnight (CBC) — Canada vs. Germany (Johnny Jahr)
Feb. 10, 10 a.m. (TSN) — Canada vs. Switzerland (Sven Michel)
Feb. 11, 5 a.m. (CBC) — Canada vs. Sweden (Niklas Edin)
Feb. 12, 10 a.m. (TSN2) — Canada vs. Russia (Andrey Drozdov)
Feb. 13, 5 a.m. (TSN2) — Canada vs. Denmark (Johnny Frederiksen)
Feb. 14, midnight (CBC) — Canada vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud)
Feb. 15, 5 a.m. (TSN2) — Canada vs. Great Britain (David Murdoch)
Feb 16, midnight (CBC) — Canada vs. U.S.A. (John Shuster)
Feb. 16, 10 a.m. (TSN2) — Canada vs. China (Rui Liu)

Tiebreakers, if required, will be played on Feb. 18. The women’s semifinals are at 2 p.m. (Sochi time) on Feb. 19, while the men’s semifinals are at 7 p.m., also on Feb. 19.

The women’s bronze-medal game (12:30 p.m.) and gold-medal game (5:30 p.m.) will be played on Feb. 20, with the men’s bronze-medal game (12:30 p.m.) and gold-medal game (5:30 p.m.) on Feb. 21.


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Joe Pavia, Ottawa Sun Curling Columnist


Olympic curling starts Feb. 10. Will Canada win medals?

Team Brad Jacobs and Team Jennifer Jones will have their work cut out for them as they face teams composed of professional curlers. Except for the U.S. and Denmark, virtually all the countries competing list their members as professional curlers.

The men’s teams are: Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S. The women’s lineup is: Canada, China, Denmark, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S.

The curlers will be playing a nine-game round-robin in the Ice Cube Curling Centre. Four semi-finalists will emerge with the top-ranked round robin team playing the fourth while the second and third place teams play each other. The semi-final winners then go on play the gold medal final (women ­– Thursday, Feb 20., men — Friday, Feb. 21) while the losers face each other for bronze medals.

Most of the countries were direct qualifiers to the Games except for four teams that qualified at a December World Curling Federation event. They were Germany and the U.S. on the men’s side and China and Japan on the women’s side. The Russian teams are there because they are hosting.

Of the 100 curlers, 41 have Olympic experience. Norway’s Torger Nergaard, Russia’s Nkeiruka Ezekh, Mirjam Ott from Switzerland and the U.S.’s Debbie McCormick are four-time Olympians. Nergaard boasts a gold and silver medal while Ott has two silvers.

While the Canadian broadcast rights holder is CBC most of the curling will be on Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE. Mike Harris, Joan McCusker and Colleen Jones will cover the curling with Bruce Rainnie handling the play by play. Kevin Martin will be the curling analyst for NBC Sports.

Of all the sports represented at the winter games, the curlers skew the oldest with the average age of 31.9 years.

Olympic rules don’t allow medals to be awarded to coaches only to athletes including alternates. However, both Canadian athletes and coaches get money for medal finishes. Athletes receive $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze. Coaches earn $10,000 for gold, $7,500 for silver and $5,000 for bronze.


The Montreal Scotties is attracting plenty of Ottawa spectators but attendance is much lower than the Kingston Scotties last year. By draw seven the attendance was about half of Kingston. More Tim Hortons Brier bound teams have been determined – Greg Balsdon (ON), Jeff Stoughton (MB), Brad Gushue (NL), Steve Laycock (SK) and Jean-Michel Menard (QE).


In the Gore Mutual Schoolboy and Schoolgirl regions, the winners were: 1A Sarah Daviau and Trevor Ferrier, B – Sierra Sutherland and Pascal Michaud. OCA Senior mixed zone winners were: 1A – Dave Stanley, B – Ken Sullivan, 3A – Dwayne Lowe, B – Tom Watters; 4A – Andy Palmer, B – Terry Corbin. John Shea Insurance Mixed zone victors were: 1A – Don Bowser, B – Chris Gardner; 2A – Celeste Butler-Rohland, B- Jesse Ruppell; 3A – David Cormier, B – Mike McLean; 4A – Wayne Williams, B – Daryl Latimer.


The AMI Canadian Vision Impaired championships continue until this Friday afternoon at the Ottawa. This is the 10th anniversary of the event where seven provinces plus Team Canada participate “¦ The 16th annual Crystal Heart Curling Classic begins tomorrow until Sunday. This is largest women’s ‘spiel in eastern Canada with 96 rinks in two categories. Last year the curlers raised $65,066.85 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation — a total of $521,000 over the years “¦ Sportsnet carries the Alberta and B.C. men’s provincial championship rounds this Saturday and Sunday.

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A number of our university aged members play for university varsity teams.

The students are left to fundraise for themselfs. Please read below for your chance to help through a silent action.

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Joe Pavia, Ottawa Sun Curling Columnist


ill this be Glenn Howard’s ninth?Howard lead Craig Savill of Manotick says the team is pumped for the Tankard next week in Smiths Falls.”Our showing at the (Olympic) Trials was a real disappointment so we can’t wait to right the ship, starting at the Ontario provincials,” said.

Howard’s three losses and second place finish at last year’s Tankard means he can be beaten, but by who?

Of the two Ottawa entries, Bryan Cochrane from City View has beaten Howard before. This is Cochrane’s 16th Tankard. He is also playing with two young sharp shooters in the Camm brothers (Mat and Jason) while his second, Brad Kidd, has a raft of provincial appearances.

The Mark Homan team from the Ottawa is nothing but determined. Homan, the older brother of Team Canada’s Rachel Homan, has been putting his rink through daily practices. He has a provincial junior banner — with John Morris — and second Paul Winford has competed in a previous Tankard.

Many of the other teams are populated by young players who have multiple men’s provincial appearances. Mark Bice, John Epping, Rob Rumfeldt and Jake Higgs know what to do to win. Rob Lobel has finished as high as fourth in this event having played in it twice. Rookie Tankard skips Jake Walker, Craig Van Ymeren and Shannon Beddows will have a lot to get used to quickly. The first two are used to arena ice. Walker skipped his junior rink to win the national championship in 2010. Van Ymeren was his vice. Cannington’s Beddows actually went into the playdowns for the Travelers Tankard because there weren’t enough teams in zone 5.

Who’ll still be standing the last weekend? My prediction is Howard, Rumfeldt, Cochrane and Higgs.

The Travelers Tankard is taking place at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2. Daily draws are at 2 p.m. and 7 with three draws on Wednesday.

Team Jennifer Jones will be in attendance one of the days to practice. On Feb. 1, the Special Olympics provincial finals will take place with the Ottawa team, skipped by Conall MacMillan, taking part. Ticket packages are available as are single draw tickets. If you purchase single draw tickets at the arena it is cash only.

Rogers is showing all the games on its digital channels 368 and 369. Sportsnet is expected to carry the semi-final and finals.

In Val-d’Or, Que., Gatineau’s Jean-Michel Menard is going to his seventh Brier after winning the provincial final on his 38th birthday Sunday. In the same location, Ottawa’s Melissa Gannon played third for Allison Ross’s Montreal squad to advance to the Scotties in Montreal. Ross represented Quebec last year as well.

The Ottawa area has another provincial champion. Brian Lewis, Chris Lewis, David Staples and Kyle Thompson captured the OCA’s Fairfield Marriott Challenge.


The Main Event was won by the junior team from Quinte of Mac Calwell, Erin Butler, Morgan Calwell and Jordan Mark. They defeated last year’s champion team skipped by Spencer Cooper. The senior event was captured by Dave Stanley while Michel Barsalou took the Colts division. Other Main event winners were A. Bugg, Chris Gardner and V. Sheppard. Senior event winners were Norm Clement and Richard Faguy.


The Carleton Place Leather Works spiel was won by Lee Mantha, John Phillips, Ted Phillips, Stephanie Phillips and Melanie Conti.


The finals of the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors will be seen on TSN at 3 pm. The women’s final is Saturday while the men play Sunday. Curling will be featured on the Weather Network’s national morning show Thursday.

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Joe Pavia, Ottawa Sun Curling Columnist



Time is not on their side.

When you’re Janice and Doug Kreviazuk and you parent three high performance curlers, time runs out on you. They now have two reasons for going to Montreal’s Scotties. Middle daughter Lynn just won Ontario while oldest daughter Alison plays on Team Canada.

“Janice and I live vicariously through our children,” said the proud dad. “We look at this as our vacation. We can’t get anymore pleasure than watching our children at these events.”

But both parents have used all their vacation time, sick days, flexible days — everything. Doug works for the Canadian Payments Association while Janice is a school administrator.

“We aren’t out of money but out of time,” said Janice. “We aren’t going to the Continental Cup for instance because we just don’t have the time.” Team Homan is competing in that event.

The couple attended the Olympic trials in December, came home for four days then flew to Italy where youngest daughter Cheryl competed in the university games from Dec. 12 to 20. After a Christmas rest, it was off to the Sault for the eight days of the Ontario Scotties, then its Montreal’s Scotties. Mrs. Kreviazuk is taking an unpaid leave of absence to be in Montreal while Mr. Kreviazuk can only attend on weekends.

But who do they cheer for? Both parents don’t mind when the girls play each other. Doug feels “One is going to win and one is going to lose. There is not a … thing I can do about it.”

Janice hates when they play against each other to eliminate a team. “Lynn played Cheryl three years ago in the final of the junior provincials. One of them was not going to nationals. That was the hardest game I ever watched.”


Except for Quebec, the Scotties field is determined. They are Homan – Team Canada, Kim Dolan PE, Stefanie Lawton SK, Heather Smith NS, Kesa Van Osch BC, Val Sweeting AB, Andrea Crawford NB, Heather Strong NL, Allison Flaxey ON and Sara Koltun NWT. Ottawa’s Andrea Sinclair is that rink’s lead.


The Rideau owns the provincial Tim Hortons masters. Layne Noble with Rick Bachand, Bob Hanna and Bob Boland finished the round robin at 7-0. Diana Favel with Janelle Sadler, Jennifer Langley and Judy Tulloch had to win two tiebreakers. Favel won the second game by scoring three in the last end then stole a point in the extra. The Travelers Tankard field is complete now. The Challenge Round saw Jake Higgs and John Epping joining the field. In Best Western Intermediates the men’s zone winners were: 1A – Willie Jeffries, B – Bill Adair; 2A – Ian Bridger, B – David Brown; 3A – Dwayne Lowe, B – Al Scott; 4A ,B – Kerry Powell. Bantam zone winners were: 1A – Cassie Allen and Kieran Bisson, B – Sydney Kennedy and Philippe Lalonde; 2A – Lindsay Bell and Hayden Richmond; B- Sierra Sutherland and Eric Shantz; 3A – Emma Wallingford and Jordie Lyon-Hatcher, B -and Kayla MacMillan and Mitchell Jeffs; 4A – Kate Davey and Joshua Henderson, B – Grace Wallingford and Ryan Hahn.


The third event in the OVCA Colts league (for novice curlers) was won by Phillip Viau, Luc Ouellete, Robert Pollender and Eric Labonte from Buckingham.


The entry forms for the Hogline Curlers Proshop Little Rocks Championship is now on the OVCA website”¦The Hunt Club’s Sweet Heart Bonspiel is accepting entries for the February 13 to 16 ‘spiel. Contact…The WFG Continental Cup from Las Vegas begins Thursday morning. TSN carries all the action starting tomorrow morning at 11:30.

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