Hi Folks:

WOW – what a change in our world in just a few days due to the Omicron Variant! 
Be advised that Flowertown has cancelled curling on Monday 😞, including their Christmas Luncheon. And, there will be no more curling at Dixie 😥 until at least January 9th.  As of this moment, we have had no news from MG&CC about the new year, but I am sure that there will be announcements made after Christmas.
In the meantime, our Trophy Spiel 🏆was a success “THANKS” to Craig Franklin, Bruce Wither and Joe Caruso.  Congrats to our Trophy Spiel winners – 🥇 the Caruso Team (Allan Methven, Randy Wilson, Hugh Goodwillie & Joe Caruso), and to the Battaglia Team 🥈(Michael Battaglia, Greg Waterman, Michael Deverell, & Earl Nixon) who came 2nd and the Rudd Team🥉(John Rudd, Jim Jennings, Bob Hand, & David Burns) who came 3rd.  And, our Christmas Luncheon was also well attended, “THANKS” to Doug Martin, Bruce Wither, Bob Hand and John Page (it was good to have some past members join us).  
Don’t forget to sign up for the Friendly 😀 Bonspiel on Friday, January 14th, with MG&CC.  The registration info was sent out on December 13th by Joe.  The spiel includes 2 games 🥌 and lunch 🍽 at MG&CC all for just $40.00.  You can also sign up to spare.
As we say good-bye to another year, my wish for each of you is that you stay safe over the Holiday Season and that you are able to enjoy the Christmas Season in spite of all the doom and gloom around us.  As Canadians 🍁, we still have so much for which to be thankful.  The attached video of The Aroha Junior Choir and their rendition of “Someday at Christmas” brought tears to my eyes.  I hope you enjoy their musical message too.
In the meantime, I wish you a very 🎅MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄 and a HAPPY, HEALTHY 2022.

God bless 🙏,​Duncan.

The Aroha Junior Choir feat. the Aroha Children’s Choir – Someday At Christmas – YouTubeThe Aroha Junior Choir and the Aroha Children’s Choir collaborate to bring you this sweet song. Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas everyone!Written By – Ron …www.youtube.com

You are invited to join us. Proof of vaccination will be required for all guests attending.

All past, current and associate members are welcome to register for our Annual Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021. Members please select the link below to register! Guests and past members can submit a request to attend by emailing humberseniorscurling@hotmail.com

https://humber-seniors.curling.io/en/products/3781-humber-seniors-christmas-luncheon

We Need Your Help – Now

November 15, 2021

Dear GTA Curlers,

We are writing to ask for your support for a facility in Etobicoke-York (EY) dedicated to curling. While the closures of Scarboro and Annandale have had major impact, it is the closures of curling facilities at private golf and country clubs in the west end of Toronto (Weston and St. Georges), that have hit particularly hard. There are now no curling facilities in EY. These closures are not due to a lack of demand for curling but rather a change in private golf courses to become golf-centric. There are now hundreds of curlers scrambling for spots in our remaining facilities or unfortunately leaving the sport. There is no space for new adult or youth curlers to learn the sport.

The West End Curling Committee (WECC) was formed by a group of dedicated curlers to get curling backin EY.

Curling had not been on the radar for Parks Forestry and Recreation (PFR) for a very long time. PFR’s most recent Master Plan stated that curling was well supported by private facilities across the city. The recent closures of curling facilities were not addressed until WECC raised the issue with Mayor Tory and the City Executive Committee which then requested Parks Forestry and Recreation (PFR) to develop a needs assessment.

PFR did a very thorough needs assessment and concluded that significant gaps exist in meeting the demand for curling in EY. This is a very important conclusion and needs to lead to concrete action to address.

PFR analyzed potential options to close these gaps ranging from building brand new facilities to sharing facilities with other sports team (i.e., sharing an existing ice pad with hockey or skating). PFR’s current position is to focus a “shared use” facility with the conversion of an existing under-utilized arena to dedicated curling use as a possible future project. Building a new facility is not being considered, especially given the financial pressures the city is facing with the pandemic.

WECC is advocating for the city to allocate an under-utilized arena (there are seven) as a dedicated curling facility. The Toronto Curling Association (TCA) has also been actively engaged in discussions with the City of Toronto and also supports the establishment of a dedicated facility.

We need your help. PFR will be reporting back to City Council with their recommendations soon. We need you to lobby our local councillors and other political leaders to make them aware of the issue and seek their support to, as a minimum, have an existing underutilized hockey arena in the west end reallocated for use as a curling facility. City Council will react to issues that their residents are demanding. We need to make them aware that there is broad support for this issue across the city.

While this issue is of prime importance to those of you that reside in the west end, it is of great importanceto all areas of the city. We need more curling facilities across the city to ensure the long-term health of thesport and this is a first step. Regardless of where you live, we need you to support this issue by contacting your local councillor.

The attached letter has been drafted for you to use to send to your local councillor and to Mayor Tory. You can use the following link to find your local councillor and their contact info… Members of Council – City of Toronto. Feel free to make changes to the letter as you wish.
Download Template Letter

If you would rather send an email to your councillor, we have a template ready for you to cut and paste below.

Dear Councillor xxxx, 

I am concerned about the lack of curling facilities in the City of Toronto. I am asking for your help to have existing, underutilized Parks & Rec facilities re-purposed for the sport of curling, have new facilities built, or require developers to include curling facilities in major new developments in the city.

We recommend that you copy the letter into an email to your councillor and the Mayor. Please send it as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Greg King, Chairperson, West End Curling Committee

Melissa Hogg Cunningham, President, Toronto Curling Association

Contact WECC

You can help us make a better tomorrow for curling by volunteering, signing the WECC petition, and receiving our newsletter.

We are eager to hear from you at:

  • Email: westendcurling@gmail.com
  • Twitter: @westendcurling.com
  • Facebook: West End Curling Committee