2021-22 CURLING SEASON
Passing of Marian Coveny
Message to the Membership from the Board
As we reach the end of what we hope is the last of the restrictions on our ability to curl this season we wanted to let everyone know that the Board and your section representatives have been working hard to ensure that we are able to get back on the ice as soon as possible once the government allows us to do so.
Government recommendations continue to change and be up-dated. Current advice from the government and health agencies is that “bandana,” “buff” and other single-layer masks are no longer considered sufficient in protecting yourself and others from the spread of COVID. The current recommendation is the use of medical grade masks. Canada’s mask guidance has changed. Here’s why you might need an upgrade | CBC News
With infection rates reaching new levels and reduced testing available we encourage everyone to get your booster shot ASAP and to take symptoms seriously so that you are as protected as much as possible before returning to the Club.
The Board is currently reviewing our COVID policies and protocols and we will advise everyone prior to the start of curling what these are. Unfortunately, neither the government nor CurlCan/CurlOn have provided any up-dated guidance for curling clubs so Jim and the Board have been in communication with not only all of the sections of our Club but also other Clubs in the region to assist us in crafting what we hope are protocols that balance everyone’s safety with the enjoyment of the sport.
Please look for a survey to come from Survey Monkey in the next couple of days which we have prepared in order to assist the Board with ensuring we can maximize the curling season for the membership.
Remember, you as a member play a large role in assisting us in getting back out onto the ice safely and completing our season:
1. Familiarize yourself with current recommendations from the government in relation to masks and vaccines;
2.Minimize your exposures, be vigilant about even minor symptoms and stay home when you are feeling unwell (whether you believe that it is COVID or “just a cold”); and
3.Get your Booster shot!
4. In light of reduced testing, people need to be VIGILANT about minor symptoms and stay home. If in doubt just stay home.
Jim is trying to order more Rapid test but they keep cancelling or delaying the orders. Hopefully when we open we will have more available for the members to use.
We are working with the sections assuming the January 26th restrictions will be lifted and we are targeting January 31st at a tentative opening date. That will give the ice-makers time to prep the ice and sections enough time to reach out to their members and to make the draws. We have been tearing up the sewer piping in the basement and need some time to patch the flooring and concrete so our washrooms are usable.
The member survey will come out very soon, please take the time to complete the survey so you can all help guide us.
BCC Awarded a New Trillium Grant!
I am happy to report that we have been approved for another Trillium grant. Our club will receive $71,700 towards a new boiler and on ice gas heater as well as air-conditioning for the lounge.
The grant covers 80% of the total cost.
We will be removing all the old water piping in the ice shed area and replacing with a new gas heater. The new boiler will more efficiently heat the rest of our building and save us on heating bills and the air conditioner will allow for summer time rentals and help make the club more comfortable during the start and end of the season.
Next up we are trying to get a grant for solar panels!
The Burlington Curling Club is one of the finest curling clubs in Ontario with five sheets of quality curling ice, first-rate food and beverage service, and a friendly atmosphere that fosters the love of the game on and off the ice.
If you are interested in membership information, please go to the “Club” dropdown box and click on “Membership” to access information on the Burlington Curling Club Leagues, 2021-22 membership rates, and our $99.00 introductory special.
Learn To Curl
We are not running the LTC league in 2021-22 but we are offering monthly free clinics to help people learn the game and hopefully get comfortable enough to join the next season. email: email@example.com
for more information or fill in the Membership Form under The Club
header at the top of the page.
If you are interested in joining the BCC, please go to the “Club” drop-down box, then to “Membership Form”. Fill out the form and submit it. There is no cost to do so. You will be contacted within a few days confirming the receipt of your application. Many of the BCC sections have short waiting lists so it is important to apply early.
You can contact the Club Manager, Jim Holland anytime at 905-634-0014 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that December 1st is here, we are sure that most people are looking forward to participating in a few more social activities at the club. There is a general sense of excitement as spectators can now re-join the on-ice curlers in enjoying the social nature of our club. Given this natural enthusiasm, we would like to remind you of a few club protocols.
First, please refrain from touching, knocking, or banging on the viewing glass. Not only are these actions a significant safety hazard, it also distracts from the on-ice experience of our curlers. We are asking people to use their common sense when trying to get someone’s attention on the ice or when reacting to the amazing shots which will no doubt be made during the games. Our members’ safety and on-ice enjoyment is a priority for everyone.
Secondly, please remember to give bar priority to the curlers who have exited the ice surface. As spectators we would ask you to allow the curlers to obtain their drinks when ready so that they can move to the post game area with ease. We also ask that all spectators remain either sitting at the glass or in the pregame high-top tables to allow those finishing their game the space and comfort to socialize.
Lastly, as case counts are on the rise and a new concerning variant has been observed we ask you to keep in mind the basic COVID protocols, wash or sanitise your hands frequently, observer social distancing where possible, wear your mask when entering, leaving or not seated at a table and finally please stay home if you feel sick or think you may have been exposed to COVID.
If we all take a few moments to remember these club protocols everyone’s on-ice and in-lounge experience will be an enjoyable and safe one.
The Burlington Curling Club gratefully acknowledges a Trillium Foundation grant of $67,900 that has allowed us to update our ice plant and remove the mold infected areas of the club. This will provide both energy savings and a safer environment for our curlers.
If you click on the link above you can download a PDF of the latest guidelines for reopening curling clubs that our curling associations have released..
If gives you an idea of how our game will be affected and some of the steps, we as a club, will have to take to open. Most key steps are noted above in Andre’s message..
Videos to show Game Flow
CurlON has created a couple very short videos just to show you the flow of a game with the covid procedures in place. One sweeping, where to stand when other team is throwing and one skip in the house etc.
Click on the links below to view.
Practice Times going forward
Tuesday and Wednesday 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM
The club will be open 8:30 AM until 11PM – 7 days a week – from Thanksgiving to Easter.
Closed over the Christmas holidays.
Due to COVID we have a no spectator policy.
Members who are double vaccinated only
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Outside of those hours email: email@example.com