So about three people just sent me the OCA's statement concerning the CCA-OCA dispute. This is only about three months late in coming, but here you go. I'd be interested to hear what people think about this.
Also, there has been no word yet on the Special General Meeting called by the required number of members. That has to be called, no ifs, ands or buts. I wonder if the issuing of this is in some way tied to the possible upcoming meeting?
OCA reinstated as a Member-in-Good-Standing
The Ontario Curling Association was informed in November 2013 by the Canadian Curling Association that we were now a ‘Member-Not-in-Good-Standing’.
The decision to place us in this status was made as a result of their receipt of a confidential internal OCA Board communication containing several comments they found “inaccurate and defamatory” which had been forwarded to them anonymously.
Along with this there were restrictions, the OCA was not to communicate nor receive communications
from the CCA. We were to be notified after an investigation of the conditions we would be required to
meet to regain Good Standing.
We fully complied with the investigation in the hopes that this would be quickly resolved. The CCA’s
investigation dragged into the New Year. In January we were advised that their investigation was
complete and an apology was required. Although we had not seen the results of the investigation and
with no appeal process available to us we issued an apology in early February. Our initial apology was
not approved by the CCA Governors.
Our hopes that this matter would be quickly resolved dragged on, but through no intention of ours.
With the best interests of our members at heart we issued a further apology which was then accepted
The OCA Board of Directors would like to remind you that we are a group of dedicated volunteers who devote many hours and are passionate about the game of curling in Ontario. We continue to enjoy the respect and friendship of the other member associations and will work to regain our role in the CCA. The OCA will continue to have a strong voice at the National meeting table.
We will be available to answer questions at the spring zone meetings.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Some interesting stories in today’s papers on the popular topics being discussed at this year’s Tim Hortons Brier.
First up, in the Sun chain papers, Terry Jones has a possibility on why there are so few folks at the Canadian championship this week – that they spent their money going to Las Vegas.
Who would have ever figured that the decidedly daffy Continental Cup, an event that features singles, mixed doubles and skins games held in Las Vegas would out-draw the 85th Brier in Canada in average per draw attendance with all the grand national rock concert's built in tradition and history?
Believe it or not, it's because the fans who usually go to the Brier every year decided to go to Las Vegas this year instead.
"I think Las Vegas got a lot of them," said Brier boss Warren Hansen. "I think a lot of people went there who would have come here.
Attendance at the Brier has been disastrous with one observer saying there were less than 100 people in the stands for one of the morning draws this week.
Meanwhile, Paul Wiecek in the Winnipeg Free Press weighs in on the upcoming musical chairs about to take place at season’s end. He talks about the number of teams changing and the possibilities of who is going to play wear.
However he also brings up the point that this Team Canada thing is putting a wrench into a lot of the deal-making.
Consider: Jeff Stoughton third Jon Mead said Friday the odds "are about 60-40" that he will at least semi-retire from curling after this season if playoff-bound Team Manitoba loses this weekend, but almost 100 per cent that he will continue curling with Stoughton next year if they win.
And then the CBC offered up a local angle to the relegation story, now more glaring since the participants in next year’s Battle of the Bottom are known.
One of those is Nova Scotia and in the CBC story, Mark Dacey, the last N.S. skip to win the championship, had some strong words for the new system that will go into place next year.
"For me it's theworst day ever in Nova Scotia curling History," he said Thursday at the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax.
Posted by BW at 8:30 AM
Just two weeks after he watched his son win a silver medal at the Sochi Olympics, David Murdoch was reeling with the sudden passing of his father from a suspected heart attack. Matt Murdoch, who inspired his son to take up the roaring game, was a three-time Scottish champion.
David Murdoch issued a statement about the passing which you can read in this article.
‘He was a brilliant dad to us all. My mum and dad inspired me, my brother and sister to take up curling and have done so much to help us all in our careers in addition to helping to inspire many others to take up the sport.
David Murdoch issued a statement about the passing which you can read in this article.
Posted by BW at 8:16 AM
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Delay, delay, delay -- that's the OCA
It’s now been two weeks since a large gaggle of zone reps sent a letter to the Ontario Curling Association requesting a Special General Meeting. The letter came in the wake of the OCA’s battle with the CCA, which was ignited when the CCA made the provincial body a “member not in good standing,” and then threatened to suspend it fully.
The details of how this happened are here.
While the OCA has apologized/retracted the offending statements and is back in the good books, it is still required by its constitution to schedule and arrange this meeting.
However, in what is becoming an all-too familiar situation, the OCA board, headed by president Ian McGillis, has delayed the meeting. Over the course of the past year or so, McGillis has become the master at either not answering letters, answering them late, or answering them at the 11th hour.
While the president has acknowledged receipt of the letter requesting the Special General Meeting, that’s the last anyone’s heard.
Now by the constitution of the OCA, there are no ifs, ands or buts about this – the meeting has to be scheduled. But it seems the board is trying to avoid doing that, perhaps waiting for the zone meetings in April. Is it any wonder why the zone reps are upset?
Clearly there is enough nonsense going with the OCA board that this meeting should happen asap. And anyone who cares about curling in the province should not only be urging the board to schedule this meeting but making plans to attend, if allowed.
There are a ton of important issues facing our game right now and putting your head in the sand and hoping it all goes away is not the way to deal with it. Leadership is needed and, with all due respect to those who volunteer their time, it’s clearly not happening.
Posted by BW at 10:01 PM
With attendance not so hot out in Kamloops for this year's Tim Hortons Brier, the thought of possibly moving the big show to one of Canada's major centres seems to be off the front burner. As Jim Morris writes in the Vancouver Courier, curling's popularity in the Western city is slipping and the chances of bringing another major event there seem remote.
Even Vancouver resident and CCA head-of-all-things-Brier Warren Hansen appears to have admitted defeat.
“I don’t think there’s an appetite [for curling] in Vancouver,” said Warren Hansen, director of event operations for the Canadian Curling Association and a Vancouver-area resident.“
The sport is not familiar enough for people to simply come out because there is a major curling event.”
That's got to be a tough one for Hansen who was hoping to one day host the Brier in Vancouver or Toronto. But he's also a realist and he knows that the sport still has a long way to go.
Hansen said the biggest obstacle curling would face in Vancouver is perception. The sport just isn’t cool enough for most residents.
“Despite the fact of everything we have done over the last 25 years, curling in Canada still has a stigma about it.
“The young people in the U.S. think the sport is cool. They think it’s something they would like to do. We tend not to get that in Canada because the sport still has a stigma.”
The bigger question now becomes if you can't go to big cities and smaller centres such as Kamloops are no longer excited, just where do you hold this thing? You can only go to the Calgary-Edmonton-Winnipeg-Regina rotation so much.
The next few years will be interesting to see just what locales get the nod.
Posted by BW at 6:53 AM
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Just 10,427 fans attended the first four draws on Saturday and Sunday, an average of just 2,607 per draw for an event that averaged over 9,000 per draw last year in Edmonton.
While organizers say ticket sales are better for the final weekend of this event, it's already abundantly clear this is almost certainly going to go down as the worst-attended Brier since just 45,220 turned up in Chicoutimi, Que. in 1988.What's strange about this is that a) as Wiecek points out it comes after all the excitement of curling at the Olympics and b) that even the guy who has put on about the last 100 Briers, Warren Hansen doesn't know why there are so few bums in the seats.
"But I'm stymied on this. We needed to sell at least 4,000 seats a draw to make this work and I never thought that would be a challenge -- the Brier hasn't been in B.C. for 20 years, the economy here is pretty good, it's the right demographic.where the attendance averaged about 1,500 a draw. Although that was expected, coming in La Belle Province which is not exactly a boom town for curling.
Still, you wonder how these two events back to back will hurt the CCA's coffers.
Posted by BW at 7:43 AM
Monday, March 3, 2014
As Terry Jones reports from the Brier it’s time to start the revolving doors among curling’s elite players.
With the Olympics over and a new multi-year cycle about to start, the dance partners are lining up and looking for new partners.
One of the players involved is likely to be former world champion Nolan Thiessan.
“There’s lots of stuff out there,” said Thiessen, the Edmonton curler who won a Brier and world championship with Kevin Koe in 2010.
So what do we know? Not much outside of the fact that Carter Ryecroft is hanging up the slider after a pretty darn good career. The other rumours out there with some basis of fact are that John Morris is unlikely to be with his current team, unless he wins the Brier; and that Jeff Stoughton, Kevin Martin and Glenn Howard are unlikely to be around for the next Olympics but will probably play next year.
Of course Stoughton also has a chance to win the Brier this year and if he does, will probably keep his team intact. Financially, it makes sense since there’s government funding as well as sponsorship opportunities.
But the run for South Korea 2018 is well underway
Posted by BW at 8:22 AM