Updated Thursday, August 28, 2014

First WCT Event of the Season

The first World Curling Tour Event of the season starts Friday in Baden. See the list of teams here. The only team from Canada is Saskatchewan's Steve Laycock. In Canada, The Stu Sells Tankard is in Oakville the following weekend, with both a men's and women's section.

First Game of the Season

Pictured above is the first game of the 2014-15 season  - the Junior late Summer League at Carleton Heights. Photo courtesy of Don Richardson.

For the Love of Curling Scholarships

Matt Allan of Huntley Curling Club was among the 10 winners of the CCA For the Love of Curling Scholarship, worth $1,000. Full story...

Easter Seals Bonspiel Needs Volunteers

The Easter Seals Bonspiel will be held Wednesday November 12 at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club to raise funds for children with physical disabilities.  Contact Hayley Magermans if you can help. Read more details here.

Openings at Navy

The RCN (Navy) Curling Club has openings for women for the Monday evening recreational draw and Wednesday evening fixed. See the website for further details.

City View's Oktoberfest

This year City View's men's Oktoberfest bonspiel is adding an option to cater to out-of-town teams. Dates are October 1-4. See the bonspiel page for the details.

CCA Announces Teams for NTP

Ottawa's Rachel Homan is among the 12 teams who have qualified for the CCA National Team Program. Read the full story here...

Update on Late Summer Schedule

Carleton Heights manager Don Richardson reports that entries are now closed for the Cash League (24), Junior (9), Women's OCT Event (5) and the Scotch Doubles (12). The Summer League starts August 26, and Women's Cash and Scotch Doubles start September 4. The schedule will be posted soon.

DFO to Sponsor Tankard

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) announced their title sponsorship of the 2015 Ontario Men's Curling Championship: The 2015 "Recharge with Milk" Tankard. Read the full story here...

Curling Club in Outaouais Unlikely

La Pêche Curling Club wants to bring curling to the people of the Outaouais, but with two rejections from local municipalities so far, its odds are looking slim. Read the full story here...

Maxville Sports Hall of Fame

Glengarry Curling Club is being inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in Maxville. Read the full story here.

Canadian Seniors & Mixed Fours

Changes to the format of the Canadian Seniors and Mixed are to be voted on in August at the CCA meetings. The proposal is to do away with relegation and have 2 pools of 7 teams. The playoff would be the standard format, not the Page Playoff system. Games would be 8 ends. Read more on Brian Belfry's blog...

Cruise with the Stars

Gananoque is offering a Thousand Island Cruise with Brad Jacobs, David Murdoch, Eve Muirhead, Brad Gushue and others on Wednesday September 17 prior to the Shorty Jenkins Classic in Brockville. See the brochure here. Contact Jayne Curtis at 613-382-3281 to purchase a ticket.

National Curling Summit Summary

The first National Curling Summit took place in Niagara Falls early this week. Read about it here.

Daytime Novice Program at Navy

Navy Curling Club is offering a daytime novice program on Thursday afternoons. It kicks off with a free two-hour initiation for men and women on Thursday September 25 at 1:00 pm. Contact Maureen Harris or the Club manager to sign up for the initiation, or to join the novice program.

Scotch Doubles Needs 2 Teams

Due to cancellations, Carleton Heights has at least two spots to fill in their Scotch Doubles September 4-7. They will hold it open until Wednesday of this week. Contact Don Richardson at 613-224-6224

Ice Tech Course at Huntley

There will be a Level 1 Icemakers Course at Huntley Curling Club on September 6 & 7. Register through the Ontario Curling Association.

Curling Summit

A four-day gathering of curling’s movers and shakers gets underway Monday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls. Full story....

Ottawa to bid on 2017 Trials

The Senators Sport & Entertainment and Ottawa Tourism are set to bid to host the Curling Trials in 2017 at the Canadian Tire Centre. They previously lost the 2013 bid to Winnipeg.

City Wide Youth League

Marc Bourguignon reports that the new Ottawa Youth Curling League - OYCL is starting up in October. This league is targeting curlers of all skill level between the ages of 12 and 18 (U18). It is not intended for elite teams who are regularly away at competitions.  See the Junior Page for more information. Contact is Marc Bourguignon.

Earle Morris on The Curling Show

Listen to the the great podcast on the Curling Show featuring Earle Morris, former coach of Rachel Homan and present coach of his son John Morris.

OVCA Colts Start October 4

The first event of the OVCA Colts Event is scheduled for Navy Curling Club on October 4-5. To qualify, curlers must have less than 5 year's experience. Check out the bonspiel page for more information.

Team from Japan coming to Kemptville

Touri Koana's women's team from Japan will be participating in the Royal LePage OVCA Women's Fall Classic at North Grenville Curling Club November 6-9. There are openings for 4 more teams. See the list of teams here.

Open House at RCMP

RCMP Curling Club is hosting an Open House on Thursday September 11 from 7 to 10 pm. Teams are needed for the Mixed Leagues and the Ladies Wednesday night league. RCMP is open to the public. Contact Paul Adams at 613-749-7086

Practice Ice at Carleton Heights

There will be practice ice available at Carleton Heights. The cost per person is $12. See the schedule here. To reserve, contact Don Richardson at 613-224-6224.

Senior Cash League needs one team

The 24-team senior cash league, playing at the Hunt Club Thursdays at 9:30 am and 12:00 noon, has an opening for one team. This league plays from October to December. If someone would like to enter a team or register as an individual, contact Rod Matheson at 613-238-7056.

Challenge Château Cartier de Gatineau‏

Buckingham Curling Club will again host the Challenge Château Cartier de Gatineau‏ October 22-26. Games will be played at the Robert-Rochon arena, Buckingham and Thurso Curling Clubs. Total prize money: $59,000. New this year is a 16-team Senior division. Contact Dany Beaulieu at 819-213-7027.