Once again the government has changed the rules, this time with respect to cross border travellers. As some of you may be planning to travel, here are the new screening requirements that you need to be mindful of in deciding when to return to the Club:

     

    1. Do you have any of the following new or worsening symptoms or signs?
      1. Fever or chills
      2. Cough
      3. Trouble breathing
      4. Decrease or loss of taste or smell
      5. Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea (age <18 only)
      6. Very tired, sore muscles or joints* (age 18+ only)

    If you have an existing health condition that gives you the symptoms, select “No,” unless the symptom is new, different or getting worse. If mild tiredness, sore muscles or joints occur within 48 hours after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, select “No” and continue to follow all public health measures. If symptoms last longer than 48 hours or worsen, select “Yes”.

     

      1. Has a doctor, health care provider, public health unit, or Canadian Border Services Agency told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home)?  This can be because of an outbreak, contact tracing, or travel outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

     

      1. Do you live with someone who has been told by a doctor, health care provider, or public health unit that they should currently be isolating? If you are fully vaccinated or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and since been cleared, select “No.”

     

    If you responded “Yes” to any of these 3 questions, DO NOT ENTER.

    Developed in accordance with recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario


    Once upon a time, long, long ago, we used to mail out the monthly statements. In an effort to save on postage, we started asking members to pick up their statements in the office whenever they were at the Club. We would just put them all in a box in the office in alphabetical order and the members would come in and pick it up. Anybody who wasn’t on pre-authorized payment would usually pay at the same time and even give us back the envelope. This process worked great until COVID came along and messed things up royally.

    We are currently very shorthanded in the office, resulting in the office not being open most evenings or on weekends, the times when the largest number of members frequent the Club. This makes it difficult for many members to pick up their statements. As well, for the sake of people’s health, we don’t want everyone picking through everyone else’s envelopes trying to find theirs. So, the old process needed to be replaced.

    Many of our members like the convenience of being on pre-authorized payment, meaning their statement balance is charged to their credit card on or about the 20th of each month. They can then pick up their statement any time after the 20th. Many don’t even bother to pick up their statements regularly. In these instances, their statements just accumulate for when they do decide to pick them up. Anyone not currently on pre-authorized payment is encouraged to consider signing up. What could be easier? Here is a link to the form. Just fill it out and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop it off in the office.

    Pre-authorization form

    For anyone not on pre-authorized payment, here are your statement pickup options. The statements for October are now available for pickup. When the office is open, just come to the office window. And when the office is closed, your statement will be available for pickup at the bar. If you are picking up your statement at the bar, we ask that you time your pickup strategically (i.e. please don’t ask for your statement when the bar is busy).

    Payment can be made over the phone via credit card, even if you haven’t yet picked up your statement. When you call to pay, please choose extension 5 to speak to Hanadi. If Hanadi doesn’t answer, please leave her a message and she will call you back. Anyone wanting to pay in person will still need to come to the office during the day when it is open, at least until such time as we are able to hire an evening office person. Cheques sent in the mail also still work if that’s your preference.

    We are also working with our Point of Sale provider to allow members to pay their statement balances on-line via credit card; but this option is not quite ready yet.

    Thank you for your patience and your payments.

    Cheers,
    Doug     


    We held off on taking payments at time of registration because we wanted to be absolutely sure that the winter tennis and curling season was going to start. And it looks like all that hoping and praying and finger-crossing has paid off. So with things looking very optimistic for the 2021-2022 season, we sent out a request back at the beginning of October asking members to proceed with paying.

    If you’ve already paid at least a portion of your membership, we thank you and you can ignore the rest of this message. If you haven’t yet made a payment or partial payment, we’d very much appreciate you doing so.

    The easiest way to pay is by logging onto the Tam website at www.tamheather.ca, just as you did to register. Once you log in, click on the Registration menu item. Click on the purple icon; curling or tennis, whichever is appropriate. This will take you to the payment screen where you will be able to pay with your credit card. You will notice that we are offering a two (2) payment option on most memberships again this season, allowing you to pay 50% now and the remainder in the New Year. If you prefer to pay the full amount, that option is also available.

    Payment can also still be made with debit, cheque or cash, but requires that you come into the office to do so.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    Welcome back Tam members.  It has been trying times for everyone and I’m confident that we are heading in the right direction. 

    Members have been wondering about our kitchen scheduling.  Now that the Club has moved to full capacity, we can provide food service before & after your scheduled games from the Window Menu only.  Hours of operation will be from 9am-7:30pm Sunday to Friday.  Once Toronto Health gives the go ahead and removes the table arrangement restriction, Tam Kitchen Sunday Dinner will resume.

    At the moment we are under staffed with only Velicia and I working, so please be patient.  Since we are short staffed the kitchen is looking for responsible students who are interested in casual part time work. They should be available to work some after school shifts, some weekends for special events, and Sunday dinners when required. If there are any members who would like their children to gain paid work experience Contact Damiano at the club or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    movenber foundation

    The month of November is MOVEMBER and, for the 11th year, I will be participating and my goal is to raise $1000.  Anyone wanting to donate for Prostate Cancer can do so by going online to Movember - Donate enter Damiano Sartor or leave the donation in the MOVEMBER JAR at the Tam Kitchen Window. 

    It will be only a matter of time before we get back to a new normal so stay safe and play on.

    club sandwich


    The bell rule also seems to be causing some confusion. We’ve made a change this season. But, it’s pretty simple. Whether your league is attempting to play 8 ends or 6, when the bell sounds, you should finish the end you are playing, and no more. Unlike 2019-2020 when we had a 25 minute bell that allowed you to finish the end you were in, plus one more, this season we are using a 10 minute bell. Do not start a new end after the bell sounds. Just finish the end you are playing.

    Which invariably prompts the question, when is a new end considered to have started. The first rock of the new end must have been delivered and crossed the delivering end t-line before the bell sounds for an end to be considered to have started before the bell.


    To those who haven’t yet peaked behind the tarps covering the glass end of sheet H and the west ends of our upper and lower lounges, the elevator work is almost complete. It should have been finished more than a month ago, but … you know how these things go … deadlines are only estimates. The contractor is waiting for delivery of the railing for the stairs down to the ice and a railing for the handicap ramp from the west parking lot. They are also waiting for carpeting for the ice walkway and new flooring for the base of the west stairs and around the elevator in the lower lounge. These materials are expected to arrive this week and, once installed, the tarps will come down. Which doesn’t mean the elevator will be operational, because there are still a couple of major issues there that need resolution.


    Although Monday’s removal of the capacity limits is certainly welcome news, we will need to wait a bit longer to see the full extent of the change here at Tam. For starters, the removal of the capacity limits isn’t as good as it sounds because the Province did not also remove the requirement that table arrangements be 2 metres apart. As a result, we can’t add any more tables in the upper lounge. So, where we used to have 16 tables of 8, plus additional tables in the dining area, we now only have 8 tables of 8. We could resume squeezing 8 people around a single table instead of 8 around a pair of tables, but feedback has indicated that members prefer the additional spacing when seated at the tables.

    So, the good news is that we no longer need to worry about exceeding the government-mandated capacity limits during draw changes. But, until the construction is finished in the upper lounge and we are able to add some more tables, we will continue to ask that you access the ice from the lower level.

    By all means, please resume coming to the club before your game and enjoying a pre-game meal and/or beverage. Damiano and Karen would really appreciate the increased business. But please allow time to finish and proceed downstairs to change and then access the ice from downstairs.  


    Hello Everyone,

    Who knew that there could be so much confusion over sweeping? This subject came up at a meeting of the GTA Curling Club managers yesterday and one of the managers summed it up as a “S*** show. Everybody is just doing what they want.” She was afraid it was going to result in fisticuffs, and we all know that fisticuffs is contradictory to COVID social distancing guidelines. So what do we do if there’s an issue these days, we fix it with protocols. So, here they are, the new protocols for sweeping. These are based primarily on the most current protocols published by Curling Canada and CurlON, with a few clarifications.

    1. Sweeping is only permitted between the T-lines
    2. If you are sweeping a rock and trying to freeze on a rock behind the t-line, you must stop sweeping at the t-line and hope that you’ve swept hard enough to that point to get it all the way back to the opponent’s rock
    3. One sweeper from the delivering team per shot, no other sweepers from any team at any point during the shot.
    4. No relaying
    5. The player in charge of the house, typically the Skip or Vice, may not sweep the delivered stone or any other stones (both colours) set in motion by the delivering team
    6. In the event of a hack weight takeout, the player in charge of the house is not allowed to sweep the opposing team’s rock out after it is tapped and crosses the t-line

    There is also some uncertainty about where to stand when your team is not delivering.

    1. Curlers should remain on the same side of the sheet between shots. Please refer to Curling Canada’s diagram posted on the windows behind the sheets. In-ice decals have been installed on the sheets to indicate where to stand when your team is not delivering.
    2. Although we are fortunate enough to have spacious walkways along the backboards at the window end of the sheet, we ask that you please refrain from congregating there to await your turn.

    distancing illustrationsCheers,

    Doug  


    Hello Mixed curlers,

    The Mixed team lists and schedule have been loaded on the Tam website. Log in using the Username and Password you used to register and find it all under Curling Info > Teams & Schedule


     schedule


    Teams
    Listing of all the teams and players.
    Clicking on a player's name allows you to send them an email.
     
    Schedule
    See ALL games, not just your own, sorted by date.
    There are 3 groupings:
    Upcoming – future games
    Awaiting Results – games in the past without a score
    Played – games with results posted
    Your team's games are highlighted in yellow. 
    Vice/Skip can enter/edit results of their games by clicking on the dropdown arrow between the team names. Only one team needs to enter the results of the game (i.e. the vice of the winning team).Standings
    Up-to-date standings, assuming all game results have been input by the Vices/Skips.
     
    Rules
    Pretty self-explanatory.
     
    My Games
    This will show all of YOUR games by league. 
     
    Find Spares
    Lists of spares for the various leagues with the ability to send an email to players on the list
     
    PDF copies of the Schedule
    Schedule of the full draw by Division (like the one sent out by the drawmaster)

    Reminder (of particular note to new members): You will notice that only the Mixed and Day Ladies info appears here. To make a long story short; we have 2 websites. You will find the Mixed and Day Ladies information here at https://tamheather.ca/. For the Men's and Business Women, go to https://www.tamheathermens.ca/. A lot of work has gone into developing both these websites over the years, which is the main reason we still have both. Someday we'll combine them, maybe.


    Hello Everyone,

    We have seen almost everyone’s Proof of Vaccination, but with the weather still conducive to playing outside, some members still haven’t yet played their first game indoors at Tam. I’m sure you can appreciate that the Club cannot have someone constantly manning the entrance from 7:00am to 10:00pm every day. We did man the door for all utilized court times during the first week of the season in order to cover all the leagues and Block Bookings, and then off and on when we realized that the schedules were such that not everyone played that first week. That allowed us to verify the vaccination proof of the majority of members, but not all.

    Recognizing how important it is to many of our members to know that everyone has provided proof that they are fully vaccinated, we will be scheduling times during which those members who have not yet shown us their Proof of Vaccination will be asked to come to the Club and show us their proof. In this way, we hope to attain 100% verification. 

    At the following dates/times, there will be a staff member in the vestibule of the dome. 

    • Wed. Oct 20    9:30 to 11:00am
    • Wed. Oct 20    4:00 to 5:00pm
    • Wed. Oct 20    7:00 to 8:00pm
    • Thurs. Oct 21    9:30 to 10:30am
    • Thurs. Oct 21    7:00 to 8:00pm

    To anyone who has not yet shown us their proof of full vaccination, we ask that you plan on coming during one of these scheduled times with your Proof of Vaccination and personal ID, as well as your QR code. If you have not received your QR code (via an email from CurlON), please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. requesting it be resent.

    Your assistance with completing this verification effort is appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    1. QR codes – Per my earlier email about this, everyone should have received an email from CurlON with their QR code. Many, many of you brought your codes with you during the first almost 2 weeks of the season along with your Proof of Vaccination, allowing us to do the one-time update on your QR code to reflect that we have seen your proof. Henceforth, you will only need to scan your QR code when entering the dome. You will not need to show us your proof again. For those of you who have yet to come to the Club for the first time, please be advised that we still need to see your Proof of Vaccination before you can enter the dome. We are in the process of contacting anyone that has not yet shown us their Proof of Vaccination or who may have shown us their proof but did not have their QR code for us to update. If you are one of these people and have not received a QR code, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will arrange for it to be resent.
    2. Elevator-related construction – Access to the clubhouse is currently only available via the east entrance due to the ongoing work on the elevator. The project has a completion date of October 19. We should be able to reopen access from the west parking lot by then or shortly thereafter, but don’t make any plans for riding the elevator just yet as the inspector needs to do some trial runs on it first.
    3. Office hours - The recently announced change necessitating that all staff be fully vaccinated has resulted in some of our office personnel not being allowed to enter the Club. This has resulted in reduced office hours. So you may find that the office is not open when you are at the Club. If you need anything (i.e. door fob, review of Proof of Vaccination, etc.) or have any questions that you would normally have just come into the office to resolve, please contact the office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a phone message at 416-284-9251 and be assured that every effort will be made to respond in a timely manner.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    1. The Bell – Most games have been shortened from 8 to 6 ends to allow the ice staff extra time to sanitize the rocks, brooms etc. and to ensure Government mandated capacities are complied with during draw changes. In some instances, where there is no one coming on the ice afterwards, some leagues have decided to allow games to play longer. To facilitate these changes and the various game durations, the bell will now ring 10 minutes before the scheduled end of the game. When the bell rings, the end that is being played is the final end. Teams should not start a new end after the bell sounds. Your league convenor will advise you of the duration of time limits that your league will be utilizing. If in doubt, just listen for the bell.
    2. Game Rescheduling and Practice - The emphasis on eliminating common touch points has put an end to our previous process (i.e. the ice book). Our webmaster is working on an on-line solution and has promised to have something for me to look at on Thursday. So stay tuned. I hope to communicate something in this regard later this week. For anyone who may have missed out on all that practice ice last week and is wondering when there might be some open ice this week, your best bet is Wednesday night at 9:00pm (4 sheets) or Friday evening at 5:00pm (4 sheets). For now, these sheets are available on a first come basis.
    3. QR codes – Per my earlier email about this, everyone should have received an email from CurlON with their QR code. Many of you brought your codes with you last week along with your Proof of Vaccination, allowing us to do the one-time update on your QR code to reflect that we have seen your proof. Henceforth, you will only needto scan your QR code when entering the building. You will not need to show us your proof again. For those of you who will be coming to the Club for the first time this week, please be sure to bring that code, on your phone or in printed form, along with your Proof of Vaccination in order that we do this update for you. If you have not received a QR code, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will arrange for it to be resent. If you do not have a QR code the first time you come to the Club, don’t despair, you will still be allowed to enter providing you have your Proof of Vaccination.
    4. Elevator-related construction – Access to the clubhouse is currently only available via the east entrance due to the ongoing work on the elevator. The project has a completion date of October 19. We should be able to reopen access from the west parking lot by then or shortly thereafter, but don’t make any plans for riding the elevator just yet as the inspector needs to do some trial runs on it first.
    5. Office hours - The recently announced change necessitating that all staff be fully vaccinated has resulted in some of our office personnel not being allowed to enter the Club. This has resulted in reduced office hours. So you may find that the office is not open when you are at the Club. If you need anything or have any questions that you would normally have just come into the office to resolve, please contact the office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a phone message at 416-284-9251 and be assured that every effort will be made to respond in a timely manner.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    happy fallThank you to All Club Members

    for their

    Generous Support & Patronage

    Neil and I appreciate and thank everyone for the tremendous response in the orders received from Tam Club Members.

    The order end date was Monday, October 4

    Damiano & Neil


    Tennis play started Friday Oct 1. The first day of practice for curling is Monday Oct 4. Just so you don’t feel guilty being on the courts and on the ice knowing you haven’t yet paid your membership fees; Fear Not, we are now accepting payments.

    The easiest way to pay is by logging onto the Tam website at www.tamheather.ca, just as you did to register. Once you log in, click on Registration menu item. Click on the appropriate purple icon; curling or tennis, whichever is appropriate. This will take you to the payment screen where you will be able to pay with your credit card.

    You will notice that we are also offering a two (2) payment option on most memberships again this season, allowing you to pay 50% now and the remainder in the New Year. If you prefer to pay the full amount, that option is also available.

    Payment can also still be made with debit, cheque or cash, but requires that you come into the office to do so.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    You should have received an email yesterday (Tues Sept 28) or today (Wed Sept 29) from CurlON with your “QR” code.

    If you are receiving this email, but did not receive a “QR” email from CurlON, please check your SPAM folder first in case it ended up there. If you still can’t find it, please let me know by emailing me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will investigate its absence further.

    This QR code must be scanned on the tablet at the entrance to the clubhouse. At the east entrance, the tablet will be on the wall, just to your left as you enter. Where it will be located at the west entrance is still to be determined. This scanning is required to satisfy government mandated tracing requirements and must be done every time you enter the building. So, be sure to keep it handy, either on your phone if you always bring your phone with you when you play, or as a paper printout.

    As mentioned in an earlier email, please be sure to bring both your QR code AND your Proof of Vaccination documentation/passport the first time you come to the Club, in order that we update your QR code with your vaccination status.

    Cheers,

    Doug


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    Contact Us

    Tam Heather - Curling & Tennis Club

    Location:  730 Military Trail Toronto, Ontario M1E 4P7

    Phone: (416) 284-9251 
    Fax: (416) 284-0690 
    Email: [email protected]

     

    Accessibility

    wheelchair accessible

    Tam Heather is fully wheelchair accessible

     

    Club Information

    Tam Heather, or the “Tam” as we call it, is an active friendly club located in the Morningside and 401 community of Scarborough. Tam Heather opened in 1973 as a curling club with eight sheets of ice, then two years later in 1975, the club expanded by adding five tennis courts, three of which were covered in the winter with a bubble. Thirty four years later, in 2009, a four court year-round covered structure was built.

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