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Vol. 59 Issue 2: December 2015

  • TCN_Dec2015_COVER_HRTROUBLE BREWING FOR TOP EVENTS?

    When our new/returning columnist Warren Hansen speaks, people listen – WITH ARCHIVED SPECIAL IN THE DIGITAL EDITION

  • MO’ BRUSH MADNESS

    Three updates and opinions from Rodger Schmidt, Lori Eddy and a DIGITAL EDITION SPECIAL – with exclusive video – from Matt Brouwer

  • CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE – DEC/JAN

    Our subscribers get the most in-depth and accurate curling event viewer listings

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    Take a photo of yourself with The Curling News and win a prize pack – bonus marks for unusual locations!

  • WELCOME BACK SKINS FANS

    TSN is back with top-notch curling in beautiful Banff – and The Curling News has the exclusive

  • NO PIPES, BRUSHES NOR NUNAVUT

    If award-winning columnist Terry Jones was the curling boss, here’s what he would do

  • DREAMWALK THROUGH THE MIXED

    Columnist Andrew Denny donned a championship jacket… and it was majestic – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES IMAGE GALLERY

  • CHASING GOWSELL IN B.C.

    Sam Corea went hunting for Paul Gowsell and found a 60th anniversary superspiel – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES IMAGE GALLERY

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    Only The Curling News tracks every dollar won across the entire sport

  • CURLING IS A BUSINESS – EXPENSE IT

    Mark Inglis with another must-read Club Corner column

  • CURLING CRIME

    The world’s first “curling crime” comic appears here in a world exclusive – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PART TWO

  • WHEELCHAIR WOWZERS

    Scotland and Sweden are out of the wheelchair worlds and Chris Daw has the details

  • SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN BED

    Concussion protocols are desperately needed as Brad Gushue admits he should not have returned

  • GUY RICHIE?

    On The Road columnist Guy Scholz spends time with CFL football legend Richie Hall and yes, he knows his curling – DIGITAL EDITION SPECIAL

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Help Stefanie battle Lyme disease

Stefanie Clark (centre) on the 2011 STOH job
Stefanie Clark (centre) on the job at the STOH

Lyme disease is increasing throughout the northern hemisphere. Canada reported 500 cases of it in 2014, but the expectation is that 10,000 Canadians will be infected annually by 2020. It is difficult to diagnose, which only adds to the problem, and there is pressure on governments to acknowledge that they are lagging behind in modern diagnosis and treatment programs.

Pop singer Avril Lavigne revealed her struggles with the disease earlier this year. We are here to reveal the name of another who suffers from this disease, this time from the curling world, and we are inviting you to help her out.

Stefanie Clark has won numerous Prince Edward Island championships in her career, and captured a world junior title for Canada with skip Suzanne Birt back in 2001. She has also given back to the sport numerous times, by travelling to celebrity/charity bonspiels or guiding some 600 students and teachers to experience a national championship.

Sadly, Stefanie cannot compete in curling anymore, because Lyme disease has knocked the stuffing out of her. “I wish I could play,” Stefanie told The Curling News. “It is just too hard on me. Last year, after a weekend of curling, I was done for 12 days afterward.”

While she’s determined to make her life better, Stefanie is facing a five-week treatment plan that will cost her and her family upwards of $50,000 because no government agency will help.

Guess who will? Stefanie’s supporters. They have created an online auction using Facebook, located here, where people can bid on more than 75 items and all revenues will be directed to offsetting Stefanie’s treatment.

What do you say, curling world? Will you help one of your own?

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Stephen Colbert capitulates, covers broomgate

I'm with Gerry Geurts here!
I’m with Gerry Geurts here!

We at The Curling News are casual fans of Stephen Colbert‘s new late-night U.S. TV talk show. The veteran host recently took over from David Letterman and is finally portraying himself, and it turns out he is, in fact, oddly warped… something we first suspected from his previous right-wing political persona.

So when Colbert broke down and accepted his writing room’s determination to do something on the never-ending saga of #broomgate #brushgate #broomhaha #brushapalooza #doomandbroom misery – no doubt this past week’s New York Times feature was the last straw – we were optimistic that Colbert and his talented team would deliver.

The verdict? Meh.

In our opinion, the stampede to cliché humour was simply too much… typical, in fact, of U.S. attempts dating back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. That’s right, Stephen, your troops brought old-school corn husks to this here modern comedic battlefield.

We did appreciate the effort, however. And we rather enjoyed, in no particular order:

• The rip on everyone, including Canadian media

• Fish Soccer

• The wireless-controlled curling stone (and backstage hand)

• The shoutout to Gerry Geurts (correct spelling). Stephen is with you, Gerry…