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OFSAA announces cancellation of all provincial spring sports tournaments

All high school Ontario-wide championships scheduled for this spring under the auspices of OFSAA have been cancelled, as the organization announced today.

Our region typically has athletes competing at the provincial track and field championships, and often we have a team or two battling in soccer as well, but this year that won’t happen.

The Glengarry Gaels boys soccer team won OFSAA gold in 2019, triumphing at the tournament held in Ancaster, while the girls from Le Relais captured silver, also in Ancaster.

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Gaels and Rapides at 2019 OFSAA soccer banquet

Gaels boys team head coach Glen Campbell told me in February that he had 13 team members back this year from last season’s provincial championship squad. The boys had been conducting informal sessions during lunch breaks prior to the March Break and ensuing shutdown of schools due to COVID-19.

With the cancellation of the provincial competitions this year, Glengarry will have to wait another season to try to defend its title.

In the March 31 announcement from the OFSAA president, Nick Rowe stated, “As we continue to cope in these challenging times with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great disappointment that we announce Tuesday the cancellation of the remaining 2020 spring OFSAA championships and festivals.

“On behalf of the OFSAA Executive Council and all of our staff, we are thankful for the commitment and passion of all student-athletes, coaches, convenors, and volunteer host organizing committees to this point in the school year. Volunteers are the driving force in the planning efforts and execution of these events. A sincere thank you to each and every one of the volunteers across the province.

“As we endure this uncertain coronavirus health crisis, OFSAA will continue to follow the direction of public health experts and government agencies.

“We eagerly look forward to when we can safely get back to the classroom and when sport returns to our school communities.

“Stay safe and healthy.”

This year’s boys ‘A’ soccer tournament was scheduled to be held in London, while the girls event was slated for Perth. Track and field was booked for Toronto.

At this stage, there is no confirmation on when or if high school sports will resume locally.

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RRCA cancels 2020 Raisin River Canoe Race

For only the second time since 1973, the Raisin River Canoe Race has been cancelled. The 2020 edition was nixed due to COVID-19 precautions, following the recommendations of health officials.

The annual rite of spring, hosted by the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, typically takes place in April each year, when the spring water flow in the river is at its peak. This year, it had been slated for April 19. The 30 km run from St. Andrews West downstream to Williamstown traditionally sees well over 100 canoes and kayaks involved, with participants coming from across the region. Some paddlers come for the competition, striving for fast times and medals, while the majority are looking to complete the course without getting too wet and cold. Spills are common, especially at points where there are challenging rocks in the river and rapids. As well, the dam in Martintown is a special part of the race, with many paddlers opting to attempt to shoot it successfully, much to the delight of throngs of spectators who gather there to take in the action.

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RRCA notice

The last (and only other) cancellation, in 2010, was due to very low water conditions.

Results from past years can be viewed on the RRCA website here.

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Char-Lan Skating Club abruptly ends season due to township rink closure

With South Glengarry announcing the closure of all recreation facilities for the next three weeks due to COVID-19 concerns, the Char-Lan Skating Club was forced to abruptly end its season, with means the cancellation of this year’s showcase event, which had been scheduled for March 29, at the arena in Williamstown.

Reportedly, the ice-making machine at the rink will be turned off this weekend.

The club has cancelled, as a result, all remaining skating days, in addition to the annual showcase, which skaters had been preparing for under the theme, ‘Ice, Camera, Action.’ The event is traditionally held at the end of each skating season, with stands packed full of family members and friends, as all athletes from the club skate in group performances.

Here’s the club’s official announcement:

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Char-Lan Skating Club announcement regarding COVID-19

The skating club says it plans to hold a small awards ceremony at a later date. In years past, awards have been presented to skaters on the ice, following the performances.

Assessment Day

Recently, the skating club held its assessment day for competitive skaters.

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Char-Lan Skating Club photo

From the club’s Facebook post: “A huge shout out to the Township of South Glengarry for all their hard work and support in preparing our facility and ice surface for this special day, and to our Assessment Coordinator and wonderful CLSC families for organizing a fun-filled after-party for all.”

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UCDSB cancels high school sports citing CUPE work-to-rule

Abruptly on Monday, the Upper Canada District School Board announced a cessation of all sports, along with other extra-curricular activities, field trips, and community use of school facilities, citing work-to-rule job action taking by educational support staff who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

The English public school board is the only local board to date to take such action.

According to the board’s announcement, “CUPE represents several UCDSB employee groups including educational assistants (EAs), early childhood educators (ECEs), custodial/maintenance staff, clerical staff (including school office staff), library workers, and information technology staff.”

The statement goes on to say that schools remain open and classes continue as scheduled. The explanation in cancelling everything beyond regular classes is “to ensure the safety and proper supervision of students.”

Our core mission is to educate students in a safe environment. We are confident that even under this work-to-rule campaign, your child will remain safe in our schools and their learning will not be interrupted.

Please know that this job action is in response to the status of bargaining at the provincial level and affects school boards across Ontario. Locally, we are engaged in bargaining with all employee groups and conversations are progressing.

UCDSB press release – 2019/09/29

Disruption to the school year wasn’t unexpected, given the approach the Doug Ford Conservative government has taken to education, teachers, and associated unions. In addition to CUPE, unions representing teachers, including ETFO and OSSTF, could take workplace action in the weeks ahead, though bargaining for new contracts is said to be continuing. A good summary of the status of these matters can be found here.

Getting back to the local sports scene, high school football convenor Mitch Zappitelli officially announced on Monday that all scheduled games “involving Glengarry, Tagwi, and CCVS will be postponed.” The Gaels were 1-1 in action thus far, while the Warriors had yet to play, with their previously slated contests already postponed for other reasons. The Raiders were 0-1.

Glengarry Gaels club president Ian Parent took to the club’s Facebook page, announcing, “Our scheduled game for Friday, October 4 [versus CCVS] will be postponed, and practices for this week have been cancelled. We are hoping for a quick resolution and are following the situation closely.”

The impact isn’t just on students, as the Township of South Glengarry has announced the cancellation of its pickleball and badminton programs at Char-Lan District High School “until further notice.”

The understanding is that the UCDSB cancellations are, at this time, on a week-to-week basis.

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Update: The UCDSB posted a Letter to Parents late this afternoon, explaining the board’s rationale. The document can be viewed in its entirety here.

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