2020 Canada Games - Kamloops, BC

Update - March 30

Team Ontario,

Many of you were expecting the decision made by the Canada Games Board to postpone the Kamloops 2020 Canada Games to 2021. It was a necessary decision as your health and safety is our first concern.

Now, we look to and begin our plan for 2021. It is my hope that each and everyone of you will plan on joining us for the Kamloops 2021 Canada Games. I hope your enthusiasm remains strong.

After a discussion with the OSGA Board this morning, some decisions were made:

First, if you plan on attending the Kamloops 2021 Canada Games and have paid your registration, that registration will be held in the OSGA Canada Games' account and a receipt sent electronically from the OSGA office as proof of payment for your records. If, however, you request a refund, that refund will be made in full, but your spot on Team Ontario will not be held. You will need to reapply on a first come, first served basis once the registration process opens again. This may be in a couple of months once details of the new Games date becomes available.

Second, 254 Team Ontario shirts have been ordered and the year 2021 will be stitched on them, as the provider had the foresight not to put 2020 on them until confirmation was received. Those who request a refund will receive a full refund including the shirt ordered. Those still planning on going in 2021 and not requesting a refund, your shirt order will remain.

Third, the administrative fee collected will be refunded to those requesting a refund.

Fourth, for those wanting their Canada Games registration fee kept to maintain your secured spot for 2021, your OSGA membership and waiver will now be for the OSGA year April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 to include the new Canada Games year plus any other OSGA sanctioned events within that time frame. However, participation in any OSGA events in the year April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 will require that you renew your membership with your district as you would normally.

A lot of work has gone into this already and it is my sincere hope that you will still want to participate in the 2021 Canada Games. As always, I am here for you if you have questions.

Please email me with your request to stay as registered and money held in the Canada Games' account OR request a refund.

Sheran Barker

Team Ontario Director

for the Canada Games


Some have been emailing me with concerns over attempts to cancel air travel to Kamloops. Below is the latest response from MeritBiz. Parts of it may apply to all of you, even those who did not make arrangements with Merit. Further to the article's suggestions, I would add that if having difficulties, consider these options:

Write/contact your MP or your MPP,  
Write/contact advocates such as those seen on CTV (Toronto) news at 6 PM where people's issues are broadcasted and often resolved.
 Failing that, wait as long as possible as Merit suggests. Consider contacting Merit even if you did not make arrangements with them, suggesting that if they could help you resolve this flight challenge, then you would rebook your new travel arrangements with them. 
If all else fails, consider using the travel credit as offered with the hope that air fare may be cheaper in the future as the airlines try to come out of this pandemic and its crippling effects on the economy.
Consider the next time Canada Games suggest using Merit, then use them as they would help you resolve these issues.
Think twice in the future about using the airline that gave you so much grief.
BELOW IS THE MERITBIZ RESPONSE SOME HAVE RECEIVED.

More information can be found directly on the Air Canada’s website;  https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/book/travel-news-and-updates/2020/covid-19.html#/cancel-existing


COVID-19 Updates

Flight changes and cancellations. If you booked directly with Air Canada (including aircanada.com, the Air Canada Mobile App, Air Canada for Business, and our Contact Centres) or Kayak, Google Flights, and Skyscanner, please follow the questions below for help with your booking.. If you booked with a travel agent or any other online travel agency (for example, Expedia or Priceline), kindly ...

www.aircanada.com

The 24 month rule applies only if the airline has cancelled or changed a scheduled flight.  However if you choose to cancel, they have extended the validity period to March 31st, 2021, rather than the usual 1 year from date of issue.

We are suggesting that you wait to cancel your flight.  If this trend continues into the summer, the airlines may cancel your flight, or they may have to extend the validity period for unused credits  (I cannot guarantee this will happen as this is a fluid situation changing from day to day).

I am truly sorry that we cannot do anything more at this time, and I understand what a difficult time this is for all of our valued clients.  We are monitoring the airlines/policies/cancellations very closely, and if anything changes, we will reach out to let you know.

If you would like to connect with someone from the Canada 55+ seniors games committee, please let me know and I can put you in touch with my contact, or you can find their contact details on the Canada 55+ website. 

Thank you for understanding.

Warm regards,

 

Eliska Deans

MeritBiz Groups

 

BELOW IS AN UPDATE RECEIVED LAST NIGHT FROM DAVID HUETHER, men's hockey.

Last night ( Fri. Mar. 27/20 ) on the 11:00 pm News on CITY TV Channel 7 the Newscaster stated that " Air Canada

and other airlines will be allowing CREDITS for CANCELLED FLIGHTS for 2 years. "  This means that they have extended their window of opportunity for CREDITS past March 2021 ( as they originally stated ) up to 2 years which would be GOOD for REBOOKINGS for the 2021 Kamloops Games in August. 

This means that they now have the same CREDIT Policy as West Jet  for REBOOKINGS.

This statement needs to be VERIFIED with Air Canada to ensure that this UPDATED Newscast Statement was, in fact,

TRUE and is NOT misinformation that was mistakenly aired on the TV Newscast.


Update - March 25, 2020

In a conference call with my fellow provincial and territorial directors, it was decided that the Kamloops Canada Games will be postponed to 2021. The new date will be announced once confirmed by the Host. This was done with the upmost concern for your health and safety as a result of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.

It is my understanding that if you booked your travel with Merit, then they will be looking after your cancellation. Give them a couple of days to reach out to you. If you do not hear from them in a couple of days, then please initiate contact. For those who made their travel plans on their own, please work out your own cancellation. Likewise, please cancel your accommodations.

Other details will be worked out after discussions with the OSGA Board. It is my hope that you would still want to go to the Games in 2021. As such, your spot will be reserved until you tell me otherwise.

 

Sheran Barker

Team Ontario Director for the Canada Games


Update - January 22, 2020

ACCREDITATION/REGISTRATION in Kamloops begins Mon. Aug. 24th and continues Tues. Aug. 25th at McArthur Island Sports and Event Centre.

COMPETITION DAYS - Tues. Aug. 25th to Fri. Aug. 28th with Tues. 25th being practice time for team sports (curling, hockey, slo-pitch, soccer) as well as for large # events like pickleball and golf. Friday Aug. 28th finishes team events plus is a rain date for outdoor sports. 

Once registration is complete, SCHEDULES will be posted on the Host's website at kamloops55games.com

OPENING CEREMONY August 25th evening after day's practices/competitions are complete. Likewise, CLOSING CEREMONY evening of August 28th once the day's competitions are finished. Both OPENING and CLOSING will be at the Fieldhouse of the Tournament Capital Centre 910 McGill.

The MASTER PLAN as presented in August 2019 tied accommodation lists to sports/events and close to venues. This then was tied to the TRANSPORTATION PLAN with no front door of the hotel as pick-up point, BUT rather people are to walk (a short distance) to their bus hub/pod to then catch their bus to their sport/event venue. SO AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE PLEASE choose your accommodations as presented on the Host's website kamloops55games.com and yes CHALLENGES....husbands and wives/partners....different sports/events and what to do.....do some research and if ONE has multiple accommodation choices and the OTHER has just one, select the hotel closest to both persons' options OR  rent a car and that solves everything and makes you independent.

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS....some are flying in to different cities - Vancouver, Calgary, Kelowna and renting a car. Some are getting together in small groups and renting a house through Airbnb or vrbo and again planning to rent a car.

PLEASE carefully complete the Registration Forms especially the accommodations and transportation sections. REMEMBER BOTH participants and non-participants must sign the Canada Games Waiver AND the participants must also sign and mail to me the OSGA Waiver. Both the Registration Form and the OSGA waiver are attached in case you need it.

The GOAL is still to have MOST registrations to me by the end of February BUT I know that there will be exceptions and that will be okay. The Host wants me to have 95% of the Registration packages to them by the end of April.

 It is a lot of information BUT it is the latest that I have. Want to keep you all in the loop....the Kamloops......bit of humour.....GROAN!!

HOPE you are all getting as excited as I am for these 2020 Canada Games!!

Sheran Barker

Team Ontario Director

for the Canada Games


Update - December 2, 2019

Merit Travel has finalized the deals with Air Canada and West Jet and the details of these will be in your registration form with details on how to contact Merit for bookings and how to request the special rates. Basically, there will be discount ranging from 5% to 15% off plus free seat selection and a checked bag. Again details will be in the Registration Form available in December/January.

Kamloops has selected a graphic designer who is busy working on medals and pins. 

Hotel listings will be sent to all directors (me for us) with the Registration Form, showing the booking codes. The hotels will not be listed on the Games website is the latest plan.

Summer is busy in Kamloops, so booking air flights and hotels as soon as possible will be important.

Accreditation/Kamloops check-in will begin on Monday, August 24th and some sports/events will have practice time available on the 24th. The last day, Friday, August 28th will see the completion of all competitions in the afternoon and the Closing Ceremonies will be the evening of the 28th. The hope is that most people will stay on the 28th, take in the closing, and depart the next day, Saturday, August 29th.

Hotels are offering Games rates August 24th to August 29th. Also there will be bus transportation August 24th to 29th between airport and hotels, hotels and event venues, and for departure from hotels to airport.

Hope this helps. There will be more information as it becomes available!

Really looking forward to these Canada Games in Kamloops, BC where they advertise themselves to be the TOURNAMENT CAPITAL OF CANADA.

 

Sheran Barker

Team Ontario Director

For the Canada Games


Update - November 24, 2019

First, please take a moment to visit the Canada Games website at canada55plus.ca and click on rules. Review these please as what happens in the OSGA may be slightly different than what happens at the Canada Games. We will be going by the Canada Games rules in Kamloops.

Please take some time to regularly visit the Kamloops Canada Games website at kamloops55games.com as it will have important information added for you re: schedules, accommodations, events, merchandise and these will be posted there as they become available.

Our Ontario team shirts will be red as that is our assigned colour. The shirts will be collared, golf style with moisture management, easy care, snag resistant, UV protection UPF 40+, and have wicking finish. There is a sizing chart and 2 pictures below for you to see. The cost will be $30 all in. Most shirts will be sent to your District organizers as most have been kind enough to help out with this delivery. So once they are sent out, you make arrangements for pick up of your shirt with your district organizers. Shirt orders will be taken on the formal registration form in December/January.

Canada Games Shirt Size chart 2019

Canada Games 2019 Shirts

Formal Registration Forms will be available in December/January so please stay tuned to this web page, or your emails!


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