Countdown to the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier begins

The countdown to the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by Monsanto, begins today, as two of the 12 men’s provincial/territorial championships get underway in Ontario and British Columbia. By February 14, all the teams, representing the 10 provinces plus Northern Ontario and Yukon/Northwest Territories, for the 81st edition of the Canadian men’s curling championship, March 6-14 at the Metro Centre in Halifax will be determined. This marks the sixth year of Brier title sponsorship by Tim Hortons, the largest quick service restaurant chain in Canada.   Halifax, which will be staging its sixth Brier, last hosted the championship in 2003, when it was won by Alberta’s Randy Ferbey, who then went on to capture the Ford world men’s title in Winnipeg that year. The Canadian Curling Association website ( or will provide summaries of each championship as the winners are declared.  Provincial curling association/federation websites offer links to draw results and other event information. Date/Province or Terr/Location/Website (www.) Feb. 1-7 British Columbia Vernon Curling Club, Vernon Feb. 1-7 Ontario Strathcona Paper Centre, Napanee Feb. 2-7 Newfoundland & Labrador Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club, St. John’s Feb. 3-7 Alberta Olds Arena, Olds Feb. 3-7 New Brunswick Curling Beauséjour, Moncton Feb. 3-7 Nova Scotia Mayflower Curling Club, Halifax Feb. 4-7 Prince Edward Island Western Community Curling Club, Alberton Feb. 4-7 Yukon/NWT Whitehorse Curling Club, Whitehorse Feb. 7-14 Quebec Aréna de Grand-Mère, Shawinigan Feb. 8-14 Northern Ontario Sudbury Curling Club, Sudbury Feb. 10-14 Saskatchewan Lumsden Sports Centre, Lumsden Feb. 10-14 Manitoba T.G. Smith Arena, Steinbach