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As most of you are aware BILL C-71 – An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms is working its way through the system to become law. To read the act CLICK HERE .
Victor Skaarup, the Chair of the BCWF Recreational Shooting Sports Committee, recently sent out copies of the letters from the President of the BCWF to Minister Goodale regarding Bill C-71 that relate to the email calls for action sent to BCWF members.
He asks that your continue to encourage people to write the minister with cc’s to their Member of Parliament and to phone/meet with their local MP.
To read all of the letters CLICK HERE.
Imagine an aviation working group that lacked pilots, or a doctorless task force tackling regulation of health-care providers.
That isn’t far off from the reality of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee (CFAC), the government-appointed panel charged with advising the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, on changes to Canada’s gun laws.
The Liberals don’t seem too interested in listening to what gun owners have to say, however. Lawful gun owners have first-hand knowledge of the laws’ shortcomings, making us a valuable resource for lawmakers who are serious about enacting change.
Yet, the major organizations representing Canada’s gun owners are conspicuously absent from CFAC.
BCWF has sent a letter alleging a serious conflict of interest and ethics violation by an appointed member of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee. Continue Reading →
The BCWF Vancouver Island Region Association is having its annual Kid’s Outdoors Training Camp.
The Camp is open to kids (male and female) 10-14 years old. In order to participate, he or she must be a Family member of a Club Member currently associated with Region 1.
The camp will run four days (three nights), July 23-26, 2018. We are very pleased that Courtenay Fish and Game has generously offered their location for the camp again this year. Continue Reading →
Environment Canada (EC) commissioned a company in Vancouver called “ToxEcology – Environmental Consulting Ltd” to gather data regarding lead ammunition.
This is the second time they have launched this initiative. The intent is to gather data to be used by EC to ban the sale of all lead ammunition in Canada, despite the mountains of scientific evidence that shows lead on shooting ranges is not a problem.
THIS IS SERIOUS. Fabricated evidence against the use of lead ammunition has already resulted in the closure of shooting ranges and lead ammunition use in some regions of the world. Most harshly, it affects shotgunners and indoor ranges, despite existing safeguards that work.
Make no mistake on where this is coming from: this is being spearheaded by anti-hunting and anti-firearm groups around the globe.
This study is now complete (CLICK HERE FOR WHOLE REPORT) and the government is asking you to be part of this and future conversations on this subject. You can send your comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org June 1, 2018.
Click here to read the Governments comments on Moving towards using more lead free ammunition and click here to the governments summary Executive Summary of the issues for 164 page report generated by ToxEcology – Environmental Consulting Ltd.
We have to let our MPs know we are against this and you need to contact your MP. To find your MP CLICK HERE and call or write (no postage required):
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
As you probably have heard, the government has posted a “Notice of closure on C-71 (More Gun Control)” in order to rush it through to a vote as soon as possible.
Writing letters is good, and I strongly endorse that approach. It is particularly important to let your local MP know your thoughts.
However you can also use the telephone.
Please call Mr G Butts Secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau and politely request that bill C-71 bill be subject to full debate or be rescinded.
Mr Butts can be reached at: 1 613 992 4211
Please be polite when speaking to Mr Butts.
Just say: ‘There is no urgency to rush this legislation through and limit debate. I request that bill C-71 be subject to full debate or be rescinded.’
If you wish, you may also politely request that the non-victim, non-violent, administrative Firearms act offenses be removed from the criminal code (Criminal code section 91, and Criminal code section 117.11). Hundreds of non-violent Canadians are charged – each year – with these offences and lose their firearms.
Thank you for considering my request.
BCWF can be a leader in this fight.
If we don’t stand up for ourselves, who will?
Chair, BCWF Firearms Committee
On March 20th, 2018, Minister Ralph Goodale tabled Bill C-71 in the House of Commons proposing amendments to the Canadian Firearms Act. This Bill passed second reading March 27, 2018.
Authorizations to transport have been gutted. The only permitted uses are to shooting ranges and Purchase-to-Home, but will still include “all ranges in province”. All currently held ATTs will be cancelled on passage of Bill C-71.
The BCWF feels this provision only impacts law abiding gun owners. We believe that it is unnecessary to eliminate “Transport to/from a Gunsmith” and “Transport to/from a gun store for Appraisal or Sale” and “Transport to/from a Gun Show” and “Transport to/from a Border Point”. There is no evidence these activities have created a public safety issue and therefore should remain in place.
Another reason to make those calls and write those letters.
Communication is the key to defeating Bill C-71. Firearm owners must voice their displeasure to the House of Commons and the media as soon as possible, and keep the pressure on our elected officials.
CSSA members have asked us for talking points to use in their communications with federal members of Parliament. We are delivering with 35 separate talking points listed below.
Here are three excellent methods to express your opinion to our elected representatives: Continue Reading →
The overall prevalence of the winter tick (Dermacentor albipictus) within moose (Alces alces) populations can vary among years (Addison et al. 2016, Samuel 2004), mostly dependent on spring snow levels, air temperatures, early autumn snowfall events, and moose densities.
Historic observations of winter tick infestations in British Columbia (BC) is mostly anecdotal, and there is little known about the distribution, severity, and population-level impacts of winter tick on BC moose populations. The Provincial Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program was established to document winter tick distribution and infestation severity within the province through the use of “citizen-science”. Now in its third consecutive year, the program continues to engage a wide variety of user groups to collect observations of moose throughout the province.
To see the complete report CLICK HERE
For Immediate Release
October 24, 2017
Ministries’ management of grizzly bears did not meet expectations
VICTORIA – The Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia has released a new report:
An Independent Audit of Grizzly Bear Management.
B.C. is one of the last areas of North America where grizzly bears live in their natural habitat. The health of B.C.’s 15,000 grizzly bears is important because, as an umbrella species, they are an indicator of how well other species and ecosystems are doing.
“Grizzly bear populations in some areas of B.C. are increasing, but this is likely happening independently from an adequate management framework,” said Auditor General Carol Bellringer.
The Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have long-standing, public commitments for managing grizzly bears. Bellringer and her team found that the ministries haven’t fulfilled many of their commitments, including a grizzly bear management plan and the implementation of a recovery plan in the North Cascades. Also absent was an inventory and monitoring strategy of grizzly bears in B.C. and clear policies for bear viewing.
Bellringer’s office did find that the greatest risk to grizzly bears isn’t the hunt, it’s the degradation of grizzly bear habitat. “The expansion of development in oil and gas, forestry and human settlement makes it more difficult for grizzly bears to mate, and results in food source loss, as well as more human-bear conflict,” said Bellringer. An increase in resource roads— 600,000 kms existing and more added every year—also leads to more human-bear conflict, and ultimately, grizzly bear deaths.
The Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have undertaken activities to reduce grizzly bear habitat degradation, but have not evaluated whether their efforts are effective.
Bellringer made 10 recommendations, including a recommendation for government to review legislation to clarify roles and responsibilities between the two ministries. This is because the ministries have overlapping responsibilities.
To see the full report CLICK HERE
For the BCWF response to the Auditor Generals report CLICK HERE.
October 17, 2017
A message from the BC Wildlife Federation President
In light of the recent government announcement with regards to the proposed grizzly bear regulations (a ban in the Great Bear Rainforest and no retention of “trophy parts”), I urge you to write the Premier, the Leader of the Opposition, the Minister of FLNRO, the critic of FLNRO, the leader of the Green Party and to meet with your MLA. The future of hunting, angling, and conservation in British Columbia is at risk.
It is our early experience with the new government that there is a rapid movement away from science-based wildlife management in favour of social and political hunter management. This issue and these changes are not about grizzly bear hunting, or trophy hunting, they are about sustainable use and hunting in British Columbia. I expect anti-hunting organizations will now move on to attack hunting of other species (black bears, cougars, sheep, goats). Given this apparent decision by government and other recent social-based decisions in isolation of science, I expect the recent marginalization of hunting, trapping, angling, and generally sustainable use to continue.
The following document related to the proposed grizzly bear regulation changes has been put together to help you advocate on behalf of conservation, fish and wildlife. The BC Wildlife Federation will be preparing supporting materials for you to use to advocate for fish and wildlife recovery, and support of hunting and angling into the future.
You do not need to be a subject matter expert to write or meet with elected officials, all you need to be able to do is convey how important conservation is to you and your family, and the principals of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model.
B.C. needs leaders of conservation and champions of hunting and fishing to step forward like as never before.
BC Wildlife Federation
To read BCWF’s full response to BC’s Proposed Grizzly regulations CLICK HERE
On Aug. 14, 2017, the B.C. government announced that effective Nov. 30, 2017 it will end trophy hunting of grizzly bears and stop all hunting of grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. The public can provide input into two policy documents outlining the proposed regulation changes required to implement the ban. As part of the consultation, input is being sought on:
- Changes to manage the ban in hunting areas that overlap the Great Bear Rainforest;
- Changes that will prohibit the possession of “trophy” grizzly bear parts;
- Changes that will manage prohibited grizzly bear parts;
- Changes to prohibit the trafficking of grizzly bear parts; and,
- New reporting requirements for taxidermists.
Members of the public may send comments to the Fish and Wildlife Branch at email@example.com. When a comment is sent, the writer will receive an email back confirming that the response has been received. Due to the expected volume of material, individual response will not be possible. The consultation period will conclude on November 2, 2017.
To read BCWF opinion on the grizzly bear trophy hunt ban click HERE