Author Archive | Steve Corscadden
September 20, 2019
At 11:40 EDT am today, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, deflecting away from proven allegations of racism roaring through the media, announced his government would – if elected – “Ban military-style assault weapons and will conduct a buy back program of these types of firearms.” He did not define what that nebulous term “military-style assault weapons” meant nor how the buy-back would be implemented. Continue Reading →
The Canadian Press, Bill Graveland, Aug. 14, 2019
CALGARY — The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police won’t be supporting a call for a ban on handguns despite concerns about gun violence in a number of major cities including Toronto.
Vancouver police chief Adam Palmer, who heads the organization, says Canada already has strong firearms regulations and no other law is required.
Aug. 8, 2019
The Province is implementing a mandatory sampling program that requires hunters to submit the heads from deer harvested in wildlife management units 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6 and 4-7 in the Kootenay Region, after Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks discovered five animals with Chronic Wasting Disease 60 km south of the B.C. border.
The Province has been monitoring for the disease since 2002, targeting the Peace and East Kootenay Regions as high-risk areas for disease entry due to its presence in Alberta and Montana. No infected animals have been found in B.C so far, however, more sampling is needed to inform any additional response.
The provincial Wildlife Health Program is calling on all hunters, especially those in the Peace and East Kootenay, to bring deer, moose and elk heads to drop-off locations for testing. Starting September 1, 2019 and ending December 20, 2019, hunters will be required to submit the heads of mule deer and white-tailed deer harvested in specific wildlife management units along the southern BC border in the Kootenay Region.
Anyone encountering an animal exhibiting the symptoms of Chronic Wasting Disease (thin, drooling, poor coordination, stumbling) should report it to the provincial Wildlife Health Program at 250-751-3219 or the Report all Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277.
For more information on Chronic Wasting Disease in B.C., and for drop-off locations and instructions, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/chronicwastingdisease.ca
Commercial and recreational fisheries for Fraser River Chinook will be closed for much of the summer, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced Tuesday.
CLICK HERE to read the Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) press release.
OSHAWA, ON – Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair’s long-awaited engagement report – Reducing Violent Crime: A Dialogue on Handguns and Assault-Style Firearms – has been released and the outcome of that discourse is somewhat encouraging for Canada’s two-million-plus lawful firearm owners who feared a possible gun ban. Continue Reading →
NFA Media Release
April 8, 2019
A Trudeau-appointed Senator’s attempt to ban handguns fails at Senate committee
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Today at the Senate National Security and Defence committee hearings on Bill C-71, Senator Marilou McPhedran, a Manitoba Senator appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, moved to amend bill C-71 to add a clause that would ban all handguns in Canada. The motion was defeated with five Senators voting against and only two in favour. Three Senators on the committee abstained.
“There is no doubt that this was a backdoor plan by the Trudeau government to attempt to ban handguns, and we are pleased that Senators saw through it and defeated the motion outright by a significant vote” said Sheldon Clare, president of Canada’s National Firearms Association – the largest and most effective pro-firearms organization in Canada. “This should be a clear sign to this government, and any future government, that a handgun ban is not warranted nor wanted.”
Trudeau-appointed Senators also recently attempted to rush the bill through the Senate but was blocked after the NFA raised concerns about their approach.
“They backed down on their original plan to rush this through, and then they try to backdoor a handgun ban.” Added Clare. “It’s incredible how these people operate in such a sneaky and conniving way.”
The NFA has led the fight against Bill C-71 that if passed would bring in a new firearms registry, unnecessarily prohibit several safe and widely used firearms, limit sales on firearms at gunshows and outdoor shows, unnecessarily increase background checks, transfer data from the defunct federal long-gun registry to the provinces to allow the creation of their own long-gun registries, and prohibit already-licensed owners from transporting firearms without additional paperwork each time they wish to do so, among other things.
On February 16, with major funding from the Pacific Salmon Foundation, 21 scientists from five Pacific Rim countries embarked on an expedition to the Gulf of Alaska to study the ‘secret lives of salmon’ on the high seas. They are testing the prevailing hypothesis that the abundance of salmon is mostly determined by the end of their first winter in the open ocean. We have partnered with Randy Shore from the Vancouver Sun and Stu McNish from Conversations that Matter to bring you video and editorial coverage of the voyage. Click through below to get caught up, and tune into our website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for ongoing updates until the voyage returns on March 18.
On Dec.8, 2018 I posted an article on the club website announcing that the Nicola Valley Fish & Game Club had won a precedent setting ruling in its case against the Douglas Lake Cattle Company. BC Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Grove rendered his decision that the public should be able to access fishing lakes near Merritt, BC.
The decision is being received as a declaration affirming public rights to access water bodies at a time when private interests are rapidly closing them off.
Despite this there has been very little press coverage and you hardly ever hear anyone in the outdoor recreation community discussing it.
On Jan. 16, 2018 Emily Senger published an article in MACLEANS which provides a good overview of what happened in this case and where it may lead in the future.
To read the full article CLICK HERE.