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Annual General Meeting – COVID Protocols

After careful review of the new Order of the Provincial Health Officer dated 10 September 2021, the Executive of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club have determined that our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Sunday, the 26th of September meets the definition of an Event or Gathering, and as such falls under the terms of the Order. This means there are several procedures that we are legally required to follow.

  • The first is that all persons participating in the AGM will be required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Second, that all attendees will have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine, and are required to prove so prior to entering the meeting.
  • Third, all attendees are required to move directly to their seats and to remain sitting in their seats at all times.

To comply with these mandates:

  • You will be met at the Clubhouse steps by fellow Club Members tasked with ensuring you are wearing a mask and verifying your vaccine status. Proof can be provided by a paper card given to you at the time of vaccination, the downloaded Vaccine Card available from the BC Government website, or pictures or printouts of your verified status from the same website. You are also required by the Order to show proof of your Identity in the form of a government issued piece of photo ID matching the vaccination record. In BC this can be your Driver’s License or BC ID card. Failure to provide proof of identity AND vaccination status renders you ineligible to attend the AGM.
  • Entrance to the meeting hall will be staggered with only one group entering at a time. Others will wait to enter until the first group is seated.
  • For those that are waiting to enter, please form a line well spaced apart as per the Social Distancing Rules we are all now familiar with.
  • There will be no food or refreshments served at the event this year.
  • Bathroom capacity is limited to one (1) person at a time (save for needed care givers assisting).
  • At the conclusion of the meeting, the hall will empty one group at a time.

Because of all these extra requirements, it is suggested you plan on arriving earlier than usual as it may take some considerable time to seat all those wishing to attend.
Our apologies for the requirements but this is the new reality, and we must adhere to it.
Regards,
Your Executive
The Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association

Your continued right to own and use your legally owned firearms & the current election.

On September 3, 2021 the Liberals released an updated version of the election platform. On page 64 they list their gun control plans, which are always supported by the NDP and the Green Party. The issues have not changed over the years with the Liberals planning ever more ways to attack law abiding firearms owners.

People choose which political party to vote for in any given election for a wide variety of reasons and we would not presume to tell you who to vote for. What we would ask you to do this time around when you choose who to vote for is to consider the possibility that this might be the election where you lose your rights to keep and use your legally owned firearms.

A re-elected Liberal government will: Continue Reading →

BC Bill 4 – assumes that the problem is the widespread ownership of firearms by the public

By Gary Mauser reprinted from a May 31, 2021 post in “Justice for Gun Owners”.

BC Bill 4 is Bait-and-Switch. The BC government recently rushed Bill 4 (the Firearm Violence Prevention Act) into law claiming it was an attempt to deal with drug and gang violence. Unfortunately, the Firearm Violence Prevention Act misses its target. Instead of enforcing the laws already on the books, or initiating programs to divert youth from being seduced into a gangster lifestyle, or taking serious steps to lock up violent repeat offenders in prison, the BC government passed new laws. Fighting violence one media release at a time. The Firearm Violence Prevention Act introduces a patchwork of measures that snare duck hunters, sport shooters, fancy cars, boys’ toys, even physicians and social workers. This is nothing more than a bait-and-switch trick. Continue Reading →

What are the Party Platforms in the 2021 Federal Election?

Conservative Party Platform

Liberal Party Platform

NDP Party Platform

Green Party Platform

The Conservative and Liberal platforms are the most current. Have a look at page 64 to see the Liberals plans for gun control if they get re-elected. The NDP platform seems current but typically a different approach. The Green Party platform is from 2019 and may change once they quit fighting amongst themselves.

Notice of Annual General meeting and Special resolutions to be presented

The Annual General meeting of the Nanaimo & District Fish & Game Protective Association will be held on Sunday September 26, 2021 starting at 10:00 am in the clubhouse at 1325 Nanaimo Lakes Road, Nanaimo, B.C. The meeting is being held in September rather than January due to COVID-19 restrictions which only now have made it possible to have the meeting.

The agenda will include the election of an Executive Board of Directors for the 2021, a financial report for the previous year, discussion of budgets and projects during COVID and what the coming year may look like, and all other business of the Society.

There will be three Special Resolutions and members are reminded that Special Resolutions require a 2/3rds majority of members attending the meeting to pass.

Those Special Resolutions are:

  • Special Resolution 2021 -01 – a requirement for directors to be members in good standing.

Whereas the Bylaws of the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association makes the following provision regarding directors

Qualification

4.5  No person shall be qualified to be President of the Society unless that person has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for at least two years, but not necessarily the year preceding the election.

and,

Whereas it is desirable that an individual be a member in good standing to be both eligible for nomination to the board of directors and qualified to serve as a director of the Nanaimo and District Fish & Game Protective Association

Therefor be it resolved that the following qualification be added to this section

4.6 – No person shall be eligible for nomination to a position on the board of directors or be considered qualified to serve as a director, unless that person is a member in good standing of the Club.

  • Special Resolution 2021 -02 a provision for the removal of a director.

Whereas the Bylaws of the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association has no provisions in the Bylaws for the removal of directors, and

Whereas it is desirable that the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association have provisions to remove directors so that everyone is treated consistently and fairly,

Therefore be it resolved that the following section be added to the Bylaws.

4.7 – Removal of Directors

  1. A director of a society may be removed from office by Special Resolution if found in contravention of the duties of a director as outlined in S. 53 (1) of the Societies Act.
  2. Before a member of a society is disciplined or expelled, the society must
    1. send to the member written notice of the proposed discipline or expulsion, including reasons, and
    2. give the member a reasonable opportunity to make representations to the directors respecting the proposed discipline or expulsion.
  3. The directors may suspend the duties of a director until such time as this process is complete.
  • Special Resolution 2021-03 – a resolution to roll annual range passes into annual membership dues.

Whereas 95% of all existing Memberships already have a Range Pass and, that this number has been consistent for many years, a Special Resolution has been proposed:

To change the Clubs membership fee structure from one of a yearly membership with an option to purchase a range pass to one where all memberships will include a range pass.

If passed the Membership fee structure shall be:

  • $155 for a Family Membership,
  • $135 for an Adult Membership,
  • $125 for a Senior Membership.

This change will take place commencing the 1st of January 2022, all Memberships will include a Range Pass.

 

Sadly, we have recently lost one of our past presidents. Steve Bedich (president in 1970-1971)

Steve was a long time executive and committee chair member who devoted countless volunteer hours to the club.
Together with his wife Marion who sadly passed away suddenly several years ago.
Their life revolved around the club by volunteering at the many work parties and other club functions.
Steve chaired the Social Committee for many years by supplying work parties and social events such as Banquets, Dances, Barbecues, and other club activities with ample food and refreshments to meet the demands of everyone in attendance.
Until recently, Steve attended all of our Fundraising events by supporting the club financially. He enjoyed bidding on auction items and purchasing many of the various raffle draws.
In honor of Steve and Marion the family have donated many of the items back to the club for future fundraising events.
For those who knew Steve and Marion, you will be missed but not forgotten.

2020 B.C. Wildlife Federation Annual Report

Re: 2020 B.C. Wildlife Federation Annual Report

The B.C.Wildlife Federation is pleased to present the 2020 Annual Report
 Please register to join us at the 65th Annual General Meeting, Saturday, April 24 and Sunday April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST, to learn more and participate in charting the course for BCWF’s future. The agenda includes electing new board members that will lead the organization for the next year and voting on important resolutions that will frame key activities and priorities for the Federation. 

If you are having any issues registering for the AGM or would like support, please contact communications@bcwf.bc.ca. You will need your BCWF member number to register. If you need any assistance accessing your member number, please call the BCWF office at 1-888-881-2293.

Bill 4 creates onerous record keeping for range users at Fish & Game clubs

During the past few month Bill 4 – 2021 the ‘Firearm Violence Prevention Act’ has been quietly working its way through the system and on March 22, 2021  received third and final reading. This act was largely based on the Illegal Firearms Task Force Final Report (A report to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia September 30, 2017) that all clubs were invited to make submissions on. Clearly no one listened to the clubs submissions.

This act will have a large impact on the way clubs do business. Range users and how they sign in will also be greatly impacted. Part 4- Shooting ranges is the primary reason for these changes. It appears to be based on an assumption by the framers of the bill that ‘gang bangers’, drug traffickers and other criminals are using the ranges at Fish & Game clubs to practice with their firearms. This is a ridiculous assumption but once the NDP obtained a majority government the passage of the bill was a forgone conclusion. It is based on their anti-firearms agenda and not any proven facts.

PLEASE READ THIS – IT IS GOING TO AFFECT ALL OF US A GREAT DEAL. Continue Reading →

Court rules 2 B.C. lakes cannot be publicly accessed, siding with Canada’s largest cattle ranch.

The largest working cattle ranch in Canada has won its fight against public access to two pristine fishing lakes in B.C.’s Nicola Valley, after appeal court judges overturned part of a previous ruling that said the lakes should be accessible to the public.
The Douglas Lake Cattle Company (DCLC) had been battling the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club over access to the two trout lakes near Merritt, B.C., for years. The David and Goliath fight came close to resolution in 2018 after a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled Minnie Lake and Stoney Lake should be publicly accessible.
The owner of the ranch, American billionaire Stan Kronke, won his part of his appeal challenging that decision on Friday.
The B.C. Court of Appeal found the lower court erred in 2018 because portions of trails and road leading to the lakes are not public and don’t quite reach the shorelines of either lake.
So, even though the water in the lakes is public, there is no way to get there without trespassing on private property which has the potential to impact access public lakes across the province

Summary of appeal judgement:

The [2018] trial judgment gave the public access to two lakes on the appellant, DLCC’s property. DLCC challenges the judge’s determination that a road and a trail on the property were excepted from an 1895 Crown grant and that there is public access to both lakes. Held: Appeal allowed in part. The road in question was excepted from the Crown grant; however, because the trail was not excepted from the Crown grant and the elements of common law dedication are not met, the trail is not a public way. The trial judge erred in determining the natural boundary of one lake by failing to address the applicable statutory criteria. The public road at issue does not reach the natural boundary of either lake, as defined by survey. The Trespass Act permits DLCC to prohibit the public from crossing its property, including its land under water. The lakes in question are not navigable and no case for access to the shoreline as a right appurtenant to the right to navigate is made out. A public interest costs order against DLCC and the respondent Province was also set aside, with each party ordered to bear their own costs at trial.

Read the Court of Appeals decision