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Court Decision re your right to access lakes and streams.

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.

Club Property open again after storms bring trees down

Hello Club Members. We have had to close all the club facilities twice now because of storms causing trees to come down across the road into the club and on other places on the property. The road is now clear and you can get into the property. Individual ranges may close temporarily – such as the rifle range which currently has two trees that have fallen down from the berm in front of the 200 yard target line. These will be cleared as soon as possible. More storms are supposed to roll in so we may have to close again. With power outages everywhere we may not be able to post these closures right away so be patient and prepared for unexpected closures.

Federal Government to take a serious look at banning handguns

The Globe and Mail
Robert Fife, Ottawa Bureau Chief
Ottawa
Published July 26, 2018

In the wake of the recent Toronto shooting a recent Globe and Mail article quoted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying he will decide in mid-August whether to pursue a ban on handguns as part of a new legislative agenda he would outline in a fall Throne Speech, a senior official says.
Mr. Trudeau has asked a team of advisers to examine the pros and cons of proroguing Parliament and starting over with a fresh policies and priorities for the period leading to the election in October, 2019. The official said the Prime Minister wants them to report in time for the Liberal cabinet retreat on Aug. 22 in Nanaimo, B.C.
Apparently they don’t think there will be much opposition to this so if they don’t hear from the 2.1 million law abiding Canadians who obey the law and didn’t hurt anyone they just might get away with this.

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Bill C-71: What it Means, How it hurts you.

May 29, 2018 (Canadian Shooting Sports Association) — Two leaders of Canada’s firearm community joined forces to help journalists, policymakers and responsible gun owners understand how Bill C-71, the government’s first proposed firearm legislation in a generation, aims at the wrong target.
The Bill C-71 Book: What It Means, How It Hurts You, and 3 Easy Steps You Can Take Right Now to Block It is the most comprehensive and easy-to-read overview of the draft law.

CLICK HERE to download the book.

CLICK HERE to read the submission on Bill C71 by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

 

BCWF alleges Breach of Ethics & Conflict of Interest by a member of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee

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 →

Building Clean Up

A huge Thank You needs to go out to the 20 plus volunteers who showed up to clean the new building.

What an awesome morning. Once again, our membership stepped up to help with ongoing club projects. Members from every discipline arrived with their brushes, buckets and hoses in hand to scrub the logs prior to applying stain.

The dry summer months and the endless trucking through club property left the building caked in dust and grime.

It was a pleasure to meet with some of our new members and reacquaint with many of the long term members.

This truly does show the dedication of our membership. Well done and Thank You again.

 

Regards
John Noble

 

A STRATEGY TO HELP RESTORE MOOSE POPULATIONS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

Moose are an icon of the Canadian landscape and are highly valued as a big game species to be seen, and to be hunted for food. Populations have declined significantly in the central interior regions of British Columbia during the last decade, and stakeholders are concerned in other areas as well. If you are interested you can read the recommendations in the report  ‘ STRATEGY TO HELP RESTORE MOOSE POPULATIONS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA’ which are aimed at helping restore the most seriously depleted populations and increasing moose numbers generally across the province.

 

“Who You Gonna Call”

NF&G Broom Busters 2016

Many Thanks go out to the Broom Busting Crew for their hard work and dedication in controlling the spread of broom on Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association (NF&G) property.   The function of trying to prevent the NF&G property from being over taken by this stubborn and invasive plant is a long ongoing project. Left unchecked it displaces native and beneficial plants, causing loss of grassland and open forest. It aggressively spreads to form mono-cultures, replacing desirable forage grasses and young trees. Seeds are toxic to livestock and horses. The logging of the property has created an ideal environment for the Broom to propagate and efforts must be made to keep it in check until such time as the forest is re-established.BroomBusters

This project, like many undertaken can only be managed and maintained with the dedication and efforts of member volunteers.  Sad to say but the NF&G like many other organizations is suffering from a lack of volunteers to man the many projects and functions required to ensure the longevity and possibly, future of the association.  Quite simply the annual dues we pay do not cover off all the costs of running and maintaining an organization such as NF&G. Looking at the Broom Busters 2016 photograph, some not in the picture but in the kitchen or behind the camera, the faces are easy to recognize.  You may not know the names but anyone who has been remotely involved with the NF&G may recognize them as – NF&G executives, the kitchen staff, grounds maintenance, painters, political liaison, directors, grant writers, purchasing agents, grant coordinators, function set up crew, range officer, cleanup crew, carpenter, event organizer, rental coordinator, and on and on……. These dedicated few wear many hats.

The average age of the dedicated members in this photo is seventy plus, they have for many years been doing a great deal of the heavy lifting to ensure NF&G remains relevant and recognized as such within the greater community. The need for each of us to help out has never been greater than it is today and unless we as members step up will only become more evident with each passing year. Each member has a certain allegiance to a particular Division under the greater umbrella of the NF&G but must recognize that we are here and benefit greatly because of our affiliation with the greater organization.

NF&G is most certainly more than the sum of the individual parts (Divisions) and as such needs the support of all members. One can volunteer and support a Division but hopefully would set time aside to volunteer in a function or work party, which is in the interest of the greater organization and may not appear to be of direct benefit to the Division.

The Broom Busters and many others with in the NF&G would most certainly appreciate any and all assistance one could give. A great deal of time is not being asked for; quite simply a couple of hours per month on average would go a long way to easing the load and improving the health and ensuring the future of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.