This just in from the Canadian Shooting Sports Association:
Have your say: The Canadian government opens its public consultation on banning handguns and semi-auto rifles.
Prime Minister Trudeau has asked the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to lead an examination of a ban on handguns and “assault weapons” in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians.
The Government of Canada says they would like to hear your views.
This is your chance to have your say directly to the government. Consultations are available from October 11 to November 10, 2018. Please do this right away.
To make your voice heard, go to: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/policing/police/crime-and-crime-prevention/reducing-violent-crime-dialogue-handguns-assault-weapons.html
You can go directly to the online survey here: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/cnslttns/hndgn/index-en.aspx Note that some proposals are calling for a ban on all semi-automatic rifles (even a little .22), so this is important to us.
We have received the following from the office of MPP Bill Walker:
On November 26, 2018 there will be a better way for hunters and anglers across Ontario to get their Outdoors Cards and hunting and fishing licensing products.
“The new fish and wildlife licensing service that we are launching in November will make getting outdoors easier for hunters and anglers.
The service will be easy to use, with new features like a mobile Licence Summary and a single Outdoors Card,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.
To support transition to the new service, there will be two planned service interruptions:
* From November 19 to 25, 2018, there will be no fishing or hunting licences for sale.
* From November 19 to December 31, 2018, licences requiring a game seal will not be available for purchase. All fishing and hunting licences not requiring a game seal will be available for sale.
Plan ahead: all 2018 licences requiring a game seal need to be purchased before November 19, 2018.
As of January 1, 2019 – all hunting and fishing licences will be available for purchase during their regular timeframes.
For all the information you need about fishing and hunting licences in Ontario, please visit Ontario.ca/outdoorscard or you may call Natural Resources Information and Support Centre at 1-800-387-7011.
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Zone H (our zone) has a bursary to provide financial aid to college students from the area. Here are the rules and regulations:
A. To be given to the candidate attending College or University in the field of Fauna or Flora management.
B. Candidates from Zone H will be chosen from the applications submitted to the Zone H Secretary/Treasurer who will present the applications to the Zone H board of directors for selection and approval.
C. The number of applicants shall be limited to two (2) in any calendar year.
D. The amount of the Bursary shall be $500.00 per semester to a maximum of One Thousand Dollars ($1000.00) per calendar year per successful candidate.
E. Duration of this Bursary is for a two (2) year period.
F. Successful candidates are eligible for one (1) two-year term.
G. Successful candidates will receive payment in the following manner.
H. Each semester $500.00 will be paid upon completion of a semester and the remaining Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) on completion of a semester. Proof of acceptance and successful completion of semesters must be submitted and received by the Secretary/Treasurer Zone H before receiving any more money.
I. Candidates must be a member of Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Zone H and be a member in good standing. And must be a member of the OFAH for the previous twelve months.
Applications should be made in writing to Zone H Secretary/Treasurer. Send completed applications to Secretary/Treasurer OFAH Zone H.
(Thanks to Glenn Meads for this information.)
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has made a submission to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, regarding Bill C-71. It draws upon the response from OFAH’s survey of its members, and describes many problems with the bill, and suggested changes. You can find the submission and more at the OFAH’s Bill C-71 page, or you can download the 12-page submission directly at this link (it’s a 5 MB PDF file).
This just in from CSSA:
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.
The free PDF/e-Book is a joint project of The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA), Canada’s leading gun-rights advocacy group, and TheGunBlog.ca, the country’s leading source of news on gun politics and the firearm industry.
To download the book, you need to provide your name and email address. Alternatively, you can download it from TheGunBlog with just an email address.
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has now posted the results of its survey on the proposed Bill C-71.
The federal government proposed new firearms legislation through the introduction of Bill C-71 on March 20, 2018. The OFAH has been working hard to ensure government continues to hear (and understand) the numerous questions and concerns firearms owners have with this bill. To inform our advocacy, the OFAH polled the firearms community to better understand their perspectives.
The survey questions were intended to determine firearms community demographics, interests in firearms, general opinions on the bill, and specific reactions to each of the main proposals.
You can view the survey results at the OFAH Bill C-71 page — click where it says “CLICK HERE to download survey results“. Or you can click this link (it’s a PDF file, about 6 MB long).
At their April 18 meeting, the Grey Highlands council agreed to receive, “for information,” the report proposing changes to the firearms discharge by-law. This appears to mean that the proposal has been neither approved nor rejected. According to the mayor, “council has decided not to move forward with any changes to the current 2003 bylaw at this time.”
Of course, the council could resume consideration at any time. We will try to remain abreast of this situation.