UPDATE: Feb. 3 Firearms Consultation

A reminder: Sunday Feb. 3, from 2 to 4 pm, at the Durham Community Centre, Bill Blair, Canada’s Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, along with MP Larry Miller, will have a public meeting for consultations on firearms-related topics.  Please attend!  We want to have as large a turnout as possible.  You don’t need to speak, just show up.

We do not yet know the agenda for the meeting — whether it will be Bill C-71, proposed handgun bans, or something else.  If you wish to speak, Larry Miller advises that you have a question or statement prepared in advance, be polite, and keep it brief, 90 seconds or less.  If you wish to make a longer statement or presentation, Miller asks that you email a copy in advance to his Owen Sound Constituency Office.

Thanks to the Owen Sound Revolver Club for some of the information above.  I’ll try to keep this post updated as I learn more. – Brad

Update: here is news coverage of the event:
Blackburn News: Federal cross-country firearms consultation stops in Durham
Owen Sound Sun-Times: Bill Blair speaks in Durham about his handgun/assault weapon ban review

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Feb. 3, Firearms Consultation in Durham

Thanks to the CSSA E-News for alerting me to this item from the Owen Sound Sun-Times:

Canada’s Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction will be in Durham in February.
Bill Blair will be at the Durham Community Centre from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 3 for consultations on firearms-related topics, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller announced on Thursday.
Miller wrote Blair in September inviting him to come to the riding to hear from rural Canadians about the government’s firearms policies. Miller’s office has been working with Blair’s office since then to find a date that would work with the minister’s schedule, and after a lengthy back-and-forth they agreed on the Feb. 3 meeting, it said in a news release from Miller’s office.

Feb. 3 is a Sunday, so they should be able to hear from plenty of rural Canadians who are concerned about Bill C-71.

MNRF Petitions – Lifting Hunting Ban, Service Standards, Special Purpose Account

We have received the following from the office of MPP Bill Walker:

I’m pleased to share with you three petitions as they relate to Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) service standards, hunting and fishing, and the administration of the Special Purpose Account.

I invite you to sign and forward to others who share our concern on these issues. Please return signed petitions with original (photo-copies can not be accepted) signatures to my Constituency Office at 100 – 920 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K5. If you have any questions, please call my office at 519-371-2421 or 1-800-461-2664.

PETITION: Reform MNRF Service Standards

PETITION: Lift ban on hunting/trapping Eastern Hybrid Wolf

PETITION: Review MNRF Special Purpose Account (SPA)

 

Public consultation on handgun and rifle bans

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.

“Modernizing Ontario’s Hunting & Fishing Licensing System”

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.

Zone H Bursary

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.)

OFAH Submission re. Bill C-71

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).