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).


“The Bill C-71 Book”

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.

OFAH Survey About Bill C-71

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).

Grey Highlands Firearms By-Law Deferred

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.

OFAH Lead Survey

The OFAH is asking anglers and hunters to participate in a survey on the use of lead for fishing and hunting.

The federal government released two reports on the use of lead and lead-free alternatives in ammunition and fishing tackle. It is clear from the reports that there is a lack of understanding of how and why anglers, hunters and sport shooters use lead in Canada.

The government is seeking input on developing an approach to encourage lead-free ammunition, sinkers and jigs in Canada. The OFAH has developed a survey to better understand angler, hunter and recreational shooting perspectives on lead and lead-free alternatives to inform our advocacy on this issue.

Please take the time to fill out this survey, so we can add your voice to our efforts in Ottawa.

The survey is here: https://www.ofah.org/issues/lead/

OFAH Women’s Programs Registration Opens Today

This just in: OFAH Women’s Programs Registration Opens April 10

Once again, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) will be hosting two very popular events this fall, its annual September Women’s Outdoor Weekend and October Women’s Pheasant Hunt.

Registration is available online only. For more details visit www.ofah.org/wow

Women’s Outdoor Weekend

This weekend is designed to provide women with a great opportunity to learn all about fishing, hunting, and other outdoor pursuits in an environment alongside other women with similar interests.

September 7-9, 2018
Kinark Outdoor Centre, near Minden
Open to all women at least 19 years of age
$265 + HST and an OFAH membership
(Includes: meals, cabin accommodations, and all program equipment)

Throughout the weekend, participants may experience activities such as: introduction to hunting, firearm basics and handling, trap range, rifle range, archery, fishing, fly fishing demonstration, fish filleting, canoeing, kayaking, high ropes course, night hike, stargazing, pig roast, social evening campfire, guest speakers, evening entertainment, raffle draws, and much more.

OFAH Women’s Pheasant Hunt

This event is designed to provide women with an opportunity to partake in their first hunting experience with qualified guides alongside other women with similar interests.

October 13, 2018
Bird’s Eye View Game Farm and Hunting Preserve, near Colborne
Open to all women at least 18 years of age
$150.00 + HST and an OFAH membership
(Includes: firearms, ammunition, pheasants, training, guide, and sporting dog)

8 spaces 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
8 spaces 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

You must have the following to participate: valid OFAH membership, valid firearms licence (PAL), and valid hunting version outdoors card (H1) with valid small game licence.

Grey Highlands Firearms Meeting Postponed


GREY HIGHLANDS – The Municipality of Grey Highlands has postponed the public meeting scheduled for April 4th regarding the Draft Firearms Discharge By-law.

Mayor McQueen stated “We have received significant feedback and some terrific suggestions on how we might revise the draft by-law. We want to make sure that the by-law fits the needs of the community when we take it to the public as this will affect all our residents.

There was no venue available to accommodate the numbers expected at the meeting. Further review of the information received from various agencies and the public will be forwarded to Council for direction and next steps.

Information regarding the next steps in the process will be communicated.

Additional information may be available at the Grey Highlands web site.