Do Hunters Have Freedom of Speech

As a hunter I believe in the privileges and rights when Im hunting.

 

As an outdoor media reporter I often get thanked for the information on hunting and fishing

I also get criticized  by non hunters on occasion.

Now I find out government judicial courts can sue me if some one is offended

Imagine how media reporters that stand for freedom of speech get attacked by our own government feel or respond.

Check out one such reporter and his fight with the government on freedom of speech laws

 Ezra’ trial starts Monday,,,give him some support!

 

Will this get resolved?

Sun Media had an eye opening article on gun owners in  High River Alberta when had their guns grabbed by the RCMP when the town flooded last summer. It is still being investigated only since the SUN brought it out in the open.

 

On a good note Brian Lily Sun Media attended the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show Shot Show last month.

Here is his story in the  Sun News

There are numerous outdoor, hunting and fishing shows across North America, Spend some time at one with family and friends to enjoy the day

 

 

Sunday gun hunting in Hamilton

By Samantha Craggs, CBC News

Call your local councillor

A Flamborough man who wants Hamilton to approve Sunday gun hunting isn’t giving up.

Local hunter Charlie Bois approached councillors in November asking for the city to approve hunting with a gun on Sundays. The city planning committee accepted the presentation without acting on it.

Since then, Bois has collected about 150 names on a petition around the city. He has also spoken with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), which will present at a planning committee meeting on Feb. 19.

Bois is determined to press the issue, which he says is needed for Hamilton hunters too busy to hunt on other days. Bois often works six days a week with his own business, Charlie’s Carpentry Services. That only leaves him Sunday for an activity such as duck hunting, which requires a gun.

“I’m really hoping that city councillors realize that a lot of people want this and it’s really not going to cause any problems,” he said. “It wouldn’t change anyone’s day-to-day life.”

Bow hunting is already legal on Sundays in Hamilton. But hunting with a gun on Sunday would require a vote from council. Currently, about 150 Ontario municipalities allow Sunday gun hunting.

Flamborough councillor Robert Pasuta, who represents Bois’s ward, has spoken to local farmers and constituents on the issue. None of them want it, he said, so he won’t vote in favour.

Farmers say they like having one day a week to not worry about the traffic created by hunters, he said. They think six days a week is enough.

“If the farmers aren’t in support of it, that’s enough for me,” Pasuta said, who is also farmer.

Bois has petitions at shops such as Fishing World on Barton Street East, Al Simmons Gun Shop on Locke Street South and Cathy’s Country Kitchen at Peter’s Corners in Dundas. He is also encouraging fellow hunters to contact councillors.

Should Ontario Government Bring Back A Gun Registry

Talk from Police Departments across Ontario wanting to set up a back-door gun registry.

 

Conservative MP Vic Tows lays the law down,,,,,NO BACK-Door Gun Policy by Chief Firearms Officers

CFOs are interpreting the Firearms Act as a basis for unauthorized data collection, please advise me immediately,” Toews wrote in a letter Tuesday to RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson.

From the Ottawa Sun –http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/05/08/toews-shoots-down-back-door-registries

 

Take the poll and VOTE

Should provinces or local governments set up their own gun registries?

http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/05/08/toews-shoots-down-back-door-registries

Conservatives Call for Creation of National Panel on Fish and Wildlife

Prime Minister Stephen Harper commends the creation of a new national panel to advise the federal government on fish, wildlife and conservation issues.

  

“The OFAH has been pushing for the creation of a fish and wildlife advisory panel or heritage committee at the federal level for several years, and the Prime Minister’s announcement is welcome news,” said Greg Farrant, OFAH Manager, Government Affairs & Policy. “Through Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the federal government plays a key role in the protection and enhancement of migratory birds and fisheries across Canada, despite the fact that fish and wildlife resources are traditionally a provincial responsibility. We will be well served by a separate body to provide advice on these and other conservation issues that impact the outdoor community.” 

The Prime Minister’s announcement of an advisory panel on fish and wildlife resources would provide a sounding board for conservation groups across the country and a focus for activities at the federal level, similar to what has occurred in the U.S. with the Obama administration’s 2010 announcement of a Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. That group, with representation by key conservation based hunting and fishing organizations, provides advice to the federal Department of the Interior and the White House on recreational hunting and shooting sports activities, and associated wildlife and habitat conservation.

“Fishing, hunting and trapping are heritage activities, upon which this country was founded. Anglers and hunters were among the first to call for conservation of our vital natural resources, to demand game laws to protect wildlife, and to help create what has become known as the North American model for wildlife conservation. That model, dating back to the late 19th and early 20thcenturies under Theodore Roosevelt and Wilfred Laurier, serves as the underpinning of our conservation ethic to this day, and the government’s recognition that the outdoor community serves a core role as conservationists is appreciated,” added Farrant.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the OFAH is the province’s largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org

  

Federal Liberal Leader still doesn’t get it

Liberal Leader still doesn’t get it on gun control.

Comments made by federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Tuscon, Arizona demonstrated that when it comes to gun control in Canada, Mr. Ignatieff still doesn’t understand what the phrase means, or the abject failure of the system brought in by a Liberal government in the 1990’s.

“In reacting to the shooting of several people by an apparently deranged individual, Mr. Ignatieff used the opportunity to tout the virtues of the gun registry in Canada, not only displaying appalling judgement, but a continuing and deliberate failure to recognize the difference between licensing and registration,” said O.F.A.H. Manager of Government Affairs and Policy, Greg Farrant. “Clearly people who have mental health issues should not have access to firearms, which is what the licensing of firearms owners is all about. The licensing system in Canada involves courses, testing, screening and background checks by law enforcement before a license is issued. People who should not have firearms are routinely refused a license once the mandatory checks have been completed. Licensing focuses on the individual, and determines whether or not an individual can own a firearm. It is completely separate from the gun registry that the Liberal party continues to defend, which focuses on the firearm and does nothing to stop anyone from illegally obtaining a firearm and using it to commit a crime.

“The sooner Mr. Ignatieff acknowledges this basic principle, the sooner we can move to eliminate the time, energy and money that is wasted on the long gun registry, and instead, use these resources to create programs that deal with mental illness and prevent prohibited offenders from obtaining guns in the first place, something the registry does not and cannot do. Suggesting that gun control and registration are one and the same is ridiculous.”

The O.F.A.H. is particularly disappointed that despite Mr. Ignatieff’s claim that he does not want to make this a ‘big political issue’, by commenting on the Tuscon tragedy on the eve of his departure for a cross-country pre-election tour, he has shown that when it comes to politics, nothing is sacred.

Ignatieff’s comments demonstrate he still doesn’t understand Liberal-created gun registry

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit, charitable, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters.

For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

NDP MPs cave in to Liberal threats and partisan politics

NDP betrayal on firearms Bill C-391 vote

With the notable exception of MPs Peter Stoffer, John Rafferty and Bruce

Hyer, NDP members who previously supported Bill C-391 and scrapping the

long gun registry, will ignore the views of their constituents, the outdoor

community, hunters, farmers, recreational and Olympic shooters and

thousands of front line police officers across Canada, and back a Liberal

motion to kill the bill.

“The complete abdication of responsibility by these NDP Members of

Parliament, who were elected to represent their constituents is

disappointing but not unexpected,” said Greg Farrant, Manager of Government

Affairs and Policy, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. “Threats by

the Liberal opposition; intimidation by the NDP leader and caucus

colleagues; misinformation by anti-gun lobbyists; and a propaganda campaign

under the guise of ‘public information’ by the Canadian Association of

Chiefs of Police (CACP) appear to have done the job.

“These MPs have abandoned their principles, betrayed their constituents;

ignored the overwhelming results of eighteen national and regional public

opinion polls in favor of scrapping the long gun registry; placed their

faith in half-baked ‘compromises’ that are neither workable or

constitutional; overlooked the fact that the long gun registry has neither

saved lives nor enhanced public safety; and supported the continued waste

of taxpayers’ dollars on a badly flawed system that places front line

officers in jeopardy if they rely on the information it contains.”

Ontario NDP MPs Carol Hughes, Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing; Claude

Gravelle, Nickel Belt; Glenn Thibeault, Sudbury; Charlie Angus,

Timmins-James Bay; and Malcolm Allen, Welland each supported Bill C-391 on

Second Reading. In fact, some went so far as to indicate that they intended

to keep doing so until the bill was passed.

“I was happy to cast a vote in support of C-391 on behalf of the people of

Nickel Belt, and I am pleased that this bill is moving forward to

committee… I will continue to support this bill through the rest of the

legislative process, and I look forward to casting a final vote to abolish

the Long Gun Registry when it comes back to the House.” Claude Gravelle,

November 2009

“I’ve got to go with what the people who brought me here (to Parliament),

what they say. I’m the MP for Sudbury and my constituents are telling me

that’s what they’d like.” Glenn Thibeault, December 2009

Thibeault has said he received more than 500 phone calls and e-mails in

favor of eliminating the long gun registry. He received roughly 50

responses from constituents who wanted to keep the registry.

“Jack Layton stated he would allow his caucus to vote their conscience on

this issue. If that’s the case, why the bullying and intimidation of NDP

members by their caucus colleague MP Joe Comartin, Windsor-Tecumseh to

switch their vote,” Farrant asked.

“The Liberals claim that the RCMP report is proof that the registry works.

If they’re so convinced of that, then why have two previous Liberal reviews

of the long gun registry never been released and remain protected by

Cabinet confidentiality? Former Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin said the

registry was badly flawed, and promised the outdoor community that he would

fix it. He even appointed a Minister to review the registry and make

recommendations, which were dismissed in Cabinet and buried out of sight.

“The hypocrisy on the part of both the NDP and Liberals in this debate is

staggering. Liberal and NDP members who voted in support of Bill C-391 and

have now flip flopped, have abandoned their principles and thrown their

constituents under the bus in the name of political expediency.”

Facts:

* The Auditor General of Canada reported in 2002 and 2006 that the

Canadian Firearms Centre was unable or unwilling to demonstrate how the

long gun registry had enhanced public safety or saved lives.

* Crimes using long guns have been declining since the early 1970’s

long before the registry ever existed.

* The rate of firearms related death declined from the mid 1970’s to

2002 but has increased by 24% since the introduction of the long gun

registry, largely due to the increased use of illegal firearms smuggled

into Canada to commit crime.

* The female spousal murder rate fell by more than 50% between 1979

and 2000, the year before the long gun registry began.

* Between 1995 and 2008 the use of knives were used more often to kill

women than firearms.

* The firearms used by abusive spouses are almost all possessed

illegally, something that the registry has no effect on.

* Over 400,000 are prohibited by court order from possessing firearms,

including 36,000 with restraining orders, but are not tracked by police.

* Instead of tracking legal firearms owners, Police in Baltimore, New

York City, New Jersey and Virginia have instituted prohibited offenders

registries targeting those prohibited from possessing firearms because of

criminal activity – crime rates due to firearms violence have decreased

dramatically in these cases.

* The Coalition for Gun Control says the long gun registry has saved

lives, but offers no fact-based evidence to support that contention.

* A recent RCMP report indicated that police are divided on the

registry.

* The report contained the admission that the registry contains

inconsistent and contradictory data.

* The report noted that the long gun registry costs $23 million

annually to operate, not the $4 million claimed by the CACP.

* The report stated that the registry has an error rate of 1 – 2% =

70,000 to 140,000 inaccurate entries in the database.

* Police associations in Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton

have supported scrapping the registry, as has the Saskatchewan Federation

of Police Officers.

* There is only a 30 – 50% compliance rate after 15 years.

* The Department of Justice found that 84% of firearms used in the

commission of crimes were unregistered, and overall 74.9% were illegal guns

smuggled into Canada.

* A new report in the Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice

found that about 2/3 of the firearms seized in Canada were smuggled in from

the U.S.

* Illegal handguns are responsible for 92% of gun crime in Canada,

despite the existence of a handgun registry since 1934.

* The CACP claims that Chiefs attending the recent CACP meeting in

Edmonton unanimously supported the registry when in fact, the report they

were asked to endorse contained not one mention of the long gun registry.

* The CACP claims that police use the registry 11,500 times a day –

Figures on the Canadian Firearms Centre website indicate that the real

number is actually less than 20 times.

* Ottawa Police Chief Vern White disagrees with the CACP, adding that

most hits to the registry are automatically generated and not an actual

check of the system.

* Calgary Police Chief Rick Hansen thinks the registry is flawed and

fails to tackle the real issues of gun violence.

* Abbotsford B.C. Police Chief Bob Rich believes we are having the

wrong debate and the gun registry misses the real gun crimes plaguing the

community – 90% of firearms used in crime in his jurisdiction were

smuggled in from Washington State – the number of smuggled firearms used

to commit crime in Toronto is 70%.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member

clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit fishing, hunting and

conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and

hunters.

For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

House of Commons votes on Bill C-391

NDP ‘compromise’ on gun bill mimics failings of Liberal plan

Proposed private members bill will create inequality and may spawn court challenges

You can contact your MP here

The recent announcement by NDP Leader Jack Layton of plans for a ‘compromise’ bill designed to alleviate opposition to the long gun registry is nothing more than a rehash of a previous ineffective proposal made by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff. Neither provides a solution to the longstanding grievances against a badly flawed system that has cost taxpayers of Canada in excess of $1 billion dollars, continues to eat up millions more each year, and according to the Auditor General, has not been demonstrated to save lives or enhance public safety.

“Clearly, Mr. Ignatieff and Mr. Layton lack the courage of their convictions. They are pandering to the rural and outdoor communities by proposing alternatives that do nothing to address the problems with the current system,” said O.F.A.H. Manager of Government Affairs and Policy, Greg Farrant. “The fact that they are scrambling for options in the run up to a vote on Bill C-391 is evidence that they realize the bill has strong support. Unfortunately, the changes they propose do not respond to the basic problems associated with the registry, and may in fact, spawn constitutional challenges. Even if the Criminal Code was amended to provide for a ‘non-criminal, ticketable’ offence, there is no guarantee that provinces would enforce the law uniformly. Since three provinces and one territory have already come out in support of scrapping the long gun registry through Bill C-391, amending the code could result in a patchwork of enforcement, inequality, and court challenges under the constitution.”

Bill C-391 was introduced by Candice Hoeppner, M.P. Portage-Lisgar, Manitoba, and received Second Reading in November 2009. It is expected to be debated at Third Reading this fall. In the meantime, a motion by Liberal M.P. Mark Holland that would squash the bill will be debated in Parliament on September 21 and voted on the following day.

Despite recent efforts by opponents of the bill, support for Bill C-391 remains strong, with several members of the NDP expected to continue the support they showed for the bill last fall. Unlike the Liberal leader, Mr. Layton is respecting parliamentary process and allowing his members a free vote. The eight Liberal members who voted for the bill at Second Reading will not be afforded the same opportunity for Third Reading, as Mr. Ignatieff is forcing his members to vote the party line, something that is largely unheard of on a private members bill.

“The tens of thousands of legal, licensed, law abiding firearms owners in Canada are appalled at the misinformation and rhetoric being used by the opposition leaders under the guise of fact. Instead of recognizing that criminals don’t register firearms, and that the use of illegal handguns is responsible for the carnage on the streets of our communities, they continue to aim at the wrong target and make farmers, hunters and recreational target shooters the subject of an onerous system that has failed to control gun crime,” Farrant added.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs in Ontario, the O.F.A.H. is the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

Hunting or Fishing on Crown Land may get windy

Prospectors hope to turn Crown Land claim into a big payday

Credit: Written by Rick Conroy, Wellington Times, wellingtontimes.ca 15 July 2010

Trillium Power Wind has never built or managed an industrial wind energy facility. The company has never erected a single industrial wind turbine. Yet it says it wants to erect the largest offshore wind energy project the world has yet seen, right here in Lake Ontario—17 kilometres from Long Point in Prince Edward County.

Trillium Power Wind brought its story to Picton last Wednesday following a roadshow in Napanee and in advance of another in Cape Vincent, New York on Thursday.

Trillium’s current story involves 138 industrial wind turbines erected in a V-shaped clump on a shelf of shallow water that rims the deepest part of the lake between Long Point and Lost Nation National Forest on the U.S. side of the lake—a shelf punctuated by series of islands known as the Ducks, including Main Duck and False Duck.

It is not the first time Trillium has peddled its grand ambition for capturing Lake Ontario wind to a County audience. It seems, however, little has changed in four years since Trillium was last here—other than its name (formerly Trillium Power Energy Corporation) and perhaps a more receptive regulatory regime.

Last year the McGuinty government enacted the Green Energy Act—lowering public safeguards to ease the path for wind developers, and upping the incentives to these developers through the rich feed-in tariff program. If successful, the Trillium project could earn 19 cents per kilowatt hour for 20 years for the developer—a lucrative premium over the average price the province pays for other sources of energy (3 cents per kWh).

Yet the project has barely budged in four years. Trillium was forced to cool its heels for two years after the Ontario government imposed a moratorium on offshore wind projects in 2006.

Then the meltdown of the worldwide financial system in 2008 led to the collapse of the sector needed to finance these large capital projects.

So it is that four years later Trillium is back, trying to craft a story it can use to attract investors and lenders. It has a steep hill to climb.

Trillium neither has the capital to undertake the $1.7 billion price tag, nor does it have a track record in building or managing projects of this scale. Without a track record the project is unlikely to attract investment. Banks and investors are hoarding cash and lending extremely cautiously in the wake of the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

Trillium is betting that financial markets will be more receptive in a year or two.

Trillium principal John Kourtoff gave the Picton presentation a pass; instead, Chief Development Officer Martin Parker answered questions for the wind developer.

Parker said he sees signs that the capital markets may be opening slightly for wind projects, pointing to a recent €300 million financing of a Belgian offshore wind project. That financing, however, was provided by the European Investment Bank, an arm of the European Union. It is hardly an indicator of easing credit markets.

“The market is coming around,” said Parker optimistically. “The question is: when we are ready to build, will the market be ready to finance the project? That we don’t know.”

But what about Trillium’s lack of experience and track record? Parker says Trillium will hire the experience it lacks and form partnerships to fill in its limitations. He points to its partnership with Vestas—the Danish supplier of wind turbines. Parker did not provide details of the partnership and how it would work, except to say Vestas wasn’t a financial partner.

“We will bring in people with a track record,” said Parker. “Vestas is the number one manufacturer of wind turbines in the world. We will bring them in as our project manager. They have experience in the European theatre.”

Why should Ontario and New York residents entrust this critical waterway, migratory bird pathway and marine life to a firm without a track record or experience in constructing such a massive project on Crown land?

“The only way I can answer that question is to say that everything we’ve done has been mindful of doing what is good for Ontario. And we will continue to do that.”

Parker says he hopes to have environmental studies completed by the end of this year. Many believe this is an ambitious time line but even Parker acknowledges all of Trillium’s plans hinge on the company’s ability to raise financing.

“If the environmental studies show that everything is okay it is conceivable that we could begin construction next year with turbines starting to go up in 2013—that is if the markets are receptive then.”

Is Ministry of Natural Resources making Crown land available for off-shore wind projects?

Ontario is seeking input on proposed rules for off-shore wind turbine.

Plan to include keeping them at least five kilometres from the shoreline.

A shoreline exclusion zone would be comparable with proposals by many U.S. states that border the Great Lakes.

In addition the Ministry of Natural Resources is undertaking a review of Ontario’s current process for making Crown land available for off-shore wind projects.

If you hunt, fish or spend time on crown land this may affect you.

This review will include consideration of where, when and how the government makes Crown land available.

Another proposed rule would require turbine developers to complete a comprehensive application process. This would include addressing potential impacts to endangered and threatened species and their habitat, significant wildlife habitats, users of Crown land, flooding and erosion.

The public and industry can comment on the proposal on the province’s environmental registry (Registry number 011-0089) for the next 60 days. Public and industry consultation sessions will also be held starting in the fall. Dates and locations will be available soon at www.ontario.ca.

For additional information check out http://wp.me/pmgPI-3kX

LIBERAL-LED COALITION ONE STEP CLOSER TO DERAILING LONG-GUN REGISTRY BILL

Liberals Demanding Extra Vote in House on Bill C-391

OTTAWA, ON – The Liberal-Bloc Quebecois-NDP coalition is one step closer to derailing Candice Hoeppner’s bill to end the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry.
Earlier today, the Opposition-dominated committee passed a motion to report to the House of Commons that the Public Safety committee “does not proceed further with Bill C-391.”

“Mr. Holland’s actions on behalf of the Liberal party and their coalition partners clearly demonstrate that there is no willingness to compromise or work together,” MP Hoeppner said.  “If the Opposition truly believed in compromise, they would stop these blatant attempts to derail Bill C-391, back down from their threats to whip the vote, and allow their Members to vote freely at third reading to represent their constituents.”

“Twelve NDP and eight Liberal Members of Parliament supported my bill at second reading.  The question remains – what will those MPs do when it once again comes time to vote on this in the House?” Hoeppner continued.  “Will they tow the party line and vote to keep the registry, or do the right thing, listen to their constituents, and vote to scrap the registry?”

Hoeppner stressed that there is little evidence to demonstrate that the long-gun registry has fulfilled its mandate, and that a number of front-line police officers as well as four provincial and territorial Attorneys General and Ministers of Justice have publicly supported Bill C-391.

“It’s high time to look for other answers and put government resources into building a system that targets offenders and not law-abiding firearm owners like farmers and outdoors enthusiasts,” Hoeppner concluded.

If the motion in the House of Commons is successful, the Liberal-led Opposition coalition will have succeeded in stopping Hoeppner’s bill to finally end the long-gun registry.

Call your MP and voice your concerns.