Ontario’s Government Offers Natural Resources Positions to Youths

Exciting New Job Opportunities For Youth in  Ontario’s outdoors.

This year, thousands of youth from across the province will develop knowledge and skills in natural resources management through experience-based work and learning positions.

The province is offering more than 2,500 jobs to youth across Ontario through a range of programs including:

Bill Bond Memorial Award presented to Peter Waring

Canadian Ice Fishing Championship (CIFC) (Feb 20, 21, 2010) 160 anglers gathered to hear the rules for the big event.

They also witnessed the presentation of the 2010 Bill Bond Memorial Award – which was presented to Peter Waring, supervisor of the Lake Simcoe Team for the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).
The Bill Bond Memorial Award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated a
lifelong commitment to conserving and promoting the fishery of Lake Simcoe.
Peter Waring of Sutton Ontario has always felt close ties with the 725 square kilometre body of
water in his front yard. As a kid he grew up playing and fishing in the big lake and developed a bond
with ‘her’ that evolved into a full time career with the Ministry of Natural Resources. He began
working for MNR’s Lake Simcoe Fisheries Assessment Unit (LSFAU) in 1980 and stayed until the mid
1980’s (as Unit Supervisor).
At the LSFAU he was a hands‐on kind of guy and was actively involved in fisheries monitoring and
research programs out on the lake. Some of his work involved interviewing anglers and sampling
fish during winter and summer creel surveys. He collected Lake Trout and Whitefish eggs and
sampled fish during the fall index trap netting program. There was plenty of new and interesting
work done by Peter and his staff that established some base line data that is still used today.
Peter has always encouraged programs to get kids hooked on fishing and supported the Bloorview
Kids Fishing Day each year by having the LSFAU net fish and deposit them into a netted off area at
Jackson’s Pt Government dock each year. The early 1980’s were also a time of constraint and Peter
worked hard to find other money through government programs. Somehow he managed to have
over 15 contract staff working at the LSFAU still monitoring the fisheries of Lake Simcoe during a
time when most government offices were suffering.
Some of the reports that Peter put together or co‐authored while he was with the LSFAU include:
♦ ¨ Changes in the multispecies, winter angling fishery of Lake Simcoe, 1961‐1983:
invasion by rainbow smelt, and the roles of intra‐ and inter‐specific interactions”
♦ ¨ Fall trapnetting on the spawning grounds of lake trout and lake whitefish in Lake
Simcoe, 1985‐1988.”
♦ ¨ Dissolved oxygen and temperature profiles at two Lake Simcoe limnological stations,
1981‐1983.”
♦ ¨ Preliminary stocking model for yearling whitefish introductions, Lake Simcoe.”
Most recently Peter was instrumental in helping to develop the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and
Plan. Enshrined in legislation there is now a plan to protect the lake and it’s fisheries for future
generations. Peter put together and is now the supervisor of the Lake Simcoe Team of MNR staff
who are working hard with other government agencies to implement the plan.
Peter also co‐chairs the Lake Simcoe Fisheries Stakeholder Committee – a group of dedicated
stakeholders from around the lake who meet monthly. (Their mandate is to make fishery‐related
recommendations to MNR.) Ever mindful of anglers and the important contribution they make to
the lake … Peter is making sure that in every facet of his work their interests are recognized and
taken into account.
Peter has never lost sight of how important the Lake Simcoe fishery resource is. He continues to
fish her waters and hunt in her watershed. Needless to say, throughout his 30 plus year career with
MNR, he has always been a strong advocate and ally for the lake.

Whether he is pushing for improvements to the fishery among his colleagues at MNR and other
government agencies or working with anglers who want to make a difference … you can rest
assured that Peter Waring cares deeply about this big body of water and the anglers who fish it.

Former Recipients of the Bill Bond Memorial Award:
2010‐ Peter Waring

Peter Waring (centre) from Sutton holds the 2010 Bill Bond Memorial Award trophy. He is flanked by CIFC anglers (and former recipients of the same award) 87 year old Joe Montgomery (left) from St Catherines and Wil Wegman from Bradford ON. Photo By: Tegan Leach

2009‐ Paul Nichols
2008‐ Dave Haynes
2007‐ Joe Montgomery
2006‐ Ken Hackenbrook
2005‐ Delaine Bond
2004‐ Wil Wegman
2003‐ John Power
2002‐ Charlie Johnston
2001 ‐Mike Burrows
2000‐ Cliff Perry
1999‐ John Reddings
1998‐ Teddy Pedersen
1997‐ Bob Johnston
1996‐ Jack Simpson

For more information on the CIFC:   www.georginafishingseries.ca

Delta Waterfowl continues to take a leadership role

Delta Waterfowl helping to secure the future of hunting in Canada

Delta Waterfowl continues to take a leadership role in tackling the key issues facing hunters nationwide. Our work in encouraging recruitment hunts, coordinating national hunting advocacy and weighing in at the local level when waterfowl hunting is threatened, is essential to ensure that there is a bright future for hunting in Canada. While there are many organizations doing tremendous work in conserving waterfowl habitat, there is one group – Delta Waterfowl – that is uniquely focused on publicly promoting waterfowl hunting on behalf of all Canadian waterfowl hunters.

Delta Waterfowl created the first-ever youth hunting program in Canada, we started the first ladies-only waterfowl hunting program, the first program aimed at University students, the first all-inclusive national advocacy effort and the first plan and program to defend the access of waterfowl hunters at the local level. On the strength of the demonstration of these good ideas, new efforts have arisen from coast to coast, through the efforts of volunteers and partnering organizations.

All organizations doing good work on behalf of hunters deserve your support but if you are a Canadian duck or goose hunter, an upland bird hunter, in fact, a hunter of any type – Delta Waterfowl needs your support to continue our critical work on behalf of us all. If you are already part our team, please tell a friend. Get involved with our efforts at the local level through our chapter network.

Most of all – THANKS – in advance for helping us secure the future of hunting in Canada.

In 2006, the Liberal Party tabled a resolution (Resolution 42), that aimed to ban semi-automatic firearms in Canada. Like many Canadian hunters, Delta’s Dr.Bob Bailey was frustrated and concerned by the lack of a coordinated, national effort to address this kind of troublesome and misguided political policy. Dr.Bailey called a national conference call to attempt to create a campaign to stop Resolution 42 and the Canadian hunting and shooting community responded immediately. It turned out many groups were simply looking for someone to take the lead in setting up a process to coordinate efforts.

Pressure from the fledgling Outdoor Network resulted in Resolution 42 being dropped by the Liberal Party, and in the process, Canada’s first-ever coordinated national advocacy working group – The Outdoors Network – was essentially formed.

The ongoing successful defense and promotion of hunting in our increasingly urbanized Canadian society will require an effective, public and coordinated national advocacy and public relations campaign on behalf of hunters, which, until the creation of the Outdoors Network, had not existed in a substantive form in Canada. For the first time, this coalition is actively and publicly advocating on behalf of all Canadian hunters on tough issues such as gun ownership and many others.
Since 2006, Dr.Bailey and Delta Waterfowl have been recognized by outdoor organizations across the country for his groundbreaking work in creating the much needed Outdoors Network. Since inception, the Network has grown to include a combined grassroots membership of over 500,000 Canadians who are represented by the following progressive organizations:

  • Alberta Fish & Game Association
  • British Columbia Wildlife Federation
  • BCWF Political Action Alliance
  • Canadian Institute for Legislative Action
  • Canadian Section of the Wildlife Society
  • Canadian Shooting Sports Association
  • Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association
  • Delta Waterfowl Foundation
  • Fédération québecoise des chasseurs et pecheurs
  • Fur Institute of Canada
  • Friends of Fur
  • Hunting for Tomorrow
  • Manitoba Wildlife Federation
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • New Brunswick Wildlife Federation
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Federation
  • Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Prince Edward Island Chapter Delta Waterfowl
  • Prince Edward Island Trappers Association
  • Prince Edward Island Wildlife Federation
  • Ruffed Grouse Society
  • Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
  • Wildlife Habitat Canada

The Outdoors Network (the Network) is tackling a wide variety of issues that affect the rights of Canadian hunters, fishers, trappers and gun owners, including the following (for more information on the status of these issues please contact Dr. Bob Bailey at Delta’s Canadian Head Office):

● Dismantling of the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) – Ongoing – there are proposed changes by the current government that would drastically reduce Canada’s waterfowl management capabilities. This is a significant issue of concern for the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting in Canada. The Network continues to stay abreast of developments and to communicate with government on the needs of the resource and the hunting community.

● Wildlife Habitat Canada – Federal Duck Stamp – Completed and Successful – Proposed changes could have seen Federal Duck Stamp revenue’s flow into Environment Canada’s general budget or elsewhere. An active effort by the Network, lead by Delta Waterfowl, successfully contributed to the preservation of this successful waterfowl program.

● Successful Passage of Animal Rights Bill S-203. Passage of this Bill S-203, increases substantially the fines and punishments for individuals who deliberately and maliciously mistreat animals while not affecting the rights of hunters, trappers and fishermen. An alternative and dangerous version of this Bill was defeated by a coordinated effort of Network members, lead in particular by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

● Proposed amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act – Ongoing – The Network believes that proposed changes by the Conservative government to this Act could severely restrict access to traditional hunting, fishing and trapping areas. The Network and its members are actively working to ensure this Act does not stop hunters and anglers from accessing traditional areas, such as small streams and creeks.

● National Firearms Registry – Ongoing – the Network continues to work in a coordinated way in a unique campaign to ensure key MPs (especially rural Liberal and NDP MPs) understand the wishes of hunters on this issue: to dismantle the costly and ineffective gun registry. The Registry has cost Canadians billions of dollars and is seen as a roadblock to hunter recruitment and retention with little benefit to solving ongoing issues of urban crime in large centers such as Toronto and Montreal.

From this brief sub-set of issues the Outdoors Network is currently working on, it is clear that Canada’s outdoors enthusiasts need a strong voice to influence government policy that affects our lifestyles. The strength of this working group comes from the coordination of efforts of all 24 organizations and the strategic combined lobby that can now be accomplished in Canada for the first time. Delta thanks all the organizations and the individuals who actively participate from each organization for their talent and dedication.

Delta hosts the regular conference calls and coordinates letters to MPs on behalf of all Network members nationally. As part of Delta’s new business plan for our Waterfowling Initiative, we are seeking to raise new funding to expand the capabilities of the Outdoor Network.

For more information

http://www.deltawaterfowl.org

Canadian Anglers Hall of Fame Newest Anglers Inducted

Canadian Angler Hall of Fame will induct it’s newest member today at the 2010 Spring Fishing and Boat Show

During the annual Industry Breakfast of the Spring Fishing and Boat Show on Friday, February 12 at 8:30 am Canada’s newest Hall of Fame members will be announced.

Among the guest speakers will be Lawrence Euteneier, an inspirational speaker and Captain of Blind Fishing Boat.

The 2010 inductees of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame will include Reno Viola, Angelo Viola, Bruce Park and John Kerr the Editor-in-Chief of Ontario OUT OF DOORS magazine.

This year’s Rick Amsbury Award will be presented to Dave Mercer.

Congratulations to all!

Canadian Anglers Hall of Fame

Ice Fishing Event welcomes all to the Bridgenorth Winter Panfish Festival

The Kawarthas Lakes have long been known for great fishing opportunities.

Since January, the area has also become home to year round fishing. In celebration of the new winter fishing season in the Kawartha Lakes region, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ (O.F.A.H.) TackleShare program has partnered with Clear View Organizing, the Ministry of Natural Resources and other businesses and organizations to host the Bridgenorth Winter Panfish Festival (BWPF). The event will take place on Saturday, February 13, during Ontario Family Fishing Weekend, which runs from Saturday February 13 through to Monday, February 15, the provincial Family Day holiday.

“Ice fishing is a favorite Canadian pastime. We’re looking forward to taking part in the Bridgenorth Winter Panfish Festival, and to enjoying many years of great winter fishing here in the Kawarthas,” said Mike Reader, O.F.A.H. Executive Director.

The public is encouraged to dress warmly and come out to the James A. Gifford Causeway on Chemong Lake for a full day of outdoor fun. Admission is free, fishing gear will be on loan for novices, and a bus will shuttle participants between the lake and designated parking lots. Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro and MPP Jeff Leal, and Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Reeve Ron Millen are planning to attend, and will bring greetings at noon. There will be prizes for the kids, a raffle for the adults, and hot food and drinks will be available. Cam Brownson, host of Angler and Hunter Television will be on hand to document the event for an upcoming episode.

“This is the first winter fishing season in the Kawarthas in more than 80 years, so we wanted to celebrate by inviting the entire community to come out and try winter fishing,” said event spokesperson, Mike Brown. “We are delighted to have the O.F.A.H. TackleShare program as our festival sponsor and we’re thankful for the tremendous support we’ve received from both the fishing industry and local businesses.”

Fast Facts:

  • The BWPF runs 10am – 4pm at the Causeway in Bridgenorth/Ennismore. Admission is free, but any donations will go to the Peterborough & District United Way.
  • Safety first. Check conditions before you head out on the ice and frequently while out. Clear ice should be at least 10 cm (4 inches) for walking. Anything less is not safe. Carry rescue equipment and a whistle or cell phone.
  • O.F.A.H. TackleShare is a charitable program that loans rods and reels to first time anglers in much the same way as libraries loan books. There are over 100 lending sites in Ontario, including many Ontario parks and community libraries. Visit www.tackleshare.com to learn more.
  • Major BWPF sponsors include the O.F.A.H., Clear View Organizing, the MNR, Shimano, CHEX TV, STC, Bridgenorth Marine and Bob Izumi’s Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire. Locally, support was provided by Lucky Strike Baitworks, the Kawartha Lakes Chapter of Muskies Canada, Country Blessings B & B, Currie Tire, Chris Giles Outdoors, John McGoey Fishing and Lures and Tours.
  • Ontario Family Fishing Weekend is an initiative of the Ministry of Natural Resources. The program includes a winter weekend and a summer event in July, which runs concurrent with National Fishing Week. The OFFW Steering Committee is comprised of the O.F.A.H., MNR, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association.
  • The Kawartha Lakes are part of Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 17, a designation that includes parts of Durham Region and Northumberland County. There are 20 FMZ’s in Ontario.

With 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 660 member clubs, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is the leading nonprofit fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario. To learn more, visit www.ofah.org.

Chase The Dream www.thechasegaleafund.com

You are cordially invited to “Chase” The Dream

The Galeas will be hosting this fundraising event to help give a special little boy the dream of experiencing a higher quality of life.

La Primavera

77 Woodstream Blvd., Woodbridge

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

6:00 p.m.

$125.00 per person or $1,000.00 per table of 10 (tax receipts available)

Our event will be showcasing a Live Auction, Silent Auction, Live Entertainment,

plenty of Giveaways for our guests, Four Course Dinner, Open Bar and an experience

to learn and share in a common cause.

Proceeds will go to The Chase Galea Fund and what it stands for.

Thank you for your generous support.

For more information visit: www.thechasegaleafund.com or call 905.873.0006

Cerebral Palsy is widely recognized as a disorder which affects the body’s movement and muscle coordination, but few people understand why, when or how it occurs?

The Chase Galea Fund’s main objective is to bring awareness to this common disorder and fight for further government aid.  “Chase the Dream” has been created to give a special little boy the dream of experiencing a higher quality of life.  To be able to provide his family, who are also directly battling with the devastating affects of CP, the strength to continue all avenues of medical help.  CP receives minimal funding, and even less attention on proactive measures to stop this from happening to millions of other families just like the Galeas.   The Galea family relies tremendously on fundraising efforts and continued support.  Any donation given plays an important role to Chase and others struggling everyday with this medical condition.

In view of this, the Galeas will be hosting a fundraising event to help bring awareness to Cerebral Palsy.  The event “Chase the Dream” will be held at La Primavera on March 27, 2010 beginning at 6pm, at a cost of $125 per person.

Your generous support will help cover the costs associated with producing and advertising the event, raising awareness of CP, as well as, raising funds for The Chase Galea Fund and what it stands for.  Our event will be show-casing a live auction, silent auction, live entertainment, plenty of giveaways for our guests, dinner and an experience to learn and share in a common cause.

A donation package is attached for your consideration.  Any form of support you make (monetary, product or service); will guarantee exposure of your company logo in return for generous sponsorship or donation.  Please take the time to consider the positive effects your organization’s participation would bring to The Chase Galea Fund.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

The Galea Family

www.thechasegaleafund.com

Sabrina Stalteri

Sponsorship Coordinator

416.994.4258

O.F.A.H. applauds municipalities for acting to aid residents & farmers of predation problems

Coyote incentive programs help ease predation impacts

Coyote predation in parts of Southern Ontario has been increasing for years and is showing no signs of slowing down. Livestock kills by coyotes and other wildlife cost taxpayers over a million dollars in compensation payments in 2008, and that figure doesn’t begin to reflect the true costs to the farmer.

Also increasing is the threat to public safety in urban areas where coyotes have not historically ventured. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) supports the efforts of municipalities that are taking action to assist their residents through coyote harvesting incentive programs.

“Hunting pressure can help alleviate the highly negative socioeconomic impact that coyote predation and overpopulation is having in parts of Ontario. Several municipalities are looking into incentive programs aimed at reducing local problems, which is an approach that we encourage and commend,” said Terry Quinney, O.F.A.H. Provincial Manager of Fish and Wildlife Services. “Licensed hunters and trappers can be of great assistance to those farmers and communities who are dealing with this issue.”

Across Southern Ontario, municipalities are looking at ways to help farmers suffering livestock damage and loss, and to protect the public, particularly small pets and children, as coyotes increasingly venture into neighborhoods. Bruce County has recently doubled its payment to licensed hunters who harvest coyotes. In 2008, the county paid out on 84 coyote harvests, up from just 5 in 2005. Grimsby, near Niagara Falls has looked at bringing in a pilot project to enable licensed local hunters to harvest coyotes in an identified problem area.

Under the Livestock, Poultry and Honey Bee Protection Act, a claim may be filed with a municipality for damages (including predation caused by wolf or coyote) up to the maximums prescribed by regulation. Municipalities, in turn may apply for a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for reimbursement.

“We urge the province to remove the prohibition on hunting wolves and coyotes surrounding Algonquin Park and in the Kawartha Highlands, so that harvest incentive programs can be put into place in these areas where they are also needed,” Quinney added.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 660 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.

Click here to download the PDF version of this release

Muskie Plungers Freezin for a Reason

Muskies Canada Inc. Kawartha Lakes Chapter members Steve Nicholls and David White are looking for pledges from other members to help them out.

This will be happening on February 7th at the Causeway between Bridgenorth and Ennismore.

More info on the Plunge can be found here:

http://www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/Home/homeD.asp?cid=191

Come join these brave and crazy plungers who dare enter the frigid waters of Chemong Lake because they’re Freezin for a Reason.  Plungers raise funds for their favorite charities and support BEL Rotary’s many charitable endeavors in the process.

More specific info is available on the registration form.

Hot tubs, hot food will be the immediate reward for the plungers and a chance at a prize for the best costume or most funds raised.

If you don’t feel adventurous, you can always come put to support the plungers, laugh at the silly costumes and join in the frolicking with your friends and family.

The event takes place at Rotary Park, Ennismore, at 2 p.m. sharp on Sunday, Feb 7, 2010.  Plungers must be registered by 1:30 pm

Any pledges will surely be appreciated to make this a success for the B-E-L Rotary Club and our Chapter. A great portion of the money raised by our 2 volunteers goes directly to the Chapter and will be used in assisting us with the KTD project and Pike Invasion Project so please help out if you can.

Anyone wishing to pledge money can mail a cheque payable to Muskies Canada Inc. Kawartha Lakes Chapter to:

Tom McCutcheon
17 Marilyn Cres.
RR2
Ennismore, ON

Lake Dalrymple Angler attacked while ice fishing.

My Kawarthan reports Angler attacked in Carden Twp.

Victim assaulted with baseball bat and pick axe: OPP

(CARDEN TWP.) Two Ramara Township men are facing several charges following an attack on Saturday (Jan. 16) near an ice fishing hut on Lake Dalrymple.
Kawartha Lakes OPP say officers were called to a McCrackin Avenue home in Carden Township after receiving an assault complaint.

Police allege a man was in an ice fishing hut with two other men when three males arrived and physically removed the men from the hut. OPP say the hut did not belong to the suspects.

Two of the men assaulted the victim with a baseball bat and a pick axe, police say, before the victim was able to struggle free and run to a nearby home.
The victim was taken to Soldiers Memorial hospital in Orillia. The two men with the victim were not injured in the attack.
Thomas Charles William Winchester, 21, and Chris Raduner, 23, face charges of assault with a weapon, utter threat to cause death and mischief under $5,000. Both were held in custody for a court appearance on Monday (Jan. 18).
Anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Check out MY Kawarthan for this article

Ontario Supports American Bid to Protect Great Lakes

Government Taking Steps To Prevent Spread Of Asian Carp

Ontario is supporting legal efforts by Michigan and other American states to prevent the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. The move recognizes the significant economic threat these fish pose to the province’s fisheries.

A legal brief from the Province has been filed with the United States Supreme Court supporting Michigan’s motion for a preliminary injunction to close the locks in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The closure is one of a number of measures sought by Michigan to keep this invasive species from passing into Lake Michigan.

Recreational and commercial fishing are vital to Ontario’s economy, providing jobs and recreation for many Ontarians:

Approximately 1.4 million anglers fish in the province each year, spending more than $2.3 billon dollars annually on fisheries-related expenditures.

The commercial fishery in the Great Lakes is valued at about $200 million annually.

The U.S. Supreme Court will determine Ontario’s participation in the proceedings.

Biologists fear Asian carp could devastate fisheries in the Great Lakes.

Indiana, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio and Minnesota have all backed the Michigan action.

In some parts of Illinois, Asian carp now make up more than 90 per cent of the fish population.

In 2004, Ontario banned the buying and selling of live Asian carp.

TO LEARN MORE

Read about the Invading Species Program, a partnership between the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and other organizations to raise public awareness of non-native species introduced to Ontario.

Find out more about aquatic invasive species.