BCWF Report – March 2017 submitted by Rod Wiebe

BCWF Report

Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Assn

March, 23, 2017

Most of you will have heard the news announced by MFLNRO Minister Steve Thompson about the creation of a new Provincial agency for conservation and management of wildlife.  For years the BCWF has advocated for fishing and hunting license revenues to be directed to those purposes.  It appears that this has happened, at least in part.  The Province plans to invest $5 million in start up costs for the yet to be named agency to begin operating by this fall with hunting license revenues to be added.  That’s an additional $9 – 10 million annually.

It’s a start.  In many of the states to the south of us there is a surcharge on outdoor gear and tourism that brings huge support to conservation and management of fish, wildlife and habitat.  It is embarrassing that BC commits such paltry support, in comparison, for these purposes.  “Super Natural BC” is supposed to just happen on its own to be the expectation of government and a lot of the public too it seems.  First Nations are to be involved in the mix so that should be a positive,  There will be some kinks to work on the major one being getting politics out of management decisions.  Only the players in the agency itself could accomplish that so we will wait and see.  Overall though it is a good turn for wildlife in our Province and hopefully future opportunities for all British Columbians and visitors too.

Reprinted from the BCWF Website

Call to Action: Canadian Firearms Marking Regulation

On June 1, 2017 the “Marking of Imported Firearms (Bill C-10A) Regulations” will come into effect to implement the UN Firearm Marking protocol.

The regulations, as currently drafted, will have a negative impact on Canadians who rely on hunting to feed their families and sports shooters, by significantly increasing the cost of firearms and reducing choice. It is also likely that it will have a disastrous impact on the Canadian firearms industry and result in the loss of jobs. It could also hurt trading relationships with other countries.

The BC Wildlife Federation has written several letters to the Minister of Public Safety expressing our concerns regarding the regulation as drafted, and supporting the solution proposed by the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA).

It is now time for all members to get directly involved by writing to the Minister of Public Safety, with a carbon copy to your local Member of Parliament, requesting that the regulation be amended.

Please send a physical letter as they have more impact than emails or petitions.

The time to act is now!

 

As your secretary I will draft a letter of protest about this on behalf of our club

 

Respectfully submitted

Rod Wiebe – Past President PQF&G Assn 1992 – 1998