Henry Ranges – Access policy effective 1st March 2020

Henry Range Gate Access Control Policy

At the request of the Henry Ranges Committee, the executive of Parksville-Qualicum Fish & Game Association have implemented an updated access control policy for those ranges.

Membership in the PQFG is a privilege and the safety and security of the Henry Range users is obviously a top priority to us and should be for all members of the club. The Henry Ranges Committee has determined that we must be proactive in all aspects of safety and the first step is to screen potential range users.

To facilitate this, the control and issuance of a key is the only effective method and this policy has been in effect for some years. The updates to the policy are focused on additional steps in obtaining a key.

Going forward the procedure would be:

If you are a new member as of March 1, 2020 wishing to have access to the Henry Range for the use of firearms and obtain a key, you are required to abide by the following procedures:

1. New PQFG members requesting a key for the Henry Range gate access need to be sponsored by a Henry Range key holder or the Range Warden and produce a valid PAL.

2. New range users must receive a range orientation from the Range Warden.

3. Any unsafe acts or violations of posted range rules and etiquette will result in a loss of range privileges for a period of time.

Please direct any questions to Bruce Wall – Chair, Henry Ranges Committee.

2020 Annual General Meeting – List of Directors and Officers

The Association held its 2020 Annual General Meeting on the 26th February 2020 where the below members were appointed to the board:


PRESIDENT:  Richard Thompson

VICE PRES:     Doug McMillan

TREASURER: Lynne Bonnell

SECRETARY: Rion Porteous


Graham Alexander

Bill Bell

Dan Hildebrant

Brian Lea

Bob Patterson

Peter Ronning

Rodney Wiebe

.22 Rifle Skills Match

Henry Range – PISTOL Range – Tuesday, 18 Sep @ 10 a.m.


The Shoot consists of 7 different Firing Stations (FS) occupied by individual shooters, each firing 10 shots in 5 minutes.

Paper targets are used. Shooting positions involve standing and sitting (on a stump) – both unsupported as well as supported – bench and prone.

Shooting Fee:  $2


Point Of Contact: Bob Lake, lakers1138@shaw.ca

Bill C-71: Information & Assessment

Bill C-71 has been introduced by the federal Liberal Party to amend several parts of the current laws governing firearms. There is much debate and opinion so for the benefit of our PQFG membership and the wider firearms community in general, we have tried to collate some educational material to allow users to create an informed stance. Normally, we would seek the views of informed supporters and detractors but in the case of Bill C-71, we have been unable to find any supporting view that is ‘informed’. While we recognise the bias of an organisation such as PQFG in assessments of this nature, it would have been enlightening to find at least some material supporting C-71 for the purposes of critical thought. Regrettably, we have been unable to do so.

The assessments below are made by recognised experts in the shooting sports community.

Canadian Shooting Sports Association:
Team CSSA News Release | Bill C-71 | March 20, 2018

Team CSSA Special Report | Bill C-71 – Another Liberal Betrayal of Canadians | March 23, 2018

TEAM CSSA TALKING POINTS | Bill C-71 | March 25, 2018

Canadian National Firearm Association:
The NFA to mount campaign against Liberal Bill C-71

C-71: NFA executive summary and analysis by Guy Lavergne

Ian Runkle – Firearms Law & Criminal Defence (Facebook blog)

Response to Liberal claims of increased firearm crime by expert statisticians | CBC

If you find other reputable analysis either supporting or criticising C-71, please submit them to info@pqfg.org and we will look at including them here.

ACTION NEEDED: Bill C-71 – Amendments to Firearms Regulations

As most firearms owners will be aware, the federal Liberal government has tabled changes to firearms laws that will affect anyone in Canada that legally owns a firearm. This bill is labelled C-71.

As misguided as the proposed legislation is – and there are numerous assessments provided from multiple sources which make clear that it is misguided – the urgency for action relates to the attempts by the Liberal government to ‘fast track’ the changes without debate. With Parliament expected to be pressed to approve this afternoon, 27th March, it is imperative that you take a few minutes to make a couple of phone calls to the representatives below and state that you object to the bill in general but particularly to the attempts to push this through Parliament without debate. Time MATTERS, this could occur as early as this afternoon.

    Ralph Goodale – Minister for Public Safety

Parliament Hill: 613-991-2924
Saskatchewan: 306-585-2202

    Gord Johns – Member of Parliament – Courtenay-Alberni

Parliament Hill: 613-992-0903
Vancouver Island: 1-844-620-9924

Please take the time to call and have your feelings heard on this matter.

Ralph Goodale’ phone is ringing out but so keep trying both numbers.

I (Mark Hurst) spoke with Gord Johns secretary and her understanding is the vote to ‘fast track’ has taken place this morning but is not aware of the outcome. She will endeavour to find more information and let me know so that I can share with the membership. She did inform me that Gord also objected to the ‘fast track’ and was intending to vote against it along with the Conservative Party.

Call for nominations – AGM 2018

Hi Folks,

We’re getting really close to Board elections at the AGM on March 29th 2018. This is your last chance to raise your hand and help shape the future of our association.

I’m looking for an,



This position is expected to be greatly simplified as our current treasurer is having conversation with our accountants for a data entry person who will look after financial obligations and prepare financial statements.


Some great folks have stuck their hand up for one of these four positions. This could be your chance to front your opinions. If you are interested call or write.

Being a board member requires a two-year commitment-but we’re bendable.


This person is usually chosen by other members of the executive but is open to any member to nominate an executive. Please reply to me in less than 150 words why you nominated this person.


This person, among all our membership can receive the coveted trophy as Member of the Year. Again please send you nomination to me replying with 150 words or less why you feel this person deserves recognition for outstanding service.


We have the ability to award special recognition to a person or organisation that has helped with the aims of PQFG or enhanced our reputation. Again the 150 words or less would be appreciated.

Please direct your replies to me at;

mailto:    qbstarz@shaw.ca

Or telephone at 250-752-6846

Thank you for helping me do my job


Rick Starling

Nominations Chair


Member Update – 01/29/2018 A Message from your President

To     All Members

Date  January 26, 2018

From Richard Thompson, President PQFG

Annual Banquet

I have the job of announcing that the Annual PQF&G Fund Raising banquet has been postponed indefinitely.

The Board and Banquet Committee have been unable to fill several vital spots in the organizational structure.  This was due to several key members being out of town at Banquet time and the inability to find members to fill the leadership positions needed for the event to succeed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who supported the event by attending faithfully each year.

Also, thanks to those people that did all of the little jobs that really made the Banquet a success, whether selling 50-50 tickets, setting up tables or the myriad of other small but essential jobs.

The end result is that our finances will take a hit of approximately $17 000.  Your Board will be looking at cost saving measures and consider utilizing funds accumulated from past financial periods.

It may be time we looked at other sources of revenue and your Board will be doing so.


The Board has moved the date of the Annual General Meeting until March 29th, 15 months after the last meeting.

The Meeting will deal with budgets, elections and reports from various group within the organization and other items required by the Societies Act.

Richard Thompson, President PQFG