Here you will find the link to the February Member Update – enjoy!
Here you will find the link to the February Member Update – enjoy!
PARKSVILLE-QUALICUM FISH & GAME FISHING FOREVER
Under a beautiful, blue, cloudless sky this year’s event heralded the ninth year at the Coombs Campground Pond stocked with 50 lovely Rainbow trout raised at the Vancouver Island University rearing station.
Seventy eight residents of the local Care Homes and their Care Givers enjoyed the picnic-like atmosphere whether they fished or not. The Derby began just after 10 a.m. and it looked like the fish weren’t interested in the juicy worms offered them. But soon after they decided to cooperate and began their tug-of-war with the fishers. Although the numbers nabbed fell far short of last year’s numbers the ones landed were of appreciable size weighing anywhere from a pound to a pound and a half. Nonetheless, judging from the enthusiastic response from some of the Care Givers it was evident that this event is a worthwhile community affair and hopefully will prevail for many years.
Quality Foods, as usual, provided the bagged lunches. Spunky’s Motorcycle Shop was generous in letting us use their new tents that didn’t require a Longshoremen’s Crew to erect the tents as we did with the former cumbersome Pavilion. Coombs Old Time Fiddlers entertained with their toe-tapping music. The many volunteers who make this event possible have to be given a big thank you, as well as the Care Givers who are constantly assisting their charges as needed.
One huge difference compared to past years is that we beat the annual Cottonwood “snow fall” that fouls the fishing lines but still had a bit of a nuisance with a slimy growth that isn’t quite as bad as cottonwood fluff.
We also initiated a Brian Borrett Memorial Trophy for the Care Home gang who caught the most fish. Brian was the sole Coordinator of this important event for about 10 years before his passing last year. Trillium Lodge won the trophy and one would think they won the lotto as they shouted their joy. They will enjoy it for one year, but also received a keeper trophy that will remain in their possession in perpetuity.
A Parksville Qualicum News reporter/photographer was clearly enthralled with the proceedings as she spent a lot of time interviewing and photographing some of the participants.
It was a time to meet and enjoy some of the old timers that came out for the day to renew long time friendships over a coffee.
Submitted by John Domovich – May 2017
April 25, 2017
With the Provincial election coming soon the BCWF has been hosting a series of “Town Hall Meetings” all over BC. The purpose of these meetings is to bring some facts about the status of our fish and wildlife resources to the attention of our members and to offer questions to ask candidates for election. Over the past fifteen years the funding for fish and wildlife resource management has remained flat while the overall Provincial budget has increased dramatically overall. “We need more funding, more science and more social support” was the main message.
In the Times Colonist, on April 26, columnist Jack Knox wrote his insights from the BCWF Town Hall Meeting in Victoria. “Wildlife ‘train wreck’ goes largely unnoticed” was his heading. The reason for this, Knox believes, is that with 48 of BC’s 87 electoral districts in the lower mainland and Fraser Valley the public will not hear about conservation issues. The election will be won on issues like housing prices, bridge tolls, the homeless and not on action around vanishing woodland caribou.
Several of us PQ club members attended the Town Hall meeting hosted at the Nanaimo club facility. It was well attended and the NDP and Green party candidates did a brief presentation. But the meeting was all about the abysmal state of fish and wildlife populations throughout the province. Staple game species like moose are down 50 – 70% in BC’s interior. The world famous Thompson River steelhead are down to 430 fish. Mule deer and elk in the interior are also in trouble. So far this year two or three steelhead have been found in the Gold River. All of this is because fish and wildlife resources are not a priority of our Provincial Government. Managing bag limits and allowable catches amount to “management to zero.” Reprinted here are the five questions the BCWF suggests we might want to ask our future MLAs.
PARTY AND CANDIDATE QUESTIONS FOR 2017 PROVINCIAL ELECTION
Rod Wiebe, Past President PQF&G 1992 – 1998
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
Rod Wiebe – Past President PQF&G Assn 1992 – 1998
CLUB & STAKEHOLDER NEWS
Welcome Salt Spring Island Rod and Gun Club
The 103 year old Salt Spring Club has joined the BCWF as a full affiliate club member. The BCWF has been working closely with the Salt Spring Club, providing best practices around lead and noise remediation for active shooting ranges and strong advocacy with the Ministry of Environment.
Please join us in welcoming the Salt Spring Island Rod and Gun Club to our provincial organization!
Find the BCWF lead and noise remediation resources here.
The Club is raising money to cover legal costs they have incurred, please click on the Club banner if you wish to designate the SSIRG Club for your donation.
BCWF Report Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Assoc. Feb, 2017
There is some false information being circulated about how much PQF&G club money is shipped off to “BCWF coffers” every year. Something like $34K is being kicked around. Who knows how that figure is arrived at but your Club Treasurer will address this clearly at the upcoming AGM as this issue seems to be what is driving those who think our club should disaffiliate with the BCWF, maintain dues at current levels and use that $34K to hire a club “Manager” to do all that work our volunteers are failing to do.
The fact is that the costs for BCWF being the voice for the anglers, hunters and shooters of our club is not nearly $34K. Regardless of BCWF affiliation all our assets, facilities, events and Directors still require insurance coverage. For 2017 our budgeted cost for this service is $6991 paid to Capri Insurance Group and that will never change much BCWF affiliation or not. It is an annual cost of doing business.
Our club dues for 2017 are $19,500 based on a membership of 977 at the end of 2016. Our club also pays $150 annual dues to the VI Region of the BCWF. So the total PQF&G dues to the BCWF for 2017 is $19,650.
Discretionary costs like attending the BCWF Convention in Nelson, the Region AGM, donations to both events and VI Region Kids Camp is budgeted at $4650. The club does not have to spend this money by participating in these events but has chosen to do so. For over thirty consecutive years the PQF&G club has sent delegates to the BCWF Convention everywhere in BC.
The $2891 that was earned at the Dorman Range in 2016, or in years past, for the BCWF Action Fund cost the PQF&G club nothing. This event is hosted by sporting clay shooters and pays all the costs it incurs and is outside of any regular club function. If the PQF&G were not a BCWF club affiliate this event simply would not happen so there would be no revenue gain from disaffiliation here. This shoot has excellent support from the shooters at Dorman Rd and its Range Committee has recorded a unanimous vote of support for continued BCWF affiliation in the minutes of a recent meeting.
On Jan 26 there were five BCWF representatives present at a special meeting in Parksville where a few over 60 of our 977 members showed up. Maybe not many care but they care a lot. The presentations were mostly very informative but there were likely few minds changed. Some members continue to feel they get their money’s worth while others do not.
In the past our members have always respected each others interests and supported each other. It’s been the key to our success. Many hunters in our club, like myself, pay our $30 annual Henry Range fee for the privilege of using it maybe a half a dozen times a year; and are happy to do it. And, like all other PQF&G members we pay our BCWF dues (less than $30) for the BCWF; and are happy to do it. The BCWF is our voice listened to by all levels of government for resident priority in access to public lands or allocations of fish and wildlife resources, habitat protection, hunter/firearms education and to assure opportunity for future generations of anglers, hunters and shooters.
Respectfully submitted Rod Wiebe – PQF&G Past President (1992 – 1998)
Reminder – TONIGHT January 26th
Related to the issue of affiliation, we will be having Jim Glaicar, President of the BCWF, Dennis Popplestone, Region 1 President, Victor Shaarup, Recreational Sport Shooting Chair , Jesse Zeeman, Staff Resident Priority Program Manager and Cheryl Johnson, Director of Operations talk to us about the advantages of membership. This session is the result of a motion at the April General Meeting requesting they attend a General Meeting.
They will be taking questions from members.
It will take place at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre tonight at 132 Jensen Street in Parksville, starting at 7:00 and running until 9:00.
Hope to see you there!
It has been a busy year for your Board and members. Listed below are a number of important issues and meetings that demand the attention of all members.
January 6, 2017
Material attached has been sent to all members re the pro’s and cons of continued affiliation with the British Columbia Wildlife Federation. For those who do not have e-mail or have not shared it with us, a package has been mailed to your address.
Included within this package is a copy of the proposed new Constitution and By-Laws that will be voted on at our AGM and the affiliation motion.
Further to the issue of affiliation, we will be having Jim Glaicar, President of the BCWF, Dennis Popplestone, Region 1 President, Victor Shaarup, Recreational Sport Shooting Chair ,Jesse Zeeman, Staff Resident Priority Program Manager and Cheryl Johnson, Director of Operations talk to us about the advantages of membership. This session is the result of a motion at the April General Meeting requesting they attend a General Meeting.
They will be taking questions from members.
It will take place at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre at 132 Jensen Street in Parksville, starting at 7:00 and running until 9:00. We will be offering an opportunity to renew or join at that time. Cash and cheque preferred as we may or may not have online purchasing capabilities.
January 31, 2017
This will be a regular General Meeting and will take place at the Qualicum Legion. It will start at 7:00. Refreshments provided.
February 28th, 2017
This will be the AGM for this year. You will be asked to cast your ballot on the question of retaining affiliated membership within the BCWF, of adopting a new Constitution and By-Laws to meet new Provincial guidelines, to accept the proposed budget, to receive the Accountant’s yearend report as prepared by McIntosh, Norton and Williams to receive reports from committees and to nominate and vote for members who wish to stand for election to Board positions. We will arrange a guest speaker to speak on issues of importance.
The meeting will take place at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre at 132 Jensen Street in Parksville.
We will be open starting at 6:00 and running until 10:00. Your will need to be a paid up member of the club to vote. We will be offering to sell memberships and renewals at the Centre. Please bring cash, cheque or you can use PayPal. It would move things on much quicker if members would take advantage of the online membership purchase/renewals offered to members.
Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Association
TO ALL PARKSVILLE QUALICUM FISH AND GAME MEMBERS
IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE AFFILIATION VOTE
Last spring a motion was passed at a general meeting to have representatives of the BC Wildlife Federation attend a special one item GM to explain why the club should retain its affiliation with the Federation.
Since then the General Meeting in October passed a motion requiring a vote by members on the issue.
In order to supply as much information as possible, written information will be sent out next month.
The BC Wildlife Federation is also cooperating by supplying speakers to the club to answer any questions members may have. They will be attending a single item meeting on January 26th, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. Attending will be;
Jim Glaicar, President of the BC Wildlife Federation
Dennis Popplestone, Region 1 President
Vic Skaarup, Recreational Sport Shooting Chair
Jesse Zeman, Staff and Resident Priority Program Manager
Cheryl Johnson, Staff and Director of Operations
This is your best chance to ask the questions you have on whether to stay or go. Mark your calendar. January 26th, 7:00 pm. Parksville Community and Conference Centre.
Written information will be sent out before the meeting.
President, Parksville Qualicum Fish and Game