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 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.

What makes it different? – Archery Report – Bob O’Brien

What makes it different?

The BC Indoors was in Armstrong on Easter weekend, 133 archers.  I
am always intrigued at how different I feel shooting an event compared to
the regular shooting we do at the range.  The distance is the same,
targets, scoring, timing, all the same, the lighting is much better (see
photo of target lights) and it was even warm, and same as at the range,once you let go there is no getting it back…good or bad.

If you are interested in trying out shooting at events please let me know and I will pass on the information I have on what is coming up this summer (BC Outdoors will be hosted in Duncan on the Labour Day weekend).

Miranda Mail also shot in Armstrong.  She did very well , winning, setting a BC Indoor record, and most impressively shooting well enough to qualify for a FITA Target Award (Federation of International Target Archers). – Congratulations to Miranda for a great shoot.

May is the last month of indoor shooting, we will open again in
September.  There is outdoor shooting available at both the Henry and
Dorman ranges.
I would like to hear from the members of what they thought went well and what we could improve for the next season.  Please send me your comments directly to and we will see what we can accomplish next.

Shoot Strong
Bob O’Brien


Proposed Change to Firearms Marking Regulations Bill C-10A

Proposed Change to Firearms Marking Regulations Bill C-10A

If this is something you are concerned about, here is a printable letter to send to the Minister of Public Safety.

RSSCLetter to Minister March 2017

Link here to Victoria Fish and Game’s Call to Action /



Fish Farms

Interesting article –

Gord Gebhardt,

Mystery Solved – This Farm Salmon Disease Is In BC

February 25, 2017

Today, a team of scientists from the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, funded by Genome BC, published a scientific paper that put to rest the debate whether the salmon disease, heart and skeletal muscle inflammation, HSMI is occurring in BC farm salmon.

Could the piscine reovirus be harmful in one ocean, and harmless in another as was commonly believed? The answer is no.

Link to paper:

This team of scientists need our voice if they are going to keep working for us.  The fish farmers are not going to be pleased with this finding because 80% of their fish are infected with this virus and we were told it was harmless. Please see the bottom of this page on how to help.

Continue to full article – click here 

Archery Update – November 2015

Archery is continuing to grow with new memberships still coming in. The open house on November 21st at the Nanoose Bay Pentecostal Camp was a great success. This open house was part of ParticipACTION’s National Sports Day. We were hoping to be able to share what we do with all ages to encourage people to become members and be more active and I believe we definitely succeeded.

We would also like to share the news that our coach Bob O’Brien placed second in the World Senior Games in Utah! Congratulations Bob!!

We will be hosting more user groups coming up this month – Cub Scouts have been confirmed for the 17th and we are waiting on date confirmation from a couple more groups. We had a great time sharing our sport with the Blade Runners group that came down a couple of weeks ago.
Our last day of shooting will be on December 16. We will be having a potluck fun shoot and again we encourage any interested members of the PQFG to join us at the Nanoose Bay Pentecostal Camp from 7-8PM.

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions.

Jace Glendinning of Qualicum Beach,5, gets some help from his dad, Adam Der, as he tries a bow for the first time during the Arrowsmith Archers’ open house in Nanoose Bay Saturday.
— Image Credit: J.R. Rardon Photo

To read the full article – click here


Archery Open House Success






​After nocking his arrow with single-minded deliberation, Oliver Landry raised his bow, sighted down-range to the distant target, and drew back until his fingertips rested against his right cheek.
Taking a steadying pause, Landry released the bowstring and watched intently as the arrow struck the floor and skittered in the general direction of the target stands.

Read the full article – click here

5th Annual Save On Foods Fishing Derby 2015

Thank you to all of you who came out and supported the 5th annual ‘Save on Foods’ fishing derby in French Creek this month, with all proceeds going to the Marion Baker Fish Hatchery.  Also, thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who made this event possible.

Read the full PQB News article here 

Click here for more information on the hatchery

The Nature Trust – Salmon River Project


Steve Housser (Leadership & Giving Manager) from The Nature Trust will be talking to our club about the Salmon River Project at our next 
General Meeting on the 23rd June 2015 at 7pm
All members welcome

(exert taken from the Nature Trust website)

A Vancouver Island treasure waiting to be conserved.  Although The Nature Trust of BC has a significant number of conservation properties on Vancouver Island, it has been several years since we have added to our island portfolio.  This is about to change; The Nature Trust is working to acquire an exceptional 165 acres of private land along the lower Salmon River and estuary south of Sayward, BC.

This strategic opportunity will enhance critical habitat for numerous species of fish and wildlife including Great Blue Heron, Marbled Murrelet, Northern Pygmy Owl, Roosevelt Elk and all species of Pacific salmon:
Coho, Chinook, Chum, Pink and Sockeye. The area is also home to sea run cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden, Char and it boasts the largest steelhead in BC!

The Nature Trust have firm funding commitments from BC Hydro Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, and several generous donors.

However, we still need to raise at least $162,500 by June 26,2015.

Any help with this outstanding balance would be greatly appreciated.

For more information on this project or information on how to donate- visit their website