Week in Review – 06 Jan 2023 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

CCFR Radio – Ep 133: Extra Large Holiday Episode – Tons of News (latest episode)

For the latest information on what's been happening at the CCFR, check out our most recent Podcast with host Rod Giltaca.

In this episode: Liberals back track and the PM admits they will have to confiscate “some” hunting firearms. I guess they lied, again. Montreal Gazette apologizes to the CCFR. Assembly of First Nations opposes Bill C-21, Pam Damoff up to her old tricks, Atlantic Liberal (apparently) wields 22 gauge rifle on Ptarmigan, and so much more!!

Montreal Gazette Retraction & Apology to CCFR

List of future prohibited firearms in Canada: https://firearmrights.ca/full-list-of-firearms-banned-through-c-21-revealed/


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Mendicino says feds working with ‘potential’ third parties on firearms confiscation

After four provinces said they would not aid Ottawa in confiscating legally-acquired firearms, federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino now says Ottawa is working with “potential” third parties to implement its gun buyback scheme. 

In September, Alberta was the first province to oppose Mendicino’s request to aid the federal government’s confiscation program. It was followed promptly by Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick.

Mendicino says Ottawa is looking at a “variety of options” to deliver the buyback program.

“We’re taking the time that is necessary to get it right,” he told The Canadian Press.

“It’s going to involve a number of critical stakeholders and partners, including law enforcement. But we’re also working with other levels of government. We’re working with industry leaders, we’re working with potential third parties. So we are exploring all of these options.”

Read more at True North news here

Man and woman charged with 1st-degree murder in shooting of OPP officer near Brantford

Two people accused of killing a provincial police officer near Brantford, Ont., were formally charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, a day after the shooting.

A man, 25, and woman 30, who have been in custody since their arrest, appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cayuga via video link and are scheduled for their next hearing on Jan. 17. 

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer who was fatally shot while responding to a call Tuesday was "essentially ambushed," said OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique in a news conference.

Police said 28-year-old Const. Grzegorz Pierzchala responded to a call for a vehicle in a ditch just west of Hagersville, Ont., on Tuesday afternoon and was shot deadwhen he got there.

Carrique said Pierzchala was at the scene for a very short period of time and stood "absolutely no chance of being able to defend himself."

He says the ongoing police investigation into the shooting is examining the motive and circumstances behind it.

Carrique alleges the suspects robbed a citizen of their vehicle at the scene after the officer was shot.

Pierzchala was killed the same day he learned he had passed his 10-month probation period. He had been patrolling independently since April, according to Carrique.

Before that, the "exemplary" police officer served in the Canadian Armed Forces.

"This is a man who, at five years old, decided he wanted to be a police officer," said Carrique. "He had a brief opportunity to live out his dream … unfortunately, he paid the ultimate sacrifice." 

Read more at CBC News here

The Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner joined his peers in law enforcement, echoing what Canadians have been saying incessantly now for months about the Liberals failed soft-on-crime approach to crime & repeat criminals.

It's time to drop failed Liberal legislation bills C-5, C-75, and C-21, and focus on securing our borders, getting criminals off our streets, and investing in community programs who work with at risk youth.

The Trudeau Liberals have failed law enforcement, and ALL Canadians, again and again and again. Enough is enough!

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Poilievre explains that it's Liberal ideology that is the driving force behind Trudeau's 'catch and release' bail policies for violent reoffenders in Canada. Instead Liberals attack law-abiding Canadians and their civil liberties.

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Toronto Star Editorial Board: Liberal gun bill misfires

When it comes to gun control, the Liberal government is either being sneaky, is deeply confused or is simply the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

Last year, it introduced legislation meant to freeze the transfer, sale or purchase of handguns in Canada, establish a new “red flag” law and toughen penalties for cross-border smuggling and trafficking.

Then came an 11th-hour amendment to the legislation that has unnecessarily reignited the gun debate in this country.

This time, the debate comes with a twist. Rather than conveniently, and oftentimes accurately, blaming their Conservative opponents for spreading disinformation and groundless fear, the Liberals are doing it to themselves. In a rare instance of running the political table, the Liberals have managed to unite Conservatives, New Democrats, Indigenous leaders, hunters, collectors and at least one iconic NHL goaltender in opposition.

It is apparent that the Liberals, in their bid to outlaw assault weapons, have ensnared too many firearms used for legitimate hunting and protection in rural and northern Canada.

It needs to go back and redraw those amendments and clearly communicate what they are – and are not – doing. This is a country which has a problem with heavily armed gangs in urban centres, but also includes law-abiding Canadians who need firearms to feed and protect their families. Crafting a list of prohibited firearms which acknowledges both realities is a tough balance, but one we expect the government to find.

Read more at Toronto Star here

The above quotes are taken from the article and do not reflect the CCFR's views.

Rod Giltaca spoke with The Mike Smyth Show on CKNW 980 about Justin Trudeau and the Liberals latest gun control Bill C-21. This legislation will cost BILLIONS and have almost zero effect on public safety.

Worse, it will be far reaching affecting millions of Canadians across the country.

Listen to the interview here

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CUSF CONTEST ALERT: Write a letter to your MP, win a prize!

The Canadian University Shooting Federation letter writing campaign is running until January 16th, and anyone who submits their letters with proof of mailing or emailing to their MP, the PMO, and/or the Minister of Public Safety to [email protected] will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 3 prizes: a Stevens 555 12 Gauge shotgun from Savage, or one of 2 $50 Cabela's gift cards. 

CUSF also reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who submits a letter that is deemed not professional and in bad taste - so respectful submissions only.

Open to the general public, not just students. Grand prize winner must be over 18 and possess a valid PAL.

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Amendments to controversial gun bill may scare away Americans, outfitters say

In Dale Clark's estimation, the money brought into New Brunswick by non-resident hunters — Americans or others — has never been fully appreciated.

"It is a multi-million dollar industry in the province that is not being recognized by our government, federal or provincial," said Clark, president of the New Brunswick Professional Outfitters and Guides Association.

"We have been put on — I don't know how you say [it] — the backburner."

Although the federal government has promised it's not going after hunting rifles or shotguns, Clark and others say they fear that any further restrictions on semi-automatic weapons will have American hunters, or other tourists who typically bring their own firearms here, reconsidering their trips.

According to the province's executive council office, 3,600 non-resident hunters came to New Brunswick in 2019. 

Bear hunting licences alone brought in more than $300,000 in sales before taxes, with 1,870 of them purchased for $160 a pop.

Now, after the industry saw a "very drastic decline" during the pandemic, Clark said the federal government's Bill C-21 and its controversial amendment that would ban many hunting rifles and shotguns has put it under fire once again.

"I would say … that probably 75 per cent of our membership relies on bringing in non-residents," he said.

Rob Argue — who runs two hunting and fishing lodges in western and northern Quebec, as well as turkey hunting operations in eastern Ontario — said he has two rules he abides by in business, especially with Americans.

"I don't talk politics and I don't talk religion," he said.

But talk of politics has become "almost impossible" to avoid in recent years, he said — including the topic of gun control.

"I think the more hiccups or complications that we have in the process for someone to come up, at some point they're just going to say it's not worth the hassle," said Argue, who is based in Ottawa.

Read more at CBC News here

The Liberal government is trying to change the channel on their failed crime policies.

As violent crime skyrockets, they are targeting hunters and farmers instead of gangsters and criminals.

Banning hunting rifles won't make our neighbourhoods safer.

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Edmonton police expect in-house gun analysis will provide bang for the buck

In the first two weeks of December, police in Edmonton responded to 10 separate shooting incidents. Five of them resulted in injuries; three resulted in deaths. 

These are the kinds of statistics that worry Staff Sgt. Eric Stewart, who heads up the Edmonton Police Service's firearms examination and gang investigation units. 

But the numbers also offer grim support to the efforts begun by EPS in 2020 to ramp up its in-house ballistics testing abilities, which Stewart says will aid investigations and speed up prosecutions of gun crime.

The EPS firearms examination unit officially launched in January 2021. This fall, it expanded its capacity by hiring two fire examiners — one from South Africa and one from Belize — and going ahead with renovations toward its own full–service gun lab. 

"Now we're able to gather the evidence we need off these shooting scenes and these firearms, and be able to share that evidence and intelligence with the investigative team in real time," Stewart told CBC in an interview.

Before the lab existed, getting that kind of information could take months, he added.

The journey toward in-house firearm testing and gun analysis began in June 2020, when the Alberta government announced a partnership with the Calgary and Edmonton police departments and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT). 

The idea was to have all firearms testing in Alberta done at the Calgary testing facility, which was already in place, and a new one to be built in Edmonton. 

The change was prompted by waits of up to eight months to get results from the RCMP's National Forensic Laboratory Services (NFLS). Those delays were putting prosecutions at risk, particularly under the Supreme Court's Jordan decision which allows judges to dismiss cases for unreasonable systemic delays.

At the time, about 600 Alberta firearms went to the national lab for testing each year, according to then-justice minister Doug Schweitzer.

Read more at CBC News here

Save the date: the next National Range Day will be on June 3rd, 2023

Please start planning or speak to your club executive to ensure your club is ready (and willing) to host an event for National Range Day in 2023.

There has never been a more important time to introduce your friends, family, neighbours and co-workers to firearms ownership and use in Canada!

Commit to volunteering at your local event, or bringing someone who has not been shooting before. The long-term success of this annual celebration of the shooting sports is in your hands.

Listen to Episode 124 of our podcast for more info.


Guns, parades and superstitions: A host of forgotten New Year's traditions in N.L.

Over the past twenty years, Newfoundland and Labrador's unique Christmas traditions have seen a bit of a renaissance, and people across the province now celebrate the holidays by dressing up as mummers, toasting the season on Tibb's Eve or mixing up a bucket of boozy Christmas slush. 

Historically, though, colourful customs weren't reserved for Christmastime. The province once had just as many unusual ways to welcome the new year. 

In a time before televised countdowns, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians marked the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve with a volley of gunshots.

Sometimes called a feu de joie — French for fire of joy — a gun salute was a common way to welcome dignitaries and celebrate special occasions in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Almost every rural household would have had a rifle. It was an essential tool for the subsistence work of hunting and sealing, as well as for protecting livestock from predators like wolves and foxes. 

Apart from its practical function, a rifle was also a handy way of making a joyful noise. 

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians fired their guns to celebrate taking the Christmas pudding out of the oven, the end of a wedding ceremony and the departure of newlyweds on their honeymoon.

On New Year's Eve, the custom was to fire two shots at the toll of midnight: one to drive out the old year and a second to ring in the new.

Noise-makers have been part of New Year's festivities for millennia. 

Read more at CBC News here

Head to your local range and make a joyful noise of your own!



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