Week in Review - 22 Dec 2023 Archive


Friday, December 22, 2023


CCFR Radio – Ep 156: C-21 Has Become Law, Counsellor Gets Owned, Liberal Lie Full-Time (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: C-21 is now law. Senate report is a disaster, admitting C-21 won’t make Canadians safer, Senate doesn’t care. Radical Kingsville councillor tries to stomp gun owners, gets owned instead. Liberals try their biggest gaslighting operation yet.

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Parks Canada says 84 deer killed in $834,000 cull using helicopter

Parks Canada said Tuesday in a statement that the first phase took place from Dec. 1-11. Three certified marksmen killed the 84 deer through a mix of nighttime ground-based hunting and daytime aerial work that involved one marksman operating out of a single helicopter over five days.

“The majority of animals were dispatched with a single shot. In the remaining cases, a second shot was taken to be certain of immediate and humane death,” Parks Canada said.

The eradication is part of a nearly $6-million multi-year project to restore the coastal Douglas fir ecosystem on the nine-square kilometre island.

The cost of the first phase, which includes the helicopter and marksmen from the U.S. and New Zealand, is about $834,000, said Parks Canada.

It was reported in November that the contractors would be given special permission to use AR-15s with 30 round magazines also equipped with suppressors. These are the same firearms Trudeau and the Liberal/NDP coalition have claimed are not for hunting, and are too dangerous for Canadians to own.

A second phase of ground hunting is expected to take place between the fall of 2024 and spring of 2025.

Continue reading at Vancouver Sun

CCFR CEO & Executive Director Rod Giltaca spoke on Monday of the passing of Bill C-21 and what it means for licenced Canadian gun owners going forward.

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WATCH: Uptick in firearms, illicit drugs seized at Canadian borders in 2023

The Canadian Border Services Agency says it has seen a big uptick in the number of firearms and narcotics seized at the border this year. Germain Ma of Global News looks at how this has an impact on authorities working to keep Peterborough area communities safe.
Watch at Global News

PolySeSouvient’s fight “is not over”

Nathalie Provost still does not feel like she has made a difference – at least not the one she wanted – even though Bill C-21 on gun control received royal assent on Friday.

“It’s a very good step forward, but it’s not over,” she notes in an interview.

Banning assault weapons doesn't go far enough, she says. The definition added to the law, after negotiations with the New Democratic Party and the Bloc Québécois, makes it illegal to import or manufacture these military-style weapons, but does not ban those already on the market. It is therefore partial and not total.

“It’s been 34 years, and the first demand was a ban on assault weapons. I still see the poster with all the bullets, and never again,” she recalls with sadness.

PolySeSouvient fears that a possible conservative government could too easily undo this law, which displeases the pro-arms lobby. The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights accuses the government of targeting lawful owners, like hunters, and failing to tackle the problem of illegal firearms.

The SKS, a military-style weapon frequently used by hunters and Aboriginal people, was on the list of prohibited weapons that the government wanted to ban before it decided to remove this list from the bill.

The Minister of Public Safety, Dominic LeBlanc, promised to strengthen the ban on assault weapons already in circulation with a new decree and to launch a buyback program to compensate owners who will have to dispose of them. It will reestablish the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee to exclude weapons used for hunting. A decree adopted in 2020 already bans more than 2,000 models and their variants. PolySeSouvient wanted to add 482.

Minister Dominic LeBlanc also plans to ban by regulation high-capacity magazines that can be easily modified.

“When you no longer have a high-capacity magazine, it becomes difficult to kill six, seven, eight people in ten minutes,” argues Nathalie Provost. "Nineteen minutes, Polytechnique. In my class, it's crazy how quickly it went. He emptied a 30-round magazine on us."

And this is the heart of his commitment. Avoid another mass shooting.

"If we succeed in making the mandatory buyback program work and the regulations ensure that there are no loopholes, we will have taken a damn good step forward."

Please note that quotations from this article have been web-translated to English from the original article in French.

Continue reading at LaPresse (Article in French)

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There's no question it's been rough for gun owners under the current morally corrupt federal government. A handful of people have suggested the CCFR should give up, or worse, take the law into our own hands. That has never been the CCFR's mission.

In this end-of-the-year address, Rod explains who we are, why we do what we do, and why all of us must keep going, despite the losses and frustration we all feel. This one is for the community, and the critics.

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Charges laid after drugs and firearms seized from encampment

The Calgary Police have charged five people after locating prohibited firearms and more than $73,000 worth of illicit drugs at a downtown encampment.

On Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, at approximately 9:10 a.m., members of the CPS Mountain Bike Unit were completing a trespassing check and check on welfare at an encampment on private property, located in the 600 block of First Street S.E. Upon arrival, officers located the following items:

  • 290 grams of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $23,208
  • 333.5 grams of fentanyl, with an estimated street value of $50,025
  • 20.7 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, with an estimated street value of $225
  • one loaded, sawed-off .22-calibre rifle
  • three loaded 9-mm handguns with 3D-printed receivers and restricted extended capacity magazines
  • one prohibited switchblade-style knife

As a result of this investigation, Calgary Police Service has charged three men and two women.

“This incident underscores the importance of addressing encampments early. We work closely with our community partners to ensure we are always leading with compassion and services; however, enforcement is still a critical component of ensuring public safety,” says Acting Staff Sgt. Michael Anderson of the Calgary Police Service. “In this case, our officers put themselves in a dangerous situation to address the safety concerns and criminality at this particular encampment, and through enforcement, we were able to take illegal guns and drugs off of Calgary streets.”

Continue reading at City of Calgary Newsroom

Four teens including 13 and 14-year-old boys are facing a lengthy list of weapons-related charges after Regina police say they seized multiple guns including a sawed-off shotgun and rifle Friday night.

According to a Regina police news release, around 11:15 Friday night police responded to a report of 10 teenagers chasing two other teens on the 2100 block of 11th Avenue.

Police said they were able to locate and arrest four of the suspects with assistance from Regina Transit.

Police said they found a large knife inside a backpack, a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition in the waistband of one of the suspects and a sawed-off rifle that was missing the action bolt in another suspect’s waistband.

A 13, 14, 15 and 17-year-old boy are all facing charges.

The 13-year-old was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, the 15-year-old is facing eight charges including carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and careless storage of a firearm.

The 17-year-old was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession while prohibited and failing to comply with conditions of a release order.

The 14-year-old was charged with failing to comply with the conditions of a release order.

The 15-year-old accused made his first court appearance Dec. 18 – while the remaining suspects will all appear in court Feb. 1, Regina police said.

Continue reading at CTV News Regina

Continue reading at CityNews Montreal

Montreal police make 7 arrests in firearms trafficking bust

Seven people were arrested by Montreal police (SPVM) on Tuesday in connection with an alleged firearms trafficking ring.

Officers raided three homes in Montreal's east end, as well as a house in Laval's Pont-Viau area.

A "large quantity" of gold, around $5,000, one kilogram of cocaine, and 1.5 kgs of methamphetamines were seized during the raids, the SPVM reported on Thursday.

"The exact value of the precious metals seized has yet to be determined, but is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars," a news release reads.

The seven people arrested appeared in court Thursday to face a variety of charges, including firearms possession and drug trafficking. One of the accused was released under conditions while the others remain in police custody.

Continue reading at CTV News Montreal

Documents reveal details of Yellowknife firearm scare last month

Search warrant documents provide some insight into a suspected firearms incident in Yellowknife last month.

According to the information police provided under oath to get authorization to search a unit at Hilltop Apartments, a man showed up at the RCMP detachment at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 to report he had been chased by a man who was pointing a gun at him.

Police said the man was not wearing shoes or a jacket.

RCMP sent an officer to keep an eye on the unit. At 8:30 p.m. that night their emergency response team arrived and entered the residence. They arrested five men and five women, charging all of them with pointing a firearm or being a party to that crime.

Police said they entered the apartment without a warrant because they had reason to believe public safety was at risk.

Police had been to the same unit that afternoon as part of another investigation. The RCMP say when they knocked on the door of the unit, Craig Strachan answered. He told police it wasn't his place but a friend lived there.

They looked up the 38-year-old on the police database and found he was facing charges for four different incidents and was bound by release conditions for each of them. All of the release conditions included not possessing or using a firearm.

The charges included four counts of assault with a weapon, uttering threats, using an imitation firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and assaulting a peace officer. Most of the charges were laid in Yellowknife, but some were for crimes alleged to have been committed in Winnipeg.

Police got the search warrant they were after at 3 a.m. According to a report on what they found, they seized nine cell phones and a pump-action shotgun they found under a couch in the living room.

As a result of the investigation, Strachan was charged with pointing a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, careless use of a firearm and failing to comply with the conditions of a release order.

The friend who lived in the residence was charged with unsafe storage of a firearm. No charges were laid against the others who were arrested by the RCMP emergency response team.

Continue reading at CBC News

Charges laid, drugs and guns seized in alleged cross-Canada trafficking operation based in B.C.

One man allegedly involved in a cross-Canada drug trafficking operation based in B.C is facing 10 drugs and weapons charges, according to authorities.

B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, in a Monday news release, says it began its investigation in early 2021 in collaboration with police in Manitoba.

In August of 2022, police searched four residences on the Lower Mainland and seized drugs, guns and cash. Among the drugs found were 1 kilogram of fentanyl, six kilograms of methamphetamine and five kilograms of cocaine. About $250,000 in cash was confiscated as was crypto currency worth $194,000. Four vehicles were also taken away by police. Twenty-six guns were seized, along with ammunition.

"Although firearms were not the main focus of this investigation, CFSEU-BC seized a large number of restricted and non- restricted firearms and ammunition taking them out of the hands of individuals who may intend on using them for a criminal purpose, threatening the safety of our communities," a spokesperson said in the release.

Last week, federal prosecutors charged Alexander Demetrios Fasogiannis with drug trafficking and possession and a number of weapons offences.

“This investigation led to the disruption of an alleged cross-Canada drug trafficking operation that took drugs and firearms off our streets preventing the potential harm they cause to our communities,” the CFSEU-BC said.

Fasogiannis is due in court on Jan. 8, 2024.

Continue reading at CTV News Vancouver

One person dead, another injured in Forest Lawn shooting

Calgary police are investigating after one person was killed and another was injured in a shooting in Forest Lawn.

At 9:50 p.m. on Monday, police were called to an area near 37 Street and 17 Avenue S.E.

A man was found dead at the scene while a woman was taken to Foothills Medical Centre in critical condition.

The ages of the victims are not yet known. Police believe the shooting was targeted and the deceased and suspect were known to each other.

There are no suspects at this time, as the CPS homicide unit continues to investigate.

Police said no further details will be released until after an autopsy, scheduled for Dec. 20.

Kelvin Jacobsen, general manager of Classic Auto Wash, located adjacent to where the shooting occurred, says a man could be seen slumped over in a red Dodge pickup truck in the parking lot outside of the Portico Lounge next door.

"You could tell that he was already deceased and paramedics were working with another woman on the street," Jacobsen said.

"There were guys around the police with rifles drawn and stuff like that. It was a little nerve-wracking. This one hit me hard. You hear about it all the time but you don't really see it."

CTV cameras captured footage of the red pickup, which had a different licence plate spotted in the driver-side door panel than the one located on the actual vehicle.

It's unknown if the truck was stolen.

Meanwhile, neighbours in the community said they weren't surprised by the gun violence so close to where they live.

Jack Kaminski was out for a morning walk Tuesday when he first heard the news of this shooting.

"I went to sleep early last night. I didn’t see anything but it's not the first time. Every year, there are shootings around this area," he said.

"Police are driving around this area so many times every day, you know? You see these boarded-up buildings, lots of homeless people live right here in this area and last week, someone broke into my neighbour's shed and stole from them."

Continue reading at CTV News Calgary

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