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Self Sufficiency, Personal Liberty, Independence, Gardening, Firearms, Fitness, Health, Hunting, Fishing, Political Freedom, and Permaculture in CANADA

First Time fishing in Ontario

Tomorrow I am heading up to Lake Simcoe with a couple of buddies to go fishing.
Other than my high-school, backwoods, carp fishing, catch nothing but a buzz days, this is my first time fishing in Ontario.

The plan is to rent a boat and go fishing for bass and pike out on Cook’s Bay.  Not a bad way to spend a day eh.

So I thought I would do myself a favour and look up the regulations, etc.

Here are the good resources I found:

Fishing Limits

Fish ONline – Reference for fish and limits

Ontario Fishing Licence

Hunting and Fishing Licence Issuers


Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act

Now that I am finally in the market for a restricted firearm, I had to educate myself on the changes that have recently been introduced regarding the ownership and transportation of them.

There are other aspects of the Act, but of most interest to me is the change to the ATT Authorization To Transport restricted firearms (i.e. handguns, AR-15s, and other guns that are scary mostly cause they are painted black).

Here is the official news:

Effective immediately, these changes to the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code do the following:

  • Make classroom participation in firearms safety courses mandatory for first-time licence applicants;
  • Provide for the discretionary authority of Chief Firearms Officers (CFOs) to be subject to the regulations;
  • Strengthen the Criminal Code provisions relating to orders prohibiting the possession of firearms where a person is convicted of an offence involving domestic violence; and
  • Provide the Governor in Council with the authority to prescribe firearms to be non-restricted or restricted (such prescribing would be informed by independent expert advice).

Within the next several months, upon a date fixed by an order in council, the following changes will come into effect:

  • Creation of a six-month grace period at the end of the five-year licence period to stop people from immediately becoming criminalized for paperwork delays around license renewals;
  • Elimination of the Possession Only Licence (POL) and conversion of all existing POLs to Possession and Acquisition Licences (PALs);
  • Authorizations to Transport become a condition of a licence for certain routine and lawful activities such as target shooting; taking a firearm home after a transfer; going to a gunsmith, gun show, a Canadian port of exit; or a peace officer or a Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) for verification, registration or disposal; and
  • Sharing of firearms import information when restricted and prohibited firearms are imported into Canada by businesses.”

I will update this post with what this actually means when I uncover it.
As I am in the market for a handgun, perhaps my new favourite gun store here in Ontario will fill me in.

Some reference sites:

The RCMP Website

From Parliment

Government Website

CSAAA Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association



Do the Liberals and NDP want to Steal our Guns?

I am was actively trying to stay out of the federal election political shit storm.

But then I see the Facebook posts about what Mulcair and Trudeau have to say about firearms.
Some of it is true and some of it is shock-media fear mongering.
There is, however, some definite truth to the hype of them bringing back the gun registry.
Though it may be old, I was forwarded this article in the National Post about Mulcair’s plans: NDP government would create new and improved gun registry

Sure it’s an election cycle and all of these ineffective talking heads have to have talking points and promises to lie about.
But nothing scares me more than allowing any more room for commies, socialists, pinkos, regressive ‘progressives’, antis of any sort, and Turdeau’s Libertarded army.

Below is a great cartoon I found on Right Wing Nation, but I think it originated from the NFA (a cluster fpuck of an organization and has circle jerked itself into ineffectiveness right before one of the most important elections in Canada regarding firearms rights).

Enjoy.  Be on the look out for the Beardo and the Kid.

You could wake up with the NDP and/or Liberals wanting to steal your guns

You could wake up with the NDP and/or Liberals wanting to steal your guns

Gun Stores & Ranges – Links in Ontario

Mostly for my own reference, but hopefully helpful to you.

Here are some notes I am making for ranges, clubs, stores, and associations here in SW Ontario.  Most of my time is spent between London and Mississauga, with some time between Sarnia and up to Barrie.

East Elgin Sportsman’s Association – Been highly recommended to me by people in London.  Great place for 3-gun shoots, and there is 24/7 indoor handgun shooting 🙂

Crumlin Sportsmen’s Association – Closer to London, apparently there are IDPA or IPSC shoots that happen here

Lambton Sportsmen’s Club – Close to friends and my old stompin grounds.  Not sure if it makes sense to join, but would be a great way to go shooting restricted firearms with buddies.


Bullseye London – Great gun store in London.  Good selection, knowledgeable people, fair prices.  Just need to expand into used firearms….

Heafs – Emad Hazboun, Outdoorsman and where I am taking my Ontario Hunter Education Course

IPSC Ontario – International Practical Shooting Confederation

IDPA Canada – International Defensive Pistol Association

Ontario Defensive Pistol League – Looks like IDPA in Ontario


Home Security Tips – Videos

As I start my search for a home here in Ontario (not likely until spring, but we’re looking a bit now), I find myself pondering how to best secure it, whether home or not, as well as how to protect the family if someone does break in.

Obviously, here in Canada we are not allowed to protect ourselves.  The government and police would prefer that we just exit our house if we suspect that there is an intruder.  And if that fails, just give up and allow ourselves to the raped and murdered.

But for the non-sheeple out there, some of the following videos I found informative 😉
Home Defense Tips:

Shotgun for Home Defense:

I’m not sold on using a rifle in your house, but it’s always worth watching James Yeager’s videos:

Sootch00 always has helpful insights and gear. This is his “Intruder Bag”

Worst thing to happen to Ontario since forever

Ontario Provincial Election

Some thoughts on the upcoming Ontario Provincial Election

Well first, being a current BC resident I want to say “I don’t care”. But that would be a mistake for so many reasons.  First, I grew up in rural Ontario and have many friends and family there.  They have suffered enough and don’t deserver to have any more of this Liberaltatorship. Life is much too short to waste it following provincial politics – but you would have to be living under a rock to not hear how badly things have been going in Ontario. It seems that every week in Ontario there is a new scandal, fiasco, or  generally inept handling of what should be a routine task. Some of the topics of interest:

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Plants to clean the air in your house

The following is an interesting and short (4 min) video about cleaning the air in your home and producing your own oxygen.  The health and mood improvements must be substantial.

Working in an industrial shop, I am always worried about air quality and it’s longterm effects on my health.  Thankfully the air pollution is very low where I live and I can go hiking to give the lungs a real cleaning.

I suppose producing your own oxygen is another aspect of self-sufficiency….


Are you using these plants to clean the air in your house?  How has it affected you?

My Start with Permaculture

How I am getting started with Permaculture

The most major part of self-sufficiency is being able to grow as much of your own food as possible.  I learned this at an early age growing up on a small farm.  At the end of the summer and early fall, the only trips to the grocery store were for items that we didn’t grow.  With canning, freezing, and drying we were eating this produce for most of the next six months.

But that was just very small scale gardening, and the rest of our livelihood came from conventional mono-crop agriculture.  I always wondered why we had to plant everything in rows and spend so much time weeding.  Thankfully we didn’t spray chemicals on our garden.  Perfect it was not, but I learned a lot about planting, weeding, seasons, watering, staggering plantings, collecting sends, harvesting, protecting from early/late frosts, bugs, blights, and composting.

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