Here’s today’s read:
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:
Fish ONline – Reference for fish and limits
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:
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.
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
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”
Naive…maybe. I never claimed to be the most informed or wise individual who ever walked on two feet.
Other than understanding that nutcases have always walked among us I didn’t really expect that we’d see acts of terrorism on Canadian soil. Of course, I’m not completely ignorant nor looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses. After 9-11, I think we all expected more terrorist acts after that tragedy but in the ensuing years they didn’t materialize. So, an obviously misguided sense of security took hold of me, largely based on the notion that “No one hates Canada, we’re the good guys!” I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Just our existence as an ally of the United States and Britain and of course the fact that we’re not a Muslim governed nation, make us a target for acts of aggression.
The senseless murders of two Canadian soldiers on home soil should be a severe wake up call to all of us.
People will try to dismiss the perpetrators of these vile acts as mentally unstable individuals. Somehow trying to disassociate the lunatic with any ties to a “legitimate” terror group. Not an Al-Qaeda or ISIL cell member? Who cares? What does that matter? Who radicalized the lunatic is not as important per say…as the fact that they were radicalized at all. Obviously, the vile spew and influence of the jihadist movement has reached over our fence and influenced weak-minded individuals or emboldened closet jihadists to take up their cause. Either way, it’s bad. Real bad.
As we’ve now seen since our own taste of jihadist madness, Australia and France have now tasted the bitter pill as well. It’s safe to say I think…Game On! and all western, democratic nations beware.
How our governments react to these threats will be the very tricky part. Will they allow the threat of terrorists to infringe our freedoms and allow more police and government agency trampling of our rights? Will those people who mistakenly believe it is the governments’ responsibility to protect them at all times allow the erosion of our freedom in favour of perceived security?
I hope not. I hope that we maintain our collective cool. We will be playing into the hands of these vile, hatred spewing nutcases when we start to unravel our own democracies out of fear. Binding ourselves in laws and giving away our freedoms with the hope that the government and its agents will do right by us all.
One final thought; lots of banter about free speech and freedom of the press since the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo. Though I am not personally familiar with the publication, it seems that Charlie Hebdo is known for producing inflammatory material to many different groups. From what I’ve read, I don’t think Charlie Hebdo is my kind of reading…whatever. But for anyone to insinuate that the anger they inflamed, and it turning to murder, is in anyway understandable is reprehensible.
Is it understandable that people were angry and disliked the materials? I think that’s quite normal. I am allowed to dis-like it as much they are to like it and produce it. I can choose not to look or read if I wish and just ignore it. That’s the beauty of democracy and freedom. Now, did the people at Charlie Hebdo poke the bear who doesn’t share their belief in free speech? You bet they did. Is it worthy of death? Hell no! Is it a justification or even a lame excuse? No way. But, what sets democracy apart from all other ideologies is the fact that we get to choose and choose on so many levels. But with freedom comes inherent risk. So we accept those risks if we choose to reside in the free nations.
The people at Charlie Hebdo must have known they were taking their lives in their hands by producing what they have. Right? Did they? I honestly don’t know. If they knew, I’d commend them for their courage…I think. If not, maybe I’d scold them for being naive. Unfortunately, freedom isn’t an impenetrable shield from pyschos who do not share your views or beliefs.
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:
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.