Team CSSA E-NEWS – March 19, 2015
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COMMENTARY – COALITION!
As we accurately predicted three years ago, the spectre of a coalition government has reared its ugly head in the pre-election run-up.
Just a few short days ago, Official Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair stated, “We’ve always said we’re ready to work with other parties. We’re a progressive party. We want to get results.” Referring to the then-Liberal leader, “We even were willing to make Stéphane Dion Prime Minister of Canada.” He continued, “It’s the type of water we were willing to put in our wine.”
An NDP insider stated that it’s a strategy designed to woo voters who think they need to vote Liberal in order to avoid another Stephen Harper Conservative government. The message is designed to make potential New Democratic voters more comfortable with the idea of casting a ballot for the NDP, the adviser explained. Got that? Vote NDP – get the Liberals.
Let's cut through the political bafflegab and take a hard look at the reality of this seemingly magnanimous statement. What he really means: We want power and we are willing to chuck our principles, and those of our party members, in order to get it. Our lust for power is so great we were even willing to make Stéphane Dion the Prime Minister in order to satisfy the demons.
No doubt a few folks will wail, “NO, NO, Mulcair just wants to work cooperatively.” Really? Are the NDP and Liberal parties so similar that either will sacrifice any political ideology by merging? If so, why don't they merge now and get elected legitimately?
The answer is obvious. The Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party are different animals, with different aims and goals. Ask any supporter and they'll happily tell you the differences.
So why Mulcair's bid for a coalition? It's simple really: it's “power at any price.”
Why does this matter to the firearms owners of Canada? If an unholy coalition is formed between parties of different ideologies and principles, the only items the coalition can move forward on without endangering the alliance are items of mutual agreement. Like gun control for instance? How about handgun and black rifle bans? That could work for them. The NDP only has a couple of MPs that would resist tossing gun owners under the proverbial campaign bus, and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has stated that although his party will not bring back the long-gun registry, he has never denied his party will accomplish its gun control goals through selective bans and restrictions.
Guess what that means in either of Canada's official languages?
“Bill C-42 would allow handguns and assault weapons to be freely transported … even left parked outside a Canadian Tire or local hockey arena.” – Justin Trudeau
IN MEMORIAM – CHARLES WAYNE MORRIS
January 11, 1939 – March 5, 2015. Passed peacefully on March 6, with his family at his side. Survived by his loving and cherished wife Florence, daughter Shari (James) Akow of Ajax, son Sean (Maureen) of Keswick; grandchildren: Joshua (Kim) and Jordan Akow and Austin and Mackenzie Morris; sister Bonnie (George) Robinson, brother Glen (Chris) Morris and his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving parents Ruth and Victor Morris and brother Alan.
Wayne was born in St. Catharines, attended Hamilton Institute of Technology and moved to Toronto as a young man to begin his career as a CSR at IBM and raise his family. He was an active supporter of both his children's activities and sports, including coaching and managing his son's hockey and soccer teams and also teaching them a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, sailing, target shooting and skiing to name but a few.
An avid athlete, he participated in the many clubs and activities that IBM offered, including being a long-standing member of their bowling league and gun club which led to being involved in target shooting sports for well over 30 years as an athlete, organizer, coach and manager and major official at various levels of competition including club, provincial, national, Ontario Provincial Games, Canada Winter Games, Metro League and the annual Canadian Airgun Grand Prix matches.
CSSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – MAY 30, 2015 – OTTAWA CONFERENCE AND EVENT CENTRE, 200 COVENTRY ROAD – 10 a.m. to noon.
Afternoon seminars from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring world-renowned firearms researcher, Dr. Gary Mauser will discuss the latest and greatest international events in the firearms world; Natural Resource Director-General Patrick O’Neill will share his vast knowledge on the Explosives Act’s hand-loading and ammunition regulations; and CSSA Life Member, Keith Beasley of the hugely popular television show “Canada in the Rough” will discuss public relations and the image of firearms owners. Members may register for these seminars at email@example.com.
Lastly, the evening of May 30 brings a very special "Stick to your Guns" dinner. Recognizing the unprecedented achievements of retiring Member of Parliament Garry Breitkreuz, this STYG Dinner is themed as a "thank you" to the best friend Canadian gun owners ever had. There will be many special guests, fabulous food, exciting draws, raffles and auctions, and a good time guaranteed to all. Tickets are $69.95 each and a table of eight is $499.95.
“Allan Rock said he came to Ottawa with the belief that only the police and military should have firearms. I believe that firearms ownership is a right, but a right that comes with responsibilities.” – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety
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GUN/MILITARIA SHOW – SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015 – ORANGEVILLE, ONTARIO. Location at the Orangeville Fairgrounds from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests $5. Ladies and accompanied children under 16 are free. Directions from the Toronto area: go north on HWY #10 and just 3 km north of the junctions of HWY #10 and HWY #9 turn right (east) on Hockley Road, just a short distance, and watch for Gun Show & Fairgrounds signs on the right. Buy/Sell/Trade. Lots to see with 230+ tables, plenty of free parking and a good snack bar. For more information, please call Monica at 905-679-8812.
Other upcoming shows can be seen at www.ontariogunshows.com.
A.A.C.C.A. CALGARY GUN SHOW – APRIL 3 AND 4, 2015 – CALGARY, ALBERTA. Easter Weekend at the BMO Centre, Stampede Grounds, 1410 Olympic Way SE. Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $10. Ladies and children 12 and under with an adult are free. For Calgary show information, please contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARMY CADETS PLACE 3RD IN MARKSMANSHIP (Cochrane Times Post | March 17, 2015)
Cadets from Englehart to Hearst made their way to Timmins March 7 to take part in the annual Area Marksmanship Competition. Forty-five Cadets consisting of Army, Air and Sea cadets set their sights on the bull's eye.
Cochrane took 3rd place.
The cadet marksmanship program is geared towards safe handling and follows the model of competitive shooting done in the Olympic Games. The cadets fire the Daisy 853-C 0.177 caliber air rifle. The light rifle and small caliber require extreme diligence about their technique as the slightest change in breathing, position and balance can cost them precious points. This year the competition consisted of 2 targets in the prone position and 2 targets in the standing position.
The team consists of Team Captain Andree Mousseau, Taylor Martin, Mackenzie Foy, Jacob Bernier and Preston Wright. Helping to bring them to this event was Coach Paul Genier. Special thanks to Capt Judy Genier and Capt Mike Oliver for their assistance as RSO and Marksmanship coach. Without your skills this would not have been possible.
The months leading to the event were well spent on preparing for the event as the members of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps 3013 Cochrane Commando's team secured a third place finish.
As the medal ceremonies concluded the standings were:
1st Place 792 Air Cadets Iroquois Falls with a total overall score of 1272 out of a possible 1600
2nd Place 1884 Timmins with a total overall score of 1242 out of a possible 1600
3rd Place 3013 Army Cadets Cochrane with a total overall score of 1132 out of a possible 1600
As you can see not many points separate the first and second place winners.
Individual Awards for the Cochrane Cadets included:
Open Individual Category 2nd Place Cadet Taylor Martin
In order to advance to the next level of competition scores from the competition will be compared with the scores of the other areas that have already competed. The team with the highest score will advance to the next level. Only the top two corps from Northern Ontario will advance to the provincial level and represent Northern Ontario.
Special support for the day's activity was provided by the Algonquin Regiment, the staff of the Navy League, 1884 Cadets and numerous officers and volunteers. Spokesmen indicated, without all of these individuals the competition would not have happened. Thanks were also extended to the Event Organizer Capt. Andrea Villeneuve.
Through activities such as these, The Canadian Cadet Organization seeks to develop its members into leaders and good citizens while creating an interest in the different elements of the Canadian Forces while promoting a healthy active lifestyle.
The Royal Canadian Army Cadets are part of the largest federally sponsored youth program in Canada with over 58,000 members from coast to coast. They are supported by a partnership between the Department of National Defense and the Army Cadet League of Canada. Cadets are open to all youth between the ages of 12 to 18. There is no cost to join and the uniforms are free.
The 3013 Cochrane Commando Army Cadets parade on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. at the Apitisawin/Inahepanik Building. Youth and parents interested in the program are encouraged to contact the Corps Commanding Officer Captain Patricia Nelson at 705-272-9491 or by email email@example.com.
COMMENTARY #3 – RCMP HIGH RIVER REPORT – DO YOU WANT A REPEAT OF WHAT THE RCMP DID IN HIGH RIVER FOR YOUR TOWN? (By Dennis Young | Canada Free Press | March 16, 2015)
RCMP’s Draft plan for towns declaring a State of Local Emergency
The RCMP Public Complaint’s Commission published their long-awaited report on the High River Gun Grab on February 12, 2015. Their 122-page report included fifty-two findings and ten recommendations.
RCMP PUBLIC COMPLAINTS COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION NO. 5 reads: “The RCMP should review its emergency management policies at the national and divisional level to ensure that they provide clear and comprehensive direction with respect to the legal authorities and duties of its members in emergency situations, taking into consideration the specific authorities and duties set forth in provincial or territorial legislation.” [Emphasis added]
In June of 2014, the RCMP had already started revising their Emergency/Evacuations policy for Alberta communities. A draft copy of the RCMP “K” Division Operations Manual Chapter 13.100 Evacuations was sent to me in response to one of my 42 Access to Information Act requests regarding the High River forced entries, unwarranted searches and seizures.
In High River the RCMP kicked in “more than 754 doors,” entered 4,666 homes (at least twice) without warrant, seized more than 600 firearms, seized and destroyed between 400,000 and 450,000 rounds of ammunition (most without any paperwork proving the destruction was necessary or authorized by the owners), and seized other private property, all without warrants. The RCMP have repeatedly stated that their authority for conducting this mayhem in High River was, and will be in the future, Section 19 of the Alberta Emergency Management Act (AEMA). The RCMP Public Complaints Commission High River report concurred. The Alberta Property Rights Advocate disagreed and sixty-seven percent of the people in High River thought the RCMP’s actions were not “appropriate”. Trust in the RCMP is so bad in High River that fifty-three percent of residents polled last August indicated they would be prepared to refuse an evacuation order in the event of another emergency.
Read the rest: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/70457
NDP LEADER TOM MULCAIR REMAINS OPEN TO LIBERAL ALLIANCE TO KNOCK OUT TORIES (By Pierre Saint-Arnaud | The Canadian Press | March 17, 20155)
MONTREAL – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is reiterating his openness to a possible coalition with the Liberals if it is necessary to topple Stephen Harper's Conservatives.
While expressing confidence he will become prime minister with a majority government, Mulcair told reporters Tuesday the scenario of a minority government cannot be excluded and that turfing the Tories is imperative.
The Opposition leader accused his Liberal counterpart, Justin Trudeau, of putting personal interests ahead of those of Canadians.
Trudeau has repeatedly stated he's not interested in discussing coalitions.
"Whenever we have opened that door, Justin Trudeau slams it shut," Mulcair said in Montreal. "My first priority is to get rid of Stephen Harper. The first priority of Justin Trudeau is Justin Trudeau."
The NDP leader said this year's election should be a three-way battle from the outset, paving the way for a social democratic government.
But if the Tories were to return, Mulcair has said a post-election alliance with the Liberals could be necessary.
A few years ago, when Liberal fortunes were plummeting, it was Mulcair who categorically ruled out a coalition.
In February 2014, Mulcair suggested his 2012 comments were intended to indicate only that he wouldn’t agree to any form of electoral co-operation with the Liberals during an election.
Mulcair reminded reporters on Tuesday that the NDP had concluded an alliance with the Liberals in 2008 but that the Grits reneged.
At the time, it wouldn't have been possible for the Liberals and New Democrats to form a coalition government without including the Bloc Quebecois, and dealing with the separatist political outfit was unpalatable to the Liberals.
"In 2008, our priority was to get rid of Stephen Harper and so we put water in our wine when we signed a coalition agreement with the Liberals," Mulcair said. "The Liberals raised their noses at their own signature and Stephen Harper is still there."
But Mulcair maintains his goal is to form a majority NDP government.
To do so, he's counting on a repeat performance in Quebec, where the party under former leader Jack Layton won 59 seats in 2011. Mulcair is hoping to do better, capturing 60 of a possible 78 seats in the province.
"We will win all the seats we already have in Quebec and we will add more — we are confident of that," Mulcair said, adding the party's policy resonates well with Quebecers.
CTV POLL ON THE IMPORTANCE OF GUNS FOR SAFETY IN RURAL HOMES
Do you agree guns are important for 'safety' in rural homes?
Yes = 6367 (74 %)
No = 2278 (26 %)
Total number of votes: 8645
See more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/
BORROWED CULTURE WARS (Editorial | Ottawa Citizen | March 16, 2015)
The new editor-in-chief of The Walrus, Jonathan Kay, wrote recently that Canada seemed at last to have shuffled off its insecurity about the United States, as the politics of both countries shifted. “The gun-nut hysteria of the Tea Party movement profoundly alienated mainstream Canadian right-wingers,” wrote Kay. “In the Harper era, Canadian conservatism has become very much its own thing.”
He may have spoken too soon.
The prime minister suggested recently not only that Canadians should be able to own guns (fair enough), but that they might be wise to have them in the home. “My wife’s from a rural area and obviously gun ownership wasn’t just for the farm, but was for a certain level of security when you’re a ways away from immediate police assistance.”
The idea that guns in the home give people “a certain level of security” may be standard in American political debates but it is a new argument from the mainstream Canadian right. It’s also utterly false. A recent survey of studies by David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, found that “the evidence does not indicate that having a gun reduces the risk of being a victim of a crime or that having a gun reduces the risk of injury during the commission of a crime.” Overall, “the health risk of a gun in the home is greater than the benefit.”
Stephen Harper’s comment is a head-scratcher, because there hasn’t been a debate in Canada about whether people should be encouraged to have guns in their homes. It just hasn’t come up. So far, the gun debate in Canada has been about balancing public safety and the rights of gun owners without undue expense and red tape, about which guns should be allowed and who ought to be allowed to have them. It has been an argument framed in libertarian terms (at what point should individual rights be curtailed?) rather than a moral argument (what is the best way to live?) As with the niqab debate – manufactured over the question of what a vanishingly tiny minority of citizenship applicants might wear at a ceremony – the Canadian conservative approach is shifting from the first to the second.
And that re-framing inevitably shapes the response; columnist William Watson sees “American-style” “nationalistic bombast and provincialism” in Justin Trudeau’s countering of the Conservative approach.
The strangest thing about Harper’s gun remarks is not that the Conservatives are trying to stir up a moral debate but that they’re importing one, as a way to fire up the base. Surely, if this country is grown up enough to have its own culture, it’s grown up enough to have its own culture wars.
See the story: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/borrowed-culture-wars
ELITES "LOSING THEIR COLLECTIVIST MINDS" OVER HARPER'S REMARKS ON GUNS AND SELF-DEFENCE (By Brian Lilley | TheRebel.media | March 18, 2015)
Official Ottawa and the rest of the Laurentian Elite are losing their collectivist minds over comments PM Stephen Harper made about guns and self defence:
I break down what they're all saying, and talk about the reality: Statistics show that guns in the hands of law abiding citizens can actually reduce crime.
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CANADA IN THE ROUGH – RAINFOREST GHOSTS
This week, Kevin Beasley will be hunting the Queen Charlotte Islands, which are located on the coast of British Columbia. He will be hunting Sitka Blacktail Deer, which are known as the Pacific Ghost as they are hard to spot in the thick rainforest that the island has to offer. This is a deer hunt you will not want to miss as the deer come to a call like Kevin has never seen before!
See the teaser: http://www.canadaintherough.com/rainforest-ghosts/
Canada in the Rough can be found on OLN, WILD TV, and CHEX. For a full schedule, visit: http://www.canadaintherough.com/schedules/
RICK MERCER REPORT – RICK AND TRAP SHOOTING (RMR | Season 12, Episode 16 | March 10, 2015)
Rick visits Gibsons, BC and is taught to shoot from the best – six-time Olympian Susan Nattrass. See the video: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Rick+Mercer+Report/ID/2658253611/
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