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Team CSSA E-News – December 18, 2015


RELEASE – Team CSSA welcomes Range Burlington to the CSSA family

Team CSSA is pleased to welcome Range Burlington to the CSSA fold. One of Canada’s premier clubs, the Burlington Rifle and Revolver Club boasts an impressive roster of programs for shooters.

“The CSSA looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship,” said Executive Director Tony Bernardo. Speaking from the CSSA’s Etobicoke office, he added, “Our partnership with such a progressive, forward-thinking organization will bear fruit right across the whole association. Range Burlington’s experience will enrich all of our members.”

Team CSSA President Steve Torino said, “On behalf of the CSSA Board of Directors, we welcome Range Burlington as a valuable partner in our quest to maintain our firearm rights.”

Range Burlington is a multi-discipline club, offering bulls-eye, IPSC, rifle, metallic silhouette, blackpowder, air rifle, cowboy and PPC competitions. There is also an active juniors’ section where the next generation of shooters are being trained.

The range consists of an indoor, heated, 11-port shooting range, with a maximum distance of 50 metres. Each port has a motor-driven target return. The backstop is rated for all legal ammunition and calibres, including pistol, rifle and shotgun (slugs only). 

In addition to the shooting range, there is also an attached lounge with free Wi-Fi and pop machines. There is also a climate-controlled classroom capable of seating up to 30 people. The range includes a well-lit, paved parking lot and 24-hour video surveillance.

Range Burlington is located at 1540 King Road, Burlington, ON. The classroom and club house phone number is 905-637-8033.

The club is currently accepting new members for 2016.



Do you want to tell your children and your grandchildren that you were “on the front line” protecting their rights?

Are you in the following geographic locations: Eastern Canada and Quebec. 

Team CSSA is working to re-energize and re-focus our corps of volunteer regional directors. Would you like to be part of our exciting new RD Program and help represent Canada’s greatest firearm organization across the nation?

It will require some definite, but modest, time commitments. Time well spent with friendly firearm owners representing the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.

If you’re interested, please send an email to Christine Scott at



The CSSA is reactivating our letter-writing teams. This group of articulate scribes is needed to counter inaccurate or biased media with fact-based points of view. Our previous letter-writing team was very effective in helping Canadians understand the many problems with the now deceased long-gun registry. Some basic training is provided. As well, this group will also be schooled in Access to Information requests and how to properly prepare and submit them on the CSSA’s behalf.

If you are interested, please send an email to Christine Scott at





SASKATOON – A trade show that was to showcase companies that offer trophy hunts in Africa is no longer going to be held at a Saskatoon hotel.

The expo by African Events Canada and African Hunting Gazette was to be held next month at the Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre.

The hotel has confirmed the event has been cancelled, but has not said why.

Lana Stark, who started an online petition against the event, says it is unethical for hunters to target animals such as rhinos, lions, elephants, giraffes and hippos.

A Holiday Inn in Toronto last week cancelled its participation in a similar event after an animal justice lawyer organized an online petition. 

The killing of Cecil the lion by a U.S. big-game hunter in Zimbabwe last summer drew international condemnation and sparked outrage among animal conservationists and politicians.

“Trophy hunters say they are conservationists helping local communities. I don’t think you are if you pay money to shoot an animal, and there must be less destructive ways to save a species,” Stark said Tuesday.

“If you’re putting a price tag on their heads, make it about eco-tourism. Have safaris, tours and photography. People want to see these majestic animals.” 

Event organizers said they targeted Saskatoon because Saskatchewan is full of hunters who live and work in a thriving economy with disposable income.

“Where better than to showcase hunting in Africa?” asks the African Hunting Events website.

African Events Canada also has a hunting expo scheduled for Calgary in January.

(CKOM, The Canadian Press)

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The Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel didn’t provide a reason. The director of the show says the hotel knew about the event for months.

A Toronto hotel has cancelled an African trophy hunting show after animal activists protested the event in an online petition.

The Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport hotel says in a Facebook post it cancelled the African Hunting Events show, but didn’t provide a reason.

A spokeswoman for InterContinental Hotels Group, which owns the Holiday Inn chain but not the airport hotel, said the Toronto hotel decided to cancel the show earlier Thursday.

But Birgit Johnstone, a director with African Events Canada — the organizer of the two-day show along with others in Calgary and Saskatoon — says the event will go on because she has a legal contract with the hotel.

She says about 40 people have booked trips and secured visas to travel from Africa for the event, which is an important part of their business.

Animal Justice lawyer Camille Labchuk, who led the online petition, says the Holiday Inn showed leadership by standing up against the “senseless slaughter of majestic animals.”

“More and more companies are stepping up to the plate and refusing to play any part in the trophy hunting industry,” Labchuk said.

“The noose is closing around the neck of this cruel industry.”

Johnstone said there is a fundamental misunderstanding about the trips that are being promoted at the show.

“This is about sustainable utilization of wildlife in Africa,” she said. “It’s not about a mass slaughter of wildlife. These are legal hunting trips.”

The websites of some of the exhibitors promote hunting lions, elephants and giraffes along with photos and videos of the kills.

Johnstone said hunting is only part of what the exhibitors offer.

“There are also fishing trips, photographic trips, regular safaris, too.”

Johnstone is livid with the Holiday Inn.

“I’ve never tried to hide anything,” she said. “The hotel knew what the event was about for months and only now are they changing their minds because of public pressure.”

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WENDY CUKIER TO BE NEXT PRESIDENT OF BROCK UNIVERSITY (Brock University | News Release | December 17, 2015)

Today Brock University announced the appointment of Wendy Cukier, Ryerson’s vice-president, research and innovation, as its next president, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

On behalf of the Ryerson University community I want to congratulate Wendy on her new position, and thank her for her numerous contributions to Ryerson.

Wendy has played a major role in the development of Ryerson as a comprehensive university, helping to build our reputation for leadership in innovation, and she has been a driver of change across the university over three decades of dedicated service.

As a faculty member, associate dean and senior administrator she has made important contributions to developing curriculum, supporting students, building partnerships and establishing Ryerson as a city builder. She led the development of one of Ryerson’s first graduate programs, Communication and Culture, completing her own PhD along the way. As associate dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management she led the development of two MBA programs and the school’s successful bid to be accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  

By any measure, the university’s scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activity has flourished under Wendy’s leadership as vice-president, research and innovation. Ryerson increased external research funding by more than 60 per cent in the last four years, and it has twice been named among the research universities of the year by Research Infosource. In 2014, Ryerson led all Canadian universities in research funding growth.

Wendy and her team also helped Ryerson break new ground, winning large grants for the first time and working with partners on large-scale proposals such as the Ryerson Centre for Context-Aware Computing ($2.2M) and the Incubate Innovate Network of Canada (I-INC) proposal with Simon Fraser University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology ($10.5M). Partnerships with industry, government and the community have expanded and our international collaborations with prestigious institutions have increased. Our progress in SRC has helped drive the university’s rankings and reputation.

A long-time advocate for social justice and social innovation, Wendy was pivotal to Ryerson being named Canada’s first Ashoka Changemaker Campus and she founded the renowned Diversity Institute. She is a founding member of Lifeline Syria and executive lead of the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge, which have mobilized the community in record time to respond to the humanitarian crisis.

Wendy’s vision, leadership, and energy will be greatly missed, and we offer our profound appreciation and thanks for all that she has done for our university.

The search for the next vice-president, research and innovation has begun. You may recall that two weeks ago I announced the launch of the search in keeping with the university’s policy and procedures. I will keep you informed as the process moves forward.

Mohamed Lachemi

Interim President

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CBRM FIREARM NUMBERS UP — POLICE (By Tom Ayers | Cape Breton Bureau | Halifax Herald News | December 15, 2015)

But officers say growing presence of guns doesn’t come with a surge in crime

SYDNEY — Cape Breton Regional Police say the fact they have about 1,100 firearms in storage is a sign of a growing number of guns on the island, but it doesn’t mean crimes involving weapons are up.

“I think it’s a sign of the times,” said Sgt. Geoff MacLeod, supervisor of the regional forensic identification unit.

“In my first stint in this section as a constable, it seemed to me that we were getting one or two (firearms) at a time. Now, we’re getting five and six at a time, and that seems to be the norm now.

“People collect firearms … (and) there’s less restrictions. There’s no long-gun registry anymore.

“There’s a lot of variables in terms of why we’re getting them more now than we did in the past.

“We have a large rural community and a lot of people hunt, and I think a lot of it could be attributed to that.”

The total number of guns in storage has built up over many years, and the stockpile includes handguns to shotguns and rifles, said MacLeod.

The weapons are kept in a locked facility that is staffed and monitored by video 24 hours a day. And ammunition is stored separately.

But police won’t say where the firearms are stored, and don’t provide visitors access to the secure facility.

Staff Sgt. Max Sehl said some of the guns are seized and held as evidence in court cases, and one reason no one is allowed in to see the firearms is the chain of custody has to be beyond reproach.

MacLeod said some of the guns were turned in during a police amnesty declared several years ago, and others have been handed over voluntarily by people who no longer want them, or by heirs and executors of people who have died.

The weapons held as evidence in court cases could remain in custody for a year or more, depending on the court case, he said, and they have to be held for some time after in case of appeals.

Some are slated for destruction off-island by the provincial firearms officer, and the remainder are waiting to be returned to their rightful owners.

MacLeod said the stockpile continues to build, though, because police regularly seize guns even though they may be incidental to an investigation.

For example, he said, police may attend a 911 call for a domestic dispute and discover guns in a home. Even if the incident did not carry a hint of threat involving weapons, police can seize the guns if they believe there is a risk of danger.

By law, the police then have 30 days to decide whether the guns are evidence, whether they should be destroyed or whether they should be returned, MacLeod said.

Regardless of the decision, it creates a lot of paperwork and a lengthy process of checking to make sure the owner can legally possess the guns, he said.

Weapons are destroyed or returned to owners on a regular basis, MacLeod said, but as guns are going out the door, more are coming in.

To deal with the increasing stockpile, he has tasked officers seizing guns with the responsibility for ensuring their proper disposition, he said.

That will make their disposition every police officer’s responsibility.

“It’s a lot easier to collect them than to get rid of them,” said MacLeod.

“I had six yesterday that I had to bring out to our storage facility. That happened from one seizure.

“The process of getting a final disposition is well underway now and I am satisfied we have a real good handle on it, and that those numbers are going to drop dramatically in the near future.”

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COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST GUNS (Jeremy Schulz | Reuters |December 15, 2015)

1: The United States has the highest number of guns per capita in the world, with 88.8 guns per 100 residents, according to the most recent small arms survey. 

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Residents convince county to shut down the Spruce Grove Gun Club

Disgruntled neighbours take aim at Spruce Grove Gun Club

City council has approved a zoning change for what will be a first-of-its-kind shooting range in Canada.

The Edmonton Shooting Centre plans to build a new indoor range in an industrial park at 12150-160th Street, with an eight-lane, 100-metre indoor range.

The range will also include 25-meter ranges, classrooms, a lounge and retail space.

General manager Hans Brink said the range will be the largest in western Canada.

“We’ve got snow six months of the year, so six months of the year we can be open,” he said.

Brink said the new range will fill a void left by the closure of the Spruce Grove Gun Club, which was shut down by Parkland County due to complaints from neighbouring residents over noise and stray bullets.

He said Spruce Grove had nearly 1,000 members who now need somewhere to shoot. Anyone with a restricted firearm, like a handgun or semi-automatic weapon, must be affiliated with a range or gun club.

“I’m hoping that we’ll be able to capture some of them in the new year when our range opens,” Brink said.

He also hopes to attract military and law-enforcement training programs that previously used the Spruce Grove Gun Club.

Brink said the Edmonton Shooting Centre will be a building-within-a-building to prevent stray bullets and noise from bothering neighbours.

There are currently two indoor ranges in Edmonton: the Phoenix in the city’s southeast and the Wild West Shooting Centre in West Edmonton Mall.

The newest range will be much larger and will accommodate larger weapons, Brink said.

Construction will begin once the sale of the building is finalized, with the range expected to open in March 2016.

Alberta’s chief firearms officer, responsible for approving new ranges, has already been consulted. Final approval from the CFO will be determined once the range is ready to open.

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Kevin Beasley will be hunting the Queen Charlotte Islands located on the coast of British Columbia. He will be hunting Sitka Blacktail Deer that 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!

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OBAMA’S PLAN TO BYPASS CONGRESS ON GUNS (By Josh Siegel | The Daily Signal |December 14, 2015)

Stymied by Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama is expected to act alone to take executive action to tighten restrictions on gun sales.

White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, speaking at a vigil last week for victims of the 2012 Newtown, Conn., shooting, confirmed that the president has asked his staff to complete a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval.

Before Jarrett’s public pronouncement, The New York Times and other media have reported the Obama administration’s action would broaden the definition of who is considered a high-volume gun dealer, a move that could force background checks for certain sales at gun shows, online, and in other areas that fall outside the law.

The Gun Control Act of 1968 already requires professional gun dealers to be licensed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Buyers of guns from federally licensed dealers are subject to background checks.

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But the existing law doesn’t clearly define what it means to be in the business of selling guns.

Obama’s executive action would intend to clarify that distinction in a way that broadens who is in the gun-selling business, so that more sales are “on the books” and thus require a background check.

According to legal experts who spoke to The Daily Signal, Obama would be within his rights to pursue such an action because he would be simply reinterpreting how to apply already existing law, rather than creating new legislation.

But these experts also said Obama’s action would have limited impact on the availability of guns.

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Just as the New York Times is doing its best to shrug off whatever remaining journalistic integrity the paper might have had, the country’s other major establishment newspaper, the Washington Post, has managed to check some facts without their usual bias. The Post’s Fact Checker column concluded that Barack Obama deserved a rebuke for some of his recent comments on gun control, while giving a statement by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) their highest award for credibility.

Specifically, the Post took issue with Obama’s repeated claims that high-profile shootings do not happen with the same frequency in other countries. For Instance, at a June 19 speech before the wildly anti-gun U.S. Conference of Mayors, Obama claimed, “[w]e are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.”

The Post wisely turned to research examining the rate of deaths resulting from mass shootings in 11 countries, conducted by State University of New York-Oswego professor Jaclyn and Texas State University’s H. Jaymi Elsass. The Post points out, “the United States had a lower rate of mass shooting fatalities per 100,000 people than Norway, Finland and Switzerland.”

Moreover, the Post cites economist John R. Lott, who told the reporters, “If you are going to compare the U.S. to someplace else, if you are going to compare it to small countries, you have to adjust for population. Alternatively, compare the U.S. to Europe as a whole.” The piece went on to explain that Lott contends that when this more appropriate measure is taken “from 2009 to 2015 shows the rate of mass shootings in the United States and Europe are about the same.”

The Post ultimately concluded by stating, “[w]e urge the president to be more consistent and precise in describing mass shootings in the country… rather than using vague or misleading phrases.” For these misleading statements, the Post awarded the president two “Pinocchios.”

On the other hand, Sen. Rubio earned top marks for a December 4 statement on CBS This Morning, “[n]one of the major shootings that have occurred in this country over the last few months or years that have outraged us, would gun laws have prevented them.” This is a point that NRA has made repeatedly. Simple common sense would dictate that anyone committed to carrying out this type of violent, and often suicidal, attack is unlikely to be deterred by any law pertaining to the possession or acquisition of firearms. However, the Post goes into detail breaking down twelve high-profile shootings in order to see if any of the more popular gun control proposals, such as semi-auto restrictions and bans on private transfers, could have prevented the incident. 

After analyzing these events, the Post concluded, “Rubio’s statement stands up to scrutiny,” earning the “Geppetto Checkmark.” As if piling on already beleaguered gun control supporters, the Post went on to take a swipe at their favorite state, noting, “three of the mass shootings took place in California, which already has strong gun laws including a ban on certain weapons and high-capacity magazines.”

This rare mainstream recognition of the validity of pro-gun arguments against further ineffective restrictions on our liberty is a welcome respite from the often unashamedly biased coverage attendant many outlets. If reporters simply analyze the facts, as done in these two pieces, we have no doubt they will continue to vindicate the pro-gun position in the future.

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In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California church members are training to carry concealed guns.

Gun safety instructor Geof Peabody has invited ministers and security staff to a gun range in Placerville to learn how to handle weapons.

CBS News reports Peabody offers his class free to members of any church and has trained more than 500 people in the past eight years.

Those who graduate from his class qualify to carry concealed weapons – and many of them are taking them into their churches.

It is not exactly clear why Peabody offers the free classes to ministers but his website links to a Bible study website headed ‘The Biblical View of Self-Defense’ which quotes Bible passages about ‘protecting life’ and ‘shedding the blood’ of people who have injured or killed others.

At the top of Peabody’s website is: ‘Fear God and Fear Naught – Luke 22: 36-38’

Interest in the classes soared after the Charleston massacre, when nine people were killed during a Bible study session at a church in the South Carolina town in June.

Peabody said the faithful had felt a growing need to be prepared in case of an attack.

‘The Bible tells us to be our brother’s protector. It’s just another tool,’ said Bruce Shoff, who works on a church’s security team.

Micah Anderson, who head the youth ministry at his church, added: ‘The drive behind it is so I can protect myself and my family.

‘The fact that I also work at the church and serve in that way is just an added benefit.’

Gun safety instructor Geof Peabody (pictured) has invited ministers and security staff to a gun range in Placerville to learn how to handle weapons

On December 2, husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire during a holiday party for county government employees and killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. It is being investigated as an act of terrorism.

Other recent mass shooting – including at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado and a community college in Oregon – have reignited passions on both sides of the gun control debate.

Mississippi Republican Rep. Andy Gipson, who plans to file a bill next year allowing congregations to designate people who could carry guns, said: ‘Most of our churches are just wide open.’

The pro-gun legislation reflects a growing public sentiment that ‘gun-free zones are magnets for bad guys,’ said David Kopel, a gun policy expert at the Independence Institute, a libertarian think tank in Colorado.

He said that concept was not popular after the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

However, the frequency of mass shootings since then has made the idea of having a trained, law-abiding gun owner present more appealing.

But Peter Blair, who oversaw a program to change police training to react faster to active shooter situations after the Columbine massacre, said arming ‘good guys’ is risky.

‘You might end up shooting another concealed weapons holder that you don’t recognize,’ he told CBS.

‘The police may shoot you. You might end accidentally shoot an innocent person when you’re shooting at the attacker.’

Although Peabody’s classes have not seen any unfortunate incidents, gun safety classes can lead to accidents.

Pastor Ton Smith was injured earlier this month after being accidentally shot by his instructor during a lesson near his church in Modesto, California.

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