Via Suzanne Trevis:
Council will be making a decision tonight on whether to move forward with a Legacy Project for Gold River’s 50th birthday, a spray park at Nimpkish Park. Let your elected officials know how important this project is for youth, families and visitors to our wonderful community.
Come out and support the Spray Park. Tonight at Village Office, 7:30pm.Email This Post to a Friend
A resident has just reported seeing a cougar on her morning walk over by Chamiss Court. It walked away from her towards Bear Park but it was in no hurry. Be aware if you are in that area.Email This Post to a Friend
THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE
BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL BE HELD
ON MARCH 16, 2015, AT 4 PM
AT ZEBALLOS ELEMENTARY SECONDARY SCHOOL.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND.Email This Post to a Friend
February 25, 2015
To all Gold River Rod and Gun Members:
Over the last four months there has been considerable discussion in the news on the Resident Hunters problems with the Provincial Government’s decision to change the Allocation policy. A lot of people don’t fully understand the situation so I will attempt to explain how it will affect the Resident Hunters.
The Government made a decision in 2007 on what % of the Annual Allowable Harvest would go to Resident Hunters and Outfitters (basically non-resident hunters). The Outfitters were not satisfied with the decision and have been bitterly contesting it ever since.
In December of 2014 the Government changed the 2007 numbers to alleviate the Outfitters complaining. This made for a huge negative impact to Resident Hunters in Limited Entry permits and other hunting permits. The ramifications to Resident Hunters are so complicated it is hard for a regular person to explain it so I will explain the effect on Roosevelt Elk over the time period from 2006 to 2015. In 2006 the Resident Hunters had 94%, Outfitters 6% and First Nations an equal amount of the Elk Permits. One other thing in 1992 the whole First Nations quota harvest of over 100 Elk was taken from Resident Hunters and nothing from the Outfitters. After the 2007 decision it went Residents have 87% and Outfitters 13% and the First Nations numbers stayed the same. With the new decision the Residents get 80% and the Outfitters 20%. So over a period of 8 years we have lost 12% of the Elk Harvest, this is approximately 15 Limited Entry Permits. This is why the Resident Hunters had over 1200 people at the Rally in Kelowna contesting decisions like this all over the Province.
On March 2nd there will be a Rally in Victoria to show our concerns over the loss by Resident hunters. The Gold River Rod and Gun Club gave a sizeable donation to this Rally and now it is time for the members to show their support. There are people from Gold River going to the Rally and your support for your rights is needed.
Please contact Gary Foster ASAP at 250 283 7191 if you want to join us. Please see the information on the Rally below.
RESIDENTS – RALLY FOR YOUR OUTDOOR RIGHTS
Resident of British Columbia;
We are planning a peaceful rally March 2nd, 2015 on the steps of the Legislature in Victoria. This is your opportunity to make it clear to elected officials you are not supportive of the recently announced changes to Wildlife Allocations. Guest speakers include Dr. Andrew Weaver, Deputy Leader, MLA, Green Party, Mr. John Horgan, Opposition Leader, NDP, Mr. Dan Brooks, Leader BC Conservative Party, Ms. Katrine Conroy, MLA, NDP.
If you want to bring a sign that represents you and your family please do so, but do not bring partisan or politically charged signs. Signs such as, “Resident Hunters First”, “BC Families First”, “BC Wildlife belongs to British Columbians” and “Hunting for Health” are appropriate. Dress as you would if you were going to work. It’s an important message: hunters come from all walks of life.
Why are we taking this action?
On December 14, 2014 government gave foreign hunters, who are represented by guide-outfitters, 20-40% of allocated wildlife. This decision is unprecedented in North America and is not good for British Columbians, resident hunters or wildlife. In most jurisdictions in North America, foreign hunters are allocated 5-10% of harvestable wildlife means fewer opportunities for resident hunters.
Justification for this policy appears to be centered around subsidizing the Guide Outfitting industry in British Columbia at the expense of British Columbians. In the last 10 years, the number of resident hunters in BC has grown from 84,000 to 102,000 – an increase of roughly 20%. During the same time, the number of foreign hunters has dropped 30%, from 6,500 to 4,500. There are currently about 230 Guide / Outfitters in British Columbia. At a time where the number of resident hunters is increasing while the number of foreign hunters are decreasing, why would government decide to allocate more wildlife to foreigners?
Resident hunters contribute more than $230 million annually to the British Columbia economy. Resident hunters donate more than 300,000 hours of their time toward conservation projects. Government collects more than $9 million per year in the form of license fees and habitat surcharges for conservation from resident hunters. These numbers are extremely important to wildlife and the economy. Government has decided to subsidize a small group of business people against the will of voters and taxpayers. This policy must be revisited and changed.
WE ARE CALLING ALL BC RESIDENTS TO ATTEND – THIS POLICY CHANGE STANDS TO AFFECT YOU
Please join us March 2 on the steps of the BC Legislature in Victoria.
Rally for your rights!
Monday, Mar 2 • 11am-1pm • Victoria
Make it clear to elected officials you are not supportive of the recently announced changes to Wildlife Allocations.
More information can be found here: BC Wildlife Federation – Wildlife Allocation.Email This Post to a Friend
** New Ice Times for Sunday**
Saturday Feb. 28th
4:00 to 5:00 Mites Practice
7:00 to 9:00 PM Men’s Game
Sunday March 1st
10:30 to 12:30 Men’s Game
12:30 to 2:30 Bantam Game room # 6 vs Campbell River room # 3
2:30 to 4:00 Peewee practiceEmail This Post to a Friend
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