Author Archives: Barb Murray

Guide Outfitters (Association of B.C.) Rile NFL Team & Environmental Group with Bid to Trademark ‘Bears Matter’

Note from Bears Matter: March 23, 2017 , There is an filing ,under my name, to oppose this ‘trade mark’ application by the Guide Outfitters Association of BC.  I, Barb Murray, have been operating Bears Matter, a non-profit advocacy, since 2006. I will update this post when I have more information.  I sincerely thank everyone who has supported myself and Bears Matter over many years and continues to do so as we go forward!  Bear Hugs, Barb

http://www.theprovince.com/news/local+news/guide+outfitters+rile+team+environmental+group+with+trademark/12729942/story.html

Larry Pynn
(Vancouver Sun)
Published: January 17, 2017
Updated: January 18, 2017 7:07 PM

ProvPaperPhotoJan'17                                                                                   A grizzly bear with a cub is on high alert near Whistler in August 2015. Photo by Richard MacKellar

Bears matter. Everyone agrees on that. But when it comes to who owns the legal rights to those two words, the debate is extending from the wilderness hunting grounds of B.C. all the way to the playing fields of the NFL.
The Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., which caters to foreign trophy hunters seeking to kill grizzlies and other big-game animals, has applied to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for the trademark rights to the name, Bears Matter.
Problem is, a long-standing B.C. environmental group opposed to the trophy hunt of bears already uses that name and plans to write the Property Office this week to officially register its opposition.
Camille Labchuk, a lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice, which is helping Bears Matter (bearsmatter.com) file its complaint, said in an interview it’s “galling” to think the outfitters might “steal their name.”
Labchuk said her client never formally registered the name: “They don’t have to be entitled to legal protections, though, as they can rely on common-law protections for their trademark as well. It’s pretty common that groups don’t formally register.”

The professional football team, the Chicago Bears, has already officially registered its opposition.
The Property Office website indicates that the outfitters filed for the name Bears Matter on Nov. 4, 2014, but that their bid was advertised in the Trade-marks Journal only on Oct. 12, 2016. The Chicago Bears filed its proposed opposition on Jan. 6, 2017, and received an extension of time to file its formal complaint until March 12, 2017.
Jim Christman, media relations manager for the team, didn’t respond to an interview request.
The growing controversy seems lost on Scott Ellis, executive director of the Surrey-based Guide Outfitters, who said that his group has registered all manner of domains and trademarks over the years.
Among them: Conservation Matters, registered in 2014; Knock Your Socks Off, 2009; Mountain Hunter, 2011; Wildlife Stewardship is our Priority, 2011; and Fair Chase … No Fences, 2011. The organization hosts three websites — goabc.org, mountainhuntermagazine.com and bearsinbc.com.
“It’s part of our business process to protect whatever intellectual property we have,” he said. “We bundle as much around to drive traffic to bears in B.C. as we can. We’re not trying to get any name from anyone. I don’t know anything about the environmental group, Bears Matter. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
He added: “I would much rather talk that bears matter than someone’s trademark. That’s all crap.”
Established by Barb Murray of Nanoose Bay in 2006, Bears Matter says in a mission statement posted online: “We are B.C. voters speaking up for grizzly bears who are still being legally killed.” It supports Pacific Wild’s petition to Premier Christy Clark to ban the grizzly trophy hunt.
Murray said she was very active on the grizzly trophy hunt issue in 2014 and finds it hard to believe the outfitters don’t know of her group.
She said she never registered Bears Matter as a non-profit society to issue tax-deductible receipts because it would have restricted her political activism on bear issues.
lpynn@postmedia.com

 

B.C. Film Screenings of ‘Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux’ by Damien Gillis & Valhalla Wilderness Society

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Please sign and share Valhalla’s online petition to create the Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park – see petition and learn more here! https://www.change.org/p/save-bc-s-ancient-temperate-rainforest-primeval

From award-winning documentary filmmaker Damien Gillis (Fractured Land, Oil in Eden) and Valhalla Wilderness Society comes a new film of breathtaking beauty, Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux – official selection the prestigious Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (more about the film below screening dates).

Here is 2-min teaser for the film: https://vimeo.com/189394482   

Upcoming Screenings & Presentations

1. WELLS, BC: Saturday, February 18, 7 PM @ Sunset Theatre. Presented by Wells Mountain Film Festival. Admission $15.

2. NORTH VANCOUVER, BC: Thursday, February 23, 11:30 AM-12:50 PM @ Capilano University – Bosa Theatre (Skeena Rd). Presented by Earthworks and featuring presentation on Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal by VWS Director Craig Pettitt and Q&A with filmmaker Damien Gillis. Free admission.

3. SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC: Friday, February 24, 7-9 PM @ Artspring Theatre (100 Jackson Ave). Co-presented by Pacific Wild, featuring presentation on Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal by VWS Director Craig Pettitt and Q&A with Pettitt and filmmaker Damien Gillis. Admission $10 – tickets available online or at door.

4. CUMBERLAND, BC: Saturday, March 4, 7-9 PM @ Masonic Lodge Hall (2687 Dunsmuir Ave). Co-presented by Cumberland Forest, featuring presentation on Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal by VWS Director Craig Pettitt and Q&A with Pettitt and filmmaker Damien Gillis. Admission by donation.

5. NANAIMO, BC: Sunday, March 5, 7-9 PM @ VIU – Building B356, Room 109. Featuring presentation on Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal by VWS Director Craig Pettitt and Q&A with Pettitt and filmmaker Damien Gillis. Admission by donation.

6. QUALICUM, BC: Monday, March 6, 7-9 PM (doors open 6:30) @ Qualicum Beach Civic Centre (747 Jones St). Featuring presentation on Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal by VWS Director Craig Pettitt and Q&A with Pettitt and filmmaker Damien Gillis. Admission by donation.

7. VICTORIA, BC: Tuesday, March 7, 7-9 PM (doors open 6:30) @ The Vic Theatre (808 Douglas St). Featuring presentation on Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal by VWS Director Craig Pettitt and Q&A with Pettitt and filmmaker Damien Gillis. Admission $10 at door.

8. BRACKENDALE, BC (near Squamish): Wednesday, March 8, 7-9 PM @ Brackendale Art Gallery (41950 Government Rd). Featuring presentation on Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal by VWS Director Craig Pettitt and Q&A with Pettitt and filmmaker Damien Gillis.

9. PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Thursday, March 16, 7-9 PM @ UNBC – Room 7-212. Featuring presentation on Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal by VWS Director Craig Pettitt and Q&A with Pettitt and filmmaker Damien Gillis. Free admission.

10. WASHINGTON, DC: Saturday, March 18, 4 PM @ E Street Cinema (555 11th St NW). Part of The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital’s conservation shorts program. Tickets and info @ dceff.org.

For more go to: www.vws.org

Horgan and NDP Commits to Ban Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt- November 24, 2016

November 24, 2016

http://bcndpcaucus.ca/news/horgan-commits-ban-grizzly-bear-trophy-hunt/#.WDiwzNATQ4Y.twitter

ndppressconfnov23rdVANCOUVER– New Democrat leader John Horgan announced a New Democrat government will ban the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia.

“It’s time for some leadership here,” said Horgan. “We can look after our natural environment, respect the outdoor traditions of this province and grow the economy if we make the right choices. That should start now with a change in how we treat the iconic grizzly bears of B.C.”

Horgan added, “This province has a proud outdoor heritage that includes hunting and fishing. We also have a future that includes welcoming the world to enjoy our spectacular scenery and wildlife, creating jobs for British Columbians and a tourism industry that is second to none. Our heritage and our future can thrive together if we make the right choices.”

“The Coastal First Nations banned the grizzly trophy hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest four years ago. A provincial ban is long overdue to stop the needless killing of grizzly bears for sport. Grizzly bears are respected by many First Nations across the province. Bear claws, hides and teeth are not trophies,” said Doug Neasloss, Chief Councillor for the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais.

“The wildlife viewing industry is booming in this province, and creating good jobs from Vancouver to Stewart,” said Spencer Chandra Herbert, the B.C. New Democrat spokesperson for tourism, “Grizzlies are an iconic species and B.C.’s grizzlies can continue to attract visitors from all over the world if we make the right choices.”

Horgan added that his party had introduced legislation to ensure wildlife and habitat management has secure funding in the province – a bill supported by hunters and wildlife viewing companies, but rejected by the government.

“Wildlife, wildlife habitat, and the families, communities and economies that depend on them can’t wait any longer,” said Horgan, “Christy Clark won’t act, but I will.”

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Mike Smyth Column: Election Showdown looms over BC Grizzly Hunting Oct 23, 2016

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A report by two out-of-province scientists say the grizzly hunt in B.C. is sustainable and that the bear population is being well managed. But an overwhelming majority in B.C want to see the hunt banned. Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS

http://theprovince.com/opinion/columnists/election-showdown-looms-over-b-c-grizzly-bear-hunting

Three years ago, Vancouver art collector Michael Audain was sitting on a log in the rain in the Great Bear Rainforest when something magical happened.

A mother grizzly bear and her three cubs walked by, on their way to feast on spawning salmon in a nearby river.

“She must have known we were there, but she was completely calm and didn’t show the slightest interest in us,” said Audain, the wealthy chairman of Polygon Homes.

“She just ambled slowly by and it was amazingly close — 15 to 20 feet away. It moved me so much I thought, ‘I have to look into this. Maybe there’s something I can do to help safeguard these wonderful creatures.
’ It changed my life.”

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Trophy Film – Trailer by Lush Cosmetics Co.,

In North America, hundreds of grizzly bears are killed for sport by trophy hunters every year. This “sport” is outdated, wasteful and inherently cruel. Trophy examines the effect that trophy hunting has on the people, land and animals. Can we truly justify killing these animals for sport (or for any reason? except in extraordinary circumstances) To see the complete 28min documentary go to: http://www.trophyfilm.com/watchthefilm Please sign the petition at the end of documentary. Thank you, Barb of Bears Matter

Videos of Four Justice for BC Grizzlies Speakers’ Sept 13’16 w Charlie Russell

Watch Short Speeches from Four Justice for BC Grizzlies’ Speakers

Please watch Val Murray, Spokesperson for Justice for BC Grizzlies:

Please watch Charlie Russell, Honourary Grizzly Ambassador

Please watch Barb Murray, Grizzly Ambassador

Please watch George Rammell , Grizzly Ambassador

Now Everyone Take The Pledge at :

www.justiceforbcgrizzlies.com or https://www.change.org/p/take-the-pledge-to-help-end-b-c-s-grizzly-hunt

then please share Pledge Link before Provincial Election May 9, 2017

Thank you on behalf of our grizzlies!