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April 1’17 Rally to End the ‘Grizzly’ Hunt -Videos of Speakers

1. Val Murray, Justice for BC Grizzlies and Organizer of Rally www.justiceforbcgrizzlies.com

2. Trish Boyum, Ocean Adventures Chartered Tours

3. Bryce Casavant, NDP Candidate Oak Bay-Gordon Head

4. Jens Wieting, Sierra Club of B.C.

5. Donna Johnson, Wuikinuxv Nation

6. Sonia Furstenau – Green Candidate

7. Jordan Reichert, Animal Protection Party of Canada

Published on Apr 4, 2017
Justice for BC Grizzlies organized the April 1st Rally for B.C. Grizzlies, bringing citizens together to pressure the government to end the Trophy Hunt of Grizzly Bears in BC. Justice for BC Grizzlies is a diverse grassroots movement of BC residents. We share a common concern over the brutal killing of Grizzly Bears in a lottery hunt that takes place twice each year. Together we are making the grizzly hunt an election issue in BC. #grizzlies #grizzly #endthehunt #trophyhunt

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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

Dear Readers,

Bears Matter closes its fundraiser after 10 years and more than $70K raised for bears! The Bears Matter Fundraiser was hosted by the Country Club Centre in Nanaimo for the last eight years. Of course Bears Matter will continue to support bears behind the scenes and help with various campaigns and fundraising goals of individual grassroots organizations.

A Gigantic “Thank you and Bear Hug” to all who supported this fundraiser, both on the North Shore and in Nanaimo! A Special Shout-out goes to Dave Mills and staff at Country Club Centre, my dear friend Christine Mc and of course to Bears Matter’s ‘Bear Angel’ Karen McKee and the Warm Buddy Company of North Vancouver- without these individuals and their respective companies this fundraiser would not have been possible.

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Pacific Wild on The Great Bear Rainforest Agreement: Unfiltered

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http://pacificwild.org/news-and-resources/great-bear-blog/the-great-bear-rainforest-agreement-unfiltered

Today, on behalf of Pacific Wild, and in the interest of setting our course for the miles still ahead, I offer the following reflections on the 2016 Great Bear Rainforest Agreement.

I have been asked for my opinion of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement (GBRA) several times over the last 48 hours.

As I’m sure many people reflecting on this agreement in public and private can relate, synthesizing your thoughts for a media sound byte is challenging at the best of times – more so when you are attempting to address the complexity of a multi-stakeholder agreement many years in the making.

Before the announcement was formalized on Monday, the Heiltsuk Tribal Council released this very pragmatic statement, describing their view of the agreement. If there is one sound byte that trumps them all, I respectfully nominate this one: “We are grateful for a step down the right path. It is the first of many miles yet to walk.”

Looking forward

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Guilty Plea from Clayton Stoner, $10K Fine & 3 yr Hunting Ban

Protesters against illegal poaching and hunting gather outside B.C. Provincial Court before Anaheim Ducks defenceman Clayton Stoner was expected to enter a plea in Vancovuer Friday Nov. 13, 2015. Stoner is charged with five counts under the Wildlife Act after a grizzly bear was killed on the central coast in 2013. Photograph by: Darryl Dyck, CP

Protesters against illegal poaching and hunting gather outside B.C. Provincial Court before Anaheim Ducks defenceman Clayton Stoner was expected to enter a plea in Vancovuer Friday Nov. 13, 2015. Stoner is charged with five counts under the Wildlife Act after a grizzly bear was killed on the central coast in 2013.
Photograph by: Darryl Dyck, CP

Update by Bears Forever Organization on the Outcome of the Clayton Stoner Case.  He was found guilty of holding a resident Limited Entry Hunt tag for a grizzly bear when he was not a resident of the province at that time …Mr. Stoner was fined $10,000 and banned from hunting in B.C. for three years. From facebook page of Bears Forever https://www.facebook.com/bearsforeverbc

As everyone celebrates Clayton Stoner being sentenced today, here are some things to bear in mind:

 

1) Trophy hunting is not illegal under Settler law. Stoner has simply been found guilty of hunting with the wrong kind of license. We need to make this illegal under Settler law so the activity stops completely.

2) Stoner is also guilty of contravening the Indigenous ban on trophy hunting under Indigenous law, and the Settler courts have no jurisdiction over that.

3) No one would have caught Stoner in the first place if First Nations hadn’t been investing their money and energy in monitoring hunt activity. The Province has NO capacity to effectively regulate or monitor the hunt. That burden falls to us.

4) Justice for the Grizzly shot by Stoner, is important. But what we’re fighting for with the Bears Forever campaign is justice for ALL bears. That won’t happen until the province regulates an end to the hunt. And we won’t stop our work until they do.

You can find out more about what we’re doing at bearsforever.ca

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Vancouver,NHLDucks Clayton Stoner to Enter Plea in case of ‘The Trophy Killing of a Grizzly’

November 12, 2015                                                                                                   MEDIA ADVISORY

Vancouver, B.C. – Anaheim Ducks Defenseman, Clayton Stoner (originally of Port NcNeill, B.C.) faces five charges for Illegally Killing ‘Cheeky the Grizzly’ in the Great Bear Rainforest in May 2013.  After three adjournments Stoner’s lawyer is finally expected to enter a ‘guilty’ plea at Robson Square Provincial Courthouse-800 Hornby Street, Rm 101 at 9:30a.m.

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