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CBC: Future of B.C.’s grizzly trophy hunt uncertain as fall hunt approaches

grizzly-bear-near-bella-coolaA grizzly bear is seen fishing for salmon along the Atnarko river in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park near Bella Coola, B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4220550
NDP promised to end the controversial hunt, but few details on how and when the ban would be implemented  Roshini Nair – CBC News July 25, 2017

The NDP promised to end B.C.’s grizzly bear trophy hunt, but with the September hunt rapidly approaching there are few details to explain how or when that would happen.

B.C.’s grizzly bear trophy hunt allows both resident and non-resident hunters to purchase a licence to hunt a grizzly bear for sport according to a predetermined quota.

License cost varies according to whether the hunter is a B.C. resident ($80) or not ($1000). Non-residents are also required to employ a registered guide outfitter. The trophy hunt takes place in the spring and fall.

Last November, Premier John Horgan made a campaign promise he would end the controversial hunt, promising full protection for the “majestic animals.  “But with the hunt scheduled in September, the deadline to pass a ban is imminent.

Political flashpoint

The former Liberal government maintained the hunt has a positive economic impact — supporting local outfitters and tourist operations — and that the grizzly population is healthy enough to absorb the hunt.

Mark Werner, the vice-president of the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., said the hunt is an important part of the province’s heritage. “This country and this province [were] built on trapping, hunting and fishing,” he said. “We have a lot of heritage here. We have a lot of culture here.”

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Green MLA Backs Grizzly Trophy Hunt Ban & Says Party Policy Inadequate by Larry Pynn

Clayton Stoner

In 2013, National Hockey League defenseman Clayton Stoner ignored the wishes of local aboriginals and shot an adult male grizzly in the Kwatna River estuary. In 2016, Stoner was fined $10,000 under the Wildlife Act for hunting without a proper license and banned from hunting for three years. PROVINCE

A newly elected Green party MLA Adam Olsen said Friday he supports a ban on the grizzly trophy hunt and believes his party’s policy position doesn’t go far enough to end the widely unpopular activity.

“Trophy hunting of grizzlies is something that needs to be banned,” said Adam Olsen, a member of the Tsartlip First Nation on southern Vancouver Island and MLA for Saanich North and the Islands.“It’s important we deal with grizzly trophy hunting. We know that the vast majority of British Columbians are very uncomfortable with the trophy hunt. Whether you live in the cities or rural B.C., it’s been a concern.

“It’s an important issue, and speaks to our relationship with the environment around us.”

The NDP says it plans to ban the grizzly trophy hunt. One option the party has proposed is to make it a condition provincewide that grizzly hunters turn in the head and pelt of a grizzly — a way to end trophy kills, while leaving it open for someone to hunt one for the meat.

Please read full article and add your comment at:  http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/green-mla-backs-grizzly-trophy-hunt-ban-says-party-policy-inadequate

 

BC NDP Takes Aim at $60,000 Donation by Trophy Hunters for BC Liberals Election Campaign-The Straight Article

Read Article: http://www.straight.com/news/885131/bc-ndp-takes-aim-60000-donation-trophy-hunters-bc-liberal-election-campaign  by Carlito Pablo on March 22nd, 2017 at 3:21 PM

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Grizzly bear trophy hunters have contributed money to help B.C. Liberals win the election this year, says a B.C. NDP representative.

Provincial NDP leader John Horgan says it’s time to end grizzly-bear hunts in B.C.
Statistics reveal decade-long increase in B.C. hunting licences for grizzlies and black bears
Activists and Lush Cosmetics team up to make film about ending B.C.’s trophy hunt of grizzly bears
Martyn Brown: The grisly business of trophy hunting in Super, Natural British Columbia
Can grizzly bear watchers end B.C.’s trophy hunt?

George Heyman cited a report by the public interest organization Dogwood about a $60,000 kitty put together by U.S. and Canadian chapters of Safari Club International.
The New Democrat MLA for Vancouver-Fairview said that Dogwood’s information came from a Facebook post showing a cheque made out by the hunters to the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. (GOABC)

According to Heyman, the fund is supposedly meant to assist the guide outfitters association “reelect the Liberal government in B.C., so the trophy hunt continues”.
“Clearly [B.C. Liberal Premier] Christy Clark is happy to have outside organization spends tens of thousands of dollars to help her get reelected, and ignore the desires of the majority of British Columbians to end the trophy hunt of grizzly bears,” Heyman told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview Wednesday (March 22).
In November last year, the B.C. NDP promised that it will end the sport killing of grizzly bears if the party wins the May 9, 2017 provincial election.
“We’ve pledged very clearly that when were elected, we will ban the trophy hunt, and that we’ll work with First Nations such as in the Great Bear Rainforest,” Heyman said.
The Straight called GOABC and requested comment from executive director Scott Ellis. He has yet to return a call as of this posting.
A 2016 report by the GOABC titled ‘Grizzly Bear Management in British Columbia’ stated that hunters harvest less than two percent of the grizzly population

Read Full Article:http://www.straight.com/news/885131/bc-ndp-takes-aim-60000-donation-trophy-hunters-bc-liberal-election-campaign

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

Update August 08, 2017 from Bears Matter: NFL Team has abandoned their opposition to this trade mark application by the GOABC. Myself, Barb Murray, who has operated the non-profit business Bears Matter for in excess of 8 years has filed an amended opposition statement and is preparing evidence to present at the end of October’17.  There is an filing ,under my name, to oppose this ‘trade mark’ application by the Guide Outfitters Association of BC.

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-guide-outfitters-rile-nfl-team-environmental-group-with-bid-to-trademark-bears-matter

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

 

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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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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