Last weekend I traveled to Duluth for their Boat, RV, and Outdoors show. Departing at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, I sat in line at the Pigeon River Border crossing for an hour as vehicles were lined up across the bridge and past the Canadian Customs building.
In all the years I have been down to the States via this route I have never seen a line up that long waiting to get into Minnesota.
With the Canadian dollar hovering around the even mark and the long weekend to boot, I should have anticipated such, but of course like the rest of sheep herd, I just ate crow and waited like everyone else did to get en route.
Upon arrival at the DECC in Duluth, it was a sea of parked vehicles and a good majority of them had Ontario plates attached to them.
Speaking of shows, we have our own outdoors show here in Thunder Bay this weekend, which you don’t want to miss.
The Central Canada Outdoors Show is on again and is bigger and better than ever. Of course it’s being held at the Sports Dome on the CLE grounds and this year has some different flavour to it.
This year, the show has a much larger tourism section to it, and a number of new exhibitors from the U.S. and from all across Northwestern Ontario.
Admission to the show is a mere $5 bucks and children 12 and under are free.
There will be more than $7,500 in prizes up for grabs, not to mention interactive displays and contests being held as well.
Hours for the show are Friday night 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Every year, this venue is a major attraction in the city and for good reason. One of my favourites to take in is the kids moose calling contest. So put this paper down, grab the family and head over to the dome and enjoy some of the best outdoor gear and exhibits you will ever see.
With last weeks final reading in Ottawa in regards to the dismantling of the Long Gun Registry (Bill C-19), I would like to give Kudos to both our local Members of Federal Parliament John Rafferty (Thunder Bay Rainy River) and Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay Superior North) for standing up and voting for the wishes of their constituents rather than the wishes of their party. This took a lot of guts knowing they would be punished by the interim leader of the NDP, however, they stood by their promises and made representation for the people who voted and put them into the position they are in.
The long gun registry has been a thorn in many sides, and has been extremely costly and very ineffective since it’s inception in 1995. Bill C-19, the government’s bill to end registration requirements for non-restricted firearms such as hunting rifles and shotguns, passed its final House of Commons vote on Wednesday evening, the 15th of February during its Third Reading.
The original legislation that created the firearms registry was Bill C-68, introduced by Jean Chretien in 1993 and signed into law in 1995.
Standing firm on a long-time campaign promise, Thunder Bay–Superior North MP Bruce Hyer said “I have always held the strong conviction that we must end the well-intended but ineffective and wasteful registration of hunting rifles and shotguns. I voted Yes on Bill C-19. Other portions of the firearms legislation that will remain in force will continue to be effective."
The long-gun registry over the past 17 years has done very little in the way of decreasing violent crimes with guns and has cost Canadian tax payers in excess of $2 billion. There could have been a heck of a lot more police officers hired on many police forces across the country for $2 billion.
Statistics show that most violent crimes with guns were committed with those that are of a restricted nature such as handguns in which the laws will remain the same.
This bill will only end registration of non-restricted hunting rifles and shotguns, but maintains the requirement to register handguns and other restricted firearms.
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