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Premier Doug Ford and his entire pre-election cabinet  — at least those who ran —  are returning to Queen’s Park, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see some changes in the look and feel of his executive council.   Elections create an opportunity for change, even when the incumbent political party is re-elected. A post-election
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OFAH staff are in Ottawa today (May 30, 2022) for Great Lakes Day. In-person events on Parliament Hill have been all but non-existent throughout the pandemic, so this represents one of the first opportunities to return and engage Parliamentarians on key issues. While that might sound boring to some, these types of events are needed
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Although recreational boaters and anglers are some of Ontario’s greatest conservation advocates, our activities are not without impact, and the movement of watercraft, in particular, has been a major contributor to one of the province’s greatest ecological threats: the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).   HEARTY HITCHHIKERS   AIS can be resourceful little critters.
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The following is an English transcript of the Radio-Canada interview with former OFAH student grant winner Christian Therrien, which was featured on the December 21, 2021 edition of Apres-Midi dans le Nord. The interview was titled “a bursary to study trout in Northern Ontario”.   This is a literal translation. Some nuances will be lost
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While COVID-19 may have put in-person TackleShare fishing events on hold, the program has gone full steam ahead with virtual fishing instruction.   TackleShare is reaching out to anglers young and old, new and experienced, to virtually “Fish Along with TackleShare” at their leisure. Anglers can join three ways: watch and learn from online fishing videos;
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Attention elementary teachers across Ontario – our new Conservation Crates are officially ready to borrow! Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund grant, we’ve assembled a total of 20 brand new crates, filled with hands-on resources and curriculum-linked lesson plans. They are free to borrow through the OFAH|Mario Cortelluci Hunting and
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There are more than 1.4 million anglers in Ontario and 60 to 80% of them use baitfish; however, overcoming ecological risks associated with baitfish is inherently challenging. Unwanted introductions via the baitfish pathway of invasive and non-native species, pathogens and diseases, threaten our fisheries.   So how can we protect our fisheries while maintaining the long-standing ability to use baitfish?   In 2022, Ontario’s Bait Management Strategy will be implemented, which will divide the province into four Bait Management
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Every Wednesday, the OFAH Catch the Ace winner’s announcement tells a story about people like you – kind and caring supporters of nature and our outdoors way of life.   It’s a story that underscores outstanding loyalty!   In both CTA series, about 60 lucky winners so far have shared their wonderfully diverse outdoors backgrounds
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The COVID-19 pandemic seriously impacted and even wiped out many field programs run by conservation agencies and non-government organizations like the OFAH.   That said, one positive outcome that arose from this upheaval has been a re-evaluation of our internships, which were originally created to provide early career opportunities for young conservationists coming out of
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Across Canada, on the third Saturday of September, our great outdoor traditions are saluted with an official “Day.”   That Day is National Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Heritage Day.   In the outdoors community, everyday is Heritage Day. Indeed, this particular national Heritage Day unites those who fish, hunt and trap, but it was also
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Conventional wisdom may say it’s taboo to talk about politics, but it has such an influence on fishing and hunting that, for us, it’s hard to ignore ahead of the September 20, 2021 federal election. A lot has changed around us since the last election, but our priorities for fishing, hunting, and broader conservation remain
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In late June, the Ontario government announced a cabinet shuffle that resulted in profound changes for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Out went incumbent minister John Yakabuski and in came Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora Rainy-River. But it wasn’t a straight swap. While Minister Yakabuski had a singular portfolio with a sole focus
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Alexandra Percy, of Bowmanville, is always one touch away from her favorite way to support conservation. Last fall, she added the OFAH Catch the Ace link to the home screen on her phone. It seems her conservation touch worked. Alexandra was our week 16 winner, drawing card #25, which was the 2 of hearts, and
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Outside of pandemic years, the OFAH staffing grows a lot every summer, with often more than two dozen students, interns, or seasonal staff hired for our programs like the Invading Species Awareness Program (ISAP), Tackleshare, Get Outdoors summer camps, and the OFAH|Mario Cortelucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre.   ISAP actually hires many students hosted
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What do salmon eggs look like as they develop into fry? What is the largest fish in the world? What happens to water when it enters a storm drain? How could climate change affect fish? Whether you’re five or 55, you’ll want to know the answers to these questions. We’ve provided that and in our
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UPDATE: Crown land camping and Ontario Parks camping will re-open as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 11, 2021. The prohibition on Crown land camping is one of the few remaining barriers for people wanting to get out fishing and hunting right now. If you fish and hunt solely in southern Ontario, the needle on your
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May 22nd is the International Day for Biodiversity and this year also kicks off May long weekend; a time when Turkey hunters are wrapping up their spring season, spring bear hunters are in the thick of it, and many anglers are planning fishing trips. This year’s biodiversity day theme is “we’re part of the solution” and during a weekend when many of us
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Count sleeps, don’t lose them! Let’s count down the sleeps until turkey, trout and bear openers instead of losing sleeps over the stress and worry about a spring without these traditions. The OFAH understands. You’ve had every right to be agitated and anxious. We have some good news. A year ago, the Covid-19 closure question was looming
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UPDATES   On May 3, 2021, the Province announced it will be hiring 25 new conservation officers in Ontario.  Click here to read a letter we sent on March 25 to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, John Yakabuski, regarding the situation.   ORIGINAL POST — MARCH 22, 2021   In grad school, I
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The OFAH delivered testimony on why fishing and hunting can and should be invested in as a critical sector in Ontario’s social and economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

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With COVID-19 changing many of our lives in 2020, it’s been hard finding solace in the things I would typically enjoy: being with friends, visiting with my family, working at the OFAH head office, which is filled with amazing people, and travelling for work to educate Ontario’s public about aquatic invasive species (AIS). But, as
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Transport Canada is proposing changes that will impact you. Here’s a breakdown of some of the changes that are being considered.

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On June 29th, 2020, the OFAH sent the following letter shown below to Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Dear Premier Ford: SUBJECT: Using Fishing and Hunting for Economic Stimulus and Recovery The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is Ontario’s largest non-profit, fish and wildlife conservation organization, representing 100,000 members, supporters and subscribers, and 725
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Fishing, hunting, and forestry continue to be mired by public perception based on historical actions and modern misinformation campaigns aiming to keep us there. It isn’t fair, but it’s a reality we face every day. We don’t want to be responsible for the sins of our forefathers. What people don’t like about our activities often
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On May 1, 2020 the OFAH sent the following letter shown below to Ontario Premier Doug Ford Dear Premier Ford: Subject: Reopening Ontario for Outdoor Recreation after COVID-19 The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is Ontario’s largest, non-profit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, representing 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 725 member clubs.
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Since 2015, the OFAH has been working with the Municipality of Port Hope to resolve issues along the Ganaraska River. Those efforts have focused on communications and the training of police officers that are patrolling along the river.  Most recently, the OFAH and Port Hope partnered to produce a series of three short videos aimed
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