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Sask. Wildlife Federation says it’s “naïve” to think trespass laws won’t hurt hunting




Hunting season is in full swing in Saskatchewan, with big game animals like moose, deer and antelope all in season. However, things may look different next year as the province looks to revise the Trespass Act.

Currently, if rural land owners don’t want people like hunters or snow mobilers crossing their land it is the land owner’s responsibility to post “no trespassing” signs.

In response to rural crime concerns the province sought out public feedback on how to strengthen the provincial efforts to suppress crime. Part of this includes the idea of having people getting permission prior to entering or crossing rural private property.

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) has around 70,000 hunters in its membership. Executive director Darrel Crabbe said that they advise hunters to get prior permission when they enter private land already.

“So for anybody to suggest it’s not going to negatively impact hunting in Saskatchewan is we think very naïve,” Crabbe said.

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Initiatives the SWF has in place include having leaflets hunters can give to landowners that include the hunter’s information, type of vehicles driven, license plate, etc. They have no problem with landowners saying no hunting.

“It’s estimated around 34 per cent of landowners don’t post their land, and the reason landowners don’t post their land is because they have no problem accessing their land to hunt,” Crabbe said.

“We’re told by most of the hunting groups that they want to get permission from the landholder anyway, they think it’s just good practice to have it,” Justice Minister Don Morgan said.

“So that’s the argument. Is should a landholder be required to go to the expense of putting it up when most hunting groups are saying it’s good practice not to, but I certainly think we want to hear what people have to say and consider it carefully.”

The consultation for the Trespass Act revision is still ongoing. There is not set date for completion or when legislation will be introduced, but Morgan hopes it can be done before Christmas.

Another concern of the SWF is the growing difficulty in getting in touch with landowners. Crabbe explained that a combination of regular land sales, growing number of commercial farms, land owners that do not live on the property and fewer people having land lines can make establishing direct contact difficult.

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If this makes it more difficult go hunt, Crabbe worries people may begin to hang up their rifles.

“Hunting and angling generate almost $600 million a year into Saskatchewan’s economy, predominantly into the rural areas. It’s actually the only thing we have that moves money from the urban areas into the rural areas,” Crabbe said.

He sees a few potential problems coming from this: a loss of some economic activity in rural areas and growing wildlife populations. The latter of which can lead to greater crop damage and greater potential for wildlife related vehicle collisions.

The SWF is completing a survey a number of other provincial groups, along with Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland, on what the primary trespassing concerns in the province are. Crabbe said the top two complaints are rural crime related and snowmobiles/ATVs.

Crabbe feels the legislation may be weighted toward further regulating hunters since it would be easier to do since they rely on provincial licenses.

“I don’t think anybody’s so naïve to think that adding trespass laws is going to change rural crime a great deal,” Crabbe said.

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Catholic Bishops react to military coup in Mali



Catholic Bishops react to military coup in Mali

Contrary to the expectations of the people, the leadership of the Episcopal Conference of Mali (CEM) has termed the Tuesday, August 18 military coup in the West African nation as “regrettable” and “a big failure for our democracy” and called for a change of mentality if the country has to put an end to coups.

In an interview with ACI Africa Wednesday, August 19, made available to RECOWACERAO NEWS AGENCY, RECONA, the President of CEM, Bishop Jonas Dembélé said that the governance challenges the country is facing can be managed through dialogue.

“The military coup that led to the ousting of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta is regrettable because we are in a state of law and democracy. This is the second time that Mali has had a military coup as a result of the way in which the country is governed. It is a big failure for our democracy even if there were reasons for it,” Bishop Dembélé told ACI Africa.

“It is true that our country has serious challenges including bad governance, the poor management of the economy, corruption, insecurity and so on,” Bishop Dembélé said and probed, “Why is it that we Malians have not managed to engage in dialogue to be able to discuss these problems and face up to these challenges responsibly?”

“Our leaders, our people lack transparency, they hate those who speak the truth and advocate for good governance. This mentality must change for our country to move on,” the Prelate told ACI Africa August 19.

Bishop Dembélé who is a frontline member of RECOWA-CERAO urged the military officials “to ensure a return to democracy as promised but most especially ensuring the new leadership of the country put the people first and tackle the security challenges facing the nation.”

Asked about the role of the Church in the current crisis, the 57-year-old Prelate noted, “For us the Catholic Church in Mali, our role is to preach peace; our role is to preach dialogue. We shall continue in this path of dialogue for peace just like Cardinal Jean Zerbo and some religious leaders initiated.”

“In a state of law, power is not in the hands of certain individuals but to the people. The anger of our people led to this crisis, but we must work for peace and reconciliation in Mali,” Bishop Dembélé said.

He continued in recollections, “The Bishops in Mali have always issued messages before every election in our country sounding the alert and inviting the government to organize transparent elections, ensure good governance and better management of resources.”
“But it seems our messages are never taken into consideration that is why we find ourselves in this situation today,” the Local Ordinary of Kayes Diocese told ACI Africa and added, “If the opinion of the Episcopal Conference of Mali is needed to mediate in bringing back stability and peace in the country, then we are ready.”

As a way forward, the Bishop urged the people of God in Mali to “seek the path to conversion” and to accept dialogue in the spirit of truth and honesty.
“We all want change in our

country, but this change can only be possible if individually we seek the path to conversion. It is for Malians be they Muslims or Christians or members of traditional religion, to do an examination of conscience and accept personal and community conversion in order to engage in sincere dialogue,” he said.

The Malian Prelate added, “Now there is this coup d’état to demand change we really wonder where change should come from. As long as we don’t change our behavior, our mentality, we will always have a repeat of the current situation.”

On Tuesday, August 18, President Keita announced his resignation and dissolved parliament hours after mutinying soldiers detained him at gunpoint, Aljazeera reported.
“For seven years, I have with great joy and happiness tried to put this country on its feet. If today some people from the armed forces have decided to end it by their intervention, do I have a choice? I should submit to it because I do not want any blood to be shed,” President Keita said August 18 during the televised address to the nation.

Rev. Fr. George Nwachukwu

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Harris accepts VP nomination



Harris accepts VP nomination

Senator Kamala Harris formally accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president on Wednesday following a scathing speech by former President Barack Obama, who said the fate of the nation” depends entirely on the outcome of this election.”

Both Mr. Obama and Harris stressed the importance of voting, with Harris saying “we’re all in this fight together.” Harris sounded an optimistic note by highlighting her personal history and the promise of America, saying she was “so inspired by a new generation.”

“Make no mistake, the road ahead will not be not easy,” she said. “We will stumble. We may fall short. But I pledge to you that we will act boldly and deal with our challenges honestly. We will speak truths. And we will act with the same faith in you that we ask you to place in us.” She called Mr. Trump a “predator” in a speech that came after Mr. Obama issued his most forceful rebuke of his successor to date, saying Mr. Trump “hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t.”

“This president and those in power — those who benefit from keeping things the way they are — they are counting on your cynicism,” Mr. Obama said. “They know they can’t win you over with their policies. So they’re hoping to make it as hard as possible for you to vote, and to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter.

That’s how they win. That’s how they get to keep making decisions that affect your life, and the lives of the people you love. That’s how the economy will keep getting skewed to the wealthy and well-connected, how our health systems will let more people fall through the cracks. That’s how a democracy withers, until it’s no democracy at all.”

Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton, speaking earlier in the night, both said they had hoped Mr. Trump would rise to the occasion. But they both stressed what they called his failures while in office, with Mr. Obama saying Mr. Trump has shown “no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.”

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Mali coup leaders vow to hold elections as history repeats itself



Mali coup leaders vow to hold elections as history repeats itself

The Malian soldiers who forced President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign in a coup promised early Wednesday to organize new elections after their takeover was swiftly condemned by the international community.

In a statement carried overnight on state broadcaster ORTM, the mutinous soldiers who staged Tuesday’s military coup identified themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People led by Colonel Major Ismael Wagué.

“With you, standing as one, we can restore this country to its former greatness,” Wagué said, announcing that borders were closed and that a curfew was going into effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m

The news of Keita’s departure was met with jubilation by anti-government demonstrators in the capital, Bamako, and alarm by former colonial ruler France and other allies and foreign nations.

The U.N. Security Council scheduled a closed meeting Wednesday August 19, 2020 afternoon to discuss the unfolding situation in Mali, where the U.N. has a 15,600-strong peacekeeping mission. Keita, who was democratically elected in a 2013 landslide and re-elected five years later, still had three years left in his term.

But his popularity had plummeted, and demonstrators began taking to the streets calling for his ouster in June.

West African regional bloc ECOWAS had sent mediators to try and negotiate a unity government but those talks fell apart when it became clear that the protesters would not accept less than Keita’s resignation.

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