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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:25
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Good morning, Gord. It's Ryan here.
First, thank you very much for getting up so early to join us. I know what the time zones are like. Everybody on the west coast who appears before this committee has to get up early, but as they say, “The early bird gets the worm.” Hopefully we've set your path right for the day, so when you're out of here you can go fishing.
Would it surprise you to know that in 2010 there was a report from Environment Yukon, “Status of Yukon Fisheries 2010: An overview of the state of Yukon fisheries and the health of fish stocks, with special reference to fisheries management programs”, which puts the recreational fisheries industry in the Yukon at a $23 million a year benefit and contributor to Yukon's tourism?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:26
I imagine it would be up now because I think there's been some growth in the fisheries between 2010 and 2014.
You say, and I agree with you, that we need to do a bit more to maximize that recreational fisheries opportunity.
Do you have any ideas or suggestions where the federal government in particular could play a role in exposing the value of recreational fisheries, not just in Canada but particularly in the Yukon, to see a bit of that $23 million economic boost actually grow?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:28
More national engagement in recreational fishing opportunities, trying to get Canadians more engaged....
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:28
I appreciate that.
We went through the budgets not too long ago, and the federal government has a role to play in supporting the Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee. I know we've increased the financial resources to them.
We don't enjoy a tremendous recreational fishery opportunity because of the state of Yukon River salmon right now. That's obviously a particular concern to all Yukoners. Would you share with the committee the role that the Yukon Fish and Game Association plays in terms of its stocking program, both from a numbers point of view—how many salmon you release in Wolf Creek and other tributaries—and what the Yukon Fish and Game Association does in terms of engaging Yukon people and youth in that release program, to the benefit of Yukon River salmon?
Are there any other challenges or issues you might want to highlight that would be good for the committee to know about our Yukon River salmon, and recreational fishing opportunities for them?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:31
You mentioned a little bit earlier, in your opening remarks, non-native species. I know we don't allow live bait fishing in the Yukon. Is there a concern right now about aquatic invasive species? There's been some growth of that with changes in weather and the distribution of people. Is the Yukon facing any particular challenge of aquatic invasive species coming in?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:32
Fair enough.
The Yukon Fish and Game Association has representation on the hunter-angler advisory panel. Just generally speaking, how's the participation been on that panel, and how is its efficacy so far?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:33
Super.
Do you know how many members you have currently at the Yukon Fish and Game Association?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:33
Wow. Again, percentage-wise, there are 37,000 people in the territory, as you mentioned, so 900 members is an excellent proportional representation of the Yukon's population. In terms of angling licences sold, those are pretty impressive numbers.
The money from fishing licences sold in the Yukon goes into general revenue and not into particular fisheries conservation, is that right?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:34
You mentioned that you don't know the particular budget of the Yukon government with respect to dedicated resources for fishing and recreational fisheries. That would all be administered by which department?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:34
Okay, and you have a fairly close relationship at the fish and game association with the technicians, directors, and conservation officers as well.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:35
Thanks for that.
You and I have talked in the past about the recreational fisheries conservation partnerships program and just the challenges in stacking the provincial dollars, federal dollars, and other program dollars. There's been a recent change to it that allows for the stacking of those funds. I'm just wondering if you've been able to take advantage of that program at all at this point.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:36
Thank you for your time this morning, Gord.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-04 12:56
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all of our witnesses today.
Part of the purpose of our study is to expose some of the things that I think all of you gentlemen have clearly articulated today, which is a clear understanding on the part of the fishing community, outfitters, and organizations like yours that not only have the knowledge about what's going on in the fisheries ecosystems, but also invest your time and your financial resources, your volunteerism, and technical expertise into vibrant and healthy fish stocks.
On that point, thank you and congratulations. I hope there is some measure of success for all of us in undertaking this study, us, and that Canadians more generally will understand and appreciate the value of your organizations.
My first question will be for Mr. Lévesque and Mr. Bouchard. You noted, and if I've written this correctly, the damage of pleasure crafts to the river mouth and the reduction of currents leading to an increase in cyanobacteria in the area and, as you just mentioned, some of the migration of yellow perch. You also spoke a fair bit about the cormorant populations and a cull in that respect.
I see some overlap here between provincial responsibilities and federal support. I'm wondering if you can talk most specifically about some solutions around how to deal with the pleasure craft issue and the other things that lead to an increase in cyanobacteria. In other words, what solutions would you propose that would fall under the federal mandate to assist with improving the water pollution conditions in Lac Saint-Louis or Lac Saint-Pierre?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-04 13:00
Thank you.
Mr. Plourde, you were mentioning a number of outfitters and you described non-exclusive and exclusive outfits—non-exclusive operating on crown lands, and exclusive ranging in size.
Could you expand on the typical regions in which these exclusive and non-exclusive businesses operate in the province, and maybe on what the typical demographic of the community they support would look like? Are they small or medium-sized communities? How important are these businesses to the vibrant nature of those communities?
Additionally, if you know, what size are the supporting industries, such as tackle shops, hotels, gas stations, and the baitfish market, and how important are those to the communities and indeed the entire province of Quebec?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 16:22
Indeed, thank you, Ms. Charlton.
Thank you to our guests today. I was actually pretty interested in some of the questions one of my colleagues asked around your efficiencies and GHG reduction plans. You were very well prepared for that question, so congratulations on those initiatives. I think they're great.
We've talked a lot about program and service delivery. I think you would agree that a lot of the programs you're doing are wonderful, but we're nowhere without our employees at times, are we? I see here that you have a seemingly relatively small number of $0.3 million related to the employee benefits plan. I'm just wondering if you could expand a little bit on what that investment is for and what it will do.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 16:23
Perfect.
Going back to the targeted geoscience initiative, you note on page 11 of your speaking points that there are 730 publicly available documents and that there were over 500 scientific presentations at conferences, workshops, and events. You note specifically that it is helping industry in the development and planning of their exploration activities. Perhaps I'll give you an opportunity to expand on that a little bit.
I'm also curious; when you're doing 500 scientific presentations and producing 730 documents, I would assume that within those presentations, within those documents, there is community uptake in this as well. We spend a lot of time talking about community consultation when we discuss responsible resource development plans. That includes our aboriginal communities' participation.
How broadly were those presentations available? Were they centralized in a particular part of Canada, or were they vastly used across Canada? What level, that you know of, did engage community uptake and not just industry uptake on these presentations?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 11:39
Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you to both our witnesses.
Mr. Fordham, I'm the member of Parliament for Yukon, about as far west from Newfoundland and Labrador as you can possibly get in this country, so forgive me for not being completely familiar with the regulations you deal with. I'll ask some questions around that just so that I and other members of the committee might have a full appreciation of some of the specific provincial and federal legislation that you work with.
Before I ask that, I was just wondering how many members of the Federation of Hunters and Anglers there are in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 11:41
Fair enough. I know groups and organizations like yours are very important. As you say, a small group can be mighty in their sweat equity contributions and their personal financial investments. We've heard that from a number of witnesses right across the country, that even small groups can make a significant contribution to fisheries.
I know you spend a lot of time speaking about groundfisheries, which are clearly important for you. I'm wondering from a recreational point of view, are there any inland freshwater fisheries in your province that people pursue with species other than salmon in the ocean and the groundfisheries?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 11:42
Has your group had any opportunity, or do you know of any group in your province, that has had the ability to utilize the recreational fisheries conservation partnerships program that our government introduced a couple of years ago? It's on the inland side.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 11:43
Great. Would you happen to know the number of annual licences sold in the province for the recreational piece, the inland fisheries? Do those licence sales just go into general provincial revenues, or is there any direct allocation back into the enhancement of inland fisheries conservation? I guess that would be a provincial decision, but we're just curious.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 11:45
That's a fair point.
When you were talking about the recreational food fisheries portion and about extended seasons and total allowable catch, does that total allowable catch and the season extensions and the licensing apply relatively equally to non-resident and resident anglers, or is there a difference between the two? I know there's a non-resident licence, and I would assume there's a different licence fee for that, but are non-residents subject to the same catch and possession limits as residents?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 11:47
That's a fair point. Thank you.
So I have a handle on the differentiation between catch and possession limits, if you catch and possess your allocation and you hit five a day and then there's a certain period you're allowed to have them in your possession, once you bring those fish back to your home and they are in your freezer, or salted, or processed in one way or another, is that still in your possession limit, or does that eliminate your possession and you could have more? How does that work in your province?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 11:49
It did, thank you.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-12 15:59
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank you to all of you, for your presentations today.
Ms. Berube, you mentioned the construction change in the national building code, the six-storey change. That's obviously going to generate construction growth, as you mentioned. Is that the ceiling or is that just the starting point?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-12 16:01
That's perfect.
Mr. Archambault, is this the kind of R and D you would be involved in, as well, construction above...?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-12 16:02
That's super.
You heard Mr. Innes' comments about the sustainable forest. Do you have any role to play? I think it was an important comment that he made that Canadians need to know that the end product has a sustainable supply and that there is some advocacy or some reasonable support of that. What kind of work do you do to educate Canadians on that, and how confident are you on that?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-12 16:03
I don't have tons of time, but maybe if I could just touch on each one of you starting in this order and ending with Mr. Innes. Could you each just comment on what role the federal government can play if we are to have world-class sustainability? What role can the federal government play in helping to get that message out and to educate the consumer, both domestically and internationally, that Canada's forests are well sustained?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-12 16:05
Definitely. Thank you.
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