Ministry talks turkey with hunters

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is urging hunters to be safe during the wild turkey hunting season that gets under way April 25..The ministry says that conservation officers will be out over the spring months contacting hunters.  While in the field conducting inspections, conservation officers will ask to see licences and inspect firearms.“Make sure you keep your licences with you as you hunt,” the ministry says in a news release.The ministry issued the following tips to follow when hunting:• At no time can you shoot from or across a roadway.• Always handle firearms with care and attention.• Never drink alcohol or take impairing drugs while hunting.• With a few exceptions, it is illegal to have a loaded firearm in or on a vehicle, or to discharge a firearm from a vehicle (including an all-terrain vehicle).• Don’t wear red, white or blue beneath your camouflage, those colours show up on turkeys and you may be mistaken for one.• Set up to call in open areas where you can see 40 to 60 yards.• Sit against a tree or rock as wide as your back. This provides a shot-proof barrier covering your entire back and with a view 180 degrees to your front.• If you see another hunter approaching your calling post, don’t wave your hands. Sudden movement could be mistaken for a turkey flushing in the brush. Whistle or speak out in a normal voice.• Keep your shotgun’s safety on until you are absolutely sure of your target and beyond.• Make sure you have landowner permission when hunting on private lands.The ministry issued the following tips on how to gain access to and use of private property:• Always ask for permission before entering private land, including to retrieve game.• Plan ahead and get permission from the landowner well in advance of your trip.•  Don’t assume you have permission this year just because you had permission last year.• Ask the landowner what activities are permitted on their property.•  Do not use off-road vehicles, camp, damage vegetation, construct a permanent structure (tree stands, blinds or platforms) or store personal property on their land without permission.• Ask the landowner where certain activities are allowed to avoid disturbing the landowner’s neighbours, pets or other animals such as livestock.• Ask about any other special concerns – if the landowner’s family is likely to be in the woods or fields and where the property boundaries are located.• Be sure to thank the landowner.Hunters with question are urged to contact the ministry enforcement unit for the southern district at 1-800-667-1940.“Our conservation officers are here to help you and answer any questions you may have,” the ministry says.To report a natural resources violation, call the ministry TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact the local ministry office during regular business hours.Violations also can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).Visit to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases. “You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case,” the ministry says. read more

Brock student fundraising to support physical education in Kenya

Knowing firsthand the impact physical education can have, Adrian Grew was taken aback when he learned there are children around the world going without that critical aspect of learning.The fourth-year Concurrent Education student has since committed himself to making a difference, aiming to introduce physical education in the Siaya district of Kenya, where his family has ties. “I’ve always wanted to make a positive change in some way when I finish at Brock,” said Grew, who has been working throughout the term to fundraise for his cause.“At the Ramula Mixed Secondary School, there is no formal physical education program and all of the sports are male-oriented. I want to create opportunities for these boys and girls to participate in and develop a love for sport.”Fourth-year Concurrent Education student Adrian Grew is selling beaded jewelry to support creation of a sports program for children at a school in Kenya.As a lifelong basketball fan, Grew, a Kingston, Ont., native, learned the positive benefit of sport and became determined to share that impact with others.In the spring of 2018, Grew will travel to the Kenyan secondary school, where he will spend three weeks volunteering and introducing a sports program to students.To raise funds to buy sports equipment for the overseas initiative, he has been selling beaded jewelry on campus throughout the term. “People have likely seen me in the hallway every Thursday afternoon outside of the Computer Commons, selling beaded necklaces and bracelets made by Ugandan women,” Grew said.The beads, brought back from Africa by Grew’s mother, are created by women in the community as a means to support their families.Each colourful bead is a long triangular piece of paper, rolled up and sealed with a resin to maintain its shape.“By making a purchase, you are supporting two communities — the Ugandan women who make the jewelry and the children at the Ramula school who will benefit from the equipment purchased for them,” Grew said.His travel to Africa and accommodations are being paid for from his personal savings, earned by refereeing basketball for intramural teams and working at a summer sports camp for the City of Kingston.“I have been planning on volunteering in this way for some time now. All of the proceeds go into a GoFundMe account dedicated to giving back to this community,” he said.Grew first visited Kenya more than 10 years ago, while travelling with his family. He credits his mother, an elementary school teacher and volunteer of CanAssist, a Canadian charity dedicated to infrastructure development in East Africa, for inspiring him to help others.Even though Grew is not scheduled to depart for a year, the Kenyan community has already expressed enthusiasm in anticipation of his arrival.  “On behalf of Ramula Secondary School, Nyanza province Kenya and the St. Catherine early childhood community school, we are looking forward to Adrian Grew’s visit to this community,” said CanAssistAfrican Relief Trust Kenyan field representative Daniel Oduor Otieno.“It is our hope that students will be able to learn and work with him in the areas of his interest, which are basketball, physical education and mathematics.”It’s not just the students Grew hopes will share in his understanding of the importance of physical education and the opportunities and lessons learned through sport.“As a future educator, I believe it’s important to develop programming that is sustainable,” he said. “To do this, I need to get the teachers and community leaders engaged to ensure the program we develop continues after I leave.”Beaded necklaces and bracelets can be purchased April 6 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. outside of the Computer Commons.Donations can be made online on Grew’s GoFundMe page. read more

Get up you fat pig you better go for a run –

first_imgKIERAN BERGIN WASN’T expecting the call. If he had been, it’s unlikely he would have been lazing on the couch tucking into a bag of Maltesers and a bag of popcorn when the phone rang.It was Tipperary selector Michael Ryan. Would he be interested in coming up to train with the senior hurlers?“I said ‘get up you fat pig, you better go for a run,’” Bergin, 27,  remembers and so began the story of his inter-county career.His senior inter-county career, that is. Hailing from a solid GAA background — uncles Jack and Liam captained the Premier hurlers in the 1980s and Galway footballer Joe Bergin is a first cousin — it was hardly a shock that he made the grade at minor level and won a Munster title in 2003.Of that squad, Paddy Stapleton and James Woodlock went on to hurl senior for the county and Shane Long forged a successful football career in the Premier League and at international level.Bergin went the other way and headed off to see the world. Or America, anyway.He’d had a taste for the States since a summer holiday at the age of 18 and after Tipp’s U21 campaign in 2005, he packed the bags and headed for New York for a year.The growing ex-pat community, coupled with a seasonal influx of twenty-somethings on J1 visas, meant there would always be hurling. Bergin got involved with Tipperary New York and, for a while at least, played alongside Joe Canning, Gavin O’Mahony, Ollie Moran and more.Bergin tracks Cillian Buckley in the National Hurling League final (INPHO/Ryan Byrne)Between New York and San Francisco, it would be seven years before he came home. At that stage, he held out little hope of ever hurling for Tipp again.“Lads would be telling me to come home and try. When I pulled the pin to come home, I honestly thought it was too late,” he says of his return in 2012, following a brief detour to south-east Asia. A tussle with Seamus Hickey in the Munster championship semi-final; Tipp lost by three points (INPHO/James Crombie)His performances in the Fitzgibbon and in training convinced Eamon O’Shea to give him a shot. When his debut came, it was a baptism of fire: the final of the National Hurling League against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park.“That actually came out of nowhere. I thought I was getting dropped when Eamon called me.“I was like ‘feck it anyway, I’m getting the curly finger here’ when he called me after the Thursday training session.I genuinely thought I was getting dropped but I was delighted to get the chance.“He was put in a difficult environment,” O’Shea recalled of Bergin’s performance that day.“In the first 5-10 minutes, watching the game, there was a lot of play over that side of the pitch. I think [Kilkenny] scored 1-2, not from him, but the guy just stepped up.” “I had a very bad first season with the club [Killenaule] then. I was playing corner-forward and we got knocked out of the south semi-final. Things weren’t clicking.“Thankfully last year I made a couple of decisions: I dropped off the football team, went college hurling with DIT. I think that’s how I got spotted.”The clincher wasn’t his form with the club or the college though. It was his decision to give up the plastic hurleys he’d been using in America to save money and switch back to the ash.He could feel the difference immediately.I was being a bit tight, I suppose. I didn’t want to be breaking a load of hurleys.“The first day I used the real hurley was before the UL game last February in the Fitzgibbon Cup [2013]. Michael Ryan was at that game and I knew straight away.“I had only bought them before the game and I was pucking around thinking to myself , ‘what was I doing with the plastic hurls?’“When I was hitting with them and the grip goes off them, the accuracy goes and the ball swerves. It’s only a small thing but I think it was probably the pivotal point when my career changed.”center_img It was enough to earn him a Championship debut at the age of 27 against Limerick. Tipp’s Munster campaign was short and sweet and, after breaking a bone in his hand during a club game, Bergin’s summer was over even sooner.“All I can do is give 100% to Tipperary and make sure I mind myself,” he says of his plans for 2014.As a team we’d like to be getting to All-Irelands. With the team of players we have, we’re good enough to be winning All Irelands.“I think last year was a missed opportunity. Small things in Limerick and Kilkenny could have changed those results. But I think the attitude is right and mentally we are going to be a lot stronger.”Davy Fitz, Ger Loughnane and Anthony Daly talk the year in hurlinglast_img read more