[T]he Ministry wishes to get testimonies of hunters which encountered problems with Safari Nordik and its apparent failure to honour the commitments it made to its clients.
For your information, the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks is responsible for ensuring the sustainability of migratory caribou populations by implementing sport-hunting management measures and issuing an appropriate number of hunting licences. To closely control harvesting of caribou from the Leaf River herd, the Minister has had to limit harvesting. Under the calculation method used, each outfitting operation, including those managed by Safari Nordik, was entitled to more or less the same number of licences in 2013 and 2014 as it sold in 2012. Accordingly, all 804 licences fixed by regulation for hunting zone 23 West, i.e. the zone of particular interest to you, were granted to outfitters in operation in 2013 and 2014. Under the current method, each outfitting operation that holds hunting licences is responsible for issuing the licences to its clients.
While it is regrettable that Safari Nordik may have sold more packages than the number of caribou hunting licences granted to it, the Minister cannot be held responsible. The outfitting operation is a private enterprise and has the freedom to manage the sale of its packages as it sees fit.
However, if it is established that Safari Nordik failed to provide the lodging, services or equipment necessary for the carrying on of the activity concerned and for which a person has paid, the Minister may suspend or revoke the outfitter's licence, as stipulated in section 177 of the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife (CQLR, chapter, c. C-61.1).
You can move the matter forward by submitting an affidavit (sworn statement) describing the problem encountered and the claim demanded from the outfitting operation, along with any documents that may serve as evidence, such as your purchase contract, invoice, proof of payment, the correspondence notifying you that the lodging or services agreed upon are unavailable.
An affidavit is a written sworn statement of fact voluntarily made by an affiant or deponent under an oath or affirmation administered by a person authorized to do so by law. You will find, attached, an example.
Please submit all of the documents to Nathalie Desjardins, Desk Officer, at the following address:
Direction de la gestion de la faune du Nord-du-Québec Secteur de la faune et des parcs Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs 951, boulevard Hamel Chibougamau (Québec) G8P 2Z3 Telephone: 418-748-7701, ext. 251 Fax: 418-748-3338 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, note that the Office de la protection du consommateur du Québec (OPC) filed statements of offence against the Corporation Pourvoyeurs Mondiaux Safari Nordik pursuant to the Travel Agents Act. The Corporation has pleaded not guilty and preparations are under way for a trial that should take place in the coming months. You can also contact the OPC to obtain additional information on provisions of the Consumer Protection Act that may apply to your situation. You can reach the OPC at 1-888-672-2556. In addition, a consumer warning (in English) has been posted on the OPC website at the following address: http://www.opc.gouv.qc.ca/en/news/mise-en-garde/article/safari-nordik- aide-aux-clients-insatisfaits-et-mise-en-garde-aux- consommateurs/#.VMwAxmTF8rM
If you have any questions, please contact me preferably by email.
Andrée-Anne Tremblay, Wildlife technician Direction de la gestion de la faune du Nord-du-Québec Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) Secteur de la faune et des Parcs 951, boul. Hamel Chibougamau (Québec) G8P 2Z3 Telephone: 418-748-7701, ext. 267 Fax: 418-748-3338
In addition to the above correspondence, we were provided with a sample affidavit which we are including below. You should be able to find examples for any state online or from your local library or courthouse.
(Do not just copy this sample. Be sure to write in the name of your county and the correct information below.
STATE Of (Your State) County of (Your County)
COMES NOW (Your Name) being first duly sworn, under oath, and states that the following information is within his personal knowledge and belief: YOUR STATEMENT WRITTEN HERE. STATEMENT SHOULD INCLUDE INFORMATION YOU CAN VERIFY AND ALL OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION YOU HAVE FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF, NO SECOND-HAND INFORMATION OR SPECULATION. USE ADDITIONAL PAGES AS NEEDED TO GET A COMPLETE AND ACCURATE STATEMENT.
Your Address City, State, zip code
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before me this _____ day of ___________, 20___, by ______________________. NOTARY PUBLIC
The Hunting Report is following this story closely and will have an update in our March issue. -- Tim Jones, Editor
I hunted with them in 1995 and they went above and beyond for us. Great camp, great cook & guides.
Opened up a camp for us that hadn't been used for a few years and dropped us right in front of the migration. We all shot 2 bulls apiece in 3 days and they moved some other guys into camp when we were done.
Most of us actually gained a few pounds the food was so good.
I want to hunt 'bou again but there's no way I'll go back to Quebec.