News and views on conservation in Canada, and updates from CPAWS chapters across the country.
It’s been an interesting few months for the proposal to create Canada’s first National Urban Park in the Rouge Watershed in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In June, the federal government tabled draft legislation for the proposed park in the House of Commons, and then released a draft park management plan for public review and comment.
There are few images more representative of Canada’s wilderness than the mountain tops and forested valleys of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Just a few short weeks ago, I ventured across the province to see these landscapes for myself, and as much as I’d love to say I knew what I should have been expecting, I really had no idea. It was bigger, better, and wilder than I had imagined.
Baleen, CPAWS’ humpback whale mascot, arrived in New Brunswick just in time to join CPAWS’ summer students for a very busy Parks Day. She made a splash at the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market, where she visited with Chef Ned Bell, who was biking across Canada to raise awareness for sustainable seafood . She met lots of people, and enjoyed many hugs from the kids.
Bou the woodland caribou arrived in Southern Alberta just in time for two large summer celebrations! To kick it all off, Bou took part in the Calgary Stampede by attending the “greenest Stampede Breakfast” in the city at Community Natural Foods. Being the only caribou in a sea of cowboy hats, Bou was a huge hit! The brave caribou trudged through the sun and heat and mingled with the long line of Calgarians awaiting their pancakes.
CPAWS’ humpback whale made a splash in Newfoundland on July 3 & 4, spending the two days hanging out with the fish and crustaceans at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, and showing kids and adults alike the importance of marine protected areas. The whale’s time here got people involved with over 25 MPA Surveys & over 40 signatures to show support for CPAWS’ Dare to be Deep campaign.