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Passionate paddlers set out to cross Canada

Trans CanEAUdaEvery now and again you hear about something that highlights the compelling power of human determination. When I think about the power of passion for a cause, eight friends from Ottawa and their Trans CanEAUda project comes to mind. 

Trans CanEAUda is a group of 22-24 year olds from across Canada, based in Ottawa, who will be leaving at the end of the month on an ambitious cross-Canada canoe expedition. The group will be paddling in a northwesterly direction across the country, attempting to reach Inuvik, by early October 2011. Motivated by a desire to challenge themselves and to raise awareness on watershed conservation, the intrepid team has decided to support CPAWS and the Ottawa Riverkeeper in this 7000km endeavor. They hope to raise $7000 in support of watershed conservation: $1 for every kilometer paddled.

This type of leadership in environmental conservation and awareness has not only caught my attention but also the attention of the press. Check out their article in the Ottawa Metro  daily newspaper and their segment on CBC (19:40 mark)!

If you want to learn more about this passionate and dynamic group, visit their website. If you're in Ottawa, you can also cheer them on as they set out on the first day of their voyage from Westboro Beach on Saturday, April 30th around 4PM. Earlier that day the group will be attending the Spring Runoff Festival from 9am-4pm, hosted by Trailhead and located at 1960 Scott St.

2 Great Once in a Lifetime Opportunities for Young Conservationists Happening this Summer!

This summer could be your best ever  if you’re between the ages of 14-18 and have what it takes to be an environmental ambassador in your community.

JumpingCPAWS BC, in partnership with Nature Alliance, BC Parks, Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op, are proud to offer their Get Outside BC project happening this summer for BC youth ages 14-18. This project is looking for young community leaders who are passionate about the outdoors and are ready for an all-expense paid opportunity of a lifetime where they will join other likeminded youth at the Get Outside BC Youth Leadership Summit in Squamish. Here they’ll build leadership skills, go hiking, network, meet inspiring mentors, learn about cool green jobs  and create an action plan to deliver their own outdoor event. To learn more about this exciting opportunity please visit Applications are due May 18th.

If your passion is the Arctic, Students on Ice is offering fully-funded scholarships to Canadian youth ages 14-18 to participate in the upcoming Arctic Expedition! Students will be invited to expand their knowledge about the circumpolar world and gain a global perspective on the Arctic and its future challenges as they travel to Iceland, Greenland, Northern Labrador and Nunavik! After completing the program participants are asked to commit to being ambassadors in their community to share their experiences.  There are several different scholarships being offered, including five just for girls who have “overcome a personal challenge in their life”. To learn more about this amazing opportunity please visit . Applications are due May 4th, 2011.

Celebrate spring with CPAWS swag and free shipping

  • Published on Apr 25 2011 |
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Summer is just around the bend, and we're offering free shipping on great CPAWS merchandise at  Every gift you buy helps to support wilderness protection in Canada.

Check out the store and if you see something you like, let us pay the shipping! Just enter promo code WILDSPRING until May 15. 

Happy spring!

The public loves the Peel.  Will the Yukon government agree?

Protect Peel sticker, photo by Jack Kobayashi

The Yukon's Peel watershed is nearly 70,000 km2 of pristine wilderness, and home to species that are rare or threatened elsewhere--like grizzlies, wolverines and barren ground, mountain and woodland caribou. CPAWS and the Yukon Conservation Society have been urging the Yukon government to work collaboratively with local First Nations to produce a final plan that protects at least 80% of this spectacular watershed.

The Yukon government is currently deciding the conservation future of the Peel.  In recent consultations, 80 to 90% of respondants supported protecting at least 80% of the watershed from industrial development.  Most went even further, supporting the local First Nations' call for protecting the entire watershed. 

Now, the Peel Planning Commission is working on a final recommendation. Will they listen to the public?

See a more detailed timeline and read more about the Peel in CPAWS Yukon's latest newsletter.

Photo: Jack Kobayashi

Big companies add their support to the Boreal Agreement

Woodland Caribou

Last year, when two years of work by CPAWS and other environmental groups finally came to a multi-party agreement with the Forest Products Association of Canada, I was ecstatic. What an amazing success for the woodland caribou, which is fast disappearing in the Boreal forest.

And after a year of work, it is starting to get the recognition it deserves.

A large group of companies who buy wood and paper products from forestry companies have added their voices of support for the agreement. Companies like Rona, Indigo and Lowes just announced they've joined the new Boreal Business Forum today, alongside environmental groups including Greenpeace and Canopy.

At CPAWS, we're focusing our efforts on working hard right across the country with the FPAC member forestry companies to come up with conservation solutions to propose to governments - First Nations and provincial. There is much more to do under this agreement to achieve long-term success for conservation over the next few years, but this is very helpful in moving forward. When the buyers of wood products are paying attention, it will help to influence the purchase decisions they make. Sustainable products that look after the needs of nature, wildlife and climate change are a key part of the agreement - and added demand dor these products is good news.

Thanks to all the supportive companies who are following our work so closely.

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