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Articles by Éric Hébert-Daly

Eric has been CPAWS’ National Executive Director since April 2009. He was previously Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for one of Canada’s major political parties. Éric is fluently bilingual, a graduate of Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs, and a Certified Lay Worship Leader for the United Church. He has worked with municipal, regional and national groups across Canada and has focussed his attention on social justice, ecological and human rights issues throughout his career. Éric is an avid cyclist and hiker and has travelled extensively throughout Canada, with a particular interest in remote and northern regions from Labrador to Inuvik. He enjoys canoeing, cross-country skiing and camping, as well as his home life shared with his partner on the north edge of Gatineau Park near Ottawa.

Award Season Recognizes CPAWS


I shouldn’t be surprised that Nik Lopouhkine has won the prestigious international Fred Packard Award for Outstanding Service as a result of his lifetime of contributions to conservation on a global scale. It is, nevertheless, a huge honour for this highly regarded leader to be recognized by peers from around the world for his work. CPAWS is thrilled to have Nik on our National Board of Trustees over the last few years and he’s also recently worked alongside our Ottawa-Valley chapter as part of his continued post-retirement work.

Cycling, caribou and the future of our national parks


There is a better legacy we can leave for Canada on the eve of its 150th birthday than a new bike path that could affect some of the most vulnerable species in our national parks, in the very places we have committed to protect them. This issue is not about biking. It’s about safeguarding the very nature of our country. I hope the government sees the wisdom of choosing a different path.

Conservation: The Natural Solution to Canada’s Challenges


I’ve sometimes heard people say that nature conservation is simply a ‘nice to have’. They claim that beautiful parks and protected areas are nice to visit and attractive to the eye, but only for those who like to paddle or camp. They don’t see conservation as a critical piece of both the environmental and economic puzzle. That’s an unfortunate approach, and largely the product of trying to solve problems in isolation of one another. The truth is that conservation is a highly effective contribution to a healthy and prosperous country.

The 2016 Federal Budget - From a Conservation Perspective


Last week, the Minister of Finance released the Federal Budget. As was widely reported, it was a budget that went pretty far when it came to new spending. So let’s take a look at the ways in which this budget will help conserve Canada’s wilderness.

The ecosystem of the environmental movement


The environmental movement would be ineffective if all of us were wolves. We would be equally ineffective if we were all moose. The diversity of approaches within the environmental movement is as important in human nature as biodiversity is in wild nature.

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