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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.

If I had to describe 2015 in one word, it would be ‘surprising’.


In January, if you had told me that the Castle Wilderness Area in Alberta would finally see protection after years of work, I would have thought you were crazy. If you had said that the BC government would be consulting on creating a National Park in the South Okanagan, I would have said you were dreaming. If you had told me that the home of the incredible Glass Sponge Reefs (the dinosaurs of the ocean) were going to be off-limits to fishing, I would have thought it was ambitious to think it could happen in 2015.

Eric’s Thoughts on the Federal Election


Despite a long and arduous campaign, the real work now begins – the work of establishing laws, policies and approaches to meet our country’s challenges.

A birthday blog in honour of my mother


42 years ago today, my mother gave birth to me - and began a life-long love of nature. My mother was also a lumberjack.

A marathon followed by a sprint


Conservation is one of these rare places where most political parties can agree. It is rarely divisive (although it is not devoid of division from time to time). Legislation on conservation issues can move through decision-making processes very quickly. This week is proof.

Cape Breton Highlands and Mother Canada


We've protected so little of our landscape in Canada... I am constantly asking myself why we insist on nibbling away at these few precious sanctuaries through projects like these.

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