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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.

Healthy environment, healthy economy: Can’t we have both?


Yesterday, joined by nearly 18,000 individuals and over 500 organizations, citizen groups and businesses across the country, CPAWS took part in the national Black Out Speak Out campaign to speak out on behalf of nature and democracy – two core Canadian values currently under threat. UPDATE: Thursday, June 7th: There are now over 57,000 individuals who have signed on to speak out. June 4th was obviously only the beginning!

Reflections on my mother - on the eve of Mother’s Day


My mother loved to take me fishing in a little stream a short distance from Baker Lake called the North Branch (it may have a more official name, but that's what we called it). It was the kind of stream that we would walk through with our fishing poles looking for brook trout that would hide out in the outcroppings of soil and tree roots. It's where I learned to fish from my mother.

Why Silence is Not an Option


CPAWS prides itself on being a solutions-focused organization. We don’t make the decision to join a protest lightly. The budget implementation bill rolls back the clock on environmental protection, rewrites habitat provisions in the Fisheries Act, replaces the entire Environmental Assessment Act with a much weaker version, excludes interested Canadians from public consultation processes and centralizes more decision-making at the Cabinet level.

Nature in the Federal Budget


There are many discussions today about the loss of jobs, the retirement age and the disappearing penny in yesterday's budget. But how did nature or wilderness fare?

The Lorax


"Unless somebody like you cares a whole lot, it's not going to get better, it's not!" - Dr. Seuss from the Lorax

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