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CPAWS staff and volunteers take to the Hill

On November 3, 2011, CPAWS staff and volunteers were on Parliament Hill for its second annual Lobby Day. We met with over 75 Members of Parliament and Senators to talk about wilderness conservation in Canada. With a team of 45 - we were a force to be reckoned with! We had representation from across the country, from Newfoundland to Saskatchewan to the Northwest Territories, and as a result, were able to talk to MPs about what mattered to them, in addition to our conservation work.

Overall we had great response from the Members, talking about issues that matter to Canadians: Completing Canada's National Parks system, protecting our oceans, and ensuring the threatened woodland caribou in Canada's Boreal is protected in a meaningful way.

During Question Period while the CPAWS crew listened in the Gallery, MP François Choquette from Drummond, QC made a statement in the House welcoming CPAWS to Parliament Hill and thanking us for our work on wilderness conservation.

Building on a successful Lobby Day, we look forward to continuing to work with MPs to protect Canada's wilderness and wildlife!

What CPAWS was talking to MPs and Senators about:

National Parks: CPAWS spoke to Members on the Hill to support the creation of new national parks, including adequate federal investment, and ensure that ecological integrity is the first priority in their management.

Oceans: CPAWS has identified 12 new marine sites in need to protection and is calling on the federal government to protect them by the end of 2012 as a substantive step towards creating Canada's network of marine protected areas.

Protecting the threatened Woodland caribou: CPAWS is calling on the federal government to strengthen the proposed Boreal Woodland Caribou Recovery Strategy, currently out for public comment, by ensuring adequate habitat protection measures for all caribou across the Boreal forest.