News Releases

Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS.

Aug 28 14

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Conservation groups file legal challenge over Jasper National Park development proposal
CALGARY — Parks Canada’s approval of a controversial concept proposal to build overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park must be struck down because it violates the park’s management plan, conservation groups said today. Ecojustice lawyers, representing the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Jasper Environmental Association (JEA) have filed a Federal Court case in an effort to quash the approval and protect Canada’s national parks from renewed commercial development pressures.

Jul 25 14

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Parks Canada decision on proposed resort at Jasper’s Maligne Lake contravenes park rules: CPAWS
EDMONTON – In response to Parks Canada’s decision to allow Maligne Tours’ proposal for a resort at Jasper National Parks’ iconic Maligne Lake to proceed, CPAWS is warning that the decision violates park policy and could put park wildlife at greater risk. Thirteen of fourteen proposals put forward by Maligne Tours are being allowed to proceed, including commercial tent cabin accommodation that directly violates the Jasper National Park Management Plan and other Parks Canada policies designed to limit commercial accommodations in Rocky Mountain national parks.

Jul 23 14

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CPAWS 2014 AGM Notice and Nominations for the CPAWS National Board Announcement
The CPAWS Annual General Meeting will be held via conference call at 8:00 PM (ET) on September 29, 2014. For more information, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at: 1-800-333-9453

Jul 13 14

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Canada’s parks faring worse than last year: CPAWS
Ottawa – In its sixth annual review of the state of Canada’s parks, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that most parks and proposed protected areas are facing greater challenges than they were a year ago.

Jul 08 14

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CPAWS receives top rating from Charity Intelligence Canada
CPAWS is pleased to have received a 4-star rating, the highest mark given, from Charity Intelligence Canada, in its recently released charity ratings. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is one of only 72 charities, and 1 of 2 ENGOs, to receive top marks based on excellence in financial transparency, accountability to donors, and cost-efficiency.

Jul 03 14

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Yukon First Nations and environmental groups go to court to protect the Peel River Watershed
Whitehorse, YT – Thomas R. Berger, O.C., Q.C. will argue a landmark constitutional case against the Government of Yukon on behalf of two Yukon First Nations and two environmental organizations in Yukon Supreme Court in Whitehorse, July 7-11, 2014.

Jun 18 14

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee calls for buffer zone for Gros Morne: CPAWS encourages action
OTTAWA -- CPAWS is welcoming the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s formal adoption today, at its annual meeting in Doha, Qatar, of a recommendation that Canada create a buffer zone around Gros Morne National Park and World Heritage Site to protect it from industrial threats.

Jun 18 14

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CPAWS reacts to tabling of Rouge National Urban Park Bill
Ottawa -- The tabling of Bill C-40 in the House of Commons to formally establish Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area was announced on Friday, June 13. The introduction of Bill C-40 is an important step forward for the park, and CPAWS will be closely examining the draft legislation in detail to ensure that it will adequately protect this remarkable urban-based ecosystem.

Jun 01 14

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Canada needs to dive deep to reach 2020 ocean protection goals: new CPAWS report
Ottawa -- In a new report released today, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society reveals that out of the 10 countries with the largest ocean estates, Canada ranks the lowest in terms of marine protected areas. At just over 1% of its ocean territory protected, Canada ranks lower than China at 2%, and much lower than Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, which have protected 36%, 30%, and 17% of their ocean respectively.

May 16 14

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Disappointing boundary for new Nááts’ihch’oh National Park in Nahanni Headwaters
Legislation tabled in Parliament May 14th to establish a new national park reserve around the headwaters of the NWT’s South Nahanni River, ignores scientific evidence of what is needed to protect the area’s wildlife and water. The boundary of Nááts’ihch’oh [pronounced naah-tseen-CHO] National Park Reserve leaves out the most critical wildlife habitat areas, including caribou calving and breeding grounds, and major upstream tributaries of the South Nahanni River, which flow into Nahanni National Park downstream.

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