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Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS.

Mar 22 16

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CPAWS welcomes federal budget conservation funding
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society was pleased to see the increased funding allocated in today’s federal budget to help meet the government’s commitments to increasing national parks and marine protected areas.

Mar 10 16

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CPAWS welcomes US/Canada commitment to significantly expand land and ocean protection
OTTAWA, March 10, 2016 - CPAWS welcomes today’s re-affirmation by the US and Canada to their national goals of protecting at least 17% of land and 10% of marine areas by 2020. We are particularly pleased that both governments have recognized these targets are just a first step towards what’s needed to conserve healthy ecosystems, and have committed to substantially surpass these goals in the coming years. In addition, we are pleased to see the commitment to an ambitious new conservation goal for the Arctic this year based on science and Indigenous knowledge, and to leading the development of a pan-Arctic marine protected areas network.

Feb 16 16

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CPAWS Announces New National Ocean Spatial Analysis Manager
Vancouver, B.C. - The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is pleased to welcome marine conservation biologist Dr. Stephen Ban as its new National Ocean Spatial Analysis Manager. Stephen’s extensive background in biology and marine science, as well as his 15+ years of experience in geographic information systems and spatial analysis will be a great asset to the CPAWS ocean conservation team.

Feb 10 16

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Statement re: Federal Court decision on Maligne Lake legal challenge
EDMONTON – Conservation groups remain hopeful that a concept proposal for overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park will be stopped after a Federal Court ruling confirmed that proposals violating park management plans cannot be approved.

Feb 05 16

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park no longer threatened by “Mother Canada” project
OTTAWA - CPAWS welcomes today’s decision by the federal government to reject the proposed seven-storey “Mother Canada” statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This is an important step in implementing the government’s election commitment to limit development in our National Parks.

Jan 26 16

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Biodiversity - Quebec on its way to miss international targets
Montreal, January 26th, 2016 – Nature Quebec and CPAWS Quebec (SNAP Quebec) unveil today the first assessment of Quebec’s actions to protect biodiversity, in presence of Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Dec 14 15

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Canada’s boreal woodland caribou at continued risk
Ottawa – In its third annual review of government action to conserve Canada's boreal caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds there has been spotted progress – with too few of jurisdictions showing significant leadership in protecting the species that long graced our 25-cent piece.

Nov 27 15

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Two new protected areas and important conservation target announcement with protected areas strategy
Winnipeg –The province of Manitoba today released its Protected Areas Strategy outlining priority regions within which protections from industrial development will be sought. Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s (CPAWS) Manitoba Chapter, who spoke at the Nov. 26 press event, was pleased to contribute to the development of the strategy, which targets the protection of 17% of the landscape of Manitoba by 2020. This level of protection is on par with the national targets committed to by Canada through the United Nations Declaration on Biodiversity in 2010 .

Nov 24 15

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SNAP Quebec welcomes Alain Branchaud as new Executive Director
Montréal, November 23, 2015 - It is with great pleasure that the president of SNAP Quebec, Hughes Imbeault-Téreault, welcomes biologist Alain Branchaud to the Executive Director role. Alain will be bringing 20 years of conservation experience to the team.

Nov 09 15

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Court of Appeal upholds integrity of Final Agreements; Sends the Peel Back to the Drawing Board
Earlier today, Chief Justice Bauman, Madam Justice Smith and Justice Goepel of the Yukon Court of Appeal confirmed the Yukon Government failed to honour its treaty obligations with respect to the Peel Watershed Land Use Plan. This ruling vindicates arguments advanced by the First Nation of Na-cho Nyäk Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Yukon Chapter (CPAWS Yukon) and the Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) that land-planning provisions of the Umbrella Final Agreement (UFA) are binding on the Yukon Government. The Court further upheld the trial judge’s finding that the Yukon Government’s Plan for the Peel Watershed is a legal nullity.

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