News Releases

Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS.

Apr 09 14

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CPAWS welcomes letter from former senior Parks Canada staff regarding Jasper resort proposal

Ottawa -- Three former Parks Canada leaders have sent a strongly worded letter this week to the Federal Environment Minister urging her to reject a private company’s proposal to build a resort at Jasper National Park’s iconic Maligne Lake.

With a combined service record of over 90 years at progressively senior levels within Parks Canada, former Banff Superintendent, Kevin Van Tighem; former Director General of National Parks, Nikita Lopoukhine; and former Chief Ecosystem Scientist, Dr. Stephen Woodley charge that Maligne Tours’ proposal to develop a hotel beside the lake contravenes Parks Canada’s policy and, if approved, would open the floodgates to more commercial development throughout Canada’s cherished Rocky Mountain National Parks.

Mar 20 14

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Do you know someone who deserves national recognition for their contribution to the conservation of Canada’s parks and wilderness?  Let us know!

The J. B. Harkin Award for Conservation

The J.B. Harkin Medal is Canada's most prestigious conservation award, named for James Bernard Harkin, Canada's 1st Commissioner of National Parks. Since 1972, the award has been presented by CPAWS to living individuals who:

  • Have made a significant life-long contribution through words and deeds to the conservation of Canada's parks and wilderness; or
  • Have made a special one-time contribution to national conservation; and
  • Have not been otherwise recognized.

Their significant contribution to conserving parks and wilderness, nationally or regionally, may include achievements in a variety of important areas, such as watershed protection, youth education, mountain health or biodiversity.

Jan 27 14

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CPAWS joins in launching legal action to protect Yukon’s Peel River Watershed

Vancouver, BC – Today in Vancouver, Thomas R. Berger, O.C., Q.C. announced that a lawsuit is being filed against the Yukon Government on behalf of two Yukon First Nations and two Yukon environmental organizations.

Berger and his clients, the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Yukon Chapter (CPAWS Yukon) and the Yukon Conservation Society are launching a legal action to force the Yukon Government to implement a Land Use Plan that would protect 54,000 square kilometres of wilderness in northern Yukon’s Peel River Watershed, against mining and other industrial development.

Jan 23 14

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CPAWS National Board of Trustees Nominees 2014 Notice
Are you passionate about Canadian wilderness and looking for an exciting opportunity to get involved with one of Canada’s leading environmental organizations? CPAWS is now seeking nominations for three new Trustees to replace those completing their terms of service in 2014.

Dec 16 13

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Santa’s reindeer’s cousins in growing trouble across Canada, new report finds
Ottawa - In the first annual assessment of how well provinces and territories are enacting the requirements for conservation plans under the federal government’s National Recovery Strategy for Boreal Woodland Caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) find the majority are lagging behind badly.

Nov 05 13

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Environmental Commissioner’s report underlines need for federal action on biodiversity: CPAWS
Ottawa – In response to the Interim Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development’s report tabled today, indicating that Canada is lagging in meeting our commitments to protect biodiversity, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling on the federal government to take this responsibility more seriously by making wise investments and galvanizing action at all levels of society that will benefit Canadians, wildlife and the entire planet.

Oct 24 13

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CPAWS presents J.B. Harkin Award to three outstanding conservationists

On the occasion of CPAWS’ 50th anniversary celebration at the National Museum of Nature in Ottawa on October 23rd, Past President and Harkin Committee Chair Sherri Watson presented the organization’s J.B. Harkin award to three outstanding individuals for their lifetime service to Canadian wilderness conservation.

The awards were presented to Harvey Locke and John Marsh for their work nationally on conservation, and to Ric Careless for his work regionally within British Columbia.

Oct 02 13

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Giant Map Tour Shows Importance of Boreal Forest to Canadian Environment and Economy

October 2, 2013, OTTAWA – The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) Secretariat today launched its On the Move campaign with the unveiling of a giant, traveling map of the boreal forest that will tour Canada to showcase the unprecedented Agreement between the forest industry and environmental organizations.

The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is the largest conservation initiative of its kind in the world. It’s only fitting you should have a large canvas to illustrate it,” said CBFA Executive Director Aran O’Carroll.

Sep 18 13

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CPAWS welcomes announcement of emergency order to protect critically endangered sage grouse
CPAWS welcomes the federal government's announcement that it will impose an emergency protection order under the federal Species at Risk Act for the greater sage grouse – a critically endangered grassland bird that lives in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. This will be the first time the government has issued an emergency protection measure under the federal Species at Risk Act, and will be an important step forward in fully implementing the federal Species at Risk Act. With fewer than 150 greater sage grouse left in Canada, the emergency protection order will impose obligatory restrictions to industrial use in an effort to protect the remaining habitat of this critically endangered bird.

Aug 20 13

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CPAWS announces TD Bank Group’s support of Woodland Caribou and Boreal Forest protection

OTTAWA – August 20, 2013 – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is pleased to announce TD Bank Group’s commitment to support conservation work in Canada’s Boreal forest.

CPAWS' campaign to protect at least half of Canada's Boreal forests focuses on protecting the habitat of Canada's remaining woodland caribou. Caribou are essential to the health of the Boreal. Where woodland caribou thrive, the Boreal forest thrives; where they have disappeared, the forest has been compromised.

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