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Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS.

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.

Oct 27 15

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CPAWS in court to defend Jasper National Park from inappropriate development
Approval of concept plan to add overnight commercial accommodation at Maligne Lake threatens park protection, groups say EDMONTON — Conservation groups are in court today to challenge Parks Canada’s approval of a concept plan to build overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, alleging that it would undermine the law and set a dangerous precedent for protection of Canada’s national parks.

Sep 15 15

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Broad-based group of Canadians demands a stop to commercialization of Canada’s national parks.
Banff, AB. – September 16, 2015 – Today a diverse group of Canadians with a deep concern for the well-being of our national parks gathered in Banff to call for an end to inappropriate commercialization of Canada’s national parks. Recent commercial projects in Banff and Jasper National Parks have privatized public spaces and threatened the very framework that controls development in our parks.

Sep 09 15

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CPAWS Special Report on commercial development threats to our national parks
There is a crisis in Canada’s national parks. A rash of commercial development projects have been approved in Banff and Jasper, and similar development pressures are now spilling over into other national parks as well. CPAWS’ Special Report highlights the growing list of commercial developments that are close to final approval, or have already been completed in recent years.

Sep 04 15

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Alberta’s Castle wilderness to be protected!
Blairmore, Alberta -- Albertans today are celebrating the long-awaited creation of two new protected areas in Alberta. After more than 40 years of pressure from local business, advocates and community members, the remainder of the Castle Special Place has been protected as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park, completing the protection of ~1000 km2 region.

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