News Releases

Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS.

Jan 28 15

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Proposed legislation to establish Canada’s first national urban park misses the mark
Yesterday’s passage of the Rouge National Urban Park Act by the House of Commons is no cause for celebration. The proposed legislation fails to establish nature conservation as the priority in park management, ignoring provincial, national and international standards for protected areas.

Jan 12 15

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Prominent Canadians urge Gros Morne National Park protection
In an open letter released today to Premier Paul Davis of Newfoundland and Labrador and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, more than 30 well-known Canadians call for the provincial and federal governments to act quickly to establish a buffer zone around Gros Morne National Park to permanently protect it from the harmful impacts of industrial activities such as oil and gas development.

Dec 31 14

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The fight continues for the Peel Watershed
The Yukon Government announced late yesterday that they would appeal Justice Veale’s decision in The First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun et. al. v The Government of Yukon, the lawsuit concerning the Peel Watershed launched by 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 (YCS).

Dec 17 14

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Site C dam will put communities, wildlife, and world heritage site at risk
The BC government announced yesterday that it would proceed with the Site C dam in northeastern BC, despite widespread opposition to the project. CPAWS-BC is deeply concerned about the further flooding of the Peace River Valley that Site C will require, and the resulting loss of high-value ecosystems and fertile farmland. This will jeopardize a core part of the Yellowstone to Yukon conservation corridor, critical for wildlife movement.

Dec 16 14

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Canada’s governments lagging on caribou conservation: CPAWS’ Annual Review
In its second annual review of governments' efforts to conserve Canada's boreal caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that threats from industrial development to this species have continued to increase while conservation and restoration efforts have shown little progress across the country.

Dec 12 14

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2014 CPAWS J.B. Harkin Regional Conservation Award Recipient: David Henry
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is pleased to confer the J. B. Harkin Medal for Conservation on Dr. David Henry for his lifetime contribution to national parks, protected areas and nature conservation more generally. David Henry has made exceptional contributions to the establishment of parks and the protection of wilderness at both a Saskatchewan and national level. This contribution has been made in both a volunteer and a staff capacity.

Dec 09 14

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Add Wood Buffalo National Park to Endangered World Heritage Sites: Mikisew Cree First Nation
EDMONTON – The Mikisew Cree Firstt Nationsare asking UNESCO to place Wood Buffalo National Park on its List of World Heritage Sites in Danger due to growing threats from hydro-electric developments and oil and gas activities. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and other concerned groups are supporting the petition.

Dec 03 14

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Oil terminal project proposed for St Lawrence beluga habitat halted
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), the Centre québécois du droit de l'environnement (CQDE), Nature Québec, the David Suzuki Foundation and France Dionne and Pierre Béland, applicants under the injunction that halted TransCanada's drilling at Cacouna, are claiming victory .....

Nov 10 14

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CPAWS heads to World Parks Congress to promote “thinking big” and “connecting more people to nature”
Six national and regional CPAWS conservation leaders are headed to the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, which runs November 12 - 19th, to present their leading efforts and programs to protect at least half of the Canada’s land and water, and connect more people with nature.

Oct 29 14

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CPAWS presents to Federal Environment Committee on Bill for Rouge National Urban Park
Good afternoon and thank you for this opportunity to share with the Committee our recommendations for Bill C-40, An Act Respecting the Rouge National Urban Park. My name is Éric Hébert-Daly, National Executive Director at CPAWS. Since our creation 50 years ago, CPAWS has played a key role in the establishment of over two-thirds of Canada’s protected areas. We have 13 regional chapters in nearly every province and territory, including CPAWS WIldlands League chapter in Toronto, as well as a national office here in Ottawa, and over 60,000 supporters across the country. We work collaboratively with governments, industry, First Nations and others to conserve Canada’s natural heritage.

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