Jan 06 17CPAWS Responds to Parks Canada’s Announcement of Public Consultation on the Proposed Icefields Trail
In a News Release today, Parks Canada announced that it will be consulting with Canadians on the proposed “Icefields Trail” project, a new bike and walking trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield. This project was announced with no prior public discussion in the 2016 federal budget, which allocated $65.9 million to the project, raising many questions regarding the origin of the project and the transparency of Parks Canada’s decision and project approval process.
Dec 23 16CPAWS Celebrates the Announcement of a Coordinated Path Forward for New Protected Areas
CPAWS welcomed the announcement of a process to coordinate the efforts of provincial, indigenous, federal and territorial governments that will work to establish significantly more protected areas on land across Canada.
Dec 20 16CPAWS welcomes joint Canada-USA commitment to protect the Arctic
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) today welcomed the announcement that all Arctic Canadian waters will be designated off limits for future oil and gas licensing, indefinitely, along with a number of other new commitments to ensuring the long term protection of sensitive Arctic ecosystems.
Dec 19 16Caribou Report 2016: Canada’s boreal woodland caribou at continued risk
In its fourth 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 jurisdictions showing significant leadership in protecting the species that long graced our 25-cent piece.
Dec 16 16CPAWS Nova Scotia welcomes decision to designate St. Anns Bank as a marine protected area
HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomed today’s announcement by the federal government that it will designate St. Anns Bank as a marine protected area.
Dec 14 16CPAWS welcomes release of State of Parks report
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomed today’s release of Parks Canada’s report on the State of Canada’s Natural and Cultural Heritage Places. This legal requirement is a key tool for transparency and public engagement when it comes to the health of our National Parks.
Dec 07 16CPAWS Welcomes Announcement of Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada
CPAWS welcomes today’s announcement from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, regarding their intent to hold a Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada in January 2017. These public consultation sessions across Canada will serve to gather input on how Parks Canada is delivering on their mandate of creating and managing national parks, national marine conservation areas and other sites they manage, as well as to discuss the future of these treasured places. This is a new, more inclusive approach to delivering on the Minister’s legal requirement to host a Round Table at least every two years on Parks Canada’s performance in managing our national parks and other sites.
Dec 06 16Conservation for climate change, leaders seek action
Leaders of the conservation community in Canada submitted a letter to the Prime Minister and Premiers urging them to recognize the important role of Canada's terrestrial and marine ecosystems in reducing emissions, and helping all species, including humans, adapt to a changing climate.
Dec 03 16Conservationists welcome progress on MPAs but remain concerned about protection of Scott Islands
Ottawa, December 3rd – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has mixed feelings about today’s announcement that Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area (mNWA) in British Columbia, will be Canada’s next marine protected area (MPA).
Oct 05 16Time is ticking for the federal government to meet caribou deadlines
October 5, 2016, Ottawa – Today, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) launched a caribou protection countdown clock. The clock marks the final year before the federal government’s deadline to report publicly on the progress made to meet the objectives of the boreal woodland caribou recovery strategy. Despite 4 years passing since the release of the strategy, there is little evidence that progress has been made on the performance indicators listed.