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Jun 09 16

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CPAWS applauds bill to fix Rouge National Urban Park Act
Ottawa – Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes Bill-C18 introduced in the House of Commons today by the Government of Canada to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act (RNUP) to prioritize ecological integrity in law in the management of the park. If passed, it would rectify a critical weakness—the failure to prioritize nature conservation in park management and meet the international definition of a protected area.

Jun 08 16

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CPAWS Welcomes Progress on Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area
OTTAWA - Today, CPAWS welcomed the announcement by the federal government that existing leases held by Shell Canada would be relinquished to allow the opportunity for expanded ocean conservation in Canada's arctic.

Jun 08 16

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New website brings glass sponge reefs to the surface
Vancouver, BC – June 8, 2016 – On this World Oceans Day, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is pleased to announce the launch of its Sea of Glass website, the latest component in a campaign to protect BC’s ancient and unique glass sponge reefs.

Jun 01 16

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North America is failing to make a splash on ocean conservation
[Ottawa, Canada & Seattle, US] – In the first ever joint assessment of progress on marine protected areas (MPAs) in North America, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the Marine Conservation Institute (MCI) find Canada, Mexico and the USA have a long way to go to collectively and individually reach international and national targets to protect at least 10% of the continental ocean estate.*

May 31 16

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CPAWS welcomes NL Fracking Panel call for extended moratorium and buffer zone around Gros Morne
ST. JOHN’S - CPAWS welcomes today’s report from the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel that calls for continuing the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Newfoundland and Labrador, and for a large buffer zone to be created around Gros Morne National Park to safeguard this iconic World Heritage Site.

May 27 16

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee renews call for Gros Morne buffer zone
OTTAWA -- CPAWS welcomes a UNESCO World Heritage Committee draft decision, released publicly today, reiterating a call for Canada to create a buffer zone around Gros Morne National Park to protect it from industrial threats. The recommendation will be voted on by the Committee at its annual meeting in Istanbul in July. UNESCO first recommended a buffer zone around the park two years ago.

May 11 16

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CPAWS welcomes boost in science staff for Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement that an additional 135 scientists will be hired by Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

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.

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