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Dec 14 15

Canada’s Boreal Woodland Caribou Still At Risk
In its third annual review of government action to conserve Canada's boreal woodland 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. Under the federal Species-at-Risk Act, all provinces and territories are required to have plans in place to recover their boreal caribou populations by 2017, based on the 2012 Final Recovery Strategy for Boreal Woodland Caribou.

Oct 27 15

CPAWS in Court to Defend Jasper National Park from Inappropriate Development
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 16 15

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 10 15

New report highlights major commercial development threat to Canada’s national parks
A new report released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that Canada’s national parks are under serious threat from growing commercial development pressures, particularly in Banff and Jasper.

Jul 12 15

Protecting Canada - is it in our nature? CPAWS Releases 2015 Parks Report
In its latest annual report released in advance of Canada Parks Day, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling Canada out for falling behind most other countries in protecting its land and fresh water. In 2010, Canada committed to protecting at least 17% by 2020 under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. CPAWS’ 2015 report, Protecting Canada: Is it in our nature? assesses how much progress all levels of government have made in protecting our wilderness since making this commitment.

Mar 09 15

CPAWS Condemns Government Auction of Mountain Caribou Habitat
CPAWS is extremely disappointed that the government of Alberta continues to lease to oil and gas development in caribou habitat, particularly at a time when the government should be focusing every effort on helping caribou herds achieve self-sustaining status.

Dec 18 14

Site C dam will put communities, wildlife, and world heritage site at risk
CPAWS is deeply concerned about decision to proceed with the Site C hydro project along the Peace River in northern BC.

Dec 15 14

CPAWS Releases 2nd Annual Caribou Report
In its second annual review of governments' efforts to conserve Canada's boreal caribou, CPAWS (the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) finds that threats from industrial development to boreal woodland caribou have continued to increase while conservation and restoration efforts have shown little progress across the country.

Dec 09 14

Mikisew Cree Petition to Place Wood Buffalo National Park on List of World Heritage Sites in Danger
The Mikisew Cree First Nation is 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.

Nov 07 14

CPAWS Calls for Wall to be Permanently Removed at Glacier Skywalk
CPAWS submitted a letter to Parks Canada calling for the Agency to require permanent removal of the black, fabric-covered fence at the Glacier Skywalk along the Icefields Parkway. This "wall" acts as an effective barrier to visitors to the park wishing to experience the view of the Sunwapta Valley, and privatizes an experience which was once open to all visitors to our parks.

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