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Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS yukon. Clicking on a link will you take to the chapter's website.

Dec 31 14

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 16 14

Caribou under growing threat: CPAWS’ annual report
Whitehorse -- 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 boreal woodland caribou have continued to increase while conservation and restoration efforts have shown little progress across the country.

Dec 02 14

A Victory for the Peel Watershed
Earlier today Mr. Justice Ron Veale of the Supreme Court of Yukon announced his 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 02 14

WE WON!!!!
Justice Veale has just announced his decision on the Peel Watershed Court Case and we're thrilled to announce that we won with all our remedies sought! You can find Justice Veale's summary of the decision here and the full document here. The plaintiffs will be issuing a press release shortly.

Oct 16 14

Additional day in the courtroom for the Peel, Oct 24
You may have been wondering, what's happening with the Peel these days? Was there a trial? Has there been a decision?

Oct 10 14

YESAA being Gutted by Ottawa
Our Yukon-made social and environmental review process is about to be dismantled by Ottawa. Our own Yukon Senator put the changes forward, and hearings have taken place in front of the Senate in Ottawa, but not in Yukon, why not? Neither our MP or our Premier has done anything to include Yukoners or Yukon First Nation governments. What can you do? Write a letter today to your Senator, MP, and Premier, asking that the Yukon Public and First Nation Governments be included in this conversation, and that a hearing be held here in the North, the people who are directly affected by these changes.

Oct 09 14

Nate Hagens Asks “What if the Future is Real?”
What happens when our nation’s growth-based economy stops growing? What happens when non-renewable energy sources become too expensive to widely use? Why do we have an aversion to acting on the future? And what can we do in the Yukon? Dr. Nate Hagens will travel to Whitehorse on October 16th to discuss these and other questions with Yukoners.

Jul 03 14

Yukon First Nations and environmental groups go to court to protect the Peel River Watershed
Thomas R. Berger, O.C., Q.C. will argue a landmark constitutional case against the Government of Yukon on behalf of two Yukon First Nations and two environmental organizations in Yukon Supreme Court in Whitehorse, July 7-11, 2014.

Jun 17 14

Motorcyclist Rides 4000 km for Peel Including Dempster Highway Standing Up
Edmontonian Don Curry III has come up with a creative new way to stand up for the protection of the Peel Watershed – literally. The HVAC company owner will travel the Dempster Highway between Dawson City, Yukon and Inuvik, NWT, a distance of 774 km, standing up on his motorcycle the whole way. His journey will take him an even greater distance than that however. The intrepid motorcyclist will start in Portland, Oregon; travel north through British Columbia; continuing through Whitehorse to Dawson City where he will commence the final leg of his journey standing up. In total the journey will cover more than 4000 km.

May 08 14

Berger Legal Opinion: No Obligation to Compensate for Peel Mining Claims
Today CPAWS Yukon and the Yukon Conservation Society announced the conclusions reached in a legal opinion by Thomas R. Berger, O.C., Q.C. that states that Yukon Government would not be legally obligated to provide compensation for existing mining claims in the Peel watershed if the Peel Planning Commission’s Final Recommended Plan were to be implemented. “Once again, Yukon Government is saying in the legislature that if the Final Recommended Plan for the Peel Watershed was implemented the taxpayer would be on the hook to pay compensation to mining companies with existing claims in the watershed,” said YCS Executive Director Karen Baltgailis. “Mr. Berger’s thirty-three page, carefully reasoned and researched legal opinion shows that this simply isn’t true.” The executive summary to Berger’s opinion states:

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