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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.

Feb 26 15

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Comes to Whitehorse
One of the largest environmental- and outdoor-pursuit-themed film festivals in North America will be making its Yukon debut on March 5th at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre. CPAWS Yukon has secured the rights to bring the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to Whitehorse audiences as a fundraiser for the campaign to protect the Peel Watershed.

Jan 19 15

CPAWS Calls for Fracking Moratorium Based on Select Committee Report
CPAWS Yukon congratulates the Select Committee on the Risks and Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing on their report and extensive recommendations, but is disappointed in the committee’s inability to explicitly call for a moratorium on fracking. The committee’s final report makes a convincing case that fracking cannot be done safely and that the Yukon public is strongly opposed to its implementation but falls short of recommending a moratorium on the practice in the Yukon.

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.

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