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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.

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:

Apr 03 14

Public action for Peel Case represented by Thomas Berger is ramping up
As the July 7th date for the Peel Legal Case represented by Thomas Berger approaches, the public initiatives for the Peel are ramping up rather than slowing down.

Mar 31 14

CPAWS says government characterization of Peel protection misleading
CPAWS-Yukon says the Yukon government misled the public on its plans for the Peel River Watershed during the 2014-2015 Budget Address.

Feb 06 14

Yukon Family Provides Generous Donation to Peel Legal Case
A Yukon family has given the fund for the Peel Watershed legal case a huge boost. This case was filed against the Yukon Government by the First Nation of Na Cho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Yukon Chapter, and the Yukon Conservation Society on January 27th.

Jan 27 14

First Nations and environmental groups launch legal action to protect Yukon’s Peel River Watershed

Vancouver, BC – Today in Vancouver, Thomas R. Berger, O.C., Q.C. announced that a lawsuit is being filed against the Yukon Government on behalf of two Yukon First Nations and two Yukon environmental organizations.

Berger and his clients, 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 are launching a legal action to force the Yukon Government to implement a Land Use Plan that would protect 54,000 square kilometres of wilderness in northern Yukon’s Peel River Watershed, against mining and other industrial development.


Jan 24 14

Yukon First Nations and Environmental Organizations to take action to protect Peel River Watershed
Thomas R. Berger, O.C., Q.C. will lead a press conference to announce details of action to be taken by two Yukon First Nations and two Yukon environmental organizations in response to the Yukon Government’s plan regarding development of the Peel River Watershed.

Jan 21 14

NGO Community Condemns Yukon Government Peel Announcement
The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Yukon are condemning Yukon Government’s announcement today that they are throwing out the Peel Watershed Planning Commission’s Final Recommended Plan and instead implementing government’s own unilateral plan for the region. This new plan will see 71% of the region opened up for staking.

Dec 12 13

Peel featured in this month’s issue of The Walrus

Jul 15 13

State of Canada’s Parks Report 2013
One Step Forward/Two Steps Back In the run-up to Canada Parks Day on the 3rd Saturday in July, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is releasing its fifth annual report on how Canada’s parks are faring. The report shows that progress on creating new parks and protecting existing ones has been uneven across the country over the past 12 months.

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