May 16 14

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Disappointing boundary for new Nááts’ihch’oh National Park in Nahanni Headwaters
Legislation tabled in Parliament May 14th to establish a new national park reserve around the headwaters of the NWT’s South Nahanni River, ignores scientific evidence of what is needed to protect the area’s wildlife and water. The boundary of Nááts’ihch’oh [pronounced naah-tseen-CHO] National Park Reserve leaves out the most critical wildlife habitat areas, including caribou calving and breeding grounds, and major upstream tributaries of the South Nahanni River, which flow into Nahanni National Park downstream.

May 01 14

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CPAWS welcomes UN World Heritage support for Gros Morne protective buffer zone
CPAWS is welcoming a UNESCO recommendation encouraging Canada to create a buffer zone around Gros Morne National Park and World Heritage Site to protect it from industrial threats. The recommendation in UNESCO’s annual report on the state of conservation of World Heritage Sites was released this week and will be considered for approval at the World Heritage Committee’s June annual meeting in Doha, Qatar.

May 01 14

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Keen Canada and CPAWS launch program to help Canada’ parks
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and KEEN Canada Outdoor are pleased to announce a new partnership in support of protecting our country’s spectacular natural parks. Starting this May at select retailers across Canada,

Apr 09 14

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CPAWS welcomes letter from former senior Parks Canada staff regarding Jasper resort proposal

Ottawa -- Three former Parks Canada leaders have sent a strongly worded letter this week to the Federal Environment Minister urging her to reject a private company’s proposal to build a resort at Jasper National Park’s iconic Maligne Lake.

With a combined service record of over 90 years at progressively senior levels within Parks Canada, former Banff Superintendent, Kevin Van Tighem; former Director General of National Parks, Nikita Lopoukhine; and former Chief Ecosystem Scientist, Dr. Stephen Woodley charge that Maligne Tours’ proposal to develop a hotel beside the lake contravenes Parks Canada’s policy and, if approved, would open the floodgates to more commercial development throughout Canada’s cherished Rocky Mountain National Parks.

Mar 20 14

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Do you know someone who deserves national recognition for their contribution to the conservation of Canada’s parks and wilderness?  Let us know!

The J. B. Harkin Award for Conservation

The J.B. Harkin Medal is Canada's most prestigious conservation award, named for James Bernard Harkin, Canada's 1st Commissioner of National Parks. Since 1972, the award has been presented by CPAWS to living individuals who:

  • Have made a significant life-long contribution through words and deeds to the conservation of Canada's parks and wilderness; or
  • Have made a special one-time contribution to national conservation; and
  • Have not been otherwise recognized.

Their significant contribution to conserving parks and wilderness, nationally or regionally, may include achievements in a variety of important areas, such as watershed protection, youth education, mountain health or biodiversity.

Jan 27 14

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CPAWS joins in launching 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 23 14

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CPAWS National Board of Trustees Nominees 2014 Notice
Are you passionate about Canadian wilderness and looking for an exciting opportunity to get involved with one of Canada’s leading environmental organizations? CPAWS is now seeking nominations for three new Trustees to replace those completing their terms of service in 2014.

Dec 16 13

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Santa’s reindeer’s cousins in growing trouble across Canada, new report finds
Ottawa - In the first annual assessment of how well provinces and territories are enacting the requirements for conservation plans under the federal government’s National Recovery Strategy for Boreal Woodland Caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) find the majority are lagging behind badly.

Nov 05 13

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Environmental Commissioner’s report underlines need for federal action on biodiversity: CPAWS
Ottawa – In response to the Interim Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development’s report tabled today, indicating that Canada is lagging in meeting our commitments to protect biodiversity, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling on the federal government to take this responsibility more seriously by making wise investments and galvanizing action at all levels of society that will benefit Canadians, wildlife and the entire planet.

Oct 24 13

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CPAWS presents J.B. Harkin Award to three outstanding conservationists

On the occasion of CPAWS’ 50th anniversary celebration at the National Museum of Nature in Ottawa on October 23rd, Past President and Harkin Committee Chair Sherri Watson presented the organization’s J.B. Harkin award to three outstanding individuals for their lifetime service to Canadian wilderness conservation.

The awards were presented to Harvey Locke and John Marsh for their work nationally on conservation, and to Ric Careless for his work regionally within British Columbia.

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