Yukon First Nations and environmental groups go to court to protect the Peel River Watershed
Whitehorse, YT – 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.
UNESCO World Heritage Committee calls for buffer zone for Gros Morne: CPAWS encourages action
OTTAWA -- CPAWS is welcoming the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s formal adoption today, at its annual meeting in Doha, Qatar, of a recommendation that Canada create a buffer zone around Gros Morne National Park and World Heritage Site to protect it from industrial threats.
CPAWS reacts to tabling of Rouge National Urban Park Bill
Ottawa -- The tabling of Bill C-40 in the House of Commons to formally establish Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area was announced on Friday, June 13. The introduction of Bill C-40 is an important step forward for the park, and CPAWS will be closely examining the draft legislation in detail to ensure that it will adequately protect this remarkable urban-based ecosystem.
Canada needs to dive deep to reach 2020 ocean protection goals: new CPAWS report
Ottawa -- In a new report released today, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society reveals that out of the 10 countries with the largest ocean estates, Canada ranks the lowest in terms of marine protected areas. At just over 1% of its ocean territory protected, Canada ranks lower than China at 2%, and much lower than Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, which have protected 36%, 30%, and 17% of their ocean respectively.
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.
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.
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,
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.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE J. B. HARKIN CONSERVATION AWARD 2014
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.
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.
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