May 31 15New CPAWS report underlines weaknesses in Canada’s marine protected areas
Ottawa -- In its annual report released today on Canada’s progress in protecting its ocean, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has found that the regulations and policies governing existing marine protected areas (MPAs) are too often weak or confusing.
Mar 25 15CPAWS and western Newfoundlanders urge province to move on Gros Morne buffer zone
St. John’s – Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) representatives from St John’s and Ottawa and local citizens from Gros Morne communities are meeting today in St John’s with 11 members of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly to urge them to initiate work on a buffer zone around Gros Morne National Park.
Mar 13 15Bill to Create Canada’s First National Urban Park Remains Flawed
Leading environmental conservation groups in the province stand by Ontario’s decision to not transfer provincially controlled lands to the federal government for the proposed Rouge National Urban Park until environmental safeguards are improved.
Mar 06 15Conservation groups celebrate return of wild bison to Banff National Park, Canada
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomed today’s announcement by Mr. Blake Richards, Member of Parliament for Wild Rose on behalf of the federal Minister of Environment Leona Aglukkaq, of a special dedicated budget for reintroducing wild bison to Banff National Park, and the setting in motion of a formal plan to achieve this long-standing goal.
Feb 24 15Gros Morne celebration to take place March 25
Following on the heels of a celebrity letter supporting a buffer zone for Gros Morne National Park, a celebration of this World Heritage Site is being planned for March 25th.
Feb 13 15CPAWS Remarks to the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Environment Ministers Meeting
Thank you to Minister Aglukkaq for convening this important meeting of Environment Ministers from across Canada. Collaboration among governments is essential - as Minister Aglukkaq noted when she announced the meeting - species don't recognize inter-provincial and territorial borders. So this meeting is a great step forward in that regard.
Jan 28 15Proposed legislation to establish Canada’s first national urban park misses the mark
Yesterday’s passage of the Rouge National Urban Park Act by the House of Commons is no cause for celebration. The proposed legislation fails to establish nature conservation as the priority in park management, ignoring provincial, national and international standards for protected areas.
Jan 12 15Prominent Canadians urge Gros Morne National Park protection
In an open letter released today to Premier Paul Davis of Newfoundland and Labrador and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, more than 30 well-known Canadians call for the provincial and federal governments to act quickly to establish a buffer zone around Gros Morne National Park to permanently protect it from the harmful impacts of industrial activities such as oil and gas development.
Dec 31 14The 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 17 14Site C dam will put communities, wildlife, and world heritage site at risk
The BC government announced yesterday that it would proceed with the Site C dam in northeastern BC, despite widespread opposition to the project. CPAWS-BC is deeply concerned about the further flooding of the Peace River Valley that Site C will require, and the resulting loss of high-value ecosystems and fertile farmland. This will jeopardize a core part of the Yellowstone to Yukon conservation corridor, critical for wildlife movement.