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Jun 20 17

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Changes to Canada’s Oceans Act a good start say conservationists, but more is needed
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomed the proposed changes to the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act tabled in the House of Commons on 15 June 2017.

Jun 20 17

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Conservation groups celebrate passage of law strengthening protections for Rouge National Urban Park
CPAWS and Nature Canada celebrate a major achievement today for Rouge National Urban Park- Bill C-18 received Royal Assent from the Governor General. The law means ecological integrity will be the first priority in management of Rouge National Urban Park. It meets a key request from leading conservation groups in Canada that the federal government prioritize nature conservation in law for the park.

Jun 08 17

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St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area achieves important milestone
OTTAWA – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) congratulates the federal government on completing the designation process for St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area. “CPAWS is pleased to see the Government of Canada continuing to take significant steps toward achieving its ambitious marine conservation targets, and in doing so, fulfilling our international commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity,” said Sabine Jessen, National Director, CPAWS Ocean Program.

Jun 08 17

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CPAWS welcomes announcement of Ministerial Advisory Panel
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement of a National Advisory Panel to provide recommendations to governments on how Canada can achieve our commitment under the International Convention on Biological Diversity to protect at least 17% of our landscape by 2020. Canada currently sits at 10.3% protection, thus significant work remains to be done.

Jun 07 17

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CPAWS expresses concern about Canada’s approach to Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) today responded to Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s announcement about Fisheries and Oceans Canada policy and sites regarding Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs).

Jun 07 17

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CPAWS Capture the Canadian Wild Canada 150 Photo Contest winners announced
A dramatic photograph of a climber scaling a wall of ice in Waterton Lakes National Park has captured the grand prize in the CPAWS Capture the Canadian Wild Canada 150 national photo contest.

May 24 17

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Canada proposes large marine protected area in BC
(Vancouver, BC – 24th May 2017) The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) cautiously welcomes the announcement of a potential new large marine protected area off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. “Today, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) revealed an area of interest for a new marine protected area that covers 140,000 km2, making it the largest ever proposed marine protected area on BC’s coast,” said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ National Ocean Program Director.

May 18 17

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Inaugural $10,000 conservation prize awarded in honour of slain philanthropist
WWF-Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are honoured to announce that selfless conservation advocate Anne Sherrod, 70, of New Denver, B.C., is the winner of the inaugural $10,000 Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize for decades spent protecting the natural riches of the province.

Apr 20 17

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CPAWS takes federal Minister to court over Boreal Caribou Habitat Protection
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) filed a lawsuit against the federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

Mar 24 17

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House of Commons Committee Report Recommends Scaled Up Action on Protected Natural Areas
CPAWS welcomes the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development’s report on protected areas, tabled today in the House of Commons, that makes sweeping recommendations to the federal government to expand and improve Canada’s protected areas networks to reverse the declining health of our country’s ecosystems.

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