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November 26th, 2015

Two new protected areas and important conservation target announced with protected areas strategy

The province of Manitoba today released its Protected Areas Strategy outlining priority regions within which protections from industrial development will be sought. Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s (CPAWS) Manitoba Chapter, who spoke at the Nov. 26 press event, was pleased to contribute to the
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August 6th, 2011

What future for our national parks?

Parks Canada celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and Canadians have much to be proud of. The planet’s oldest national parks service has established a reputation as one of the best; its conservation practices are studied and imitated the world over. Yet its first priority, “to protect the natural and
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June 7th, 2011

Transmission corridor or World Heritage site?

BLOODVEIN RIVER, MANITOBA—Rob Whaley and his friends just discovered something about one of Canada’s most pristine wilderness areas: just when you get away from it all, you can’t, because a provincial premier and 38 other people might drop in. That’s what Whaley, a Huntsville, Ont., family doctor, found out as
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June 7th, 2011

Province Releases “Save Lake Winnipeg” Plan

New safeguards for pollutant-filtering wetlands, large protection goal needed The Manitoba government has just released Bill 46 – The Save Lake Winnipeg Act. The aim is to significantly reduce phosphorus and other nutrients that are drastically affecting the health of the world’s 11th largest freshwater lake. The province’s plan includes
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June 3rd, 2011

Start fighting the next flood now

The flood season of 2011 is among the worst Manitoba has ever seen.  Many residents are now demanding permanent solutions to our chronic flood problems. Provincial and municipal flood officials are pouring tremendous resources into moving more water through our valleys, but the laws of physics limit the speed at
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February 8th, 2011

Thinking big about the boreal

What is the boreal, why is it important and how do we rescue it? Most Manitobans have been to the boreal, but many are unaware that it’s called that. It’s the place with the pines, spruce and birch trees,  graced by wetlands, rivers and lakes. The Whiteshell Provincial Park is
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January 10th, 2011

Woodland Caribou: A Canadian Idol

If you are Canadian, chances are you have a caribou in your pocket.  Since 1937, we have celebrated the woodland caribou by featuring its image on the “tails” side of millions of Canadian quarters. Woodland caribou are fascinating dwellers of Canada’s boreal region that boast many remarkable yet largely unknown
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January 6th, 2010

What happened to forests at Copenhagen??

Blog post by Chris Henschel of CPAWS – January 6, 2010 No one seems quite sure yet what the implications of the Copenhagen Accord will be. It is a three-age political agreement between six Heads of State (U.S., Brazil, India, China, South Africa, Maldives) that is vague on ambition and
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December 17th, 2009

Wise Words on Climate Change Talks

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd shared his thoughts about what he called an “avalanche of procedural interventions” that has slowed down the climate talks in Copenhagen. “I fear a triumph of form over substance. I fear a triumph of inaction over action,” he said. “Let us instead as leaders resolve
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December 17th, 2009

Manitoba First Nations Support International Resolution to Protect More than Half of the Boreal

Two Manitoba First Nations are stating their support for a resolution to protect more than 50% of Canada’s Boreal Region in a network of protected areas that allow for species to migrate and adapt to climate change. Last month, over 1500 scientists, conservationists, and concerned citizens from 51 countries around
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