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On World Environment Day, Securing a Wild Future for Yukon’s Boreal Mountains

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On World Environment Day, Securing a Wild Future for Yukon’s Boreal Mountains
(June 05, 2017) On World Environment Day, Canada hosts a global celebration of our natural heritage and commitment to protect 17 percent of terrestrial areas by 2020. While this international commitment is a significant achievement, Canada can lead with an even bolder vision to protect some of the last truly wild places remaining on the planet – our northern landscapes.Click here to read more

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The Conundrum of change

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The Conundrum of change
(April 20, 2017) By Don ReidHuman beings often have a conflicted view of change. We like certainty and stability. In conservation, however, we have learned that living with certain changes is essential because they create the conditions for many species to thrive. Lately, however, climate warming is creating new and different kinds of changes, often taking place more rapidly than we are accustomed to.Click here to read more. 

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Naturally Resilient: A strategy to adapt to climate change or business-as- usual?

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Naturally Resilient: A strategy to adapt to climate change or business-as- usual?
(April 20, 2017) To address climate change in Ontario, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) developed a Climate Change Action Plan identifying a number of actions, across multiple ministries aimed at reducing the magnitude and/or rate of greenhouse gas emissions. These range from the creation of a low-carbon and zero emission transportation sector to reducing fossil fuel use in buildings and homes to developing carbon offset programs using managed forests and agricultu...

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WCS Canada Annual report 2016

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WCS Canada Annual report 2016
(April 01, 2017)  At WCS Canada, we are working to help wildlife survive – and thrive – across our huge country. Our gorgeous new annual report captures both the beauty of wildlife and the challenges we face in ensuring their survival across Canada.  From caribou to ice seals, we explain how WCS Canada scientists are using the insights gained from long hours in the field to shape conservation and land-use plans and to help species survive. We also look at how we can take...

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Enhancing the protection of fish and fish habitat in Canada: A critical opportunity to breathe new life into failing policy

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Enhancing the protection of fish and fish habitat in Canada: A critical opportunity to breathe new life into failing policy
(March 27, 2017) Although fish and fisheries are an integral part of Canada’s history, culture, and economy, protection for fish and fish habitats has been declining in Canada for at least a decade. The Fisheries Act is Canada’s oldest environmental law and an important piece of legislation that gives the Government of Canada the authority to manage fisheries and protect fish habitat. However to be effective, the Fisheries Act must be modernized, include evidence-based a...

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Big Bat Find in Alberta’s Boreal Forest

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Big Bat Find in Alberta’s Boreal Forest
(March 22, 2017) A joint effort between WCS Canada’s BatCaver and Alberta Environment and Parks has led to the discovery of the largest bat hibernation cave ever recorded in Alberta, outside the Rocky Mountains.The newly-discovered cave is being used for hibernation by several hundred Little Brown Myotis bats, listed as Endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. The cave was formed by weak sulphuric acid dissolving bedrock, making conditions in the narrow, muddy cave impossible to fully inspect h...

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Comments on Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan

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Comments on Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan
(March 16, 2017) In June 2016, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change released Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan. This five-year plan outlines how the Government and its partners will fight climate change and is focused actions to reduce greenhouse gases (mitigation) and help move Ontario towards a low-carbon economy.One of the actions in the Plan focuses on the role of land to reduce emissions. For example, trees and plants absorb carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas, and st...

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Premier Announces Ban of Off-Highway Vehicles from Castle Wildlands, Alberta

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Premier Announces Ban of Off-Highway Vehicles from Castle Wildlands, Alberta
(February 13, 2017) Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced the final boundaries and new protection measures for the Castle Wildlands and Provincial Park in southwest Alberta. The Wildlands Park will encompass nearly 80,000 hectares, while the adjacent Provincial Park will cover 25,500 hectares. These areas border Waterton Lakes National Park to the south. In the management plan, Premier Notley made the crucial decision to prohibit Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) in much of the area later this spring ...

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B.C. Has Only a Small Window to Help Bats

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B.C. Has Only a Small Window to Help Bats
(January 25, 2017) The recent discovery in northwest Washington State of bats infected with white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has devastated bat populations in eastern North America, is a wake-up call. When WNS finds its way to BC, it is likely to bring with it major economic impacts both agricultural and forestry. Bats are voracious consumers of insects and if their numbers decline like they have in the east, there is big trouble ahead.Bats play vital roles in pest control. At least one species of ...

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WCS Canada Scientists Suggest Environmental Assessment Changes to Address Concerns About Process and Outcomes

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WCS Canada Scientists Suggest Environmental Assessment Changes to Address Concerns About Process and Outcomes
(January 10, 2017) In June, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a comprehensive review of federal environmental assessment processes associated with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012). With our extensive experience working in regions of northern Canada where natural resource development is being planned in remote and ecologically intact areas, we at WCS Canada see significant gaps inherent in environmental assessment law, policy, and practice when it comes to address...

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