Volunteers from the Canadian IBA Network raise awareness about shoreline habitat. Conserving wildlife, wild spaces, and the environment is a big job. Fortunately there are many people helping. Aboriginal, provincial, and territorial governments, nonprofit organizations, local clubs, landowners, businesses, industries, and others are doing their part. For example, Nature Canada is part of the global BirdLife International network that implements the Important Bird Areas (IBA) program. There are over 600 IBAs in Canada in need of various kinds of stewardship. There are countless other programs that tackle individual conservation issues. What Canada needs is an ambitious national plan to support and coordinate these efforts. The federal government has its specific areas of responsibility but it also has another role as… read more →
We all know how horrible environmental disasters can be. Massive oil spills, mining waste accidents, ducks dying in oil sands tailings ponds, and the mounting impacts of climate change are just a few examples. These incidents can have enormous personal and economic consequences as well, closing fisheries, damaging human health, and sometimes costing lives. This is why the federal government has legal powers to protect Canadians by preventing these kinds of environmental disasters before they ever happen. Environmental Assessments are supposed to study the potential environmental harm of proposed projects and find less risky alternatives. The Fisheries Act is supposed to prevent activities that harm freshwater and marine fish habitat. Canada should be doing its fair share to combat climate… read more →
Our BirdLife partner in Paraguay, Guyra Paraguay, has been raising the alarm about the rapid deforestation of the Chaco for years. This area is critically important for indigenous peoples, wildlife and ecosystem services, like water.The rate of deforestation is estimated at about 36,000 football fields per month. Watch this video to learn more:
What’s the link between a fort, a huge rock, an old guy, a tepee and a bison? Check out the My Parks Pass video and find out: If you’re a Grade 8/Secondary 2 student, you’ll get your My Parks Pass from your teacher so that you can visit over 200 Parks Canada destinations for a full year – for free. It doesn’t matter if you’re into camping, skiing, paddling, exploring or if you just want to discover more about Canada’s past at your own pace; My Parks Pass has something for everyone. With more than 200 destinations across the country, there’s an adventure closer than you think!
Handsomely dressed in kilts for their on-air broadcasts, Hugh Burrill of CityTV Sports and Jeff Hutchison of CTVCanadaAM showed their support for Alexander Keith’s Green Initiative. Keith’s donated $6,000 on behalf of Jeff and Hugh to Nature Canada, Waterkeepers Canada, Trees Ontario and NLSC Adopt-A-Stream. Way to go! Watch clips of the broadcasts:
Qui à parlé de l’environnement au cours du débat des chefs des partis ce soir? Voici ce que j’ai entendu : Stephen Harper : 0 fois Michael Ignatieff : 2 fois Gilles Duceppe : 4 fois Jack Layton : 2 fois
Suffield National Wildlife Area. Photo: ateucher The federal government is accountable to Canadians for permanently protecting natural areas, using a number of different legal tools known collectively as “protected areas”. Parks Canada establishes and manages a system of National Parks and National Marine Conservation Areas to permanently protect representative examples of each of Canada’s natural regions. Environment Canada manages National Wildlife Areas, Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, and Marine Wildlife Areas to protect important wildlife habitat across the country. The department of Fisheries and Oceans is responsible for Marine Protected Areas which protect significant marine ecosystems and important habitats for marine wildlife and species at risk. But there are problems. We are still losing too much of Canada’s unique wild lands, waters,… read more →
If you were hoping for one or more questions about the environment in tonight’s federal election debate, you were certainly disappointed. The subject did come up a few times in the leaders’ remarks on Canada’s place on the international stage, economic priorities, and closing statements. So, who raised the environment in tonight’s leaders’ debate? Here is my count: Jack Layton: 3 times Stephen Harper: 1 time Gilles Duceppe: 1 time Michael Ignatieff: 1 time I’ll be keeping score again tomorrow night during the french debate.
Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Project proposes to take tar sands oil from Alberta to the northern BC port of Kitimat for export to Pacific markets. Enbridge believes petroleum products can be moved safely through the northern BC coast, in part thanks to “modern and double-hulled” tankers. In a report released last week, Living Oceans Society takes a close look at the limitations of double-hulled tankers and concludes they’re not the panacea they’re touted to be. The risk of an oil spill in the northern BC coast is one of the main objections to this project. A spill could cause irreversible harm to the livelihoods of many coastal and aboriginal communities, the area’s unique marine ecosystems, the Great Bear Rainforest and… read more →
The federal government is accountable to Canadians for protecting and recovering endangered species and other threatened wildlife through the federal Species at Risk Act. The federal government also has the legal responsibility to protect migratory birds in Canada. The Migratory Birds Convention Act is the law that implements our international agreement with the United States to conserve waterfowl and other migratory birds that fly across our borders. Many of our bird populations are declining rapidly. Shorebird species and those that depend on Canada’s native grasslands are particularly vulnerable. Unfortunately Canada is not doing enough domestically and internationally to protect our loved and invaluable bird populations. We are not even fully enforcing our own laws to protect wildlife, according to several… read more →