Canada Conservation

Logging Ban Saves The Great Bear Rainforest For Future Generations

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

On the first day of February 2006, a landmark agreement that has been called "one of the most visionary forest conservation plans on Earth" was inked by First Nations elders, the provincial government and environmentalists. Eighty five per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest -- at 3.1 million hectares, an area roughly twice the size of Vancouver Island -- is permanently off limits to logging.

Caring For Canada's Wetlands -- Before It's Too late

Dan Kraus | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Living
Dan Kraus

If you used water today to brush your teeth, cook or quench your thirst, you should probably thank a wetland! World Wetlands Day, celebrated every February 2nd, is an opportunity to learn about the value and importance of wetlands to Canadians. If you're wondering why you should care, consider what wetlands do for us.

Energy East Pipeline Would Cross 828 Bodies Of Water In Quebec

CBC | CBC News | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada

Including 28 beaver ponds.

2015 Marked A Turning Point For Canadian Nature Conservation

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

After years of steady, but slow, steps in nature conservation, our collective stride seems to have lengthened in 2015. We still need to act on commitments to create more terrestrial and marine protected areas. We still have Canadian species that are at risk of disappearing. We still have parks and protected areas that need to be buffered and better connected.

Cute Overload: California Sea Otter Breaks Into Aquarium To Give Birth

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 12.26.2015 | Canada Living

"We’re talking umbilical-chord-still-attached, whoa-is-that-yep-that’s-the-placenta new-born otter pup."

B.C.'s Wolf And Bear Hunting Policies Ignore The Uncertainties

Chris Genovali | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Chris Genovali

Proposing a year-round open season on wolves primarily based upon anecdotal evidence from special interests who possess a self-serving intolerance of large carnivores, such as trophy hunters, is the antithesis of science-based wildlife management.

End Christy Clark's Unnecessary And Cruel War On Wildlife

Jeff Matthews | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jeff Matthews

For most Canadians, the end of the Harper era brought hope for the return of reason to environmental policy in this country. Not so on the West Coast, where B.C. premier Christy Clark has assumed the Harper mantle of industrialization over conservation and declared her own war against wildlife.

Canada Should Be A Global Leader In Natural Habitat Conservation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Canada has a rare opportunity, indeed an obligation, to be a world leader in the conservation of natural habitat and by doing so to contribute directly to the fight against climate change. Conservation of our natural ecosystems is integral to any effective Canadian strategy to slow climate change and to mitigate its effects. Significant scientific evidence shows that the destruction and clearing of forests, grasslands and wetlands, in addition to the burning of fossil fuels, has resulted in a substantial increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere.

Misusing Biodiversity Offsets Creates The Illusion Of Sustainability

Dan Kraus | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Under no net loss, the loss of one acre of habitat displaced by development is replaced with one acre of the same habitat. In theory, we should end up with the same features and functions as we had before, and have no loss. Unfortunately, no net loss rarely works this way.

The Boreal Caribou Recovery Plan Will Cut Forestry Jobs

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Without the forest and the economic activity it generates, the North Shore, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and all the other forest regions of Quebec would not have experienced the same level of economic development that has benefited all Quebecers. However, forestry activity could fall sharply in the fairly near future.

Companies Are Ripping Off Ontario's Water Resources

Mike Schreiner | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Schreiner

It is bad enough that the government allows multinational companies to privatize a public resource, it is even worse that taxpayers are being hosed by charging so little for it. Several industries get a total free ride when it comes to taking our water. Those who do pay for taking water are charged a paltry $3.71 per million litres used. This is not a typo.

Killing More Bears Won't Reduce Human-Bear Conflict

Sheryl Fink | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Sheryl Fink

Killing more bears will do little to reduce nuisance bears while municipalities continue to allow plastic bags of garbage at curbside. Reducing attractants and learning to live with black bears is the solution -- not the expansion of a poorly monitored, scientifically unsupported and inhumane spring bear hunt.

Why Canada's Forests Matter

Dan Kraus | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Canadians steward not just about nine per cent of all the world's forests, but a whopping 25 per cent of the planet's most intact and pristine forests. Despite everything forests provide to Canada, our collective stewardship of this quintessential Canadian landscape may be falling behind. Canada is one of only a few developed countries continuing to lose forest.

Canada's Old-Growth Forests an Environmental Treasure

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

It's often said that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. But what about the grandparents of the natural world? Old-growth forests come to mind. They are structurally and ecologically diverse and often remain very stable for centuries, feature multi-layered canopies with various tree species at different stages of their life cycle.

Conservation-Based Planning Will Protect Caribou for Generations to Come

WWF-Canada | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

The government of Nunavut adjusted the January 1, 2015 moratorium on caribou hunting on Baffin Island to allow for a hunt of 250 male caribou. WWF does not support this adjustment and is urging the government to consider a precautionary approach to caribou management on Baffin Island until numbers recover enough to allow for a sustainable harvest.

B.C. Says Increasing Wolf Cull Is The Best Plan To Save Caribou

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The ethical dilemma forces the government to either kill wolves in an attempt to save a species or do nothing and leave the caribou.

Bear Climbed Fence To Get Trash Left At B.C. Music Festival

CBC | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Conservation officers are warning Squamish Valley Music Festival goers to pick up their trash that could potentially attract bears.

Cecil the Lion's Killing Should Shine a Spotlight on B.C.'s Barbaric Trophy Hunting

David Suzuki | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia
David Suzuki

A beloved animal, tagged for tracking by researchers, crosses the invisible boundary between protected and unprotected area and is killed by a hunter who has paid tens of thousands of dollars for the "experience." That was the fate of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion, whose killing sparked torrents of online and on-air outrage. But it also happens around the world every day, including in my home province of B.C. It's time to end trophy hunting. In B.C., the government must listen to citizens and conservationists, respect First Nations laws and customs and end the grizzly hunt.

Technological Solutions for a Thirsty World

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Access to water is one of the biggest challenges facing the planet today. We have to address the underlying causes, like climate change, overconsumption, waste and pollution. However, that alone won't overcome the problem -- not in time for millions of people in need of fresh water. Fortunately there's some incredible technology emerging to recycle or create new sources of water--dowsing rods for the 21st Century. eventy-one per cent of the world's surface is covered by water. But the vast majority of that is ocean--salt water we can neither drink nor use to irrigate our crops.

Working to Bring Back Tigers in Nepal

WWF-Canada | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Five years ago, the world's tiger countries came together in the face of drastic tiger population decline to set an ambitious goal. With as few as 3,200 wild tigers remaining, a 97 per cent decline from historic populations, governments agreed to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 -- the next year of the tiger. Five years into this ambitious campaign, we have started to see some extremely promising results in Nepal, a country which is becoming known for its innovative work to protect charismatic species like the tiger, rhino and elephant.

The Decline of Sharks Spells Trouble for Oceans

WWF-Canada | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

This vast diversity of sharks globally play important roles in keeping our oceans healthy. Removing key species like sharks, can have serious consequences for marine ecosystems, which, because they are connected to everything else, has repercussions for people everywhere.

Canada Protecting Environment At Rate Below Global Average: Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Politics

"We have one of the best opportunities left in the world to protect large natural areas."

Trouble Could Be Brewing for B.C.'s Endangered Killer Whales

Ecojustice | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ecojustice

Two years ago, Ecojustice and our clients celebrated a landmark win for protection of B.C.'s iconic killer whales under the Species at Risk Act. And while there have been some recent signs that these populations may be on the long road to recovery, proposed projects like the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and now the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion pose new threats to their survival.

We Must Protect Our Beloved Beluga Whales

David R. Miller | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

The beluga is primarily known as an Arctic species, where it spends most of its time among the sea ice. As with many Arctic sea ice dependent species, beluga whales are affected by the loss of sea ice caused by climate change. They are being forced to adapt to the changing ecological system.

Killing Animals Shouldn't Be Called "Conservation"

Stephen Hampton | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Stephen Hampton

Earlier this week, one of the world's last rhinoceroses was killed in the name of saving the species -- at least that's what the hunter who took the shot wants you to think. Eighteen months ago, Corey Knowlton made international headlines when he purchased the "right" to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia. The Dallas Safari Club announced that it would be auctioning off the right to hunt the rhino and Mr. Knowlton sprang at the opportunity, spending $350,000 to win the auction. With less than five thousand black rhinos left in the wild, we should be valuing each one and doing our best to keep them alive.