Make your vote count for nature


Dear friend

If you haven’t seen them yet, you will soon! Your local federal election candidates will be coming to your door, calling you at home or standing at an intersection, asking for your vote on October 19th. Why not ask them what they’re prepared to do for nature?


90% of Canada’s land and 100% of our ocean are publicly owned. That means that most of our magnificent wilderness is in the hands of our politicians.

What action will your candidates take to protect our great outdoor spaces that cleanse the air we breathe, the water we drink and moderate our climate?

CPAWS has prepared three simple questions you can ask your candidates, and some quick facts on what the federal government can do to protect our precious wild spaces. Read our vote for nature guide.

Let’s be sure enough of us say we’re “voting for nature” to make a difference!

Yours in conservation,

Éric Hébert-Daly

National Executive Director

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Geoengineering and the collapse of Earth


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Maclean’s National Leaders Debate 2015


Watch the full debate on YouTube:

Mr. Prime Minister, if “incomes have been growing in this country“, then why is the standard of living of most Canadian families declining?

I can tell you why. You and your government have deregulated the economy and have removed consumer protection mechanisms that used to ensure fair prices for acceptable quality of products and services. As a result, the cost of living grows faster than the incomes. At the same time, the quality of available products and services is declining, as well.

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CPAWS’ Report finds Canada lagging behind other countries on wilderness protection


Dear CPAWS Supporters,

Parks_Report_2015_Cover_ThumbOn Monday, we released our 7th annual Parks Report assessing Canada’s progress towards its international commitment to protect at least 17% of our land and fresh water by 2020, and to improve the quality of our protected areas. This is an important next step towards CPAWS’ long term goal of protecting at least half of our public land and water. The bottom line is that Canada is falling behind most other countries, and urgently needs a plan to catch up!

Only 10% of Canada’s landscape is protected, compared with the global average of over 15%. If Canada continues at its current pace, it will take over 50 years, not five, to achieve 17% protection! With 90% of our landscape in the public domain, action by all levels of government is key to achieving these targets.

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Curious forest

June 26:  Young buck west of the Trail Centre.  Photo: L. Biegalski  (Click to enlarge)

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Summary update on outstanding issues

magnifyIt’s July 2nd and I have not yet received any meaningful replies from my MPP Ted McMeekin, Mayor of Hamilton Fred Eisenberger, or Ward 13 Councillor Arlene VanderBeek regarding construction projects in environmentally sensitive areas of Dundas Valley, violation of construction permit limits, lack of law enforcement, and possible corruption in issuing and implementing building permits. These issues should be investigated and taken care of but, unfortunately, officials responsible for enforcing rules and policies are not willing to help. Why? Are they part of the corrupted system?

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Life will not be defeated!

Deer-4 June 14: Newborn fawn near Merrick Line, DVCA. Photo: L. Biegalski. (Click to enlarge)

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Update 5 – Correspondence with Ted McMeekin’s constituency office

magnifyBelow, please find today’s letter from Mr. McMeekin’s Constituency Office in Waterdown, Ontario, followed by my reply. Mr. McMeekin is a Liberal MPP for the area in question and currently serves as the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the Ontario government.


Ted has asked me to inquire to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for a response. Please see below.

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Update 4 – Asking Ted McMeekin, Fred Eisenberger, and Arlene VanderBeek for their reply, input, and action

magnifyOn two occasions, I have asked my MPP Ted McMeekin, Mayor of Hamilton Fred Eisenberger, and Ward 13 Councillor Arlene VanderBeek for their reply, input, and help, and did not receive any. I am a resident of Dundas and a voter in their respective constituencies. As I understand our political system, at least in theory, these three officials represent their consituencies in the City of Hamilton and in the Legislative Assembly in Ottawa. They are, therefore, accountable to their voters.

My letters and telephone inquiries addressed to Mr. McMeekin, Mr. Eisenberger, and Ms. VanderBeek were sent to them in mid-April and at the beginning of May. They dealt with protection of Dundas Valley wildlife and ecosystem, with development and construction in environmentally sensitive areas of Dundas Valley, with enforcement of building permit limits, and also with a provincial law requiring landlords not to switch from heating to air-conditioning in apartment buildings before May 15.

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Update 3 -To Ted McMeekin: This is an urgent matter, I need you to respond

McMeekinDear Mr. McMeekin,

Over a week ago, I called your constituency office in Waterdown and inquired about a provincial law requiring that landlords of apartment buildings switch from heating to air-conditioning not earlier than on May 15 each year. This is an old law that has been in place for more than 30 years. It does not take into account the global warming. My question was, “Can this law be corrected to reflect the climate change?”

In our apartment building, we have many elderly people, some with a severe heart condition. A few years ago, an elderly tenant died of heart attack during a heat wave, before the air-conditioning was switched on. This past week, we had temperatures of 24 – 29 degrees Celsius – (which felt much higher inside the building), while the “normal” temperature for this time of the year is around 17 degrees. I need to know what can be done to change the law in order to prevent more tragic deaths and to create humane conditions for all tenants.

When I called your Waterdown office, I spoke to a female employee. She took my telephone number and promissed that “somebody from the ministry” would call me back. Nobody has called me, yet. I would like my MPP to contact me and advise me what can be done to resolve this issue. This is an urgent matter, one that cannot wait for months.

Thank you, in advance, for your time and help,

Lech Biegalski

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