We Can't Leave Canada's Parks and Wildlife Areas Unprotected!

Pumpjack near Drumheller, Alberta - iStock, (c) Mlenny photoCanada’s national parks, national wildlife areas and migratory bird sanctuaries may be more vulnerable than ever before to development inside their borders, due to pending changes to our environmental laws.

Under the new  Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012, many developments in federal protected areas would no longer require environmental assessments or be subject to public scrutiny. 

Developments like:

  • Building a ski resort
  • Building a golf course
  • Constructing bridges and roads other than public highways
  • Conducting military field exercises
  • Offshore drilling
  • Underwater seismic testing


Nature Canada is calling on the federal government to make environmental assessments mandatory for activities like these. You can support our recommendations by sending a letter of support.

Nature Canada believes that our federal protected areas deserve the highest level of protection by law, and there needs to be careful, legally binding scrutiny of developments inside our most precious and vulnerable protected spaces.

Just think: with this new law, developments like expanding gas drilling in Alberta’s Suffield National Wildlife Area or NWT’s Kendall Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary could move ahead – all without environmental assessments or public input.

Send a letter now. Tell Canada’s government that national wildlife areas and other federally protected spaces are no place for ski resorts, mines or oil drilling operations.

P.S.- Nature Canada has submitted these recommendations to maintain the highest level of protection for national wildlife areas and other protected spaces. Please tell Minister Kent that you support our position; send a letter now.

Recipients

  • Peter Kent

Message

We Can't Leave Canada's Parks and Wildlife Areas Unprotected!

Dear [Decision Maker],

Our nation's endangered species, migratory birds and other biodiversity depend on a well managed, interconnected network of protected spaces where wildlife are free to roam, feed and raise their young away from the threat of human activity.

Our national parks, national wildlife areas and migratory bird sanctuaries deserve the highest level of protection by law, and there needs to be careful, legally binding scrutiny of all significant developments inside our most precious and vulnerable protected spaces.

The regulations designating physical activities inside our protected lands, part of the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 (CEAA 2012), leave important wilderness habitat too vulnerable to degradation or loss, and threaten to undermine the mandate of our federal protected areas.

With this new law, developments like expanding gas drilling in Alberta's Suffield National Wildlife Area or NWT's Kendall Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary could move ahead without adequate environmental assessments or public input.

How can you let this happen, Minister Kent, knowing the significant adverse environmental effects associated with activities like these?




Thank you for considering my views and I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, Province Postal Code]

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