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

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

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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Big Bat Find in Alberta’s Boreal Forest

(March 16, 2017) ***PRESS RELEASE***  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Big Bat Find in Alberta’s Boreal Forest • Alberta’s largest-known hibernation site outside of Rocky Mountains discovered • Hundreds of endangered bats roosting in cave • Site information vital as disease devastating bats moves westHigher resolution images of the photos below are available at:https://www.wcscanada.org/Portals/96/images/Alberta Hibernaculum Discovery Photos.zipPlease ensure pho...

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Comments on Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan

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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