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Proposed changes to the Fisheries Act restore lost protections and add modern safeguards
The Fisheries Act is Canada’s oldest piece of environmental legislation, and on February 06, 2018 the federal government proposed changes that will modernize the act, and restore protections for fish habitat that were removed under the previous government. 
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A Big Fish Story; Proactive Planning in the Face of Climate Change
It’s easy to understand the threat posed by climate change to polar bears.  But how many people think about what climate change means for fish?  Fish that thrive in cold rivers and lakes, such as brook trout, walleye, whitefish, and sturgeon, are an important cultural and economic resource that is deeply threatened by climate change.  How threatened?  That is what WCS Canada set out to discover by modeling not just the impacts of climate change, but of new roads and industrial development on fish in one of the planet’s most intact wild areas – Ontario’s Far North. 
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Bighorn Backcountry of Alberta: protecting Vulnerable Wildlife and Precious Waters
A new scientific analysis by Wildlife Conservation Society Canada has identified a conservation gem nestled beside the two crown jewels of the Rocky Mountain national park system. The area, known as the Bighorn Backcountry, lies just east of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta and represents one of the most ecologically important areas in the province’s Eastern Slopes region. 
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Securing a Wild Future for Yukon's Boreal Mountains
Yukon’s Boreal Mountains region adds a whole dimension to Canada’s most iconic forest.  Here snow capped mountains and alpine plateaus are perched above broad river valleys rich with life.  The region is a haven for predators and prey alike, from grizzly bears and wolves to sheep and moose.  There are few other places left in the world that have been so little changed by human development.  That’s why we need a plan to protect the wild in this globally important region.  As a first step, WCS Canada has developed a major new report assessing options for creating a network of conservation lands in the region.  We examined thousands of possibilities to map out the best networks for keeping the wild alive in this vast region. Yukoners love the outdoors and having wild places on their doorstep.  We wanted to help them understand what needs to be done to keep ecosystems intact and wildlife populations healthy.  Read the full report and news release

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Naturally Resilient: A strategy to adapt to climate change or business-as- usual?
To address climate change in Ontario, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) developed a Climate Change Action Plan identifying a number of actions, across multiple ministries aimed at reducing the magnitude and/or rate of greenhouse gas emissions. Because climate change is already impacting human communities and natural systems, MOECC also developed a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy identifying a number of actions, across multiple ministries. The Strategy

 focuses on a 5 high level goals that acknowledge MNRF’s responsibilities, includes a commitment to science and research through partnerships, and prioritizes MNRF’s mandate areas that are at risk due to climate change impacts (e.g., forest management, wetland conservation, water management, species at risk). WCS Canada scientists offered a number of recommendations to strengthen the Strategy.

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