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Is Wood Buffalo National Park’s world heritage status in jeopardy?

By David Schindler      

A significant implication of the report is that Canada is given a single chance to implement 17 recommendations to avoid having WBNP placed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger, a significant international black eye.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna called the report a 'call to action.' For the sake of this globally important ecosystem, let’s hope the actions are 'major,' 'adequately funded' and 'timely' to use the words of the report, writes David Schindler. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

After years of governments ignoring their concerns about mounting changes to Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) and its ecological centerpiece, the Peace-Athabasca Delta (PAD), the Mikisew Cree First Nation took their concerns to the United Nations’ World Heritage Committee in 2014. This precipitated a 10-day UNESCO Reactive Monitoring Mission to WBNP, which took place in the fall of 2016 and heard from indigenous groups, industry, government, academia and others.

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Today’s Throne Speech steeped in British parliamentary tradition dating back to at least the 16th century

Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Queen Elizabeth, on her first royal visit to Canada in 1957, delivered John Diefenbaker's first Throne Speech. In 1977, she delivered Pierre Trudeau's Throne Speech as well in Canada.

Rookie PSPC minister a ‘calculated risk’ as a cabinet pick, say observers

News|By Palak Mangat 10:31 AM ET
Canada's new procurement minister Anita Anand 'ticks a lot of the boxes,' says one political observer of the first Hindu to be appointed into cabinet on a federal level.

Liberals’ Anthony Rota elected Speaker of the House

MPs used a ranked-ballot voting system to elect the new House Speaker.

‘Thou shalt be there,’ government whip tells MPs as high-stakes minority Parliament kicks off Thursday

News|By Palak Mangat
In a minority Parliament, co-operation between parties is now an 'imperative, as opposed to something that we would try to do,' says Chief Government Whip Mark Holland.

‘A servant of the House’: MPs to elect Commons Speaker in early-morning ceremony

News|By Beatrice Paez
Incumbent House Speaker Geoff Regan says he expects MPs will be largely influenced by their peers' assessments of the candidates in casting their ballots for the new Speaker.

Political ties, not diplomatic bona fides needed for next Canadian envoy in D.C., says former ambassador

News|By Neil Moss
‘From a U.S. perspective, the relationship between the ambassador and the prime minister has to be extremely close,’ says Michael Kergin.

‘Let’s get on with the contest now’: chorus of prominent Conservatives calling for Scheer’s ouster continues to grow

News|By Mike Lapointe
But a Conservative source is decrying public criticism of Andrew Scheer's leadership, saying it will only create the kind of schisms that will set the party back and that former leader Stephen Harper worked to avoid.

Parliament security labour standoff nearing end of the road

Long-awaited collective agreements are finally being settled with the unions representing Parliament’s security officers, just in time for a new round of talks.

French envoy defends Macron’s NATO comments as ‘brave’

French ambassador Kareen Rispal says the 29-member alliance is in the midst of a political crisis and her president was recognizing that fact.
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