Press Release - CPAWS Ottawa-Valley’s “Make it a Real Park” Campaign Launch

  • Published on Mar 09 2016 |
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Contact: Soren Antosz    
Vice President CPAWS-OV
Tel. 613-894-3752
Email: santosz@cpaws.org
Date: 09/03/2016

CPAWS Ottawa-Valley’s “Make it a Real Park” Campaign Launch
Make it a Real Park, an initiative to establish legislative protection for Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park is a park in name only, and local conservation group CPAWS-OV says that has to change before the region's favourite wilderness area is permanently damaged. 
CPAWS-OV will launch their official "Make it a Real Park" campaign to establish legislative protection for Gatineau Park this Friday. The celebration will feature local music, food, craft beer and a discussion about protecting Gatineau Park.

“People are constantly shocked to learn Gatineau Park is a park in name only,” said Soren Antosz, vice president of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Ottawa-Valley Chapter. “We see this every day, and every day people who learn about the Park’s status can’t understand why.”
The land is owned by the federal government and managed by the NCC, but doesn’t have the legal protection of a national park. Raising awareness of this fact and ultimately protecting Gatineau Park as closely as we do Canada’s National Parks is the goal of Make it a Real Park. “Portions of the park have continually been sold or repurposed for the development of new roads, housing, and shopping centres. That why legal protection is so important.”
Antosz and CPAWS-OV have been leading an initiative to promote Gatineau Park’s formal protection.  This includes recent meetings with the Outaouais Caucus (MPs from Outaouais region), the NCC, Pierre Polievre’s office, mayors of local municipalities and First Nations.  Make it a Real Park is also forming a strong community of local business and resident supporters.
“We want to see Gatineau Park receive protection equivalent to Canada’s National Parks.  We feel there is now is a prime opportunity to reintroduce legislation to Parliament.  The community support so far has been amazing, we want to keep the momentum going”.

Details: At Maker House Co. (987 Wellington W), March 11 from 7-10pm.
CPAWS-OV board members will be in attendance to promote the campaign, and talk with the residents of Ottawa and Gatineau about why Gatineau Park needs protection.
Music by local artists Deborah Clarke and Aydin Suatec.

About CPAWS Ottawa-Valley
CPAWS-OV has been working for conservation for over 45 years. We are mostly volunteers, a collection of active citizens working for protection of wilderness (our jurisdiction stretching over an area larger than New Brunswick).  Our other campaigns include protecting the Dumoine Watershed, road ecology programs and conservation education.
To learn more visit http://cpaws-ov-vo.org or ca,ll us at 613-232-7297.

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