Parks Canada public consultations start Monday

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Alberta’s Jasper National Park is seen in this Parks Canada Twitter photo.

BY KELLY ROCHE
Canadians are being asked to share their views on the future of national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas as part of the ‘Let’s Talk Parks, Canada!’ launch.
“It is fitting that, as our country celebrates its 150th birthday, we will come together and consider the future of Canada’s treasured places,” said Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna in a statement.
“This is the largest consultation ever undertaken on the work of Parks Canada. We can all play a part in forming the future of our national heritage treasures.”
Feedback is being collected by the federal government until Jan. 27.
A questionnaire can be found online, and a kit is also available for residents to hold their own consultation.
In addition, public engagement events are being held in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax.
The Parks Canada Agency Act requires the minister responsible for Parks Canada to allow Canadians to provide feedback on Parks Canada’s responsibilities every two years. McKenna must respond to the consultations’recommendations within 180 days.

In honour of Confederation, the federal government is offering free access to national sites with a 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass.

Passes, which are hung on a vehicle’s rearview mirror, are being mailed to residents throughout the year.

Canada was recently named the top place to travel in the New York Times’ list of ’52 places to go in 2017.’

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