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Now Is Our Chance to Protect the Arctic

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:52 PM

When I think about oil in the Arctic, I think about the Exxon-Valdez -- about the images of oiled animals, of the dark, ominous slick spreading across the water. When I think about an oil well blowout, I think about the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico --...

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Getting to Know Toronto's Largest Watershed

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:25 PM

On Canadian Rivers Day, I joined my neighbours to learn more about Toronto's largest watershed, the Humber, thanks to the Loblaw Water Fund.

On a cloudy Sunday afternoon in June, I had the chance to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the designation of the Humber as a

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The Northern Gateway Decision Is Dangerous and Unacceptable

(35) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Today's decision on Northern Gateway is the beginning of a national conversation, not the end.

Last week, 20,000 individuals signed a letter to the Prime Minister telling him that "No" is the only acceptable response to Enbridge's Northern Gateway oil pipeline proposal. Today, they received an unacceptable...

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20,000 People #StandWithScience. Will Our Government Do the Same?

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:30 PM

On May 26, 300 scientists from across Canada sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking him, in the strongest possible terms, to reject the Joint Review Panel's report recommending approval of the Northern Gateway oil pipeline project. It was a bold statement and brave move for...

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Oceans Day Still Belongs to Canadians

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 10:27 PM

World Oceans Day, celebrated across the globe on June 8, is Canada's brainchild. The Canadian government proposed the concept in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. This makes Monday's news of Canada's significant ocean protection shortcomings, courtesy of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's report, all the more...

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Say 'No' to the Northern Gateway

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 8:21 AM

This month, in fact any day now, the federal government will make its decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline. There is a strong chance that it will make this decision based on a deeply flawed report delivered by the Joint Review Panel (JRP). A report so fraught with issues that...

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Congratulations to British Columbia's on Its Water Sustainability Act

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:42 PM

We are a province known for water. We are the Wet Coast. We are the rainforest. We are salmon filled rivers that inspire awe. We are fuelled by hydropower. The Province of B.C. transformed our relationship with water by passing a new law last week. Its name recognizes the essential...

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Why a City's Symbolic Vote on Northern Gateway Matters

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Kitimat, situated at the heart of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline project, is holding a municipal vote this week on the recommendation to green-light the project. Why it is happening and why Enbridge is so involved are two good questions. Why this matters to you, is a third....

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Canada Should Move Fast To Protect Endangered Whales

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Let's start with the good news. For the most part, whales in Canada's waters are recovering. North Atlantic right whales, once hunted to the brink of extinction, have almost doubled in number. There are more Fin whales and Humpbacks in Canada's Pacific waters every year. Just last summer, for the...

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Earth Hour: What You Should Think About

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:17 PM

As Earth Hour approaches (March 29, 8:30-9:30 p.m.), it's time to think about the future we want.

2014 will mark my eighth year of celebrating Earth Hour, which I helped introduce to Canada as Mayor of Toronto. I've always taken this hour to reflect on...

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Caring for Canada's Waters: Understanding Water Health

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Canada's waters are a national treasure; ensuring their health is a national responsibility.

One of my first and strongest connections to Canada was through its waters. Paddling a canoe in Algonquin Park in my youth, shortly after moving to Canada from the U.K., I was awed by the vastness and...

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Celebrate Canada's Oceans at Your Local Fish Counter

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Last week, WWF and a broad coalition of NGOs and industry hosted an event on Parliament Hill calling on Canada to mark March 18 as National Sustainable Seafood Day. The idea behind the annual day is to offer all Canadians the opportunity to celebrate the incredible diversity of...

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Congratulations to Canada's 2014 Earth Hour City Capital!

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 5:01 PM

This morning, I was proud to shake Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson's hand and congratulate the City of Edmonton on being named Canada's Earth Hour City Capital for 2014.

Edmonton is a booming Canadian city and it's already fast proving itself a national leader in sustainable city action....

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How Canadian Cities Lead the Way To A Sustainable Future

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 3:54 PM

Today, WWF is congratulating three Canadian cities for their commitment to tackling climate change and building a sustainable future. Out of 11 participating municipalities from across the country, Edmonton, North Vancouver and Surrey have been chosen as finalists in WWF's second annual

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Why Canada Should Demand Sustainable Trade Practices From Its Partners

(4) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 4:30 PM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been described by negotiation countries as one of the most ambitious 21st century trade agreements. However, today's leak of the agreement's draft environment chapter reveals deeply concerning limits to that ambition. And it is these limits that could significantly undermine the sustainable use of...

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Northern Gateway Recommendation Fails Canada and Science

(5) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 11:12 AM

We are dismayed, together with our eminent Canadians for the Great Bear and thousands of others by the report of the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel (JRP) which regrettably recommends the approval of the Enbridge pipeline proposal.

Although the JRP sought to patch the many...

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Pipeline Decisions Based on Short-Term Payoffs Are Dangerously Irrational

(12) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 4:29 PM

Last week, Lorraine Mitchelmore, the top Canadian executive for Royal Dutch Shell, broke with industry narrative, stating that "the argument for environmentalism is not an emotional argument. It is just as rational as the argument for growing our energy industry."

There is an important underlying realization in Mitchelmore's statement...

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It's Time to Agree, the Great Bear Is No Place for Pipelines and Oil Tankers

(6) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 4:39 PM

If Premier Christy Clark opened the door to the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline with an announcement about a deal with Alberta, then for the sake of B.C. -- and Canada --let's make sure that door stays firmly shut.

The Great Bear is a truly unique place. Recovering...

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Protecting the Earth Is the Least We Can Do

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 11:28 AM

Safeguarding an extraordinary ecosystem is always a conservation success. Safeguarding that success all over again is sometimes a conservation necessity.

Recently, WWF awarded its highest global accolade -- the Gift to the Earth award -- to the government and people of Namibia. The award recognized Namibia's outstanding...

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Don't Let An Oil Pipeline Destroy This Global Treasure

(5) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 11:19 AM

What would Canadians do if the Great Barrier Reef was at risk of being destroyed? Or if the Amazon was on the brink of annihilation? We would do what we -- and citizens across the world -- have done. We would stand together and say "no."

Right now a...

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