David R. Miller

Entries by David R. Miller

When I Go Wild, People and Nature Thrive

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:43 PM

I'm an urban guy. I live and work downtown in Canada's most populated city and worked at the crossroad of cities and sustainability for nearly two decades as a city councillor and mayor.

But I'm also a nature guy. I'm a regular rambler of High Park and the Humber Valley...

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March 16-22 Is Canada Water Week - Let's Celebrate!

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:33 AM

Someone recently asked me if I knew what watershed I lived in. I live in the Humber River watershed. My wish for Canada Water Week is that every Canadian across the country knows which watershed they live in.

Every Canadian is connected to a river through its watershed...

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Evading Action on Climate Change Is No Longer an Option

(8) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Yesterday, another domino tile fell, adding momentum toward meaningful action on climate change. And that falling tile has already brought new impetus to countries around the world -- but how will Canada respond?

The announcement, of a secretly negotiated bilateral commitment to new emissions reduction targets between the world's...

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If Everyone Lived Like Canadians, We'd Need 3.7 Planets

(10) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 9:25 AM

WWF's new Living Planet Report is issuing a wake-up call: our unsustainable demands on the planet are contributing to a dramatic decline -- 52 per cent -- in wildlife populations in the last 40 years. This is the cost of our way of life.

As Canadians, we are incredibly lucky...

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The People's Climate March: Calling for Action Today

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:30 PM

I'm joining the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday to call for real action on climate change today. Where will you be marching?

The People's Climate March is this Sunday, September 21 in New York City and in cities across Canada. I am going to be in...

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Standing Up For Safety in Arctic Offshore Drilling

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Offshore drilling must not take place if it presents unacceptable and unmanageable risks to the Arctic environment.

Picture this: a pristine part of the Arctic Ocean, kilometres off the coast of the Northwest Territories. Sea ice and water and sky as far as the eye can see. Beneath the surface,...

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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

(32) 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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