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David Miller is the President and CEO of WWF-Canada. He is a well-known advocate for environmental and economic sustainability. He was the Mayor of Toronto, Canada from 2003 to 2010 and Chair of the prestigious C40 Cities from 2008 to 2010.

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Why Do We Use Toxic Materials to Clean up Toxic Oil Spills?

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 5:02 PM

WWF-Canada recently sent a letter to Minister Leona Aglukkaq in response to Environment Canada's request for submissions on whether to add new products, such as the dispersant Corexit 9500A, to an approved list for use in oil spill clean-up operations.

Dispersants are products which are meant to break up slicks...

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The Pope Reminded Us That Climate Change Is a Moral Issue

(25) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 4:33 PM

Last September I joined a historic 400,000 people on the streets of New York marching for action on climate change. The message of the day was simple: To change everything, we need everyone.

On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis addressed the 1.3 billion Catholics of the world -- and all...

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Canada's Oceans Need More Protected Areas

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:38 PM

Although we rarely have the time or opportunity to notice from shore, the ocean is a busy place. On a daily basis, the sheer volume of activities that happen on or under the water are countless, ranging from long-distance migrations of whales, to corals slowly propagating -- and even distinct...

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We Must Protect Our Beloved Beluga Whales

(12) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Why we need to take care of the "little white whale on the go."

Over the past few months, I've discovered that the beluga is the favourite whale of many WWF staff.

And why is that? It's not because of their celebrated songs that have earned them the nickname "

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A Resounding Vote for Nature-Based Economies

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 5:20 PM

WWF-Canada applauds the Lax Kw'alaams decision to reject offer in favour of healthy Skeena Estuary.

In a third and final vote, members of Lax Kw'alaams First Nation expressed definitive opposition to the Pacific Northwest LNG export terminal.

This decision to reject over $1-billion, which was offered to...

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MaPP Represents Big Plan for the Great Bear Sea

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 10:03 PM

On April 27, the province of British Columbia signed an agreement with 18 coastal First Nations, whose traditional marine territories cover 102,000km2 of B.C.'s ocean environment -- an area about the same size as Iceland. Many of us know this part of Canada as the Great Bear Sea:...

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Three Misconceptions About Adopting Renewable Energy

(18) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:37 PM

WWF aims to help Canada reach 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050

"To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

When confronted with the current and future threats facing our environment, our economy...

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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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