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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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Journey to the Great Bear (Day 4): The weight of our choice makes it simple

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 3:15 PM

We woke up undamaged from last night's storm, thanks to the small, deep cove our skipper Neil found off Meyers Passage. But it must have been quite a storm out in Hecate Strait. Winds blew between gale and storm force, with gusts possibly at hurricane force, according to the marine...

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Journey to the Great Bear (Night 3) -- Rough Waters and Risky Business

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM

We've had another reminder that we are only part of this place tonight. As I write this, our ship is rolling side to side, even though we are anchored facing the wind in a protected bay tucked into Meyers Passage.

The weather called for yesterday has started to arrive,...

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Journey to the Great Bear (Day 3) -- There Is No Choice Between Life and Living

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 3:03 PM

We spent the night at Butedale. It's a former cannery where 500 people were employed and lived. There was even a school. The cannery closed in 1966, and today employs one person, Lou. He's the custodian.

Butedale may be closed, along with other small canneries -- replaced by industrial-sized operations...

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Journey to Great Bear (Day 2): Spirit Bears, Salmon, and the World that Connects Them

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 3:23 PM

The spirit bear. One of the unique features of the Great Bear region. The spirit bear, or kermode, is a black bear born white, and this is the only place in the world it exists. It's like Canada having its own panda bear. And its future is at risk because...

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Journey to the Great Bear (Day 1): Hartley Bay, Community of heroes

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:10 PM

Shortly after arriving at Hartley Bay, you realize you are in a community of heroes. When the BC Ferry Queen of the North ran aground off Gil Island in 2006, the residents of Hartley Bay didn't hesitate. Despite the time (midnight) and the weather (difficult), they jumped in their boats...

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Canada Must Step Up and Rise to the World's Climate Challenge

(73) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 5:28 PM

Friday, 800 scientists from around the world stood up and told us that humans are the driving force behind dangerous climate change and that the impacts will be pervasive and severe. They did it in the form of the most robust and authoritative report on climate change to date, released...

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The Great Bear Region: Canada's Ecological Treasure

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Later today, I'll be travelling for the first time to British Columbia's north coast to set sail for the Great Bear Sea. Together with a group of passionate WWF supporters, I'll see firsthand this ecological treasure that WWF has been working to conserve.

We'll sail the waters of the Great...

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