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David R. Miller

David Miller is the President and CEO of WWF-Canada

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.

Northern Gateway Recommendation Fails Canada and Science

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. Everyone who depends on this ecosystem, from fishing and tourism industries to First Nations communities, would be affected. We have seen, in the case of the Exxon Valdez disaster, that the damage will be profound and long-lasting. Have we really not yet learned this hard lesson? When something is priceless, you do not let anyone place it at risk.
12/20/2013 12:12 EST
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Pipeline Decisions Based on Short-Term Payoffs Are Dangerously Irrational

What is at risk is very clear. Just talk to the people who live in this region, and they will tell you. It's their jobs -- the fishing and tourism industries -- and their cultural identity. And it's the spectacular ecosystem upon which all of that depends. A place that is as unique a global treasure as the Great Barrier Reef or the Amazon rainforest. It is no wonder that so many Canadians exercised their democratic rights by participating in the review process for this project. More than 9,500 people wrote to the Joint Review Panel, 96 per cent against the pipeline.
12/17/2013 05:29 EST

Protecting the Earth Is the Least We Can Do

Individual conservation successes are important, but together they point to the need for a much bigger global conversation about how we can meet human needs while sustaining healthy ecosystems and protecting our last precious wild places. In the end, our gift to the earth can be nothing less.
11/25/2013 12:28 EST
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Don't Let An Oil Pipeline Destroy This Global Treasure

We've seen it before. As close to home as Alaska, where the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill devastated wildlife, communities and cost a generation its livelihoods. As close to home as Michigan, where an Enbridge pipeline leaked 800 thousand barrels of diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River. It is still being cleaned up, three years later.
11/19/2013 12:19 EST

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

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 this morning in Sweden. As Josh Laughren, WWF's director of climate and energy, wrote yesterday -- this is a message that all of us need to take seriously. The threat is clear, the timing urgent. We have everything it takes to lead. It is in our own best interests, and the world's, to act now.
09/27/2013 05:28 EDT

The Great Bear Region: Canada's Ecological Treasure

The Great Bear Region in B.C. is a Canadian treasure we should all embrace -- home to one of the planet's last intact coastal temperate rainforests, some of the world's most productive cold water seas, and some of its most important remaining free-flowing salmon rivers. But it is in danger from the Northern Gateway Project, and the outcome will be deadly.
09/17/2013 12:25 EDT

We Know the Solution to Gun Violence

I've been to too many funerals of young murder victims and held too many grieving mothers, fathers and friends to fail to do everything I can about gun violence. I have been, and continue to be, a passionate advocate for changes that can greatly reduce gun violence in this province -- and across Canada.
06/14/2013 05:34 EDT

Why the Public Transit Debate Is Misguided

On the editorial pages of Toronto's newspapers, there is a great debate about how to pay for the public transit expansion Toronto and the Toronto region desperately needs. The commentary is ernest, debating the merits of tolls, sales taxes, and other so-called revenue tools. But I think the debate is misguided.
06/11/2013 12:05 EDT

Fixing Income Inequality in Canada

The economic collapse of 2008 changed much in our world, and it had a devastating impact on many people at home and abroad. But one of the few silver linings is the spotlight that it put on an economic trend that was poised to create lasting damage in Canada: income inequality.
06/04/2013 08:24 EDT
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A Big Idea For Public Transit

Here's a question for you: what's the only G8 country that doesn't have a national transit strategy? The free-wheeling, car-loving U.S., perhaps? Hardly. It's right here in Canada -- where we continue to operate a patchwork system of transit funding that ebbs and flows as political leaders come and go and economic conditions rise and fall.
05/24/2013 05:30 EDT

St. Clair Avenue Right-of-Way? "It's Great"!

While having a coffee with a friend at one of the terrific new cafes on St. Clair Avenue West, I decided to do an informal and unscientific survey of people's opinions about the St. Clair Avenue right-of-way. "It's great!" was the common refrain. When I probed a little deeper, people spoke about the wonderful rejuvenation that has occurred on St. Clair.
05/14/2013 02:59 EDT

The Island Is for People, Not More Porter Jets

This week, a proposal to extend the runway and operate jets out of Billy Bishop Airport was made public. This is a wrong-headed and short-sighted step that simply must be stopped. The Toronto waterfront should be a place for people, not planes.
04/10/2013 02:52 EDT

Toronto Transit: Build It -- And They Will Come

Gridlock in the Toronto region costs the economy billions of dollars a year, harms our environment, and leaves lower income people literally sitting on the bus for hours each day. If I were advising the new Premier of Ontario today, my advice would consist of one simple statement: Get the shovels in the ground now. Build the transit lines that we already have funding for -- then speak to the people about how to pay for the remaining lines. We must seize the moment when the funding and political will exist if we are to meet the needs of our residents and businesses and overcome decades of inertia.
02/25/2013 05:24 EST