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Five tips for getting your letter to the editor published

December 7, 2016 | Leave a comment
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By Gideon Forman

One of the best ways to tell government to protect the environment is writing a letter to the editor. The letters page is one of the most popular parts of a newspaper — and it's not just your friends and neighbours who read it. Local members of Parliament, provincial legislators and city councillors keep an eye on it to stay abreast of their constituents' concerns.

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Monarch butterfly year in review: #2016sucks

December 7, 2016 | 1 comment
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By Rachel Plotkin

This has been a rough year. We lost pop culture icons Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Prince and Muhammad Ali. And, according to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, monarch butterflies may not be far behind.

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When it comes to engaging diverse audiences, the messenger matters

November 30, 2016 | Leave a comment
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(Photo Credits: Winnie Hwo)

By Winnie Hwo, Senior public engagement specialist

A year ago, the David Suzuki Foundation published a Sustainable Diversity Report based on our work to reach "beyond the choir." After that, 45 people from all walks of life came together to discuss the report's key findings and to strategize about next steps.

As a result of this initial gathering, 11 people came together to form the Sustainable Diversity Network. Its mandate was described as follows:

Our goal is to mix cultural inclusiveness with environmental stewardship. We aim to advance our understanding of sustainability and expand the environmental movement by celebrating voices and stories that are often unheard or unacknowledged.

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D-Day for Indigenous rights at the Supreme Court of Canada

November 24, 2016 | 8 comments
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By Faisal Moola, Director General Ontario and Northern Canada, with contributions from Communications and Public Affairs Specialist Diego Creimer

On November 30 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear two cases regarding destructive activities carried out by the National Energy Board and oil companies in or around the traditional territories of Clyde River Inuit and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. These cases have many aspects in common, hence the decision to hear them at the same time.

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Canada's authors stand with Grassy Narrows

November 23, 2016 | Leave a comment
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By Rachel Plotkin, Ontario Science Projects Manager

I have a dream job. I work with amazing people on issues I care deeply about: wildlife and Indigenous rights. I feel lucky to come to work every morning. But the work isn't easy. I regularly visit Indigenous traditional territories where once abundant wildlife has been decimated by industrial disturbance. I try to safeguard habitat but often feel my successes are just tiny steps forward — or sideways — as habitat continues to disappear.

How do I cope? I celebrate victories, however small, and the relationships they come from — for this work is impossible to do alone. I find meaning in the work itself. I go outside. And, at the end of most days, I read fiction.

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