From One Toronto:
Rob Ford, a Mayor without Vision
Toronto residents should be proud to have our former mayor, David Miller, recognized as a city builder. From Transit City, to cleaning up the city, to working on poverty reduction to sustainability, Miller had vision. Contrast that to our current mayor Ford who, as he promised during the election, has worked to dismantle almost every part of Miller’s vision for a sustainable city.
Former Toronto mayor David Miller has been named to a prestigious
post by a New York university that hopes to harness his city-building
Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) announced
Tuesday it had named Miller, Toronto's mayor from 2003-2010, as a Future
of Cities Global Fellow.
"Mayor Miller’s unique insight will guide us as we explore the
interplay between intelligent city infrastructure and economic,
environmental and social sustainability," NYU-Poly Provost Dianne Rekow
said in a statement.
The engineering school, which is an affiliate of New York University,
said Miller will deliver lectures, design courses and provide strategic
NYU-Poly spokesperson Kathleen Hamilton said Miller will also be
working with New York University, which has its own urban studies
programs, to ensure the two institutions' efforts are properly
Miller will continue to be based in Toronto, she said.
Miller said in a statement that the school is uniquely placed "to
help its students – and the world – find solutions to pressing urban
issues that can improve livability, prosperity and opportunity for all."
While serving as Toronto's mayor, Miller led the C-40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 to 2010.
During his term, Toronto made many steps forward to reduce its carbon
emissions, such as green roofs for transit stations and recladding
older highrises to conserve energy.
Toronto received a low-carbon leadership award from the C-40 and other honours, noted the NYU-Poly release.
Since leaving office, Miller has returned to his original career as a
lawyer. He practices with Toronto's Aird & Berlis LLP, where he
specializes in international business and sustainability. Miller had
been a partner in the firm before entering municipal politics in 1994.
He has worked as a consultant on creating green urban jobs and has been appointed to an advisory role with the World Bank.
Can we have our old mayor back please!?