We threw a party a few days ago. A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Niagara Escarpment Plan – Canada’s first green plan. We shared fabulous food and wines from Greenbelt producers, and we heard from and saw past and future leaders of Niagara Escarpment protection.
Moreen Miller, the head of the Ontario Stone Sand & Gravel Association welcomed everyone and highlighted many of the special ecological features of the Niagara escarpment and why in her additional role as a Member of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, she values those features quite dearly.
We heard from the Ministry of Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey about her government decision to add 750 of hectares to the Niagara Escarpment Plan. Thank you Minister.
Sarah Harmer performed a new song from her upcoming album, oh little fire, as well as her ‘Escarpment Blues’ classic, cheering people on to sing along to the lyrics.
I had the wonderful opportunity to introduce Bill Davis, the Premier working hard to put the Escarpment protection in place in the 70s. Premier Davis was still the smartest person in the room – and there were a lot of clever ones present. Davis reminisced, he recollected, gave thanks to the folks that helped him make it happen, especially those not in direct political sphere. And he also poked plenty of fun at some of our guests, be they current Ministers or environmental advocates.
The rooms were packed for this successful event and I walked away from the celebration with a great sense of optimism. Optimism that we can all be around again to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ontario’s Greenbelt in 20 years time.
-- Burkhard Mausberg
* Note from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation: This blog post has been updated to reflect comments from readers.