The Greenbelt is connected to wetlands and waterways which provide clean, fresh water for about 7.5 million Ontarians. The Rescue Lake Simcoe Charitable Foundation is working to protect one of the major watersheds in Ontario’s Greenbelt. This young grassroots environmental organization has seen success over the past 3 years with campaigns such as the popular 2005 Ladies of the Lake calendar, which brought awareness to the unique challenges facing Lake Simcoe. The project enables the group’s continued growth and their ability to educate Ontarians about the ways the Lake can be saved from ongoing pollution runoff and deteriorating quality using the Greenbelt as a forum for change.
$62,000 - June 5, 2006
Through the appraisal of existing programs and the building of partnerships throughout the Greenbelt’s agricultural sector, this project will determine the best ways to train and support new farmers, including recent immigrants and graduates of agricultural programs.
Approximately half of all newcomers to Canada settle in the Golden Horseshoe, bringing with them their skills, energy, cultures and often, farming experience. By exploring opportunities such as the farming of currently leased lands, development of a farm training centre and the creation of new ethnic food markets, this project will inject new life and perspectives into Greenbelt agriculture.
For two days in July, the town of Uxbridge is traveling 100 years into the past. The “Trails in the Valley Festival” offers a variety of attractions including, beard growing contests, live bands, an antique car show, horse rides, a farmers’ market, and an original drama acted by the local theatre company. The Fair brings Uxbridge history to life and gives guests an enlivened experience of the town.
The Niagara Escarpment Commission, in association with the Ontario Heritage Trust, presents the Leading Edge Conference, which includes keynote presentations as well as 20 paper presentations featuring the most current research on the Escarpment and related issues presented by a wide variety of experts. The conference is instrumental in Niagara Escarpment’s UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve designation; namely, in the areas of community involvement, scientific research, environmental monitoring and demonstrations of sustainable development.
Leading Edge 2006 brings together more than 250 participants from Canada's Biosphere Reserves. Landowners, scientists, researchers, students, environmental interest groups, community organizations, corporations, government agencies and representatives from the United States learn, teach and network.