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  • "Imagine my surprise on moving to Toronto to find that the city not only contains a giant ravine system—our equivalent to the canals of Venice—but that the rivers running through it also contain fish; quite a lot of them."

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  • "Truth be told, I really like riding my bike. I like it so much that I have spent nearly a cumulative year of my life on cycling holidays, and in the first week of May I had the pleasure of adding one more feather to my cycling cap."

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The Greenbelt is turning 10 - stay tuned!

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2015 is a big year. 

February 28th, 2015 marks 10 years since the Greenbelt Act established the largest greenbelt in the world. 

A lot has happened since, and at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation we are fortunate to be a part of it. 

Through dedicated research, targeted grants, and active outreach we've worked--alongside many others--to build a Greenbelt that works to keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grows natural features.

So what do we have planned for the Greenbelt's 10-year anniversary? A lot!

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We're opening two new offices

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It’s an exciting time at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation: we’re opening two new regional offices! On the heels of our Niagara office opening in October, we’re now set to open two more - one in Durham and one in York. 

Like other Greenbelt Regions, Durham and York both have their own unique personalities. We want to get to know them better, so we're opening up shop and moving on in. 

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Job Posting: Communications and Outreach Assistant – York Region

Communications and Outreach Assistant – York Region - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Are you a hard worker who enjoys meeting new people and building relationships?  Are planning and running events, project management, and writing some of your greatest professional strengths?  If you are the perfect balance between a hard worker and someone who can still maintain a sense of friendliness when meeting new people, then the role of Communications and Outreach Assistant, York Region may be the position for you.

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for clean air, fresh water and healthy local food.  At almost 2 million acres, it is the world’s largest greenbelt preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Foundation supports work to strengthen the agricultural sector, protect and restore our natural environment, and create a pattern of urban settlement that supports the Greenbelt.

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Seasons Greentings!

 

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For the Holiday Season we're sharing our tips to eating great food, drinking local wine, and getting out and enjoying the Greenbelt.

Seasons Greentings!

All of us at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation want to wish you a very happy holiday and an exciting New Year. As a thank you for all of your support over the last year we're sharing two of our favourite holiday recipes. Give 'em a try -- they're easy, delicious, and can be made using in-season Ontario ingredients.

Looking forward to connecting with you again in 2015!

-The Friends of the Greenbelt Team

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Job Posting: Communications and Outreach Assistant – Durham Region

Communications and Outreach Assistant – Durham Region - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Are you a hard worker who enjoys meeting new people and building relationships? Is planning and running events, project management, and writing some of your greatest professional strengths?  If you are the perfect balance between a hard worker and someone who can still maintain a sense of friendliness when meeting new people, then the role of Communications and Outreach Assistant, Durham may be the position for you.

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for clean air, fresh water and healthy local food. At almost 2 million acres, it is the world’s largest greenbelt preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Foundation supports work to strengthen the agricultural sector, protect and restore our natural environment, and create a pattern of urban settlement that supports the Greenbelt.

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Iron and Wine to Perform at 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic!!

Iron and Wine to Perform at 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic!!
Saturday August 29, 2015


Gates at 11AM. Show at 12PM
Christie Lake Conservation Area
1000 Highway #5 West
Dundas, Ontario


EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!


Tickets available online at www.ticketbreak.com,
or by calling 1-866-943-8849
or at Picks and Sticks, 140 Locke Street South
or Dr. Disc, 20 Wilson Street in Hamilton, Ontario


HAMILTON (December 20, 2014): September Seventh Entertainment Limited announced today another exciting addition to the 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. American song writer, Iron and Wine, joins the list of performers previously announced which includes song writing legend Gordon Lightfoot, Bahamas, Basia Bulat, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kathleen Edwards, Martha Wainwright and Hamilton’s Dinner Belles. The 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic takes place on Saturday August 29th at Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas, Ontario. Gates open at 11AM and show starts at 12PM. The event serves to celebrate the importance of the Greenbelt, local farmers, art, the outdoors and the eat-local movement.

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Job Posting: Designer & Program Coordinator

Is great design and visual communications for a good cause your dream job?  Are you passionate about the environment, and a good typeface? If so, then joining the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation as our Designer & Program Coordinator will give you just that and more.

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for clean air, fresh water and healthy local food. At almost 2 million acres, it is the world’s largest greenbelt preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Foundation supports work to protect and restore our natural environment, strengthen the agricultural sector, and create a pattern of urban settlement that supports the Greenbelt

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Winter Farmers' Markets

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Missing your weekly visit to the farmers’ market now that there’s snow on the ground? Good news, you don’t have to!

While many markets do close for the season, a sizeable handful remain open throughout the winter. 

We’ve put together a list of the markets in the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network open for business all-year round. 

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Ravines photography exhibit brought out Toronto's ravine lovers

 

An Instagram user? Check out and follow all the winning photographers:

Sammy Tangir
(@sammytangir)           
Lisa Robertson
(@lisarobertsonpics)
 Jacquelyn Sloane Siklos
 (@sloanesiklos)

Ashley Therriault
(@ashtario)

Chris Nolan
(@chrisnolanca)

 Dan Berman
 (@scriptdr)

Gary Wallenwein
(@totemblaze)

Jeff Coussin
(@luciditydesign)

 Joanna Johnston
 (@joannacjohnston)

Jonathan Duder
(@jonathanduder)

Nicole Czorny
(@nczorny)

 Gabriel Bizeau-Régis
 (@atroutatemyhomework
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New report looks at threats to the Greenbelt

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pdf-icon.pngOntario's Greenbelt Under Threat: a study on what's at risk

The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance and Environmental Defence have released a new study on potential threats to the future of Ontario's Greenbelt.

The study's authors identified four distinct challenges to the Greenbelt's continued vitality: new infrastructure developments, new sprawl developments, the dumping of contaminated fill/soil on agricultural lands, and the proposed Pickering Airport.

An interesting read! And a timely one - the 2015 Greenbelt Review is right around the corner.

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