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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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Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt

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The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation looks at a mix of initiatives and tools 30 municipalities are using to enhance Ontario’s Greenbelt.

The report, Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt, surveyed dozens of municipal officials. The results emphasize the many ways communities are directly and indirectly helping to achieve the objectives of the Greenbelt—enhancing valuable natural heritage sites, supporting agriculture, increasing tourism, and strengthening local economies.

Examples of municipal projects include:

  • The County of Northumberland established a 15,000 square foot local food processing and training facility to help farmers diversify and expand their businesses.

  • The Town of Aurora calculated that the total economic value of its natural assets, such as woodlands and wetlands, are worth about $7.4 million annually.

  • The Region of Peel offers funding of up to 50 per cent to assist conservation partners in securing additional natural areas for environmental and recreational purposes—with nearly 900 acres purchased since 2005.

  • The Municipality of Clarington launched the Trees for Rural Roads program to restore tree-lined rural roads by planting Maples throughout the community. Since 2012, the municipality and property owners have planted 2,300 trees.

  • An Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport, created by Bruce County, involves an annual scavenger hunt that encourages residents and cottagers to visit the scenic natural features and other tourist attractions across the County. To date, nearly 70,000 people have participated in exploring the Bruce.

  • The Town of Lincoln is becoming a Centre of Excellence for Agriculture

 For more background see our 2011 report, The Living Greenbelt

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Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt

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May 11, 2015

COMMUNITIES LEADING THE WAY IN STRENGTHENING THE GREENBELT
Research Highlights Ways Local Governments are Helping Achieve Greenbelt’s Goals

The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation looks at a mix of initiatives and tools 30 municipalities are using to enhance Ontario’s Greenbelt.

The report, Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt, surveyed dozens of municipal officials. The results emphasize the many ways communities are directly and indirectly helping to achieve the objectives of the Greenbelt—enhancing valuable natural heritage sites, supporting agriculture, increasing tourism, and strengthening local economies.

"Many local governments are showing tremendous leadership in strengthening Ontario’s Greenbelt,”" says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "Similar to one of sports’ most dynamic duo, communities are setting the Greenbelt up for success like Gretzky’s silky-smooth assists to Jari Kurri in the 1980s and ‘90s."

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Tales from Niagara: Dillon's Distillery and the art of distinctly Niagaran gin

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Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt. 
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Local Niagara fruit and herbs are being used to concoct something delicious.

Dillon’s Distillery has been using locally grown grapes, cherries, and pears, coupled with select botanicals to craft a new Niagara classic. No, it’s not wine, and no, it’s not a pie - it's small-batch unfiltered gin.  

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Jane’s Walk in the Greenbelt

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Join the world-wide walking festival celebrating YOUR neighborhood and YOUR stories.

The Jane’s Walk Festival is happening this weekend (May 1-3)! The annual global festival of community-led walking tours is an opportunity to explore neighbourhoods, tell local stories, and make new connections. All the walks are free and all are citizen-led. There's something for everyone - stay local and learn more about your neighbourhood or venture out to a new city or town to discover new stories and celebrate walkable environments and natural heritage.  

And this year, for the first time, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with the Jane’s Walk festival to launch a new series of walking conversations across the Greenbelt. The Greenbelt-themed Jane’s Walks will take place predominantly in Burlington and surrounding series this first weekend of May. We’ve also partnered with other Greenbelt organizations to offer a guided walk in Kleinburg in early June.

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Greening Niagara's Sunday Blossom Tour

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April 21st, 2015

Greening Niagara's Sunday Blossom Tour 

Lovers of Niagara-grown peaches, pears, and other delicious tender fruit will soon have their chance to explore and learn more about the orchards from where their bountiful harvests of fruit comes from each summer.

Greening Niagara, a Niagara based non-profit focused on environmental education and community projects, is organizing a Blossom Sunday Tour on May10th – an event which will bring local residents and tourists together to witness the blooming of fruit trees, flowering plants and wildflowers, budding woodlands, and productive farms. Blossom Sunday’s were once popular events throughout Niagara, and traditionally held two weeks before Mother’s Day. Greening Niagara believes this tour will stir a new public interest in learning about the prime farmland and fruit growing in the area.

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April 2015 Newsletter

Read our April Newsletter

This month's Newsletter features

  • The 2015 Review
  • Janes Walk in the Greenbelt
  • Headwater Hikes
  • And More!
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Day devoted to migratory birds in Northumberland

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April 21st, 2015

A DAY DEVOTED TO MIGRATORY BIRDS IN NORTHUMBERLAND

Everyone is invited to join biologists and conservation partners for a free talk and bird walks on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in Northumberland County.

This year’s theme: Restore Habitat, Restore Birds, highlights the protection of birds and their habitat. The day begins with a bird and habitat tour of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Hazel Bird property and ends with a bird hike at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna. Dedicated staff and volunteers are eager to share their expertise and enthusiasm for migratory birds.

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A season of Agricultural fairs in Durham Region

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Tales from Durham is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Durham’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Durham farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Durham's Greenbelt. 

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The agricultural fair season is fast-approaching! And in Durham Region the anticipation is already growing.

From tractor pulls and demolition derbies, to livestock shows and photography exhibits - agricultural fairs are all about good food, good fun, and good times.

A tradition in Ontario for more than 160 years, agricultural fairs are a great way to celebrate the farms, farmers, and farming communities that make Durham Region great.

Below is our list of seven of Durham Region’s must-attend agricultural fairs. Hope to see you there!

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Join us at the 2015 Review

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2015 is a very important year for Ontario’s Greenbelt. That’s because this year the Ontario Greenbelt Plan is being reviewed, and the review process and outcome will determine the next 10 years of this protected landscape.

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10 reasons why Niagarans should participate in the Greenbelt Review


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Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt. 
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From March 25 to May 28, the province of Ontario is holding a Coordinated Review of the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. 

In preparation of the April 15 meeting in St. Catharines, we're listing the top ten reasons Niagarans should have their say on the future of the Greenbelt. Get out to the Town Hall and be part of the conversation about Ontario's future! 

Ten reasons for Niagarans to participate in the Greenbelt Review

1. Local food matters!

Local food is important to Niagara residents! From our farmers’ markets to our kitchens, from our farms to our plates – local food is more than just a movement, it’s a way of life. Niagara-grown ingredients are even finding their way into the menus of some of the region’s health care institutions. It’s good for our health, it’s good for our local economy, and it’s good for our planet. Get out to a consultation to have your say on how a protected Greenbelt can continue to help provide nutritious food for all Niagarans.

2. Sustainable and livable communities

Taken together, the province’s four land-use plans--the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan--encourage smart municipal and regional planning. For Niagarans this means more livable communities where we can walk to work, school, and local food markets. A strong Greenbelt means smarter communities and better quality of life. And remember, densification doesn’t have to mean high-rises! It just means making better use of the space we already have! 

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