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  • BIG NEWS: The wait is over! The province has announced its proposed changes to the Greenbelt Plan, as part of the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review.

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Thank You for a Wonderful Photo Contest Celebrating Water!

Since October, Greenbelt friends, supporters and residents from across Ontario have submitted over 800 entries to our 2016-17 Photo Contest!

The contest closed on Tuesday, January 10, and we are already enjoying the entries and selecting finalists. On February 1, the finalists will be added to our website and Facebook page, where you will have the opportunity to vote for the Peoples’ Choice Winner. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this year’s entries in our gallery.

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Statement from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Regarding Provincial Announcement on Proposed Minor Changes to the Greenbelt Boundary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday January 11, 2017

Statement from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Regarding Provincial Announcement on Proposed Minor Changes to the Greenbelt Boundary

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation congratulates the Province on their commitment to protect farmland and nature with today’s announcement that only minor, technical changes will be made to Greenbelt boundaries. Minister for Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro has led a thoughtful, evidence-based review process and should be commended for his work in delivering this important achievement for Ontario.

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Farewell to our friend Dan McDermott

It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Dan McDermott—a dedicated, long-time environmental advocate—passed away last week at a Toronto hospital, after battling an illness. Dan was a Greenbelt Foundation grantee with Sierra Club Ontario, and served as a steering committee member for the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance. He will be missed by the many people who had the pleasure of working with him over his 30 year career.

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2016: A Year in the Ontario Greenbelt

2016 was a busy and significant year for the Greenbelt. We put together 12 highlights, in celebration of the 12 days of Christmas and the upcoming 12th anniversary of the Greenbelt in February 2017. Happy Holidays!

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New Assessment of the Greenbelt’s Natural Capital Finds Ecological Goods and Services Are Worth Billions to Residents of Ontario

By: Tom Bowers, Senior Research and Policy Analyst

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to release our latest report, Ontario's Good Fortune: Appreciating the Greenbelt's Natural Capital produced by Green Analytics. The report assessed the value of final services provided by the Greenbelt that Ontario residents benefit from, including, flood protection, recreational opportunities and clean drinking water. It finds that in addition to storing over $11.17B of carbon, the Greenbelt provides $3.2B annually in ecosystem services to residents of the region (approximately 9 million people).

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Holiday 2016 Newsletter

The holidays are almost here! We’ve compiled our top tips for eating local and exploring the Greenbelt this season. Plus, take a look at a year in the Greenbelt with our Annual Report – including new protections for water and engagement with new partners and communities – and read our highlights from the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance's visit to Queen's Park!

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Foundation Submission on Metrolinx's Big Move

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation weighed in on Metrolinx's consultations on its Regional Transportation Plan (known as "the Big Move"). You can read our full submission below.

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Blackwell Children's Garden visits Murphy's Country Produce

By: Auriel Haynes, Blackwell Children's Garden, Malvern

Into the Greenbelt gave the children and some adults from Blackwell Children's Garden, all from the Malvern area, the great opportunity to visit a ''pick your own'' farm. Their excitement was palpable as we prepared to leave for Murphy’s Country Produce. The bus left Malvern on a cool but sunny morning. The drive to Hamilton itself was exciting, as the kids seldom get go on long drives just for fun.

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The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance Headed to Queen's Park to Grow Our Greenbelt

On Tuesday, December 6, members of the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance headed to the Ontario legislature at Queen's Park to meet with MPPs and support the campaign to #GrowOurGB. Here are some highlights!

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The feedback period for the recent Coordinated Land Use Planning Review ended on October 31. The Province is now reviewing submissions from the public, municipalities, community groups, and others, including over 35,000 letters sent by residents in support of protecting and growing the Greenbelt. Amendments to the Greenbelt and Growth Plans are expected in late winter or spring 2017. To show support for the Greenbelt while the Province deliberates, 70 OGA members and Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt, as well as 25 MPPs, gathered for an early breakfast at Queen's Park.

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Members of the OGA delivered over 35,000 signatures to Minister Mauro and Premiere Wynne

There was representation from across the Greenbelt, including the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Environmental Defence, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM), Environment Hamilton, Oakville Green, Sustainable Brant and the Langford Conservancy, EcoSpark, Wellington Water Watchers, and more!

Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt expressed strong support for growing the Greenbelt. In particular, Mayor Steve Parrish of Ajax expressed the need to protect the headwaters of Carruthers Creek, while Deputy Toronto Mayor Glenn De Baeremaeker called for the freezing of municipal boundaries for the next 10 years to promote smart growth and protect farmland. 

Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro thanked the OGA for its efforts, and acknowledged the receipt of over 35,000 letters. He expressed excitement at the new protections for 21 urban river valleys and seven coastal wetlands.

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Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro addressed the OGA over breakfast on Tuesday

Ernie Hardeman, Agriculture and Food Critic for the Progressive Conservatives also commended the Ontario Greenbelt for supporting local food and farming. He stated, "On behalf of Patrick Brown and the PC Caucus, we totally support the Greenbelt."

Take a look a this Twitter Moment for highlights from the morning as they happened, including more photos, quotes from speakers, and insights from OGA members. 

Thank you to everyone who took part in the day, and to supporters across the Greenbelt! While we wait for the Province's amendments, you can still send a letter to Minister of Municipal Affairs Mauro to support the protection and expansion of the Greenbelt. It's critical that we ensure Greenbelt boundaries are permanently protected from unbridled sprawl, and that the Growth Plan is working to help cities and growing municipalities develop responsibly.

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Across U-Hub’s Day Trip to Kortright Centre for Conservation

By: Across U-hub, Toronto

On a sunny Saturday in late October, Across U-Hub took 30 young adults to immerse themselves in the spectacular colours of fall at Kortright Centre for Conservation in Vaughan. 

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