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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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  • Support local producers, get outside, and get yourself Greenbelt-grown tree!

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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

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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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10 Reasons why York Region should participate in the Greenbelt Review

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

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From March 25 to May 28, the province of Ontario is holding a Co-ordinated 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 for the Aurora Town Hall on Monday April 13 and the Vaughan Town Hall on Tuesday May 14 we're listing the top ten reasons York Region residents should participate in the review. Get out to a Town Hall in your community and be part of the conversation about Ontario's future! 

1. Keep your air FRESH and your water CLEAN

Ensure the protection of agricultural lands, water, and natural areas. The Greenbelt's ecosystems help sustain our health and well-being and have an estimated economic value of $2.6 billion annually - that's an average of $3,487 per hectare!

2. Smart Communities

Are you happy with your surroundings? 80% of GTA residents would prefer to live in ‘location efficient’ neighbourhoods. Here’s your chance to let the province know what you think about your built environment. Remember, intensification doesn’t mean high-rises, it means walkable communities and nearby amenities.

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Job Posting: Part-time Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper Job

Position: Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper Job # 517235
Type: Part-time position
Organization: Greenbelt Fund 

The Greenbelt Fund has a part-time Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper position available in the Operations team. The required number of hours will vary depending on experience, but the estimated range is up to 32 hours per week, ideally spread over 4 weekdays.

We invite applications, including hourly rate expectations, from qualified candidates by 10:00 AM on April 22nd, 2015.

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March 2015 Newsletter

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This month's Newsletter features

  • A list of Regional Town Halls for the Co-ordinated land use review
  • A Downloadable Greenbelt Q&A PDF 
  • A free webinar on local food
  • And More!
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