Launch of the Greenbelt Book Celebrates the Success of the World’s Largest, Best Protected Greenbelt


APRIL 26, 2017


David Crombie joins Friends of the Greenbelt CEO and author Burkhard Mausberg at Ben McNally Books to launch the Greenbelt Book

Toronto – Local residents and environmental enthusiasts gathered at Ben McNally Books to celebrate the launch of a new book from Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation CEO Burkhard Mausberg about the history and success of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is a compelling coffee table book filled with beautiful photography and rich stories from the Greenbelt, published by Barlow Books. 


Celebrate Earth Day in Ontario's Greenbelt with this Toronto Star feature

In celebration of Earth Day in Ontario's Greenbelt, the April 22 edition of the Toronto Star features protecting farmland, growing smartly, and growing our Greenbelt to protect water. Plus, learn about the value and significant benefits of the Greenbelt's natural capital. If you missed the print edition, catch up on your weekend reading with this two-page feature.  

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Celebrating 15 Years of Oak Ridges Moraine Protection: April 22, 2002

By: Debbe Crandall, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM)

Fifteen years ago this Saturday, April 22—Earth Day—I climbed to the top of Mount Wolfe, one of the high points of the Oak Ridges Moraine, which happens to be my back yard. I remember standing there, dancing a victory jig and shaking my fist in the direction of Toronto and Brampton and the sprawl which, for the time being, had been stopped—at least for the lands in the Oak Ridges Moraine.  

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Top 5 Recreational Activities in Ontario’s Greenbelt

An amazing 9.2 million people (or 3 million households) live within 20 kilometres of Ontario’s Greenbelt—that’s over a quarter of Canada’s whole population! 20 kilometres is the distance we consider to be “near home” for nature-based recreation, 73% of which occurs within this radius.


Recently we set out to determine what recreational activities people are engaging in across the Greenbelt, and how much the Greenbelt’s waters and forests contribute to the well-being of our region—an assessment of value known as natural capital.


Spotlight on Soil Conservation

In celebration of National Soil Conservation Week, we are showcasing two of our current Greenbelt research projects.

National Soil Conservation Week 2017 runs from April 16th to 22nd, and focuses on the importance of proper land stewardship for the benefit of all resources—especially soil—under our care. Led by the Soil Conservation Council of Canada, it’s an annual effort to highlight continuing successes in soil management, while at the same time keeping soil health top-of-mind for both farmers and the public.

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2017 Natural Capital Presentations

Download the presentations from our March 2017 workshop on natural capital valuation, including:

  • Valuation framework and results from "Ontario's Good Fortune";
  • lessons from Peel and Oakville pilot projects in the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative;
  • an update on the development of provincial accounts;
  • and a tactical analysis of how best to use natural capital accounting.

2017 Natural Capital Workshop

By: Tom Bowers, Research Manager

On March 29, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation hosted a workshop in partnership with the Natural Capital Lab and Ontario Network for Ecosystem Services. Held at Country Heritage Park in Milton, the goals for the workshop were twofold.


Celebrating World Water Day in Ontario's Greenbelt

By: Felix Whitton

Today is World Water Day, when we recognize the importance of clean water supplies in our communities and across the world.

The Greenbelt protects nearly 8,600 hectares of water and over 100,000 hectares of wetlands, including the Oak Ridges Moraine—the 'rain barrel' of Ontario—and the headwaters of 65 rivers and streams that supply clean water to millions of residents. 

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However, the Greenbelt could stretch even further and protect at-risk areas beyond its boundaries. That is what a coalition of more than 120 community groups is calling for with the #GrowOurGB campaign.

In celebration of World Water Day, here are three reasons why we need to grow our Greenbelt!


Spoken Word Poem Celebrates Ontario's Greenbelt on World Poetry Day

MARCH 21, 2017

Spoken Word Poem Celebrates Ontario's Greenbelt on World Poetry Day
A slam poem by Shane Koyczan, commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation celebrates farmers and the Greenbelt

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is participating in World Poetry Day by sharing a spoken word poem by renowned slam poet Shane Koyczan that pays tribute to the land and the farmers who sustain us. “The Growers Prayer” can be listened to online and shared on social media to mark World Poetry Day. 


Report Urges Mixed Housing Choice, Complete Communities to Address Housing Prices

March 7, 2017

Report Urges Mixed Housing Choice, Complete Communities to Address Housing Prices
New report from Greenbelt Foundation puts Toronto region housing crunch in global context 

A new report, Global Cities: Housing Prices in Major Urban Centres, from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation finds that housing price increases in the Greater Golden Horseshoe are comparable to similar booming markets in major urban centres around the world. With 56% of the world’s population now living in cities, the report suggests that as globalization continues to bring more residents to cities, planning solutions to increase housing choice are needed.