Green Infrastructure Guide for Small Cities, Towns and Rural Communities

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The Guide can support small cities, towns and rural settlements with the integration of green infrastructure into their communities. Much of the current green infrastructure research and guidance focuses on densely populated urban centres. Smaller and rural settlements are often overlooked despite the many benefits that green infrastructure can provide in these settings.

This Guide aims to fill that gap by providing an overview of the types of green infrastructure that make the most sense for these communities and by outlining a strategic zoning approach for implementation.

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Cyclists in Niagara-on-the-Lake Join Ontario150 Celebrate By Bike with OutSpokin' Slow Ride

 

 

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September 18, 2017

CYCLISTS IN NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE JOIN ONTARIO150 CELEBRATE BY BIKE WITH OUTSPOKIN’ SLOW RIDE
OutSpokin’ Slow Ride in Niagara-on-the-Lake one of 15 events along Ontario’s iconic cycling routes for Ontario150 celebration

Niagara-on-the-Lake – In one of 15 community cycling events throughout Ontario, 100 cyclists of all ages enjoyed a slow ride on the Greenbelt Route on the last OutSpokin’ Slow Ride of the season. The 16th such event this year, OutSpokin’ Slow Rides are free, non-competitive group bike rides for riders of all ages and abilities.

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Cyclists in Northumberland County Join Ontario150 Celebrate by Bike with "Bike Up Northumberland"

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September 11, 2017

CYCLISTS IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY JOIN ONTARIO150 CELEBRATE BY BIKE WITH
“BIKE UP NORTHUMBERLAND”
“Bike Up Northumberland” in Cobourg one of 15 events along Ontario’s iconic cycling routes for Ontario150 celebration

Cobourg – In one of 15 community cycling events throughout Ontario, cyclists of all ages were encouraged to enjoy the Greenbelt Route and the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail while supporting Northumberland County’s two hospitals; the Northumberland Hills Hospital and the Campbellford Memorial Hospital. New this year, with funding support as part of Ontario150 Celebrate By Bike was the free “Get Back on Your Bike” program to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for residents of all ages.

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Response to the TRCA's "Draft Protocol for Loss of Ecosystem Services"

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The Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) recently conducted a consultation on a ‘Draft Protocol for Loss of Ecosystem Services’. The protocol sets out a framework for how to evaluate the ecosystem services lost because of development in natural features and appropriate compensation (in the form of replicating natural features in other locations or enhancing existing features) for those losses. The protocol triggers as a last resort when all other options to avoid and mitigate losses are exhausted. It will not apply in the Greenbelt’s protected natural features. It will apply in lands adjoining the Greenbelt and could potentially affect its natural features, and therefore it is relevant to our work.

You can read our response to the consultation here.

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CYCLISTS ENJOY PICKERING SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

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August 25, 2017

CYCLISTS ENJOY PICKERING SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ON THE GREAT LAKES WATERFRONT TRAIL

Bicycle Scavenger Hunt one of 15 events along Ontario’s iconic cycling routes for

Ontario150 celebration 

Pickering – In one of 15 community cycling events throughout Ontario, the City of Pickering partnered with Legends, Bay Cycle Bike Depot, and Cycle Life to encourage residents to ride their bike’s along Pickering’s waterfront trail to the annual Summer Concert Series. The special bike-friendly edition of the Summer Concert Series included a bike scavenger hunt.

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Recruiting our new CEO: Position Profile

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer.

The Opportunity:

We are a charitable grant-making organization working to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features, is seeking the second Chief Executive Officer in its 12-year history. The new CEO will continue the impressive work of the Foundation, building on its established accomplishments and relationships. 

The Candidate Qualifications:

While the Hiring Committee of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is aware that no single individual is likely to meet all of the following criteria in equal measure, the following attributes are seen to be highly desirable, and will be sought in candidates for the CEO position:

  • A broad and strategic understanding of local food and agriculture, environmental protection, planning and economic development, and tourism and recreation;

  • Entrepreneurial skills, demonstrating the ability to build relationships and foster coalitions among diverse stakeholders;

  • Experience in working successfully with volunteer Boards of Directors, Advisory Committees, and a variety of not-for-profit organizations;

  • Political acuity; experience in working in a non-partisan way with all parties and all levels of government;

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written;

  • Demonstrated fundraising and public relations expertise;

  • Strong financial and human resource management skills, to lead the dedicated staff at Greenbelt.

The Appointment:

Consideration of candidates will begin immediately. Expressions of interest, applications and nominations may be directed in strict confidence to the address below.

Janet Wright & Associates Inc. 174 Bedford Road, Suite 100 Toronto, Ontario M5R 2K9 E-mail: fgfceo@jwasearch.com 

Please review the full CEO Position Profile, available for download here.

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Job Posting: Engagement and Digital Media Assistant

Job Posting: Engagement and Digital Media Assistant 

Are you passionate about engaging the public on environmental issues? Do you have the social media savvy to make an impact at an organizational level? Ready to make a difference by connecting with people online and on the ground?

If you're looking to work with a great team for a good cause, this might just be the career move for you! 

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XERISCAPING

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Xeriscaping is the grouping of vegetation with similar needs to reduce watering requirements. Native species offer many advantages, such as better adaptation and providing food for native pollinators. The practice of xeriscaping uses creative landscaping techniques, such as grouping of drought-resistant vegetation, and creates an aesthetically interesting natural environment, which contributes to a sense of place.

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TREE CANOPY EXPANSION

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Tree planting, protection and maintenance contribute to stormwater management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, improved biodiversity, and many other health, environmental and economic benefits. Increasing canopy cover on private and public properties can be achieved by planting trees, and protecting and maintaining trees that are already established to help them grow to maturity. New tree planting can be encouraged through systematic and/or subsidized planting programs.

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RAIN HARVESTING

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Rain harvesting involves the collecting of rainwater in a rain barrel or cistern, usually from a roof of a house or building to supplement fresh water supply. A rain barrel or cistern is most effective when the stored water is used regularly as this allows for renewed harvesting of rainwater. 

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