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  • BIG NEWS: The Provincial Land Use Advisory Panel has released recommendations on the Greenbelt Plan!

    Find out what they said, why it's important, and how to get involved!

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Job Posting: Designer & Program Coordinator

Job Posting: Designer & Program Coordinator
Job ID #27230
Application Deadline:  February 18, 2016, 5pm

Is great design and visual communications for a good cause your dream job?  Are you passionate about the environment, and a good typeface? Are you good at carrying out long-term strategies and projects? Can you create compelling and beautiful maps that tell a story? If so, then joining the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation as our Designer & Program Coordinator is the right career move for you! 

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January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

Read our January Newsletter and get the inside scoop on the Greenbelt Review

This month's newsletter includes:

  • The audio recording of our Telephone Town Hall
  • Free-standing PDF case studies on successful Greenbelt farms
  • Tips on eating local all winter long

And More!

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Growing Our Greenbelt: Lake Gibson & Twelve Mile Creek

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Growing our Greenbelt is a blog series focusing on "areas of critical ecological and hydrological significance" recently flagged by more than 100 environmental and community group as requiring Greenbelt protection. Over the next several months, we'll be highlighting the headwaters, ground water recharge areas, surface water features and urban river valleys that, if added to the Greenbelt Plan, would be part of protected and connected clean water system. 

Want to see your Greenbelt grow? Follow our series and use #GrowOurGB on social media to join the movement!

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Exciting news Niagarans!

More than 100 community and environmental groups are calling for Niagara’s Lake Gibson and Twelve Mile Creek to be added to Greenbelt Protection. 

It’s all part of a recently released plan that calls for a 1.5 million acre Greenbelt expansion into Ontario's sensitive water systems. (Find out more about the proposal here).  

In Niagara, we’re lucky to be surrounded by what seems to be a never ending supply of fresh water – but it’s how we take care of it that matters.  

And there are lots of reasons we should make the protection of Lake Gibson and the Twelve Mile Creek a top priority – here are just a few.

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Greenbelt Review Telephone Town Hall Recording

On Tuesday January 26 we hosted our Greenbelt Review Telephone Town Hall! 

From 7pm to 8pm we had a live and interactive conversation on the ongoing provincial review of the Growth and Greenbelt Plans, with more than 11,000 people joining us!

The Town Hall was hosted by Greenbelt Vice-President Susan Murray with two guest speakers--David Crombie, Chair of the Land Use Advisory Panel and Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation--fielding questions from participants. 

We discussed everything from smart growth, to the future of agriculture, to water protection and urban river valleys. 

Listen to the full recording below! 

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Be part of our next Telephone Town Hall

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I'm always surprised when I talk to regular folks—those not in the “Greenbelt” business—about how engaged they are in the Greenbelt and planning issues. I’m often impressed by how much they care, as well as by their intuitive observations and commentary. In other words, you don't need to be a fancy planner or 'died in the wool' environmentalist to have sensible opinions about smart planning and how we build our communities.

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Join the movement to Grow Our Greenbelt! #GrowOurGB

Care about clean drinking water?

Then it's the time for the Greenbelt to protect "areas of critical hydrological significance" according to the expert Land-Use Advisory Panel that just released their recommendations to the Provincial Government.

It's a view shared by a coalition of over 100 environmental and community groups who, just months prior to the release of the panel's report, released a proposal to grow the Greenbelt into our sensitive water systems.

The proposal calls for a 1.5 acres expansion of the Greenbelt in order to protect critical drinking water sources and to ensure an abundant supply of clean water for agriculture and other businesses. 

The proposed expansion areas were identified through consultations with community organizations, Conservation Authority staff, professional ecologists/hydrologists, and elected officials.

The province is currently reviewing the panel's recommendations so if you support a expanded Greenbelt that protects fresh water, agriculture, and environmentally sensitive land now's the time to share it!

Be part of the movement -  use #‎GrowOurGB on social media to follow the conversation and share your thoughts! 

Let's Grow our Greenbelt

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Click here to see a larger version of the map.

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The future of progress on climate change

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I've been working on environmental protection since 1988, creeping up to almost 30 years now. In that time, there have been a lot of international agreements. I vividly remember the Montreal Protocol created to phase out and eliminate ozone depleting substances, and the 1988 Climate Conference in Toronto. I participated in pre-consultations and agenda development for the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil, and I was thrilled to hear about the establishment of the Kyoto Protocol. 

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Grantee Spotlight: The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System

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Grantee Spotlight is a blog series highlighting the experiences and successes of the Foundation’s grantees, as they work with communities and other Greenbelt partners to keep our province’s farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable for future generations.
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The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System: Innovative partnerships, permanent protection and a natural legacy 

Guest post from Peter Kelly, Coordinator, Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System

Nestled in Ontario’s Greenbelt, between the western shores of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, there sits a remarkable collection of natural lands known as the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System.

It’s a special place, an area within the Greenbelt where a World Biosphere Reserve, Provincially Significant Wetlands, and nationally significant habitats all intersect within close proximity to the growing cities of Burlington and Hamilton. The EcoPark System is a biodiversity hotspot - home to almost 1,600 species of flora and fauna, over fifty of which are identified as “Species at Risk”. 

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Inspiring Grimsby teen passionate about the Greenbelt

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As my oldest daughter Zoë contemplates her post-secondary education, the next few months will be busy ones, as she applies to various universities. She’s keen to follow in her dad’s footsteps, hoping to study Environmental Studies and English in either Ontario or British Columbia. So my radar for youth and the environment was particularly alert when I came across a young boy in Niagara who wants to save a woodlot from being paved over by an unneeded road. 

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Burkhard's Blog: A record-breaking grant-making process

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This blog post below about the Greenbelt Fund was originally posted on greenbeltfund.ca on December 10, 2015. 

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As a grant-making organization, we’re fortunate. We get to work with really smart people, and we get to insert ourselves in great new projects that make change. Since 2010, we’ve seen a return of $112 million in increased Ontario sales with our work. This proves that the Fund has been nothing short of a monumental success. 

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