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.
Photo by Jean Simard
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!
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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.
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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.
The first in a new series, Housing Affordability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, this report places housing prices in the GGH in a global context.
"Understanding the factors contributing to upward pressure on housing prices in the GGH provides the necessary context for policy and planning tools to address concerns of affordability, access and equity in the housing market, in order to create the sustainable and prosperous communities of the future."
Read the full report below.
Stay tuned for the next report in the series!
We are excited to share the 20 winning photographs from the 2016-2017 Greenbelt Photo Contest!
This year, we partnered again with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) to launch a photo contest celebrating the proposed addition of 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands to Ontario’s permanently protected Greenbelt.
Thank you to everyone who participated! We received over 800 eligible entries celebrating water across the Greenbelt.
The winning photographs were selected by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three participating organizations, and by over 2000 Greenbelt friends who cast votes for the Peoples' Choice Award. View the winning photographs below, and visit them on display at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg until June 30, 2017.
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March 6, 2017
WINNERS OF GREENBELT PHOTO CONTEST CELEBRATED AT MCMICHAEL CANADIAN ART COLLECTION
Winning photos celebrate water in its many forms and iterations as the Greenbelt grows to protect urban river valleys
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection announced the winners of the Second Greenbelt Photo Contest at a special event at McMichael.
Selected by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three participating organizations, the winning photographs captured the beauty of the lakes, rivers, and waterways of the Greenbelt. The water theme was chosen to celebrate the province’s plan to add 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands to the Greenbelt.
Happy 12th birthday to Ontario's Greenbelt! We're excited to share a new poem by Shane Koyczan, inspiring us to share our passion for the joys of life in the Greenbelt. Plus, check out March Break adventure ideas, the Greenbelt Photo Exhibit, a community meeting on housing affordability, and more in our latest newsletter.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Celebrating the 12th Birthday of Ontario's Greenbelt
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation releases new slam poem celebrating farming to mark the 12th birthday of Ontario’s most popular environmental initiative
First created on February 28, 2005, Ontario’s Greenbelt has proven to be a lasting testament to Ontario’s commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future. The Greenbelt is Ontario’s most popular environmental initiative, consistently supported by nine out of ten Ontarians.
“The Greenbelt is not only a legacy for the next generation of Ontarians, but a powerful statement of who we are and what we value,” said Burkhard Mausberg, Friends of the Greenbelt CEO. “The protection of farmland and the natural environment as the region grows is our road to a healthy and sustainable future.”
Coming this spring, a new book by Friends of the Greenbelt CEO Burkhard Mausberg shares the stories of the people and the land in The Greenbelt. The book features stunning photography and candid interviews with the leaders and activists who made the Greenbelt a reality.
Ontario’s Greenbelt is our legacy to the next generation and a bold vision for the future of the region. The Greenbelt protects farmland, preserves natural heritage, and sustains a vibrant rural economy.
The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.
We want to offer Greenbelt Friends who have been with us on this journey the first opportunity to pre-order the book. For this week only, we are offering our Friends a 10% discount and free shipping when ordered through our website.
Once the book launches, we’ll be touring the Greenbelt with events featuring readings and interviews with the people who appear in the book. Keep an eye out for your invitation to an event in your area this spring.