The City of Toronto has been peppered with breweries for as long as it’s been called Toronto. Today, more than 150 years later, pubs, taverns, bars, restaurants and homes are overflowing with local indie craft brews more than ever. Craft implies a small, independent operation, using traditions to produce and deliver effervescent beer to tantalize your taste buds. With so many young entrepreneurs channeling their efforts to keep things small-scale and local, the choice and variety is vast.
Janice and I sit together by a snow-laden stream at the Ecology Retreat Centre in Orangeville.
Around 4 or 5 months ago, I came to Canada to volunteer at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. After finishing my school in Germany, I wanted to go to another country and take a gap year before studying at university. But better than a normal gap year, like the most common German version of "Work-and-Travel" in Australia, I got the opportunity to do something good for the environment.
Extending the Greenbelt into urban river valleys like the Credit River is now possible. Credit: Sierra Club Ontario.
At its December meeting the City of Mississauga’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) passed on to Mississauga Council a recommendation to apply to add the City's publicly owned Credit River and Etobicoke Creek valley lands to the Greenbelt. The Greenbelt resolution is on the Council agenda for its February 12th meeting. If successful, the Mississauga initiative will be the first addition to the Greenbelt under Ontario’s new Urban River Valley (URV) designation, enacted early last year. It will also mark the expansion of the Greenbelt into Ontario’s second most populous municipality.
A view of Burlington taken from the Niagara Escarpment, Mt. Nemo.
I have to admit that for many years, Burlington was a place I simply drove through. I really didn't pay much attention to it as I drove along the QEW, off to visit my mother in Niagara.
Then, I met my in-laws and they lived in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment. I became amazed at all the city had to offer quite quickly. Now, it’s no surprise to me that Burlington ranks as Canada’s best mid-sized city to live in.
It’s a new year, Friends! And what better time than now to launch the fresh, new online face of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation?
Welcome to our new website! The new Greenbelt.ca website has been redesigned by our friends at cStreet.ca to make it more user-friendly and engaging. Our content has been refreshed and is easier to find, while our look is now brighter, bolder, and more dynamic.
The holiday season, with its many opportunities to make merry, was inevitably full of chatter about the issues of the day. Discussions ranged from the antics at City Hall, to extreme weather, to the climbing cost of gas, condos and houses in the Greater Toronto Area. Perhaps it was the rum and eggnog that loosened lips, letting those that own homes dream of future riches, or perhaps it’s become a new norm to muse about Rob Ford and house prices at social gatherings.
It’s the ornaments, remembered for years and years, taken in and out of musty boxes, that I miss most about the Christmas trees of my childhood… even the tackiest ones. Like the bagel.
In the third grade around Christmas time, my teacher, Mrs. Mifsud, gave every student a bagel. She then brought forward a copious amount of festive adornments: fake evergreen sprigs, plastic red holly berries, gold bells, glittery bows, and tinsel. Each child was told to decorate the bagel, which acted like a wreath, with whatever holiday craft supply they desired. The bagels returned to us after a weekend with Mrs. Mifsud, given to us as hard, shellacked, inedible ornaments. I had that bagel for probably a decade (in perfect condition, might I add) before I reluctantly agreed to throw it out.
For some of us who celebrate Christmas, the procuring of a Yuletide tree is written into our memories. The scent of fir, spruce, or pine is carried throughout the house and with it comes a seasonal excitement for food, family, and festivity. One of my favourite authors, Tom Robbins, taught me that it's our sense of smell that triggers the most rich and evocative memories. The olfactory bulb, the receptor of odours, is connected to a part of the brain called the limbic system, an area closely associated with memory and emotion. It's no surprise that Christmas is a beloved holiday for many with its generous feast, its potpourri and pomanders, and its cheerful trees; it's built into our noses and our memories.
The best gift giver this holiday season isn't going to be your mother, your grandma (sorry, g-ma), or even your sweet, thoughtful partner... no, it's going to be the Greenbelt! Because Ontario's Greenbelt gives pretty generously every day of the year, providing fresh water, clean air, delicious local food, and some of the best tobogganing hills in the Province free of charge.
HOMEBUYERS PRICED OUT OF PRIME LOCATIONS IN GTA
Lack of single family homes in established neighbourhoods key regional factor driving up GTA home prices: new report
TORONTO, December 2, 2013 — Home prices in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) continue to rise, in part because of the limited supply of single-family homes in established neighbourhoods, according to Priced Out, a new report researched and written by the Pembina Institute and co-published by RBC.