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On May 10th, 2016 the province announced its recommendations for changes to the Growth and Greenbelt Plans.

We are encouraged by the proposal to grow the Greenbelt to include 21 urban river valleys and seven coastal wetlands, bringing the Greenbelt into cities and towns with over 6 million residents. 

The province also added four parcels of protected countryside in the City of Hamilton and Niagara Region. 

But...the widely supported grassroots initiative to expand the Greenbelt and protect a ‘Bluebelt’ of vulnerable water resources was left out of the amendments. We hear that the province plans to start a process to identify such areas in the coming months - let's hold them to their word!

The grassroots 'bluebelt' proposal, put together by a coalition of over 100 environmental and community groups, calls for an ambitious expansion of the Greenbelt in order to protect critical drinking water sources and to ensure an abundant supply of clean water.

Find out more about the proposal and take action at GrowOurGreenbelt.ca!

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Job Posting: Digital Media Assistant

Position: Digital Media Assistant #662016
Organization: Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Do you have a passion for online communications?  Are you social media savvy with a keen mind for traditional and emerging online platforms?   Do you excel in a friendly, quick-paced and team oriented learning environment?  The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is looking for a full-time Digital Media Assistant to join the team!

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for clean air, fresh water and healthy local food.  At almost 2 million acres, it is the world’s largest greenbelt preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt. TheFoundation supports work to protect and restore our natural environment, strengthen the agricultural sector, and create a pattern of urban settlement that supports the Greenbelt.

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Ontario self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes bigger and better for 2016

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June 09, 2016

 

 Ontario self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes bigger and better for 2016

Self-guided tours of craft beverages and local food across Ontario and its protected Greenbelt launched for Ontario Craft Beer Week 2016

 

As Ontario Craft Beer Week celebrates local beer across Ontario, self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes provide five complete itineraries for folks looking to get out and explore breweries, cideries, Feast On restaurants, and local attractions. Along the way, participants can indulge in the flavours of artisanal cheeses, lovingly prepared culinary treats using fresh, local ingredients, premium craft beverages, farmers’ markets and scenic outlooks.

First launched in 2015, the 2016 expanded version includes nearly 150 independent craft beverage producers, over 100 Feast On restaurants and additional points of interest across Ontario and its protected Greenbelt.  Some 250,000 maps will be distributed for free to residents throughout the province and all the routes are also available online at brewerydiscoveryroutes.ca

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May 2016 Newsletter

May 2016 Newsletter

The Coordinated Review, a Local Food Week Guide, and a plan for Bike Month!

This month's newsletter features:

  • A Growing Greenbelt
  • A Local Food Week Guide
  • Bike Month Suggestions
  • And more... ! 
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Cycle the sights of the Greenbelt Route

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Cycle the Sights of the Greenbelt Route

It's been almost a year since the official launch of the Greenbelt Route and we're feeling celebratory.

Last summer's inaugural ride was overwhelming success, and, just in time for Bike Month (May 30 to June 30) we've rolled out even more functionality on our interactive mobile-friendly Greenbelt Route website

With updated points-of-interest, customizable itineraries, and suggested hikes and day-trips greenbelt.ca/route website offers the best of cycling and hiking experiences in the Greenbelt.

Check it out to start planning your Bike Month cycling adventures. 

Below are a few highlights to get you started!

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Hampton Junior Public School awarded Friend of the Greenbelt Certificate

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Greenbelt staff presenting Friend of the Greenbelt certificate to students of Hampton Junior Public School. Artist Patty Bowman Kingsley (r) led guided the creation of the impressive mural. 

On Wednesday May 18 we had the privilege of awarding the students of Hampton Junior Public School in Clarington a Friends of the Greenbelt certificate to celebrate the completion of their colourful and vibrant Greenbelt-inspired mural.  

Commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and led by talented mural artist Patty Bowman Kingsley, the completed mural depicts natural wildlife and water features.

With Patty's guidance all 175 students from junior kindergarten to grade 3 got a chance to express themselves through art, while learning about importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt. Many students were even inspired to write about the scene they created - stories we got to hear at the award reception! 

See below for pictures and videos! All photos courtesy of Patty Bowman Kingsley.

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Growers plant asian pears, stellar peaches, and new varieties across Niagara with investment from Greenbelt Foundation

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May 24, 2016

GROWERS PLANT ASIAN PEARS, STELLAR PEACHES, AND NEW VARIETIES ACROSS NIAGARA WITH INVESTMENT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION

New and exciting varieties of fruit trees meet growing demand for Ontario-Grown tender fruit

A pilot project spearheaded by the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is supporting dozens of growers to plant over 111,000 trees to bolster Niagara’s thriving tender fruit industry. Participating growers began planting this spring, with more trees to be planted in the fall.

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Fresh coat of green paint for Hampton Junior Public School

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May 17, 2016

 

FRESH COAT OF GREEN PAINT FOR HAMPTON JUNIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL
Collaboration Inspires Students to Write Short Stories About the Greenbelt

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation partnered with faculty and students to create a colourful and vibrant Greenbelt-inspired mural at Hampton Junior Public School in Clarington.

Mural artist Patty Bowman Kingsley guided all 175 students from junior kindergarten to grade 3 in expressing themselves through art, while educating the young participants about the importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt through experiential learning. Commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the completed mural depicts natural wildlife and water features.

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Burkhard's Blog: Greenbelt meet Bluebelt - a new future for world’s largest Greenbelt

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Photo Credit: Michael Manet

Ontario is fortunate to have a landscape and ecology that sustains us with soil to grow our food, with forests to clean our air, and with rugged wilderness to explore. In the Canadian tradition, the land shapes our childhoods, supports our economy and represents our future. The Greenbelt is part of this heritage, building connections between those who grow our food and act as stewards of the land, and those who live in cities nearby.

I am pleased that the Province’s recent announcement on the Land Use Planning Review recognized the value of compact complete communities and green landscape, with recommendations to protect clean water and agriculture, to contain sprawl, and to grow the Greenbelt.

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CEO's Statement

Tuesday May 10, 2016 

Statement from Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation CEO Burkhard Mausberg Regarding Provincial Announcement on the Land Use Planning Review

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased that the Province’s response to the Crombie report recognizes the value of compact complete communities and green landscape, with recommendations to protect clean water and agriculture, to contain sprawl, and to grow our Greenbelt to include 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands.

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