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  • "Imagine my surprise on moving to Toronto to find that the city not only contains a giant ravine system—our equivalent to the canals of Venice—but that the rivers running through it also contain fish; quite a lot of them."

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  • "Truth be told, I really like riding my bike. I like it so much that I have spent nearly a cumulative year of my life on cycling holidays, and in the first week of May I had the pleasure of adding one more feather to my cycling cap."

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  • Support local producers, get outside, and get yourself Greenbelt-grown tree!

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Jeff Crump’s Butternut Squash Soup a Hit with My Kids

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On September 13, 2013, we did a Telephone Town Hall talking to over 4,000 people in Burlington about the Greenbelt and local food. Guest chef, Jeff Crump shared the recipe for one of his favorite soups – a classic butternut squash soup. Last weekend, my kids and I made it. It was delicious and a great family activity. My two-year-old son and four-year-old daughter (who asked me to mention that she has since turned five) helped scoop out the seeds, puree the cooked squash and onions, and try it three times without any arguments because they had helped make it.

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Do You Love the Ravines? I Do.

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On September 17, 2013, I joined over a hundred guests at Patagonia’s Toronto store to celebrate the launch of a new campaign aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle, outdoor recreation and ultimately, showing love for Toronto’s beautiful ravines, the Don and the Humber.

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TORONTO, IT'S TIME TO LOVE THE RAVINES

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 17, 2013 

TORONTO, IT'S TIME TO LOVE THE RAVINES

New Campaign Showcases City’s Most Precious Resource 

 Today a diverse group of businesses and environmental groups launched a Love the Ravines campaign inviting Torontonians to explore, enjoy and protect these spectacular natural features. The campaign educates residents about the many social, environmental and economic benefits they deliver and inspires residents to celebrate these wild places.

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Signing the Way

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When I talk about the Greenbelt, or my job at the Foundation, with people who are not “in the business,” they often say “Oh, the Greenbelt. I’ve seen the signs on the highway…”

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Join our Telephone Talk Show on September 16, 2013

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Greenbelt Harvest Picnic 2013 adds Gordon Lightfoot to the Line-up

The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic is fast approaching, bringing together great music, art, family activities, and local food all in celebration of Ontario’s Greenbelt.

In light of the recent news that Neil Young & Crazy Horse cancelled, I know there has been some frustration surrounding the decision to give ticket holders a partial refund only. I wanted to take a moment to reiterate that we at the Foundation do not make any money from this event. The decision to provide only a $40 partial refund was made by September Seventh Entertainment Ltd. As a title sponsor, we have no authority in making this decision.

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Peachy keen with the Greenbelt Team

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This time of year is positively ripe with peaches. Succulent, soft, aromatic peaches. But like much fruit on Ontario, the swell of succulence is only so ephemeral, with peach season lasting the short span of July to September. 

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Public Access

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$1,000 (1 year)

A public art exhibition will be staged at the Markham Museum contributes to a growing public dialogue within Markham, the GTA, and Ontario, about how we live in and plan for a planet in transition. Its aim is to create public dialogue about the future of land use. The exhibition ran from September 21 to October 13, 2013.

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Lake Simcoe, a Greenbelt Treasure

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Lake Simcoe is all too frequently overlooked and perhaps even under-appreciated. It reminds me a little of what American actor Rodney Dangerfield used to say: “I can’t get no respect.” 

With four Great Lakes in Ontario, all majestic and phenomenal, it’s no surprise that Lake Simcoe is often overlooked. But it really shouldn’t be.

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Tender Thoughts on Tender Fruit

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Every summer, I am struck by the sheer wealth of food that comes from this province. After a cold and seemingly endless winter followed by a sluggish spring, the summer comes bearing gifts of sweet golden corn, succulent berries, the tenderest peaches you have ever bitten into, and just about everything else under the sun that makes your heart sing… at least, it does for me.

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