Study reveals Greater Golden Horseshoe unprotected green space provides $122 million in ecological benefits each year
TORONTO — A patchwork of remaining farmland and green space in Ontario's rapidly growing Golden Horseshoe region provides millions of dollars in services and benefits, according to a David Suzuki Foundation study. The report examines the Whitebelt Study Area, more than 94,000 hectares of unprotected farmland, fields and forests in the municipalities of Durham, York, Halton, Hamilton and Peel. The fate of these lands remains uncertain as the provincial government considers whether to approve proposals to develop prime farmland and green space as the region grows.
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February 6, 2013
Pilot Program Reduces Costs for Farmers, Increases Environmental Benefits
The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation have partnered to promote innovative, economic farming practices that support the environment.
With the Royal Bank of Canada as a partner, Pembina Institute will release a study assessing the key factors responsible for housing price increases in the GTA, which the objective to determine if the protection of the Greenbelt can be ruled out as a key driver. The study, however, will be conducted in an unbiased manner examining all factors equally.
The grant will support the annual Celebrity Luncheon as part of the kick-off to the 2013 Niagara Wine Festival. This event is a celebration of locally grown Greenbelt food, and 100% Ontario wine.
Photo by: Barsin Aghajan. Anah in an alleyway installation called Spark by Kristia Peterson at In the Soil 2012.
Anah Shabbar has lived in Ontario's Greenbelt her entire life, and through her interests in music, visual production and event planning, found herself working in the arts and culture field.
Major Grant Brings Community Together to Protect the Bruce Peninsula
(Tobermory, ON) -- The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association (BPBA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an $87,000 grant by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. The grant will be used to coordinate a community led Conservation and Stewardship Plan for the Bruce that strengthens natural connections between existing protected spaces and creates sustainable strategies for development and active use of the landscape.
Position: Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper
Type: Part-time position
Organization: Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation (www.greenbelt.ca)
Location: Toronto, Ontario (Downtown)
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has a part-time Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper position available in the operations team. Required number of hours will vary depending on experience, but the estimated range is 16 to 24 hours per week, ideally spread over four weekdays.
We invite applications, including hourly rate expectations, from qualified candidates by 10:00 am on January 25th, 2013.
January 10, 2013
MOMENTOUS LANDMARK REACHED
Ontario Government Announces Expansion of Greenbelt
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation applauds Premier Dalton McGuinty on his announcement on expanding Ontario’s Greenbelt.
With funding from the J.W. McConnell Foundation, George Cedric Metcalf Foundation and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Greenbelt Fund is embarking on a pilot project that will look at ways to integrate regional food hubs with mainstream foodservice distribution to develop a Regional Food System.