10 reasons why Niagarans should participate in the Greenbelt Review


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Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt. 
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From March 25 to May 28, the province of Ontario is holding a Coordinated Review of the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. 

In preparation of the April 15 meeting in St. Catharines, we're listing the top ten reasons Niagarans should have their say on the future of the Greenbelt. Get out to the Town Hall and be part of the conversation about Ontario's future! 

Ten reasons for Niagarans to participate in the Greenbelt Review

1. Local food matters!

Local food is important to Niagara residents! From our farmers’ markets to our kitchens, from our farms to our plates – local food is more than just a movement, it’s a way of life. Niagara-grown ingredients are even finding their way into the menus of some of the region’s health care institutions. It’s good for our health, it’s good for our local economy, and it’s good for our planet. Get out to a consultation to have your say on how a protected Greenbelt can continue to help provide nutritious food for all Niagarans.

2. Sustainable and livable communities

Taken together, the province’s four land-use plans--the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan--encourage smart municipal and regional planning. For Niagarans this means more livable communities where we can walk to work, school, and local food markets. A strong Greenbelt means smarter communities and better quality of life. And remember, densification doesn’t have to mean high-rises! It just means making better use of the space we already have! 

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10 Reasons why York Region should participate in the Greenbelt Review

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Tales from York is a blog series focused on the people and places that make York’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on York farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in York's Greenbelt. 

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From March 25 to May 28, the province of Ontario is holding a Co-ordinated Review of the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. 

In preparation for the Aurora Town Hall on Monday April 13 and the Vaughan Town Hall on Tuesday May 14 we're listing the top ten reasons York Region residents should participate in the review. Get out to a Town Hall in your community and be part of the conversation about Ontario's future! 

1. Keep your air FRESH and your water CLEAN

Ensure the protection of agricultural lands, water, and natural areas. The Greenbelt's ecosystems help sustain our health and well-being and have an estimated economic value of $2.6 billion annually - that's an average of $3,487 per hectare!

2. Smart Communities

Are you happy with your surroundings? 80% of GTA residents would prefer to live in ‘location efficient’ neighbourhoods. Here’s your chance to let the province know what you think about your built environment. Remember, intensification doesn’t mean high-rises, it means walkable communities and nearby amenities.

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Job Posting: Part-time Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper Job

Position: Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper Job # 517235
Type: Part-time position
Organization: Greenbelt Fund 

The Greenbelt Fund has a part-time Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper position available in the Operations team. The required number of hours will vary depending on experience, but the estimated range is up to 32 hours per week, ideally spread over 4 weekdays.

We invite applications, including hourly rate expectations, from qualified candidates by 10:00 AM on April 22nd, 2015.

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March 2015 Newsletter

Read our March Newsletter

This month's Newsletter features

  • A list of Regional Town Halls for the Co-ordinated land use review
  • A Downloadable Greenbelt Q&A PDF 
  • A free webinar on local food
  • And More!
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Permitted uses in Ontario’s Prime Agricultural Land

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Making Sure the Right Uses Happen in the Right Places in Ontario’s Prime Agricultural Land

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance’s feedback session on OMAFRA's PPS Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Areas attracted a crowd on March 20.

Hosting tourists at an on-farm bed and breakfast, making pies with farm apples, processing hops from neighbouring farms, and other “value-added” activities are an asset to rural communities and a treat for tourists, but understanding which of these activities are allowed where can be challenging for farmers, other rural land-owners, and municipal staff.

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Listen to a recording of our 3rd annual Telephone Town Hall

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On Tuesday March 24th we hosted our third annual Telephone Town Hall.

From 7pm to 8pm we had a live conversation and answered questions about the importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt and the upcoming public consultations happening throughout the Golden Horseshoe. 

This year's Town Hall was hosted by Susan Murray, the Greenbelt Foundation's VP of Marketing, and featured:

It was an lively and informative conversation. Listen to it in full below.

 

 

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A day at the Horton Family Tree Farm

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Tales from York is a blog series focused on the people and places that make York’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on York farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in York's Greenbelt. 

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On a foggy spring afternoon I travelled into the Greenbelt to experience my very first Maple Syrup Festival!

My destination was the Horton Family Tree Farm in the hamlet of Vandorf, where Aurora meets Whitchurch-Stouffville in York Region. Open since 1961, The Horton Family Farm sugar bush is among the first recreational sugar-bushes in the province.

As I arrived to the property I was immediately welcomed out of the fog and onto a wagon-ride. The wagon toured through fields of White Spruce and Douglas Fir trees. Our destination, a warm log cabin.

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The cabin air was smoky from the crackling fire outside and smelled delicious and sweet from the unending batches of pancakes being poured and flipped inside.

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Hawk watching in Niagara

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Red-tailed hawk. Photo Credit: Barry Cherriere

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Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt. 
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After a long and frigid winter, the warmer temperatures of March are bringing more than just people back outdoors. 

The winged silhouettes of hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey can now be seen drifting over the Niagara Escarpment during their annual spring migration back into Ontario.

For anyone wanting to catch a glimpse of these birds, the best opportunity is at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby, where 14,000 birds are expected to fly through this spring!

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Dispatches from White Meadows Farms

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Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt. 
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Tucked away between woodlots and snow-covered fields, White Meadows Farms might seem an unusual tourist hot-spot.

Being hidden away, however, doesn't deter the tens of thousands of visitors who, come March, flock to the farm in droves. 

Coming from all over, the White Meadows Farms visitors all come for the same reason -  to experience authentic maple syrup straight from the source.

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Job Posting: Grants Officer - Greenbelt Fund

Grants Officer - Greenbelt Fund
Job ID #150301

The Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization, supports and enhances the viability, integrity, and sustainability of agriculture in Ontario and Ontario’s Greenbelt.

The Fund delivers support to farmers and local food leaders to ensure more of the good things that grow in Ontario are being served and distributed through our public institutions, retail, and foodservice markets. Helping to overcome challenges and support economic growth, the Fund’s goal is to create systemic change to permanently increase the amount of local food consumed in the province through grants, education, policy, and networking initiatives.

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