Guest speakers alongside former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. L-R: Foundation Chair and Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Partner Rod Northey; Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith; Former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty; Foundation CEO Burkhard Mausberg; and Former Mayor of Mississauga Hazel McCallion.
Regardless of where you live in Ontario, you will likely have a strong opinion about Dalton McGuinty's time as Premier. His departure from politics wasn’t entirely smooth. But headlines notwithstanding, Mr. McGuinty has been called "Canada’s greenest premier ever." This is no small part due to his study of biology as an undergraduate student, and with that his understanding of ecosystems and commitment to environmental protection.
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November 4, 2015
GREENBELT FOUNDATION HONOURS FORMER PREMIER DALTON MCGUINTY
Award Recognizes McGuinty for Bold Vision in Creating Greenbelt
This evening, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced former Premier Dalton McGuinty as the 2015 winner of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award.
"I consider it a great honour to receive the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. I dedicate my award to all those Ontarians who helped me make our Greenbelt a reality, and to all those who are firmly committed to its permanent protection,” said Mr. McGuinty upon receiving the award.
"I consider it a great honour to receive the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. I dedicate my award to all those Ontarians who helped me make our Greenbelt a reality, and to all those who are firmly committed to its permanent protection,” - Mr. McGuinty upon receiving the award.
Ending an era of uncontrolled urban sprawl in an area larger than Prince Edward Island, Mr. McGuinty was one of the most important champions and architects of Ontario’s Greenbelt. In 2005, with the former Premier at the helm, the Ontario government created the world’s largest permanently protected Greenbelt—keeping the province’s farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable for our children’s children.
The Greenbelt, supported by nine out ten Ontarians, is consistently the province’s most popular environmental initiative according to public polling. The creation of the Greenbelt, along with other policies, such as fully eliminating coal as a source of electricity generation, has seen other organizations, like the Sierra Club, recognize Mr. McGuinty for his contributions to combatting climate change.
Given that this year was the Greenbelt’s 10th anniversary, this was an especially important Annual Report for us, because we had the opportunity to focus on what we've accomplished over the last decade. We also recognized what the Greenbelt Fund has achieved over the last five years in seeking to create sustained and systemic change to the food system.
October 2015 Newsletter
Read our October Newsletter and find out about innovation and investment in Ontario's Greenbelt
This month's newsletter includes:
- Pilot Project to add 130,000 tender fruit trees in Niagara
- Newest research looks at successful Greenbelt farms
- Getting your Greenbelt fix this winter
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.
Thursday October 2nd was an exciting night for the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.
That evening, Foundation's Niagara Office staff joined 300 of Niagara’s top volunteers, executives, and philanthropists at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre for the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Niagara Business Achievement Awards Ceremony.
Funding to support the development of a master plan for the Credit Valley Trail was announced on the Culham Trail near Credit Valley Conservation’s administration office in Mississauga, on September 11, 2015. Project lead Susan Robertson (far right) and Greenbelt Foundation Vice-President Susan Murray (sixth from the right) attended the announcement with local councillors and provincial politicians.
On September 11, 2015 the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Credit Valley Conversation announced a plan to develop a 110-kilometre hiking trail along the Credit River.
With a $100,000 grant from the Foundation, Credit Valley Conservation, partnering with the Credit Valley Heritage Society, will bring to life a 60-year old vision of a connected pedestrian corridor. The new 110-km trail will allow walkers and cyclists to travel from the Credit River headwaters in Orangeville to the mouth of the river at Port Credit on Lake Ontario.
The full trail is expected to be finished in 10-15 years.
The first step is to engage members of the public in the four municipalities along the river to develop the preferred route, identify the cultural and natural highlights along the way, and assess land securement priorities.
To kick-start the process, we asked our Greenbelt Friends living along or near the proposed route to complete a short survey about what they’d like to see as part of the new Credit Valley Trail.
We received almost 200 responses!
Below, project-lead Susan Robertson gives us the scoop on what people want from the new Credit Valley Trail.
Pilot Project announcement on October 14 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. From left, Phil Tregunno, chair of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers, Jim Bradley, MPP St. Catharines, Wayne Gates MPP Niagara Falls, Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of Friends of the Greenbelt, Lord Mayor Pat Dart, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Last week the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced a $400,000 investment in the Niagara tender fruit industry.
Not only is it the largest investment we've made in the last five years into the province’s agricultural sector, it will also result in 13,000 new tender fruit trees in Niagara, and is projected to provide an injection of roughly $4 million into Ontario’s economy.
All that to say - we're pretty excited.
What makes a Greenbelt farm successful?
In truth, a lot of different factors. Our newest report, Greenbelt Farmers: Sowing the Seeds of Success, identifies some of the most important by profiling a cross-section of nine successful Greenbelt farms.
An in-depth look at nine farming operations revealed that, despite difference in size, type, and operation style, successful Greenbelt farms have some key qualities in common; each farm we profiled revealed farmers that love what they do, are dedicated and persistent, and take an innovative and personal approach to growing their business.
For the past three months the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection held a photography contest to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The top 20 submissions will be exhibited at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Two of those 20 will be "People's Choice" winners. You can vote for your People's Choice pick on the Greenbelt Facebook Page. Voting ends October 29th at 4:59pm ET.
On August 11, 2015 we officially launched the Greenbelt 10th Anniversary Photo Contest, arguably our most ambitious contest to-date.
We invited photographers from across the province to submit their best Greenbelt shots - the winning photographs were to be displayed in special exhibit at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and, eventually, to tour various locations across the Greenbelt.
We'd secured two great partners--the Professional Photographers of Canada and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection--and we knew from experience that many talented photographers find inspiration in the Greenbelt's diverse landscapes. And yet, there was still that lingering worry - "Suppose we couldn't get enough entries?"
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October 14, 2015
PILOT PROJECT TO PLANT 130,000 TENDER FRUIT TREES IN NIAGARA
New Partnership Will See Up to 500 Acres Planted & Harvested Over Next Four Years
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Ontario Tender Fruit Growers are launching a pilot project to plant up to 130,000 tender fruit tree varieties, such as peaches and pears, to provide a financial boost to Greenbelt growers, strengthen this key economic sector, and increase prosperity in the Niagara Region.