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As Published in the Correo Canadiense: Ontario's Spanish Speaking Newspaper

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To reach out to a broader range of communities and invite more people to understand the Greenbelt, we are working with some cultural newspapers to spread the Greenbelt stories in different languages. Attached is an article on Ontario's Local Food Champions, published in the Correo Canadiense. 

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Can you Champion these Champions?

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As the 2012 Ontario Local Food Champions nomination deadline approaches on October 31st, lets review some of last years Champions.<--break-><--break->

Increasingly, Ontarians are discovering the benefits of fresh, local food for our health, economy and environment. Ontario’s once grassroots local food movement is becoming a bigger world reality in settings like hospitals, long term care homes, schools, universities and child care centres.

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Can you Champion these Champions?

Increasingly, Ontarians are discovering the benefits of fresh, local food for our health, economy and environment. Ontario’s once grassroots local food movement is becoming a bigger world reality in settings like hospitals, long term care homes, schools, universities and child care centres.

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Champions are making tasty local breakfasts a reality

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Enjoying the changing colours at Evergreen Brick Works

Taking full advantage of the gorgeous fall weather on Thanksgiving weekend I decided to take a trip to Evergreen Brick Works. I’ve been there in the past for various events and to visit my juicing friends from Sunshine at the farmers’ market, but had never really walked around the buildings and through the trails. We are truly fortunate to have this vast green space right in the city.

Having just missed the farmers’ market my boyfriend and I decided to take a seat at Café Belong for lunch. To our surprise, our friend and Chef at the Café Dan DeMatteis, was working. I had the barley bowl served with local Swiss chard and wild mushrooms and my boyfriend had the pork (shown below). Both dishes were local, hearty and delicious. We were even treated with a Monforte cheesecake for dessert.

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URBAN SPRAWL: What are the real costs?

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This story explores the costs of urban sprawl to Ontario and Ontarians - from obesity to isolation to health risks, many are not living the dream of being in a rural community.

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Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

Wetland Restoration Incentive ProgramWetland Restoration Incentive Program: Evaluation of landowner environmental and socio-economic preferences
$60,000 - October 12, 2011

The Greenbelt protects our natural environment and water resources from the impacts of urbanization and other major developments. Its landowners, including farmers that work over 50 per cent of the landscape, maintain and restore individual features like wetlands. The benefit of this restoration is flood control, water filtration, improving water quality and climate adaptation.

 This project researches new opportunities that recognize the ecological goods and services landowners provide communities when they undertake stewardship on their lands. The research looks at how to more effectively compensate these stewardship activities and improve environmental outcomes for healthy wetlands in the Credit River watershed. The Region of Peel and the Peel Federation of Agriculture are leading partners in this research.

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Foodshare

Greenbelt Farmers Market Network 2011-2013Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network 2011-2013
$150,000 - October 12, 2011

Farmers' markets are well-known as community local food hubs; but with an abundance of fresh, homemade and sustainable products on display, they are also a great place to learn about nutrition. This project investigates the link between market attendance, knowledge of local foods, and healthy eating. The results will help markets promote healthy options and benefits of eating local to families across the Greenbelt.

 The Network will also continue to offer professional development to market managers, and support best practices and knowledge sharing, all in an effort to help markets and their farm vendors economically thrive.

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Environmental Defence

Ontario Greenbelt AllianceOntario Greenbelt Alliance: Growing the Greenbelt
$400,000 - October 12, 2011

Greenbelt Alliance members work in communities across the landscape to protect the Greenbelt and embrace new opportunities to support its role in providing clean air, water and food to the region. A key partner in their efforts is the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt whose work is also supported through this funding.

 The project also continues work to expand the boundaries of the Greenbelt to include many environmental features that cross its borders including natural heritage, water systems, and agricultural resources. The Alliance will assist with applications to grow the Greenbelt in Guelph, Hamilton, Toronto, Mississauga, and Brampton.

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Hamilton Conservation Foundation

Early Stage Implementation of Dundas Valley 50 Year VisionEarly Stage Implementation of Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision
$50,000 - October 12, 2011

Carved out nearly 10,000 years ago, the Dundas Valley is one of the largest glacial re-entrant valleys (a valley that collects and funnels water) along the Niagara Escarpment. The Hamilton

Conservation Foundation's 50-Year Vision for the Valley outlines ways to sustain the ecology, agriculture and recreation activities of Hamilton's environmental "jewel" as urbanization concentrates along its borders.

 This project enables the Conservation Foundation to work with the community to develop priorities for the next five years. Activities include producing a strategy for biodiversity, land securement, species at risk protection, developing strategies for outdoor education, and agricultural and recreational activities that maintain and enhance the Valley.

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The Living City Foundation

Implementation of the Food and Farming Strategy for the Golden HorseshoeImplementation of the Food and Farming Strategy for the Golden Horseshoe (by the Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee)
$210,000 - October 12, 2011

The Greater Golden Horseshoe's food and farming industry contributes $35 billion to the provincial economy through jobs and economic activity. This project supports the implementation of key activities outlined in a newly developed Action Plan to recognize and grow this important economic driver.

 The GTA-AAC, along with their partners, the regions of Hamilton and Niagara, are receiving funds to get started on implementation of the Action Plan. The grant also supports a working group of regional and municipal economic development staff to attract new business that will lead to better integration of Greenbelt goods into the distribution chain, new processing infrastructure, and new markets.

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