(Toronto, Ontario) – Today is the anniversary of one of Ontario’s most important resources, the Greenbelt. To celebrate the event, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation invited supporters to congregate at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto and enjoy their lunch outdoors. As the largest urban centre near the Greenbelt, Torontonians can be thankful for many of the services the Greenbelt provides including local food, clean water and millions of acres of recreational space. Hundreds of Greenbelt-grown apples donated by Algoma Orchards were distributed to those who came out for the occasion.
For Family Day, I took my two youngest daughters to a cooking class held at the terrific Petit Chefs Academy. This particular event was put on by Farmers Feed Cities, a campaign organized by a coalition of farm organizations commited to ensuring a thriving and sustainable farm industry in Ontario.
This year’s Ontario’s Local Food Champions represent the dynamic changes happening across foodservice. Here are the highlights:
(Toronto, Ontario) – The growth of Ontario food in our public institutions is inspiring. Today we celebrate those who change the food on plates in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and educational institutions. The Ontario’s Local Food Champions report recognizes five organizations from across the food value chains that exemplify leadership and provide solutions to incorporate more Ontario food on their menus.
This funding will help increase public awareness of the Greenbelt and its economic, environmental and social benefits. Through a series of six articles over three years, key research regarding the Greenbelt and the values associated with it will be shared.
Ontario's Greenbelt stretches across 1.8 million acres and offers many options for romantic getaways. From enchanting winery experiences along the Niagara Escarpment, to the exploration of Rouge Park in Markham, one can find the romance in the nature all around the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. It is all about the birds and the bees after all, isn't it?
Left: Carla Balabanowicz, Communications Coordinator, Bronwyn Whyte, Grants Officer
I have to admit I was sad when I heard the actual races were cancelled. I even contemplated not going -- but Carla reminded me that there would still be lots to do, and urged me to come. Thank goodness for Carla, because Cannington was hopping that Saturday morning.
This funding supports the Rouge Park Alliance in hosting the 2012 Tour de Greenbelt - a fresh air festival on wheels. This annual family-friendly cycling event takes place in Ontario’s Greenbelt and for the first time, this year’s program will include hiking and running courses. Activities supported by this grant include managing participant registration, route development, partnership and sponsorship development, and coordinating event logistics.
Today, environmental and conservation organizations are celebrating World Wetlands. Each year, groups from across the globe educate people on the importance of wetland protection. Coinciding with World Wetlands Day this year is the release of a new report from Foundation grantees: Ducks Unlimited, Ontario Nature, Ecojustice, and Earth Roots. The report highlights that land use policies across the Greenbelt are effective in protecting wetlands from most forms of development. This is particularly important given that three quarters of Southern Ontario’s original wetlands have been lost since European settlement.
It's not something that smoothly rolls off the tongue like Valentine's Day or Groundhog Day, but it should. The day isn't greeted with traditional cards or television specials. Nor do wetlands get the public attention or affection they should. Recognizing the value of wetlands annually is important since they have a huge impact on our lives daily.