• "Imagine my surprise on moving to Toronto to find that the city not only contains a giant ravine system—our equivalent to the canals of Venice—but that the rivers running through it also contain fish; quite a lot of them."

  • "Truth be told, I really like riding my bike. I like it so much that I have spent nearly a cumulative year of my life on cycling holidays, and in the first week of May I had the pleasure of adding one more feather to my cycling cap."

  • Support local producers, get outside, and get yourself Greenbelt-grown tree!


Evaluating the Economic Benefits of Greenbelt Assets


 pdf-icon.png Evaluating the Economic Benefits of Greenbelt Assets – 3.47 MB

Produced by Econometric Research Limited, this study identifies, quantifies and showcases the economic contributions of the Greenbelt on the provincial economy and local areas dependent on its resource base. It provides objective, meaningful and sound estimates of the economic contributions of the main economic activities in, or based on, the natural capital base of the Greenbelt.


Greenbelts for La Belle Province


Two great Canadian cities will include greenbelts in the near future. The Québec government announced in their budget on Tuesday that $60 million will be used to develop greenbelts in Montréal and Québec City.

An investment of $50 million will be made to develop natural space, preserve biodiversity and improve Montreal’s living environment. The greenbelt in Montreal will become as hip as places like the Plateau neighbourhood.


Celebrating Canada's Water Week


There is no doubt water is important – it brings life, health and vitality to every aspect of our lives. Where would people be without water? Well, it makes up more than two-thirds of our bodies, so without water, we wouldn’t be alive!


World Water Day 2012: Simple tips on daily water conservation


The Greenbelt protects many watersheds across the province, providing fresh, clean, and safe water to drink. With a staggering 533,000 acres of lakes, wetlands, and river valleys (and woodlands), the region’s water system removes contaminants from our drinking water and helps to provide drainage to prevent flooding.


How are you Green? Let me count the ways


The colour green has long been synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. From green leprechauns and lucky clovers, to delicious green beer. However for me, the colour green has a different meaning entirely.


Happy International Women's Day!


With a predominantly female staff, the Foundation celebrates bright successful women today.


Maple syrup, let’s dance.


In light of the maple syrup season coming early for parts of Ontario, I thought I’d also get a jump start on my maple syrup activities (I looked into the implications of an early maple syrup season, as I didn’t want to be delighting over someone else’s, i.e. the maple syrup producer's, misfortune. Apparently while this isn’t the norm, an early season has happened in the past, about 20 years ago.) 


Ontario's Greenbelt Celebrates its Seventh Anniversary


(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.


Farmers Feed Cities and Kids Learn to Cook


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.


Ontario's Local Food Champions 2012



pdf-icon.pngOntario's Local Food Champions Report (en) – 3.73 MB

pdf-icon.pngOntario's Local Food Champions Report (fr) – 3.71 MB

This year’s Ontario’s Local Food Champions represent the dynamic changes happening across foodservice. Here are the highlights: