For some of us who celebrate Christmas, the procuring of a Yuletide tree is written into our memories. The scent of fir, spruce, or pine is carried throughout the house and with it comes a seasonal excitement for food, family, and festivity. One of my favourite authors, Tom Robbins, taught me that it's our sense of smell that triggers the most rich and evocative memories. The olfactory bulb, the receptor of odours, is connected to a part of the brain called the limbic system, an area closely associated with memory and emotion. It's no surprise that Christmas is a beloved holiday for many with its generous feast, its potpourri and pomanders, and its cheerful trees; it's built into our noses and our memories.
The best gift giver this holiday season isn't going to be your mother, your grandma (sorry, g-ma), or even your sweet, thoughtful partner... no, it's going to be the Greenbelt! Because Ontario's Greenbelt gives pretty generously every day of the year, providing fresh water, clean air, delicious local food, and some of the best tobogganing hills in the Province free of charge.
HOMEBUYERS PRICED OUT OF PRIME LOCATIONS IN GTA
Lack of single family homes in established neighbourhoods key regional factor driving up GTA home prices: new report
TORONTO, December 2, 2013 — Home prices in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) continue to rise, in part because of the limited supply of single-family homes in established neighbourhoods, according to Priced Out, a new report researched and written by the Pembina Institute and co-published by RBC.
Are you a smart and ambitious self-starter with communications experience and great problem-solving skills looking to take your career to the next level? If so, the Greenbelt Fund has a contract position available in the Communications team to work on the Ontariofresh.ca program that will conclude March 2015. We invite applications from qualified candidates by December 3rd, 2013.
Think about Ottawa for a second. As a Canadian, what probably comes to mind are the iconic images of Parliament Hill, skating on the Rideau Canal, and the ubiquitous Grade 8 class trip.
What about agriculture? Did you know that the City of Ottawa is comprised of over 90 per cent of rural lands, and according to Statistics Canada, home to 1128 farms! This was just some of what we learned about Ottawa’s vibrant network of growers and producers when I visited Carleton University and joined their chefs and students for a tour of the farms and fields of Ottawa.
The project hosts a Social Innovation Lab on food innovation, safety and security to determine the needed conditions for small-scale producers, processors and retailers to enter the food system and scale up.
On November 5, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation hosted the fifth annual Queen’s Park Plate. Presented by the Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the night was a delicious showcase of local food and talent, fresh from Ontario’s Greenbelt.
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November 5, 2013
QUEEN’S PARK PLATE SHOWCASES LOCAL FOOD & CULINARY SKILLS
Event Highlights Greenbelt’s Agricultural Value
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation along with the Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, hosts the fourth Queen’s Park Plate tonight. This unique event pays tribute to the local talent—and local food—grown and nurtured in Ontario’s Greenbelt.
Royal Bank of Canada and the Pembina Institute’s Home Location Study released in 2012 found that over 80 per cent of Greater Toronto Area residents would give up a large home and yard to live in a "location-efficient"neighbourhood that is transit-friendly, walkable and offers shorter commute times. However, more than 70 per cent of residents in the GTA live where they do because of affordability rather than preference.
Priced Out is a follow-up study researched and written by the Pembina Institute, co-published by RBC, that explores the factors contributing to rising home prices in the GTA, and how homebuyers are being "priced out" of location-efficient options.
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October 31, 2013
INNOVATIVE PROJECT CONNECTS RURAL LANDOWNERS THROUGH ONLINE COMMUNITY
Credit Valley Conservation Builds Networking Site to Increase Awareness of Environmental Stewardship
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) to create the Countryside Stewardship Network. Launching in the summer of 2014, this interactive online tool will facilitate dialogue among rural landowners, leading to greater environmental stewardship in the Credit River Watershed.