It’s that time of the year again. Friday afternoon comes along and everyone is busily packing their bags and hitting the road to their cottages. This weekend I went up to my friend Lenny’s cottage in Scugog to celebrate his 26th birthday.
Just an hour and a half drive east from Toronto, you enter into an area of rolling hills, farmer fields and Lake Scugog. You know you’re entering the Greenbelt, well because there are signs that indicate so, but also because you see the geographical phenomenon of gravel, sand and silt formed by glaciers during the last ice age known as the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Developers, planners and environmentalists can all wave their “whitebelt” flag. A new study shows that the area between the Greenbelt and urban growth boundaries, nicknamed the “whitebelt”, contains enough land to accommodate development for several generations.
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Announced today, CBC Radio 2 (94.1FM) and the Hamilton Spectator have joined on to spread the word about the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. Through various interviews with Daniel Lanois and coverage at the event itself, the Picnic will receive the attention it deserves as a promoter of sustainability and going local.
Namgyal (left) and Elena, hard at work.
We recently partnered with Skills for Change, bringing on two fantastic co-op students. Skills for Change is non-profit organization providing learning and training opportunities to immigrants and refugees. We're so happy to have Elena and Namgyal with us, and we'd like you to meet them.
Sustaining Ontario's Greenbelt – 3.06 MB
Developers, planners and environmentalists can all wave their "whitebelt" flag. A new study shows that the area between the Greenbelt and urban growth boundaries, nicknamed the "whitebelt", contains enough land to accommodate development for several generations.
In fact, expansion plans for the next 20 years in the regions of Durham, York, Peel, Halton, and the City of Hamilton only allow use of approximately 17 per cent of the "whitebelt" for development. This leaves nearly 83 per cent of the "whitebelt", or 120,000 acres of land, untouched until 2031 providing decades of land for housing, industrial and commercial development.
With musicians like Daniel Lanois, EmmyLou Harris, Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles, and Ray Lamontagne, just to name a few -- the first ever Greenbelt Harvest Picnic is sure to be a hit with something fun for everyone.
"A thousand summer moments"
As printed in Thời Báo, a Vietnamese newspaper in Toronto.
Scary movies, frightening books, and creepy camp fire stories have never really appealed to me. No wait, that’s not true, they do interest me, I’m just very easily scared and therefore try my best to avoid such situations. However while working on a project here at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, I have stumbled across a few very interesting stories related to Ontario’s Greenbelt. The stories that I came across are not your typical shadow looming in the dark of an old cottage story, but instead about abandoned towns, otherwise known as ghost towns. Contrary to what you may believe, a ghost town does not mean a town full of ghosts, it usually refers to towns that were once successful, and then were completely abandoned.
There are four towns in particular which can be found in the Greenbelt, all of which are now considered to be ghost towns. Ball’s Falls, Cheltenham Brickworks, Ballycroy, and Crook’s Hollow. Now the detective in me was definitely sparked, because I was so curious to know why these towns were abandoned, what used to go on in these towns, who lived there and where did they go. I curled up in my office chair (as much as one can curl up in an office chair) and read all four ghost town stories from start to finish. A few days later I found myself in the library with a fellow Greenbelter, looking at books about ghost towns all over Ontario.
"Our Greenbelt gets a world of respect, as Act plays big on global stage"
As printed in the Caribbean Camera, Canada's largest newspaper on Caribbean Affairs.