Winners of Third Greenbelt Photo Contest Celebrated at McMichael Canadian Art Collection


March 26, 2018


Winning photos celebrate our connections to the Greenbelt and all it has to offer

On March 25, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection announced the winners of the Third Greenbelt Photo Contest at a special event at the McMichael, where photos will be exhibited until July 15, 2018.


Shedding Light on Water

From “Day Zero” in Cape Town, South Africa to Jordan and Israel’s depleted reservoirs to droughts in the Prairies it seems like water and access to water is being discussed more often and with more urgency than ever before. It makes sense though, as water is vital to maintaining life, and without it there wouldn’t be any life to begin with.



Friend of the Greenbelt Award Presented to David Crombie and Co-ordinated Review Panel


March 21, 2018


The Greenbelt Foundation celebrated David Crombie and the Co-ordinated Review Advisory Panel for their leadership in enhancing and growing the Greenbelt

Toronto – On March 20, David Crombie, accepted the 2017 Friend of the Greenbelt Award on behalf of the Advisory Panel for the 2015 Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Reivew. The award was presented by the Greenbelt Foundation at a reception hosted by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell celebrating David Crombie, Keith Currie, Rae Horst, John MacKenzie, Leith Moore, and Debbie Zimmerman for their leadership in enhancing and growing the Greenbelt.


My Adventure Through Maple Syrup's History at Kortright Centre

Maple Syrup season is here! After years of trying to make it to a Sugarbush festival I finally succeeded! On a sunny Sunday afternoon, my friends and I hopped into the car and headed out to Kortright Centre to learn about and try everything maple they had to offer. If you’ve never been to Kortright Centre I implore you to go, it’s been a staple in my life since before I can remember and is how I first fell in love with the natural world. I was excited to return back to my roots and share in the adventure with my friends.

Upon our arrival we headed into the main building where they were serving pancakes with maple syrup and a gift shop offering a host of maple goodies for purchase as well. It was tempting to just sit down and dig in but the maple demonstrations beckoned us onward and so we continued out the back, down the stairs and to our first stop.

Troth with hot rocks used to make maple syrup

Hot rocks used to turn sweet water into maple syrup.

An official from Kortright Centre stood there with forked branches in hand, picking up hot rocks from the fire and placing them in a hallowed out troth which looked to be holding water. Upon further inspection (and explanation) we discovered that this was how the indigenous people turned “sweet water”, or the maple trees sap, to the more concentrated version of what we know as maple syrup. It was a long process back then, taking a week of round-the-clock work to obtain the smallest amount of syrup. Now, that’s what I call dedication.


Job Posting: Research and Policy Assistant - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Position: Research and Policy Assistant
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation - Toronto, ON

Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected landscape of prime farmland and natural systems, as well as vibrant communities. It surrounds the Golden Horseshoe, and is vital to the quality of life in southern Ontario.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization, focused on supporting activities that preserve and enhance the agricultural, rural and environmental integrity of Ontario’s Greenbelt. 

The Foundation undertakes or funds research and analysis to:

  • develop better understanding of the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan and related policies such as the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe;
  • identify possible changes to policies and/or their implementation; and,
  • contribute to increasing understanding of the Greenbelt, its agricultural, water and natural systems, and rural economy.

Meet Ed McDonnell


Last October, Ed McDonnell joined the team at the Greenbelt Foundation as our new CEO. On the occasion of his 4-month anniversary and the Greenbelt's 13th birthday, Ed answered a few questions about himself and his vision for the Greenbelt.


2018 Telephone Town Hall - Potential Greenbelt Expansion Recording

A Telephone Town Hall was hosted by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation on February 28, 2018 where thousands of Ontarians tuned in to find out about the potential Greenbelt expansion, why it's needed, and how to participate. If you didn't get a chance to join us you can still listen to it here:


2018 Greenbelt Photo Contest Winners

We are excited to share the 20 winning photographs from the 2017-2018 Greenbelt Photo Contest!

For this year’s annual photo contest, we partnered once again with McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Professional Photographers of Canada! This year’s submissions promote the Greenbelt as a home, playground, and workplace as well as the many ways people become enriched and defined by their interaction with nature and the land.

Many stunning photos were sent, with over 400 entries. Thank you to everyone who participated, we could not have made this happen without you!

The winning photos were chosen by a panel of creative experts from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Professional Photographers of Canada and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. The winning photos will be on display from March 10 – July 15 at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg.


41 Billion Reasons to Love the Greenbelt After 13 Years


 February 28, 2018


Ontario’s Greenbelt is the gift that keeps on giving since its creation on this date in 2005

For 13 years, the Greenbelt has provided a wealth of benefits to the 1 in 4 Canadians living in or near this permanently protected landscape. As Ontario’s most popular environmental initiative, the Greenbelt’s forests, wetlands, soils, farmland, and rivers deliver $3.2 billion in ecosystem services to Ontarians every year. Since its creation in 2005, that represents $41.6 billion in direct benefits to Ontarians.


Where to Submit Feedback on the Greenbelt Consultation


The Province is accepting feedback on the proposed study area until March 7, 2018.

The Ontario Government has identified critical water systems ("the Study Area") currently under pressure from urban growth and climate change, and is seeking public input regarding how and where we should expand Greenbelt protection in those key areas. 


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