ONTARIO'S GREENBELT, NINE YEARS AND GROWING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


February 28, 2014

 

ONTARIO'S GREENBELT, NINE YEARS AND GROWING

Celebrating 9 Years of Protected Landscape and
News of Expansion in Mississauga

 

Celebrating its 9th Anniversary, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, along with Mississauga City Council, Credit Valley Conservation, and a growing group of supporters, have come together today to show their support for growing Ontario’s Greenbelt.

In a recent motion, the Mississauga City Council approved the inclusion of the Credit River and Etobicoke Creek ravines as part of the more than 1.8 million acres that already exists as Ontario’s Greenbelt—the world's largest permanently protected Greenbelt.

“The Greenbelt protects our land and water for today and for future generations - this was something that Peter Orphanos strongly believed in when he first began this process. I applaud the leadership Mississauga has taken in fulfilling Peter’s legacy by moving one step closer to protecting more land as part of the urban river valley designation,” says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “Everyday we see the positive attributes that surround us in Ontario’s Greenbelt. By expanding the protected area, we all win.”

Mississauga has passed an in principle motion under the Natural Heritage Strategy to grow the Greenbelt under Ontario’s new Urban River Valley (URV) designation, enacted early last year. The City of Mississauga is the first municipality to take this step. The new urban river valley designation protects waterways, connectivity, and recreation. This also marks the expansion of the Greenbelt into Ontario’s second most populous municipality. 

“On behalf of Mississauga, I am delighted to see the progress we have made in designating our valley lands as Greenbelt land. The Credit River and Etobicoke Creek are cherished natural spaces in our City and at the heart of our natural heritage system,” says Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga.

“Protecting lands along the Credit River valley has been part of Credit Valley Conservation’s heritage for 60 years. The late Peter Orphanos was our proud partner in this goal as is the City of Mississauga,” says John Kinkead, Deputy CAO Credit Valley Conservation. “We are pleased to include CVC-owned lands with other public lands along the Credit to be added to the Greenbelt. More protected lands help build a healthier natural environment for us all, now and in the future.”

The Mississauga Council application will go to Peel Regional Council. Under the Greenbelt Act, 2005, Peel Regional Council must make the formal application to the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the ministry responsible for the Greenbelt, for final approval.

It is expected this process will conclude in late 2014.

Visit greenbelt.ca/friend and sign up to be a Friend of the Greenbelt and help protect and grow Ontario’s future.

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About the Greenbelt:

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs. At more than 1.8 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features. Join us! Learn more at: greenbelt.ca or find us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About the Urban River Valley Designation:

The urban river valley designation announced January 10, 2013 enables municipalities to add publicly-owned lands to Ontario’s Greenbelt and ensures that important water connections between the Greenbelt and Lake Ontario will be protected. This new designation will stop encroachment from developments, but allow infrastructure that supports natural systems, trails and appropriate recreational activities.

 

Contact:

Jennifer Asselin                                                                    
Communications Manager                                          
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation                                                
Phone: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306                               
jasselin@greenbelt.ca

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2014

 

BACKGROUNDER: ONTARIO’S GREENBELT, NINE YEARS AND GROWING 

February 28 marks the 9th Anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation celebrates by applauding Mississauga for taking an important step towards making the Credit River and Etobicoke Creek urban river valleys part of Ontario’s Greenbelt.

 

Quotes:

Mississauga Councillor Jim Tovey: 

“As stewards of the future, protecting, enhancing, and growing the Greenbelt in Ontario is one of the most important responsibilities of our generation. I am proud of, and grateful to my colleagues on Council for their unanimous support in pursuing Greenbelt designation for Mississauga's public lands within our river valleys.”

 

Thaia Jones, Sierra Club of Canada – Peel Region:

“Happy 9th Birthday Greenbelt, from your long-time admirers at Sierra Club of Peel!  You keep our Credit River flowing, our local foods growing, and our natural world close. We look forward to helping you grow all the way down to Lake Ontario! 

Founded in 2006 by environmental advocate Peter Orphanos, Sierra Peel has been a staunch ally of the Credit River and other Peel water systems and supports urban Greenbelt growth to come!”

 

Erin Shapero, Co-ordinator, Ontario Greenbelt Alliance: 

As Ontario’s Greenbelt celebrates its 9th Birthday, we are thrilled by Mississauga Council’s efforts to grow the Greenbelt locally. Mississauga is leading the way in protecting publicly owned lands along urban river valleys like the Credit River and Etobicoke Creek. Adding these environmentally sensitive areas to the Greenbelt’s protective fold will ensure Mississauga residents have access to green spaces, cleaner air and water, and protected ecosystems now and for generations to come.”

 

Kiruthiha Kulendiren, Senior Science and Policy Advisory, David Suzuki Foundation:

As a proud Mississaugan, I applaud the city for its bold efforts to connect residents with nature and bolster the long-term health of the community. Adding these rich/diverse river valleys to the Ontario Greenbelt is a natural legacy that will endure.“

 

Contact:

Jennifer Asselin                                                                    
Communications Manager                                          
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation                                                
Phone: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306                               
jasselin@greenbelt.ca            


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