Statement from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Regarding Provincial Announcement on Proposed Minor Changes to the Greenbelt Boundary

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Wednesday January 11, 2017

Statement from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Regarding Provincial Announcement on Proposed Minor Changes to the Greenbelt Boundary

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation congratulates the Province on their commitment to protect farmland and nature with today’s announcement that only minor, technical changes will be made to Greenbelt boundaries. Minister for Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro has led a thoughtful, evidence-based review process and should be commended for his work in delivering this important achievement for Ontario.

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New poll finds overwhelming public support for the Growth Plan

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE and FRIENDS OF THE GREENBELT FOUNDATION

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December 5, 2016

New poll finds overwhelming public support for the Growth Plan
Eight in 10 Greater Golden Horseshoe residents support the Growth Plan to protect farmland and encourage smart growth 

Toronto, ON – A poll conducted by Environics Research and released today by Environmental Defence and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation found that nearly 80 per cent of Greater Golden Horseshoe residents support the Growth Plan and its goals for the region.

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New Report Finds Ontarians Receive $3.2B in Benefits from Greenbelt

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November 16, 2016

New Report Finds Ontarians Receive $3.2B in Benefits from Greenbelt
Report uses latest methodology to evaluate the value of ecosystem services provided by Ontario’s Greenbelt to residents in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

A new report, Ontario’s Good Fortune: Appreciating the Greenbelt’s Natural Capital from Green Analytics and Sustainable Prosperity found that in addition to storing over $11.17B of carbon, the Greenbelt provides $3.2B annually in ecosystem services to the region. The report, commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, assessed the value of final services provided by the Greenbelt that Ontario residents benefit from.

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Friend of the Greenbelt Award Presented to Former Lt. Governor Hal Jackman

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November 7, 2016

Friend of the Greenbelt Award Presented to Former Lt. Governor Hal Jackman
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation celebrated the Honourable Henry N.R. (Hal) Jackman, OC OOnt, CD, LLD for his stewardship work to preserve the Oak Ridges Moraine

On November 1, the Hon. Hal Jackman, OC OOnt CD LLD, was celebrated at Queen’s Park as the 2016 recipient of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. The Hon. Hal Jackman was recognized for his work with the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust to preserve this vital landscape and water recharge area.

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Thousands of Residents Tell Government to Grow Our Greenbelt and Protect More of Ontario's Water

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October 19, 2016

Thousands of Residents Tell Government to Grow Our Greenbelt and Protect More of Ontario's Water

#GrowOurGB campaign builds momentum as residents call on Province to protect a "bluebelt" of vital water resources

On October 19, over 500 Ontario residents took to social media to send a coordinated Thunderclap to share their support to grow the Greenbelt, hoping that Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro and Premier Kathleen Wynne will take note. The #GrowOurGB campaign is asking the Province to take the next step in protecting our vital water resources to include Simcoe, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, and Northumberland counties in the Greenbelt.

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Launch of Second Greenbelt Photo Contest with McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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October 5, 2016 

Launch of Second Greenbelt Photo Contest with McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Photo Contest Celebrates the Water’s Many Iterations and Forms, and the Addition of 21 Urban River Valleys to the Greenbelt

 The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) are teaming up again to launch a second photo contest to celebrate the proposed addition of 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands to Ontario’s permanently protected Greenbelt.

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Over 87,000 Trees Planted, 80,000 More To Go in Major Tender Fruit Initiative

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September 22, 2016


Over 87,000 Trees Planted, 80,000 More To Go in Major Tender Fruit Initiative

64 Growers participate in subsidized planting project with Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Ontario Tender Fruit Growers to bolster Niagara’s tender fruit industry. 

A grant from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, in partnership with Ontario Tender Fruit Growers, has supported 64 growers in planting 87,888 trees this spring. The new plantings include trees from the Stellar Peach Series, and varieties more resistant to fire blight. 

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Green Accounting is Coming to Oakville

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August 25, 2016

Green accounting is coming to Oakville

New pilot for municipality will account for natural capital and ecosystem services in financial planning

The Town of Oakville is partnering on a new pilot project that will assess natural capital and how to financially account for its community contribution to municipal services. The “Municipal Natural Asset Initiative” will provide training and tools to municipal staff and leaders to account for the services provided by natural features and ecological systems in their infrastructure asset management.

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PLAN TO ACHIEVE: NEW REPORT RAISES CONCERNS OF SPRAWL UNDERMINING THE GROWTH PLAN

August 17, 2016

PLAN TO ACHIEVE: NEW REPORT RAISES CONCERNS OF SPRAWL UNDERMINING THE GROWTH PLAN

Report finds that outdated Land Needs Assessment method leading to over-designation of greenfield land in the Greater Toronto Area

As the Province undertakes a review of the Growth Plan and other land use polices, a new report finds that a flawed approach to Land Needs Assessments (LNAs) is leading to continued sprawl which is undermining the Growth Plan. The report, Plan to Achieve: A Review of the Land Needs Assessment Process and the Implementation of the Growth Plan, from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation was prepared by Kevin Eby former Director of Community Planning for the Region of Waterloo. The report recommends the Province freeze urban boundary expansions until growth forecasts can be updated with the 2016 Census data.

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The link invites community members to paint the greenbelt mural

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July 22, 2016
 

The link invites community members to paint the greenbelt mural

The Link community-creative hub is partnering with Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to celebrate local food and nature through art with a new mural 

As part of the ongoing community-creative hub development, The Link is partnering with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to create a new mural along the unique, accessible corridor representing the community’s vision of nature and the outdoors. The mural celebrates the natural beauty of the Greenbelt and the Black River which lies on the eastern border of The Link property.

Members of the community are invited to join in painting the mural on Saturday, July 23 from 9am to 4pm. Artist Stefano Bove will be prepping the wall for painting in paint-by-number style so all ages and abilities are able to participate in creating this community asset. Snacks and light refreshments will be served.

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