Partnerships unlock best of Ontario’s rural tourism with the Greenbelt Route

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June 23, 2016

Curated local loops and collaboration with cycling and tourism groups draw new riders to Ontario’s protected countryside in the Greenbelt

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with Ontario By Bike, Feast ON, and regional tourism offices across Ontario’s protected Greenbelt to showcase world-class cycle tourism experiences connecting the region in the Greenbelt Route. Launched in 2015, the Greenbelt Route connects communities from Northumberland to Niagara on a signed cycling route through the countryside, highlighting bike-friendly destinations and supporting local economies.

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Ontario self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes bigger and better for 2016

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June 09, 2016

 

 Ontario self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes bigger and better for 2016

Self-guided tours of craft beverages and local food across Ontario and its protected Greenbelt launched for Ontario Craft Beer Week 2016

 

As Ontario Craft Beer Week celebrates local beer across Ontario, self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes provide five complete itineraries for folks looking to get out and explore breweries, cideries, Feast On restaurants, and local attractions. Along the way, participants can indulge in the flavours of artisanal cheeses, lovingly prepared culinary treats using fresh, local ingredients, premium craft beverages, farmers’ markets and scenic outlooks.

First launched in 2015, the 2016 expanded version includes nearly 150 independent craft beverage producers, over 100 Feast On restaurants and additional points of interest across Ontario and its protected Greenbelt.  Some 250,000 maps will be distributed for free to residents throughout the province and all the routes are also available online at brewerydiscoveryroutes.ca

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Growers plant asian pears, stellar peaches, and new varieties across Niagara with investment from Greenbelt Foundation

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May 24, 2016

GROWERS PLANT ASIAN PEARS, STELLAR PEACHES, AND NEW VARIETIES ACROSS NIAGARA WITH INVESTMENT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION

New and exciting varieties of fruit trees meet growing demand for Ontario-Grown tender fruit

A pilot project spearheaded by the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is supporting dozens of growers to plant over 111,000 trees to bolster Niagara’s thriving tender fruit industry. Participating growers began planting this spring, with more trees to be planted in the fall.

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Fresh coat of green paint for Hampton Junior Public School

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May 17, 2016

 

FRESH COAT OF GREEN PAINT FOR HAMPTON JUNIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL
Collaboration Inspires Students to Write Short Stories About the Greenbelt

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation partnered with faculty and students to create a colourful and vibrant Greenbelt-inspired mural at Hampton Junior Public School in Clarington.

Mural artist Patty Bowman Kingsley guided all 175 students from junior kindergarten to grade 3 in expressing themselves through art, while educating the young participants about the importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt through experiential learning. Commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the completed mural depicts natural wildlife and water features.

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CEO's Statement

Tuesday May 10, 2016 

Statement from Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation CEO Burkhard Mausberg Regarding Provincial Announcement on the Land Use Planning Review

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased that the Province’s response to the Crombie report recognizes the value of compact complete communities and green landscape, with recommendations to protect clean water and agriculture, to contain sprawl, and to grow our Greenbelt to include 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands.

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Winners of Greenbelt Photo Contest en route to Toronto Pearson for gallery Exhibition

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Thursday May 5, 2016

  

WINNERS OF GREENBELT PHOTO CONTEST EN ROUTE TO TORONTO PEARSON FOR GALLERY EXHIBITION

Winners of Greenbelt Photo Contest en route to Toronto Pearson for gallery Exhibition
20 Winning Photos to be showcased at Malton Gallery in Terminal One as part of Photo Tour

As part of the celebrations of the 10th Anniversary of the Greenbelt, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation partnered with the Professional Photographers of Canada – Ontario, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection to host a photo competition featuring scenes from the Greenbelt. The winning photos are now going on tour through the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

The twenty winning photographs will be on display at the Malton Gallery in Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport for travellers to enjoy. The winning photos, selected by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three participating organizations, were featured in an exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg.

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Durham Students Sign on to Greenbelt Youth Charter to Celebrate Earth Week

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April 20, 2016

DURHAM STUDENTS SIGN ON TO GREENBELT YOUTH CHARTER TO CELEBRATE EARTH WEEK
Students from Dunbarton H.S. in Pickering tour our Greenbelt and take the Youth Charter Pledge

Students from Dunbarton High School are among the more than 800 students who have signed onto the Greenbelt Youth Charter and will be getting an in-depth look at the Greenbelt on a day-long Tour. Launched in November 2015, the Greenbelt Youth Charter was written by Greenbelt Youth Ambassadors from high schools across the region who will benefit from a strong and protected Greenbelt for decades to come.

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Applications Open for Tender Fruit Tree Planting Program

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February 9, 2016

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR TENDER FRUIT TREE PLANTING PROGRAM
Application Deadline for Niagara Region Growers is March 31, 2016

Applications are now being received for the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Ontario Tender Fruit Growers’ pilot project to plant up to 130,000 tender fruit trees, such as peaches and pears, to provide a financial boost to Greenbelt growers, strengthen this key economic sector, and increase prosperity in the Niagara Region.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Growers can access the guides and application forms at www.ontariotenderfruit.ca (click on the “Growers” button located at the top right) and the Tender Fruit Growers will also have a booth at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention on February 17 and 18, 2016, in Niagara Falls. 

Successful applicants will receive an estimated 25 per cent cost-share per tender fruit tree. Planting will take place this spring and fall, with the tender fruit varieties available to consumers in grocery stores, farmers’ markets, on-farm markets, and restaurants as soon as summer 2019. After three to four years, the harvest from 500 acres of tender fruit trees will provide an injection of about $4 million into Ontario’s economy. 

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Christmas Comes Early for Grimsby Teen

 

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December 22, 2015

 

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR GRIMSBY TEEN
Foundation Gives Grant for Campaign to Save Greenbelt’s Historic Woodlot


During the season of giving, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is providing a $500 grant to Save the Woodlot, supporting the environmental advocacy of Colton Tew in his efforts to save the Irish Grove Woodlot in Grimsby.

The investment from the Foundation will help Colton and Save the Woodlot purchase Carolinian tree and shrub species to be planted at the organization’s Spring Open House. The plantings will be used to enhance the northern section of the woodlot, providing better protection from drying winds and increasing wildlife habitats.

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Statement from the Greenbelt Foundation on the GTA West Highway Corridor Project

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December 16, 2015


Statement from the Greenbelt Foundation on the
GTA West Highway Corridor Project

Today, Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, issued the following statement on the Ontario government’s decision to suspend the GTA West Highway Corridor project:

"We applaud the Ontario government for making the difficult, but necessary decision to suspend the GTA West Corridor project.

With an estimated $5 billion price tag and no research to show that our region’s crippling congestion will be reduced, it’s time for another look at this project in the context of the Province’s review of the Greenbelt Plan. 

There is nearly universal recognition that we need to build more livable communities and better align growth and infrastructure investments. This should not include the construction of an expensive and unnecessary 400-series highway—paving over sources of local food, the water systems that clean our drinking water, and the forests that filter the air we breathe.

The majority of residents in southern Ontario agree with Minister Del Duca’s move. Recent polling by Environics found that three out of four respondents (74 per cent) believe highways should not be built in the province’s permanently protected Greenbelt.

We look forward to hearing from the Province regarding the next steps in the review of this project."

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