Statement from the Greenbelt Foundation on the Release of the Crombie Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2015


Statement from the Greenbelt Foundation on the Release of the Crombie Report

Today, Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, issued the following statement on the release of recommendations developed by an expert advisory panel reviewing four provincial land use plans, including the Greenbelt Plan:

“We commend the expert advisory panel, led by David Crombie, for seeking input from thousands of Ontarians and a wide range of stakeholders on the future of the province’s Greenbelt. Mr. Crombie was known as the perfect, tiny mayor. Well, he is still perfect.

These 87 recommendations and the government’s response will define our region for the next decade and beyond.

The report recognizes and makes thoughtful recommendations to strengthen the agriculture sector at a time when farmland is under increasing pressure from development. Recent data shows that three quarters of the GTA’s most productive farmland is under threat of being swallowed up by unsustainable growth. We cannot jeopardize the viability of this economic powerhouse that provides us with a secure supply of local food, supports over 780,000 jobs, and contributes more than $35 billion towards our GDP.

The recommendations also address the vital role of smart growth in southern Ontario. It recommends an ambitious path to move away from urban sprawl and towards more complete communities. From Mr. Crombie’s perspective, intensification is not a dirty word. It is acknowledgment that we cannot create more land—it is a finite resource. With an influx of 100,000 people to our region each year, the recommendations recognize the need to build more livable communities and better align growth and infrastructure planning, especially for transit.

After 10 years of Ontario’s Greenbelt, the report recommends that it’s time to grow the nearly two million acres of permanently protected farmland, forests, and water systems. Environmental experts are calling for the creation of a “Bluebelt” around our sensitive water systems, including our urban river valleys. By growing the Greenbelt, we can safeguard southern Ontario’s sources of clean drinking water and continue to mitigate the effects of climate change.


We look forward to reviewing the report and to the Province’s vision for the Greenbelt—a resource that nine out of ten Ontarians cherish.”

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Polling Says: Greenbelt Should Be Protected From Future Urban Development

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2015

 

PUBLIC POLLING: GREENBELT BOUNDARIES SHOULD BE
 PROTECTED FROM ANY FUTURE URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Results Released as Ontario Government Continues Greenbelt Plan Review


Recent polling shows that 86 per cent of respondents believe that the boundaries of the world’s largest Greenbelt should be protected from any future urban development.

Conducted between August 19 and September 8, 2015, Environics online polling of 2,008 Ontarians found that about nine out of 10 respondents believe that it’s important to grow the Greenbelt to safeguard against urban sprawl. Additionally, three out of four respondents convey that the boundaries of the Greenbelt should be preserved forever. These polling results come on the heels of the release of 87 recommendations by an expert advisory panel chaired by David Crombie. The panel was tapped by the Ontario government to review the Greenbelt Plan and three other land use plans.

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Winners of Greenbelt’s 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Announced

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November 15, 2015 

WINNERS OF GREENBELT’S 10th ANNIVERSARY PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCED
Over 800 Submissions Received, 20 Winning Photos to be Showcased at McMichael Gallery

Today, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada – Ontario (PPOC-ON), and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection announced the 20 winners of the photo contest celebrating 10 years of Ontario’s nearly 2 million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt.

Judged by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three organizations, the winning photographs will be showcased at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg starting Sunday, November 15 until spring 2016. Two people’s choice winners were also chosen based on an online vote. The categories and winning photographers are:

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Greenbelt Foundation Honours Former Premier Dalton Mcguinty

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November 4, 2015 

GREENBELT FOUNDATION HONOURS FORMER PREMIER DALTON MCGUINTY
Award Recognizes McGuinty for Bold Vision in Creating Greenbelt 

This evening, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced former Premier Dalton McGuinty as the 2015 winner of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award.

"I consider it a great honour to receive the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. I dedicate my award to all those Ontarians who helped me make our Greenbelt a reality, and to all those who are firmly committed to its permanent protection,” said Mr. McGuinty upon receiving the award.

"I consider it a great honour to receive the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. I dedicate my award to all those Ontarians who helped me make our Greenbelt a reality, and to all those who are firmly committed to its permanent protection,”  - Mr. McGuinty upon receiving the award.

Ending an era of uncontrolled urban sprawl in an area larger than Prince Edward Island, Mr. McGuinty was one of the most important champions and architects of Ontario’s Greenbelt. In 2005, with the former Premier at the helm, the Ontario government created the world’s largest permanently protected Greenbelt—keeping the province’s farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable for our children’s children.

The Greenbelt, supported by nine out ten Ontarians, is consistently the province’s most popular environmental initiative according to public polling. The creation of the Greenbelt, along with other policies, such as fully eliminating coal as a source of electricity generation, has seen other organizations, like the Sierra Club, recognize Mr. McGuinty for his contributions to combatting climate change.

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Pilot Project to plant 130,000 tender fruit trees in Niagara

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October 14, 2015

 PILOT PROJECT TO PLANT 130,000 TENDER FRUIT TREES IN NIAGARA
New Partnership Will See Up to 500 Acres Planted & Harvested Over Next Four Years

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Ontario Tender Fruit Growers are launching a pilot project to plant up to 130,000 tender fruit tree varieties, 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.

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Sucess Stories Showcase Entrepreneurship & Innovation of Greenbelt Farmers

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October 7, 2015 

SUCCESS STORIES SHOWCASE ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION OF GREENBELT FARMERS

Greenbelt Foundation Celebrates Agriculture Week with Release of Farm Case Studies


The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation focuses on nine successful farming operations within Ontario’s nearly two million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt. 

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Funding announced for Credit Valley Trail

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September 11, 2015

FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR CREDIT VALLEY TRAIL

Greenbelt Foundation Earmarks $100,000 for Trail’s Master Plan

Credit Valley Conservation is receiving support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to develop a plan for a 110-kilometre hiking trail along the Credit River.

With a $100,000 grant from the Foundation, Credit Valley Conservation, partnering with the Credit Valley Heritage Society, will bring to life a 60-year old vision of a connected pedestrian corridor. Stretching from the river’s headwaters in the Greenbelt outside of Orangeville, through the urban river valleys of Peel, the trail will end at the mouth of the river in Lake Ontario, not far from Port Credit.

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A Picture is Worth Nearly 2 Million Words

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August 13, 2015

A PICTURE IS WORTH NEARLY 2 MILLION WORDS

Photo Contest Focusing on the Beauty and Vitality of Ontario’s Greenbelt

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection are teaming up to launch a photo contest to celebrate 10 years of Ontario’s nearly 2 million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt.

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Greenbelt Route Trailhead Sign Unveiled in Cobourg

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August 12, 2015

GREENBELT ROUTE TRAILHEAD SIGN UNVEILED IN COBOURG
Sign Signals Start & Finish of 475 Kilometres of Pedaling Adventures

A 1.5 metre by 1.1 metre Greenbelt Route trailhead sign was unveiled outside of the Cobourg Marina today.

One of five trailhead signs being posted along the new Greenbelt Route, the Cobourg trailhead sign at the Cobourg Marina displays a map of the 475-km route, along with suggested stops for cyclists, including the Aderville Indian Craft Shop and Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna Ecology Centre, Peter’s Woods Nature Reserve in Alnwick/Haldimand, and downtown Port Hope. With colourful photos and maps, the trailhead sign also shows over 50 local points of interest, including bike shops, museums, art galleries, campsites, conservation areas, natural features, and public transit hubs. 

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Greenbelt Route tailhead sign unveiled in Queenston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2015

GREENBELT ROUTE TRAILHEAD SIGN UNVEILED IN QUEENSTON
Sign Signals Start & Finish of 475 Kilometres of Pedaling Adventure

A 1.5 metre by 1.1 metre Greenbelt Route trailhead sign was unveiled in Niagara-on-the Lake today.

One of five trailhead signs being posted at various locations along the new Greenbelt Route, the Queenston trailhead sign in the Niagara Parkette displays a map of the 475-km Route, along with suggested stops for cyclists, including downtown St. Catharines, Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in Welland, and the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area in Hamilton. With colourful photos and maps, the trailhead also shows over a 100 local points of interest, such as wineries, bike shops, museums, art galleries, breweries, cideries, and public transit hubs.

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