Five-hundredth Greenbelt Route Sign Posted in King Township

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July 24, 2015
 

FIVE-HUNDREDTH GREENBELT ROUTE SIGN POSTED IN KING TOWNSHIP 
Milestone Sign to be One of Over a Thousand Cycling Route Signs Across the GTHA

The 500th Greenbelt Route sign was put up today by King Township’s Parks and Recreation department on Kettleby Road just west of Keele Street.

In King Township, cyclists along the Route can experience the small town charm in this scenic area of the Greenbelt. They can pedal along long stretches of smooth roads well-traveled by bicycles as the Route passes the Old Feed Mill and shops that line Main St. in Schomberg. Cyclists can take a break and visit the walking trails in Thornton Bales Conservation Area, an on-farm market at Round The Bend, and enjoy impressive views of the Niagara Escarpment and City of Toronto.

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Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt

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May 11, 2015

COMMUNITIES LEADING THE WAY IN STRENGTHENING THE GREENBELT
Research Highlights Ways Local Governments are Helping Achieve Greenbelt’s Goals

The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation looks at a mix of initiatives and tools 30 municipalities are using to enhance Ontario’s Greenbelt.

The report, Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt, surveyed dozens of municipal officials. The results emphasize the many ways communities are directly and indirectly helping to achieve the objectives of the Greenbelt—enhancing valuable natural heritage sites, supporting agriculture, increasing tourism, and strengthening local economies.

"Many local governments are showing tremendous leadership in strengthening Ontario’s Greenbelt,”" says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "Similar to one of sports’ most dynamic duo, communities are setting the Greenbelt up for success like Gretzky’s silky-smooth assists to Jari Kurri in the 1980s and ‘90s."

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Greening Niagara's Sunday Blossom Tour

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April 21st, 2015

Greening Niagara's Sunday Blossom Tour 

Lovers of Niagara-grown peaches, pears, and other delicious tender fruit will soon have their chance to explore and learn more about the orchards from where their bountiful harvests of fruit comes from each summer.

Greening Niagara, a Niagara based non-profit focused on environmental education and community projects, is organizing a Blossom Sunday Tour on May10th – an event which will bring local residents and tourists together to witness the blooming of fruit trees, flowering plants and wildflowers, budding woodlands, and productive farms. Blossom Sunday’s were once popular events throughout Niagara, and traditionally held two weeks before Mother’s Day. Greening Niagara believes this tour will stir a new public interest in learning about the prime farmland and fruit growing in the area.

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Day devoted to migratory birds in Northumberland

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April 21st, 2015

A DAY DEVOTED TO MIGRATORY BIRDS IN NORTHUMBERLAND

Everyone is invited to join biologists and conservation partners for a free talk and bird walks on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in Northumberland County.

This year’s theme: Restore Habitat, Restore Birds, highlights the protection of birds and their habitat. The day begins with a bird and habitat tour of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Hazel Bird property and ends with a bird hike at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna. Dedicated staff and volunteers are eager to share their expertise and enthusiasm for migratory birds.

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OPPORTUNITIES TO STRENGTHEN SOUTHERN ONTARIO’S FOOD SYSTEM

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February 4, 2015

 OPPORTUNITIES TO STRENGTHEN SOUTHERN ONTARIO’S FOOD SYSTEM
Report Highlights Ways to Bring More Local Food to Province’s Dinner Tables

A groundbreaking study identifies ways Ontario can make changes to its food system to increase the supply of local food, create jobs, and support healthier lifestyles.

Encompassing the first research of its kind in Canada, the report, Dollars and Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System, produced in partnership by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, looks at a number of scenarios. Key findings include:

  • Reducing the top 10 fruit and vegetable imports by 10 per cent and expanding local production would help create 3,400 jobs and boost the province’s GDP by nearly a quarter billion dollars.
  • Ontarians adopting a healthier diet leads to higher consumer demand for fruits, vegetables, and some grains. For example, if consumers moved to an ideal level of oat consumption in their diets, 241 jobs would be created and the province’s GDP would grow by more than $14.2 million.
  • Transitioning 10 per cent of food consumption to organic would improve farm incomes and reduce the environmental impact of food production, but require imports of many products unless local organic production was increased.
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Iron and Wine to Perform at 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic!!

Iron and Wine to Perform at 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic!!
Saturday August 29, 2015


Gates at 11AM. Show at 12PM
Christie Lake Conservation Area
1000 Highway #5 West
Dundas, Ontario


EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!


Tickets available online at www.ticketbreak.com,
or by calling 1-866-943-8849
or at Picks and Sticks, 140 Locke Street South
or Dr. Disc, 20 Wilson Street in Hamilton, Ontario


HAMILTON (December 20, 2014): September Seventh Entertainment Limited announced today another exciting addition to the 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. American song writer, Iron and Wine, joins the list of performers previously announced which includes song writing legend Gordon Lightfoot, Bahamas, Basia Bulat, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kathleen Edwards, Martha Wainwright and Hamilton’s Dinner Belles. The 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic takes place on Saturday August 29th at Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas, Ontario. Gates open at 11AM and show starts at 12PM. The event serves to celebrate the importance of the Greenbelt, local farmers, art, the outdoors and the eat-local movement.

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Celebrating the protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine

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 November 6, 2014

 

CELEBRATING THE PROTECTION OF THE OAK RIDGES MORAINE
Award Recognizes Those Who Have Gone the Distance to Protect Vital Landscape

Today, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced the 2014 winners of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. Recognizing those who have worked hard to protect the Oak Ridges Moraine, part of Ontario’s Greenbelt, this year’s award was shared among five individuals representing a number of organizations: Glenn De Baeremaeker, Save the Rouge Valley System; Debbe Crandall, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition; Amber Ellis, Earthroots; Steve Gilchrist, former Cabinet Minister; and Caroline Schultz, Ontario Nature.

“The Oak Ridges Moraine is an integral part of Ontario’s Greenbelt,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “By honouring those who have worked so hard to protect it, we’re ensuring the protection of Ontario’s most precious water resources for generations to come.”

Stretching more than 160 kilometres across the most populated area of Ontario, the Oak Ridges Moraine is the source of 64 major streams or rivers, providing clean, safe drinking water to over a quarter of a million people. A contentious issue in its early days, the Oak Ridges Conservation Act, 2001 was recognized and supported by all political parties when passed by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

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Agriculture by the Numbers: Understanding the Greenbelt’s Unique Advantages

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September 15, 2014

 

POSSIBILITY GROWS IN ONTARIO’S GREENBELT

New Report Highlights Unique Advantages of Agriculture in the Greenbelt

The latest study from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation captures the changes in agriculture from 2001 to 2011 and highlights the natural and locational advantages of farming in Ontario’s Greenbelt.

The report, Agriculture by the Numbers: Understanding the Greenbelt’s Unique Advantages, outlines changes in agriculture over time in the Greenbelt, compared to the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Ontario. Using data from Statistics Canada’s 2001, 2006, and 2011 Census of Agriculture, the paper looks at key variables such as number of farms, area farmed, use of farmland, production levels, and farm revenue.   

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Countryside Stewardship Connection

For Immediate Release 

July 25, 2014 

 

Countryside Stewardship Connection

Do you want to connect with the Credit River watershed’s rural community? Do you want to share success stories, discuss issues, and learn about countryside living and the environment? Are you looking for expert advice on caring for your land and water?

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation introduce a brand new online discussion forum called the Countryside Stewardship Connection. The Connection allows rural landowners, community groups, environmental agencies and local businesses to network with each other and CVC in a new and exciting way.

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MAKING NATURAL CONNECTIONS ACROSS ONTARIO’S GREENBELT

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July 30, 2014 

 

MAKING NATURAL CONNECTIONS ACROSS ONTARIO'S GREENBELT
Innovative Projects Support Farmers, Environment, Economy, and More 

From guided tours and workshops in Northumberland County to engaging landowners in Hamilton-Burlington’s Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark, the latest projects from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation continue to support the viability and protection of Ontario's vast and world-leading Greenbelt.

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