The Greenbelt turns 11 on February 28, 2016!
To celebrate we're sharing Haikus all about what makes the Greenbelt great.
Submit your own to join the fun!
To say "Thank you" and help you celebrate 11 year of the Greenbelt, we'll send you a free Greenbelt T-shirt for your efforts!
Join the fun on our Facebook Haiku Portal!
Don't have Facebook? Click here to submit your Haiku on Greenbelt.ca.
What's a Haiku?
Based on the Japanese model, an English Haiku, at its most basic, is a three-line poem that follows a very distinct syllable patter; line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line three has 5 syllables.
Haikus are often used to evoke fleeting moments or observations about our natural world. They generally don't rhyme and use little punctuation.
Given that this year was the Greenbelt’s 10th anniversary, this was an especially important Annual Report for us, because we had the opportunity to focus on what we've accomplished over the last decade. We also recognized what the Greenbelt Fund has achieved over the last five years in seeking to create sustained and systemic change to the food system.
For the past three months the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection held a photography contest to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The top 20 submissions will be exhibited at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Two of those 20 will be "People's Choice" winners. You can vote for your People's Choice pick on the Greenbelt Facebook Page. Voting ends October 29th at 4:59pm ET.
On August 11, 2015 we officially launched the Greenbelt 10th Anniversary Photo Contest, arguably our most ambitious contest to-date.
We invited photographers from across the province to submit their best Greenbelt shots - the winning photographs were to be displayed in special exhibit at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and, eventually, to tour various locations across the Greenbelt.
We'd secured two great partners--the Professional Photographers of Canada and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection--and we knew from experience that many talented photographers find inspiration in the Greenbelt's diverse landscapes. And yet, there was still that lingering worry - "Suppose we couldn't get enough entries?"Read more
Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt.
From March 25 to May 28, the province of Ontario is holding a Coordinated Review of the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
In preparation of the April 15 meeting in St. Catharines, we're listing the top ten reasons Niagarans should have their say on the future of the Greenbelt. Get out to the Town Hall and be part of the conversation about Ontario's future!
Ten reasons for Niagarans to participate in the Greenbelt Review
1. Local food matters!
Local food is important to Niagara residents! From our farmers’ markets to our kitchens, from our farms to our plates – local food is more than just a movement, it’s a way of life. Niagara-grown ingredients are even finding their way into the menus of some of the region’s health care institutions. It’s good for our health, it’s good for our local economy, and it’s good for our planet. Get out to a consultation to have your say on how a protected Greenbelt can continue to help provide nutritious food for all Niagarans.
2. Sustainable and livable communities
Taken together, the province’s four land-use plans--the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan--encourage smart municipal and regional planning. For Niagarans this means more livable communities where we can walk to work, school, and local food markets. A strong Greenbelt means smarter communities and better quality of life. And remember, densification doesn’t have to mean high-rises! It just means making better use of the space we already have!Read more
Tales from York is a blog series focused on the people and places that make York’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on York farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in York's Greenbelt.
From March 25 to May 28, the province of Ontario is holding a Co-ordinated Review of the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
In preparation for the Aurora Town Hall on Monday April 13 and the Vaughan Town Hall on Tuesday May 14 we're listing the top ten reasons York Region residents should participate in the review. Get out to a Town Hall in your community and be part of the conversation about Ontario's future!
1. Keep your air FRESH and your water CLEAN
Ensure the protection of agricultural lands, water, and natural areas. The Greenbelt's ecosystems help sustain our health and well-being and have an estimated economic value of $2.6 billion annually - that's an average of $3,487 per hectare!
2. Smart Communities
Are you happy with your surroundings? 80% of GTA residents would prefer to live in ‘location efficient’ neighbourhoods. Here’s your chance to let the province know what you think about your built environment. Remember, intensification doesn’t mean high-rises, it means walkable communities and nearby amenities.Read more
On Tuesday March 24th we hosted our third annual Telephone Town Hall.
From 7pm to 8pm we had a live conversation and answered questions about the importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt and the upcoming public consultations happening throughout the Golden Horseshoe.
This year's Town Hall was hosted by Susan Murray, the Greenbelt Foundation's VP of Marketing, and featured:
- Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation
- Eric Bowman, a Greenbelt farmer and Owner of Gallery on the Farm
- Cherise Burda, the Ontario director at the Pembina Institute
It was an lively and informative conversation. Listen to it in full below.
On February 28th, the Ontario Greenbelt turned 10!
At the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation we're in full celebration mode.Read more
The Greenbelt is having a birthday!
February 28th, 2015 marks 10 years since the Greenbelt Act established the largest greenbelt in the world. To celebrate, 14 Ontario famers' markets are holding birthday celebrations.
The celebrations will include featured Greenbelt products, Greenbelt-themed goodies, and, if you drop by the Sorauren Farmers’ Market, even a Greenbelt Maple Syrup Festival.Read more