Maple Syrup season is here! After years of trying to make it to a Sugarbush festival I finally succeeded! On a sunny Sunday afternoon, my friends and I hopped into the car and headed out to Kortright Centre to learn about and try everything maple they had to offer. If you’ve never been to Kortright Centre I implore you to go, it’s been a staple in my life since before I can remember and is how I first fell in love with the natural world. I was excited to return back to my roots and share in the adventure with my friends.
Upon our arrival we headed into the main building where they were serving pancakes with maple syrup and a gift shop offering a host of maple goodies for purchase as well. It was tempting to just sit down and dig in but the maple demonstrations beckoned us onward and so we continued out the back, down the stairs and to our first stop.
Hot rocks used to turn sweet water into maple syrup.
An official from Kortright Centre stood there with forked branches in hand, picking up hot rocks from the fire and placing them in a hallowed out troth which looked to be holding water. Upon further inspection (and explanation) we discovered that this was how the indigenous people turned “sweet water”, or the maple trees sap, to the more concentrated version of what we know as maple syrup. It was a long process back then, taking a week of round-the-clock work to obtain the smallest amount of syrup. Now, that’s what I call dedication.Read more
Position: Research and Policy Assistant
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation - Toronto, ON
Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected landscape of prime farmland and natural systems, as well as vibrant communities. It surrounds the Golden Horseshoe, and is vital to the quality of life in southern Ontario.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization, focused on supporting activities that preserve and enhance the agricultural, rural and environmental integrity of Ontario’s Greenbelt.
The Foundation undertakes or funds research and analysis to:
- develop better understanding of the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan and related policies such as the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe;
- identify possible changes to policies and/or their implementation; and,
- contribute to increasing understanding of the Greenbelt, its agricultural, water and natural systems, and rural economy.
Last October, Ed McDonnell joined the team at the Greenbelt Foundation as our new CEO. On the occasion of his 4-month anniversary and the Greenbelt's 13th birthday, Ed answered a few questions about himself and his vision for the Greenbelt.Read more
A Telephone Town Hall was hosted by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation on February 28, 2018 where thousands of Ontarians tuned in to find out about the potential Greenbelt expansion, why it's needed, and how to participate. If you didn't get a chance to join us you can still listen to it here:Read more
We are excited to share the 20 winning photographs from the 2017-2018 Greenbelt Photo Contest!
For this year’s annual photo contest, we partnered once again with McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Professional Photographers of Canada! This year’s submissions promote the Greenbelt as a home, playground, and workplace as well as the many ways people become enriched and defined by their interaction with nature and the land.
Many stunning photos were sent, with over 400 entries. Thank you to everyone who participated, we could not have made this happen without you!
The winning photos were chosen by a panel of creative experts from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Professional Photographers of Canada and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. The winning photos will be on display from March 10 – July 15 at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg.Read more
The Province is accepting feedback on the proposed study area until March 7, 2018.
The Ontario Government has identified critical water systems ("the Study Area") currently under pressure from urban growth and climate change, and is seeking public input regarding how and where we should expand Greenbelt protection in those key areas.Read more
Have you been inside a gym lately? Maybe you’ve found it a bit busier than usual, full of people working on their New Year’s resolutions.
If you’re looking to keep an exercise-related resolution, I encourage you to leave the gym and do something a little different – head outdoors! You won’t even have to go that far; here in the GTHA we are lucky to be close to Ontario’s Greenbelt, a fantastic site for many winter sports.Read more
When Henry James recently came across an article about Green Infrastructure and water quality by the Foundation, it struck a chord. The grade 12 student at Crescent School in Toronto had recently conducted his own experiment looking at water quality in his community and believes green infrastructure is the solution.Read more
Guest Blog Post By: Norman Liu
Nothing gets between me and Sunday breakfast with a pot of organic, fair-trade coffee, the paper, and absolutely no one around. It’s my sacred time, and pity the poor soul who disturbs it!
But last winter, I got up before 6am, skipped the paper and coffee, pulled on layers until I could hardly move, and drove with my sister and a friend down a deserted 401. Our destination was Rouge Park, Canada’s first Urban National Park and a jewel of Ontario’s Greenbelt. We were heading to a Winter Bird Count—trading our urban comforts for a day to engage in some citizen science and get back in touch with winter.Read more