In celebration of Earth Day in Ontario's Greenbelt, the April 22 edition of the Toronto Star features protecting farmland, growing smartly, and growing our Greenbelt to protect water. Plus, learn about the value and significant benefits of the Greenbelt's natural capital. If you missed the print edition, catch up on your weekend reading with this two-page feature.
By: Debbe Crandall, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM)
Fifteen years ago this Saturday, April 22—Earth Day—I climbed to the top of Mount Wolfe, one of the high points of the Oak Ridges Moraine, which happens to be my back yard. I remember standing there, dancing a victory jig and shaking my fist in the direction of Toronto and Brampton and the sprawl which, for the time being, had been stopped—at least for the lands in the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Photo courtesy of Pete PatersonRead more
An amazing 9.2 million people (or 3 million households) live within 20 kilometres of Ontario’s Greenbelt—that’s over a quarter of Canada’s whole population! 20 kilometres is the distance we consider to be “near home” for nature-based recreation, 73% of which occurs within this radius.
Recently we set out to determine what recreational activities people are engaging in across the Greenbelt, and how much the Greenbelt’s waters and forests contribute to the well-being of our region—an assessment of value known as natural capital.Read more
By: Felix Whitton
Today is World Water Day, when we recognize the importance of clean water supplies in our communities and across the world.
The Greenbelt protects nearly 8,600 hectares of water and over 100,000 hectares of wetlands, including the Oak Ridges Moraine—the 'rain barrel' of Ontario—and the headwaters of 65 rivers and streams that supply clean water to millions of residents.
Photo by Jean Simard
However, the Greenbelt could stretch even further and protect at-risk areas beyond its boundaries. That is what a coalition of more than 120 community groups is calling for with the #GrowOurGB campaign.
In celebration of World Water Day, here are three reasons why we need to grow our Greenbelt!Read more
The first in a new series, Housing Affordability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, this report places housing prices in the GGH in a global context.
"Understanding the factors contributing to upward pressure on housing prices in the GGH provides the necessary context for policy and planning tools to address concerns of affordability, access and equity in the housing market, in order to create the sustainable and prosperous communities of the future."
Read the full report below.
Stay tuned for the next report in the series!
We are excited to share the 20 winning photographs from the 2016-2017 Greenbelt Photo Contest!
This year, we partnered again with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) to launch a photo contest celebrating the proposed addition of 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands to Ontario’s permanently protected Greenbelt.
Thank you to everyone who participated! We received over 800 eligible entries celebrating water across the Greenbelt.
The winning photographs were selected by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three participating organizations, and by over 2000 Greenbelt friends who cast votes for the Peoples' Choice Award. View the winning photographs below, and visit them on display at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg until June 30, 2017.Read more
Coming this spring, a new book by Friends of the Greenbelt CEO Burkhard Mausberg shares the stories of the people and the land in The Greenbelt. The book features stunning photography and candid interviews with the leaders and activists who made the Greenbelt a reality.
Ontario’s Greenbelt is our legacy to the next generation and a bold vision for the future of the region. The Greenbelt protects farmland, preserves natural heritage, and sustains a vibrant rural economy.
The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.
We want to offer Greenbelt Friends who have been with us on this journey the first opportunity to pre-order the book. For this week only, we are offering our Friends a 10% discount and free shipping when ordered through our website.
Once the book launches, we’ll be touring the Greenbelt with events featuring readings and interviews with the people who appear in the book. Keep an eye out for your invitation to an event in your area this spring.
After receiving over 800 eligible photographs celebrating water in Ontario's Greenbelt, we narrowed the entries down to 123 finalists—check them out in our gallery!
During the first week of February, over 2000 Greenbelt supporters and friends cast votes for a Peoples' Choice winner.
We are pleased to announce Peter Dusek as the winner of the Peoples' Choice Award—Congratulations!
Mr. Dusek's photo, entitled "Island Lake Dusk," garnered 668 votes.
"I took this photograph of Daisy, my faithful companion, one still autumn evening at the Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville, with a view west across the dock of the Island Lake Rowing Club. While she loves to swim in the lake, that night she was just enjoying the sights, sounds, and scents of dusk settling in over the water — a quiet moment of "just being”. The final echo of the sunset remains over the horizon to the right, its light being replaced by the glow of Orangeville lights and their reflection in the water. As a landscape photographer, I had my tripod set up, not planning to have Daisy in the scene, but she came just at the right moment and stood perfectly still as I was testing my exposures, resulting in this beautiful photograph." — Peter Dusek
The Peoples' Choice Winner will be exhibited among 20 photographs selected by a jury composed of staff from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).
The first exhibit will take place at McMichael from March 1 to June 30, 2017. From there, the photos will hit the road to travel the Greenbelt for the summer. Stay tuned!
- 88% support directing growth to already-built up areas
- 84% support local government incentives to direct growth to main streets, older commercial areas and existing built-up neighbourhoods
- 73% say developers are building too may single-family homes in suburbia and need to build a greater range and mix of housing options closer to transit and amenities
- 72% say the Province should only fund transit projects in communities with the housing and job density to support the infrastructure
- 84% say Yes in My Backyard! to midrise development on main streets if it means better transit, more shops and amenities, and more green space