I'm not known to be a fashionable guy. I've been known to wear shirts inside out (accidentally!) and I have been told that shorts are not professional work attire.
But my respect for ethically- and environmentally-made clothing is prevalent. Despite my relaxed attitude about professional attire, I am interested in where my wardrobe comes from, and Patagonia's mandate and activism are worthy of recognition.Read more
This August, I had the pleasure of joining more than two thousand cyclists from Quebec on a tour of the Niagara Region. Visiting for the Grand Tour Desjardins 2014, one of the largest organized multi-day cycling tours in Canada, cyclists enjoyed mobile bike shops, shuttle service, full catering, and even massages! The Grand Tour really is the apex of cycling holidays. Plus, this year all of these tourists took their bicycle holiday in the Greenbelt.Read more
Greenbelt by Numbers. Credit: Touchwood Design
We take financial duties seriously and as a charity we are diligent in spending our donations and contributions.
So we aim for, and are proud of, keeping our administrative outlays to less than six per cent of expenses. We do this with tight cost-controls, exhausting volunteer and job-creation positions, applying multiple accounting reins, and by always negotiating a substantial charitable discount.Read more
Greenbelt Foundation staff at our annual staff retreat
Over the years, the environmental movement has consisted primarily of white, middle class folks and hasn’t really reflected the Canadian diaspora of multicultural backgrounds. This has led to criticism that the movement is exclusive and not prepared to build diversity into its work.Read more
The Greenbelt booth at the Picnic provides insight and information about the Greenbelt and how to get involved.
Photo Credit: Melanie Schade, 2013.
Now in its fourth year, the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic has been called one of the 10 best outdoor music shows by the Globe and Mail.
But it's more than a music show. It's a celebration of food and farming. It's an opportunity to be active in a gorgeous conservation area. And it’s a chance to spend a day with family and friends.Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.Read more
Agriculture in Norfolk County, Ontario.
Many people think of farmers as the average white male in his 50s, inheriting the farm from generations of family tradition on hundreds of acres of land. While this may be the case for most farmers and is indeed becoming a demographic challenge, a new trend of first generation farmers is growing. For some, entering the business is popular, especially when involved with farmers’ markets.Read more
Having grown up with a cottage in Kawartha Lakes, my family and I have passed Balsam Lake Provincial Park countless times. From observing and interacting with wildlife, swimming in the freshwater lakes, and pit stops for the occasional fresh strawberries and corn on the cob, my life has been filled with the advantages that our parks provide; advantages that I'm reminded of each day.Read more
Farmers' markets showcase fresh fruit and vegetables along with beautiful displays.
Farmers’ markets not only provide local food, they also bring communities together. As both a foodie attraction and social function, markets attract neighbours, musicians, farmers, and entertainers, encouraging and growing the most fresh and delicious food our province has to offer.Read more
John Holland speaking at the Eileen and John Holland Nature Sanctuary opening. Credit: Conservation Halton/NFinney.
On May 30, 2014, approximately 70 Burlington residents and local politicians gathered to honour John Holland, a local businessman, at the unveiling of a new nature sanctuary in West Burlington.
The Eileen and John Holland Nature Sanctuary, a beautiful and largely untouched 37-acre property, was donated by the Holland family to the City of Burlington. It now becomes a jewel in the crown that is the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, as an area of national significance for plants and animals within the Greenbelt, and as one of the last unspoiled spots left between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment.Read more