Photo by Michael Gil via Flickr
Recently Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca suspended the Environmental Assessment for a highway known as the GTA West or “The 413.” The 413 would curve south-west from the 400 at King-Vaughan Road and meet the 407 and 401 roughly at Winston Churchill Blvd. It would have to cross the Greenbelt several times to get there.Read more
One thing you’ll notice about the Greenbelt – whether you’re walking, cycling or driving – is the immense numbers of trees. In fact the Greenbelt is home to an estimated 200 million trees, and they do a lot more than provide a shady place to rest.
The Greenbelt’s forests capture and filter water, absorb air pollution, support crop pollination, and store and sequester carbon. These ‘eco-services’ are worth an estimated $1 billion – and the trees provide them for free.Read more
On May 10th, 2016 the province announced its recommendations for changes to the Growth and Greenbelt Plans.
We are encouraged by the proposal to grow the Greenbelt to include 21 urban river valleys and seven coastal wetlands, bringing the Greenbelt into cities and towns with over 6 million residents.
The province also added four parcels of protected countryside in the City of Hamilton and Niagara Region.
But...the widely supported grassroots initiative to expand the Greenbelt and protect a ‘Bluebelt’ of vulnerable water resources was left out of the amendments. We hear that the province plans to start a process to identify such areas in the coming months - let's hold them to their word!
The grassroots 'bluebelt' proposal, put together by a coalition of over 100 environmental and community groups, calls for an ambitious expansion of the Greenbelt in order to protect critical drinking water sources and to ensure an abundant supply of clean water.
Find out more about the proposal and take action at GrowOurGreenbelt.ca!
Cycle the Sights of the Greenbelt Route
It's been almost a year since the official launch of the Greenbelt Route and we're feeling celebratory.
Last summer's inaugural ride was overwhelming success, and, just in time for Bike Month (May 30 to June 30) we've rolled out even more functionality on our interactive mobile-friendly Greenbelt Route website.
With updated points-of-interest, customizable itineraries, and suggested hikes and day-trips greenbelt.ca/route website offers the best of cycling and hiking experiences in the Greenbelt.
Check it out to start planning your Bike Month cycling adventures.
Below are a few highlights to get you started!Read more
Greenbelt staff presenting Friend of the Greenbelt certificate to students of Hampton Junior Public School. Artist Patty Bowman Kingsley (r) led guided the creation of the impressive mural.
On Wednesday May 18 we had the privilege of awarding the students of Hampton Junior Public School in Clarington a Friends of the Greenbelt certificate to celebrate the completion of their colourful and vibrant Greenbelt-inspired mural.
Commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and led by talented mural artist Patty Bowman Kingsley, the completed mural depicts natural wildlife and water features.
With Patty's guidance all 175 students from junior kindergarten to grade 3 got a chance to express themselves through art, while learning about importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt. Many students were even inspired to write about the scene they created - stories we got to hear at the award reception!
See below for pictures and videos! All photos courtesy of Patty Bowman Kingsley.Read more
Growers plant asian pears, stellar peaches, and new varieties across Niagara with investment from Greenbelt Foundation
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May 24, 2016
GROWERS PLANT ASIAN PEARS, STELLAR PEACHES, AND NEW VARIETIES ACROSS NIAGARA WITH INVESTMENT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION
New and exciting varieties of fruit trees meet growing demand for Ontario-Grown tender fruit
A pilot project spearheaded by the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is supporting dozens of growers to plant over 111,000 trees to bolster Niagara’s thriving tender fruit industry. Participating growers began planting this spring, with more trees to be planted in the fall.Read more
Photo Credit: Michael Manet
Ontario is fortunate to have a landscape and ecology that sustains us with soil to grow our food, with forests to clean our air, and with rugged wilderness to explore. In the Canadian tradition, the land shapes our childhoods, supports our economy and represents our future. The Greenbelt is part of this heritage, building connections between those who grow our food and act as stewards of the land, and those who live in cities nearby.
I am pleased that the Province’s recent announcement on the Land Use Planning Review recognized the value of compact complete communities and green landscape, with recommendations to protect clean water and agriculture, to contain sprawl, and to grow the Greenbelt.Read more
Grantee Spotlight is a blog series highlighting the experiences and successes of the Foundation’s grantees, as they work with communities and other Greenbelt partners to keep our province’s farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable for future generations.
First proposed more than 60 years ago, the enduring vision of connected and protected trail along the Credit River is becoming a reality. This past September, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to support the creation of the Credit Valley Trail Master Plan.
The grant supports Credit Valley Conservation and the Credit Valley Heritage Society as they work towards the creation Master Plan by 2017 and a fully actualized 110-kilometre hiking trail within the next 10-15 years! It might seem like a long-time to wait, but there are lots of important milestones to celebrate along the way.
Read project-lead Susan Robertson’s latest Credit Valley Trail (CVT) update to get the inside scoop on this visionary project (see Susan's earlier update here).
Port Credit, Mississauga
If you’ve been following the conversations around the review of the Growth and Greenbelt Plans you’ve almost certainly heard about the importance of "smart growth", "intensification", and "compact communities".
But what do these terms really mean? And what would smart growth mean in practice?Read more
Ungalli, a Canadian clothing brand that creates apparel from recycled materials, is donating 20% of all Earth Week (April 18-24) online sales to support the work we do here at the Foundation.
When Ungalli first approached us with the idea we knew we had to find out more about what this small Thunder Bay based company was all about.