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Our 2013/14 Annual Report was released earlier this month. The Report, which highlights the work of both the Greenbelt Fund and the Greenbelt Foundation, demonstrates that our 9th year has been a tale of growth and success.
The growth we are seeing with the Greenbelt in our urban river valleys is perhaps one of the greatest highlights of this year. Throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area we are seeing the protection of the world’s largest greenbelt become even more far-reaching and holistic than ever. Every single jurisdiction in talks about including their urban river valleys has continued to push forward.
We are also energized by the ongoing successes of our grantees. One of my favourite stats from this year’s report: for every $1 invested by the Fund, our grantees increase local food sales by $7.
This year’s Annual Report also highlights a new and exciting project particularly close to my heart—the Greenbelt Cycling Route. As an avid cyclist, I am eagerly awaiting the August launch of this 480-kilometre signed route. It’s pretty spectacular.
Our 9th year was a good one, and I look forward to many more. My staff consistently impresses me with the passion they bring to work every day and their commitment to both working hard and working frugally. The Fund and Foundation are particularly indebted to their two Vice-Presidents, VP of Research & Policy Kathy Macpherson and VP of Marketing and Communications Susan Murray. I am personally indebted to my Executive Assistant Namgyal Dolker, without whom very little would be possible.
We have got a great team, passionate grantees, and a sophisticated network of partners and supporters. As the 2015 Greenbelt Review approaches, I am proud to say that I am very optimistic about the Greenbelt’s future. The Greenbelt enjoys over 90 per cent public support, the local food industry is blossoming, land values are up, and the natural areas in the Greenbelt haven’t been paved over.
That said, I am concerned that some municipalities want to take land out of the Greenbelt and weaken its policies, and that some developers want to remove land from the Greenbelt to build inefficient and congestion-causing sprawl.
Despite those fears, as the Greenbelt Review gears up next year, I am confident that Premier Kathleen Wynne has mandated her Municipal Affairs Minister to expand the Greenbelt and protect our shared agricultural and natural heritage.