Love Your Ravines

Ravines_3.jpgTogether with our partners in Love the Ravines we've been promoting Toronto's Humber and Don River Valleys.

Green. Water. Valley. Walking. Those are the first things that come to mind when I think of "ravines."

We are fortunate to have a plethora of ravines in the GTA—a whole system and network of them.

I remember my sheer surprise when I first walked Oakville's ravines a couple of years back. I had no clue how wide-ranging, beautiful, and easily accessible they were. And almost every neighbourhood in the city is tied to the ravines system, ensuring that every resident is within a stone’s throw of nature.


What Makes a Good Grant?


We're a lucky organization. 

We've got a talented research team and an effective communications crew.

But as our name tells we also give away money (the "extra lucky" part). The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has granted on average about $2.1 million a year since its inception. The Greenbelt Fund has granted over $6.3 million since it started in 2010. 


Greenbelting the CRFA Show

The team poses in front of their booth at the CRFA Show.Some of the Greenbelt Fund team at the booth in the Ontario Pavilion. From left to right: Franco Naccarato, Chloe Brown, Megan Hunter, and Andreea Nicoara.

On the first weekend of March, the nation’s largest tradeshow for restaurants and foodservice took place in Toronto. Hundreds of exhibitors gathered at the city’s Direct Energy Centre for the annual Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) Show, to offer their goods and services: stoves & fridges, wines & beers, uniforms & food, delivery services & cleaning products—you name it, it was there.


Celebrating the Greenbelt's Ninth Anniversary at Queen's Park

The 9th Anniversary celebration of the Greenbelt featured a local carrot cake.

Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting in the Members' Guest Gallery at Queen's Park to listen to our Province's political parties comment on the Greenbelt in light of its ninth anniversary.


Greenbelt Olympics

Image of Olympic Rings in Greenbelt brand colours.

A little take on the Olympics, Greenbelt style.

As the Olympics come to a close and the drama of competition moves onto the emotional returns home, I am thinking of my favourite winter sports. Hockey is up there, as are the ‘new’ acrobatic ski and snowboard events. The skill set required for the biathlon amazes me, while ski jumping always reminds me of "Eddie the Eagle".


Burlington: A Great City in the Greenbelt!

A view of Burlington taken from the Niagara Escarpment, Mt. Nemo.

I have to admit that for many years, Burlington was a place I simply drove through. I really didn't pay much attention to it as I drove along the QEW, off to visit my mother in Niagara.

Then, I met my in-laws and they lived in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment. I became amazed at all the city had to offer quite quickly. Now, it’s no surprise to me that Burlington ranks as Canada’s best mid-sized city to live in.


Don’t blame Ontario’s Greenbelt for GTA’s rising house prices


The holiday season, with its many opportunities to make merry, was inevitably full of chatter about the issues of the day. Discussions ranged from the antics at City Hall, to extreme weather, to the climbing cost of gas, condos and houses in the Greater Toronto Area. Perhaps it was the rum and eggnog that loosened lips, letting those that own homes dream of future riches, or perhaps it’s become a new norm to muse about Rob Ford and house prices at social gatherings.


Take a Tour of Country Heritage Park


Next time you go to Milton, check out Country Heritage Park. It’s just a couple of kilometers west of the Highway 25 exit along the 401.

The Country Heritage Park, formerly the Ontario Agricultural Museum, is home to many important historical artifacts that represent Ontario’s rural history including the country’s largest collection of tractors. Each year, they host the Antique Tractor and Toy show; this past show included a 1930s David Brown tractor, which was a hit for tractor enthusiasts!


The Local Food Act: Finally Getting Off the Ground


The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has been supporting the viability of our farms by increasing market access and economic opportunities for our farmers. We believe the proposed Local Food Act is sound policy and that’s why similar legislation is sprouting up all over the world. So we’re pleased that the Tories and Liberals have agreed to fast-track the legislation at Queen’s Park.


Hamilton Hidden Treasure: The Dundas Valley


Photo of Tiffany Falls by Jack Starret

Quick. When you think of Hamilton what comes to mind?

For most people it's steel mills, pollution, and industry. The Burlington Skyway has forever branded Hamilton in a one dimensional way.


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