We are excited to share the 20 winning photographs from the 2017-2018 Greenbelt Photo Contest!
For this year’s annual photo contest, we partnered once again with McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Professional Photographers of Canada! This year’s submissions promote the Greenbelt as a home, playground, and workplace as well as the many ways people become enriched and defined by their interaction with nature and the land.
Many stunning photos were sent, with over 400 entries. Thank you to everyone who participated, we could not have made this happen without you!
The winning photos were chosen by a panel of creative experts from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Professional Photographers of Canada and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. The winning photos will be on display from March 10 – July 15 at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2018
41 BILLION REASONS TO LOVE THE GREENBELT AFTER 13 YEARS
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the gift that keeps on giving since its creation on this date in 2005
For 13 years, the Greenbelt has provided a wealth of benefits to the 1 in 4 Canadians living in or near this permanently protected landscape. As Ontario’s most popular environmental initiative, the Greenbelt’s forests, wetlands, soils, farmland, and rivers deliver $3.2 billion in ecosystem services to Ontarians every year. Since its creation in 2005, that represents $41.6 billion in direct benefits to Ontarians.
The Province is accepting feedback on the proposed study area until March 7, 2018.
The Ontario Government has identified critical water systems ("the Study Area") currently under pressure from urban growth and climate change, and is seeking public input regarding how and where we should expand Greenbelt protection in those key areas.
We are hosting a live and interactive Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday, February 28th, between 7 and 7:45 pm to chat about the potential Greenbelt expansion, why it's needed, and how you can participate in the consultation process.
Want to participate?
Call 1 (800) 643-5970 on Wednesday February 28th at 7 pm to join the conversation.
Follow-up to an Inspired Conversation
Wellington Water Watchers
$10,000 (1 year)
Wellington Water Watchers will write and distribute a follow-up report to their successful panel event which featured local experts discussing the need for greater water and farmland protection in Wellington County.
Community Organizing to Grow the Greenbelt
$25,000 (10 months)
The project mobilizes a network of community organizations in Brant County to support Greenbelt expansion, including the addition of lands adjacent to the provincial study area. Langford Conservancy and Sustainable Brant will collaborate with local Six Nations, residents’ associations, farmers and others to build strong public support. Groups are motivated by increasing development pressures in the County, the recent purchase of farmland by land speculators and expected urban boundary expansion by the City of Brantford. The groups will prepare evidence for the province to consider expansion for additional lands in the Grant River Watershed; launch a postcard and social media campaign, with videos and online letter to the government; develop a map of lands recommended for expansion; and host community forms to learn more about the Greenbelt and facilitate participation at the provincial open house scheduled for the area. The groups will also make formal submissions through the Environmental Bill of Rights.
Fast Mobilization of farmers and allies
National Farmers Union - Ontario
$25,000 (10 months)
The National Farmers Union (NFU-O) will engage farm members and allies in Provincial consultations to grow the Greenbelt to protect important water systems. The NFU-O has a membership of 1,500 farm families, 500 in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The organization will engage its Local member organizations and encourage participation in the consultations through their AGMs, the upcoming provincial convention and individual support. The NFU-O will also work with community groups in Brant County to expand on the province’s study area in that location.
Farmland Protecting through Greenbelt Expansion
Ontario Farmland Trust
$8,050 (3 months)
The project enables Ontario Farmland Trust (OTF) to develop a technical submission for the Greenbelt expansion consultations that links water systems to the long-term health and viability of agriculture in the Outer Ring. A clearer picture of this relationship, along with potential stressors, will be used to engage farmers in discussions on Greenbelt expansion and enable OTF to work with experts to develop policy recommendations for their submission, including the addition of lands beyond the study areas. Funding will also provide OTF with the capacity to actively support Greenbelt expansion by attending and speaking at community meetings, directly engaging farmers and farm associations, attending the provincial Open Houses, and meeting with the government.
Engaging stakeholders to expand the Greenbelt into the Waterloo Region and Guelph/Wellington
$16,750 (3 months)
The project engages community members in the Waterloo-Guelph area to participate in the provincial consultations considering expansion of the Greenbelt. Three events, spread through Kitchener, uptown Waterloo and Guelph, will bring together experts and students from the local universities, Tech sector, farm communities, and members of the public to hear from a panel of experts, enjoy local food and be entertained through art and music. Alternatives Journal will partner with four local organizations to host the events, promote attendance at the provincial Open Houses in Guelph and Kitchener, and ultimately encourage submissions on growing the Greenbelt, through the Environmental Bill of Rights. Project partners include Waterloo Region Environment Network, Sustainable Waterloo Region, 10 Carden Street, and Hillside Festival. The partners have a combined membership/outreach list of 10,000 people and a similar social media reach.
The Partnership (EcoSpark, Ontario Nature, STORM) will actively engage in recently announced Provincial consultations to grow the Greenbelt and protect important water systems. The Partnership will continue to play a key role in advancing the ‘bluebelt’ campaign by providing technical support to community groups, engaging the public and other stakeholders to attend Open Houses; and comment through the Environmental Bill of Rights. Additionally, the Partnership will continue to participate in provincial efforts on two related issues - providing input on natural heritage and agricultural system mapping in the Growth Plan area; and, finalizing new watershed planning guidelines.