Friends of the Greenbelt Board Recruitment: January 2019

Call for Directors

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is currently recruiting two (2) board members. Currently directors of the Foundation also become directors of a related but separate not-for-profit organization, the Greenbelt Fund.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is dedicated to promoting and sustaining the Greenbelt as a beneficial, valuable, and permanent feature, enhancing the quality of life for all residents of Ontario. Our Board of Directors helps the Foundation realize these goals, ensuring the Foundation’s policies, grants, investment, management, and investment reflect these objectives.

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Statement from the Greenbelt Foundation on the Repeal of Schedule 10 from Bill 66

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 23, 2019

Statement from the Greenbelt Foundation on the Repeal of Schedule 10 from Bill 66

The Greenbelt Foundation welcomes the announcement from Minister Steve Clark that Schedule 10 will not be included in Bill 66 when the legislature reconvenes. Farming and recreation in the Greenbelt are major contributors to Ontario’s prosperity, contributing $9.1 billion in economic activity and supporting 161,000 jobs every year.

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Into The Rouge: Exploring Ontario’s Wondrous Greenbelt

Get out, and get back to nature!

Jan. 22, 2019, Toronto, ON - Just before the holidays, I had the privilege of taking part in a Greenbelt Foundation sponsored event called, “Into the Greenbelt” (this one took place at Rouge Park). Led by the team over at Park People, the idea behind these walks is to support the exploration of the Greenbelt, most notably the newly protected Urban River Valleys.

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Climate Change Significant Public Health Issue of Our Era - New Report from Greenbelt Foundation and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 22, 2019

 

CLIMATE CHANGE SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE OF OUR ERA:

NEW REPORT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION AND SIMCOE MUSKOKA DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT

Health in a Changing Climate” discusses key health risks posed to Ontarians by climate change and highlights actions that could mitigate these impacts

The Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for an in-depth look at how a changing climate impacts the health of Ontarians. By highlighting the key health risks, as well as the actions individuals and communities can take to respond, Health in a Changing Climate discusses climate change as both a public health threat and an opportunity for positive action.

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Ontario's Greenbelt Protected as Part of Environment Plan

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2018

ONTARIO’S GREENBELT PROTECTED AS PART OF ENVIRONMENT PLAN

Greenbelt Foundation pleased that Ontario government is committed to a protected Greenbelt as part of Ontario’s environmental framework

 

Ontario’s Environment Plan, released today, states that the Ontario government is “committed to protecting the Greenbelt for future generations.” This renewed provincial commitment underscores the important contribution the Greenbelt makes to helping Ontario address the impacts of climate change and makes clear that a protected Greenbelt will be an important part of Ontario’s environmental framework. The plan recognizes the role the Greenbelt’s natural systems play in mitigating the impacts of extreme weather in our changing climate.

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NEW REPORT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION AND ONTARIO NATURE SHOWS HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS BIRDING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2018

NEW REPORT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION AND ONTARIO NATURE SHOWS HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS BIRDING

Birds in a Changing Climate” highlights 31 species of Greenbelt birds that are climate threatened or endangered and actions to mitigate these impacts

The Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with Ontario Nature for an in-depth look at how a changing climate impacts bird populations in the Greenbelt. Birding is one of many day-to-day activities enjoyed by Ontarians in and around the Greenbelt that is being impacted by climate change. Birds in a Changing Climate identifies birds that are climate threatened and climate endangered, and identifies action that helps birds to thrive.

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Municipal Natural Assets Initiative Society

Municipal Natural Asset Initiative: Refining and Implementing Solutions in the Greenbelt Region
Municipal Natural Assets Initiative Society
$300,000 (over 3 years)
www.mnai.ca

Grant Stream: Resilient Greenbelt
Date Approved: March 20, 2018

The emerging practice of municipal natural asset management values ecosystem services (i.e. stormwater conveyance, water purification) and manages natural assets as part of a local government’s asset management and infrastructure program. The project offers training on stormwater management services for up to seven (7) local governments in the Greenbelt and favours municipal partnerships within individual watersheds. Managing nature to provide key services can reduce infrastructure costs and vulnerabilities (i.e. flooding) for municipalities and increase the protection and enhancement of natural systems in the Greenbelt and surrounding area.

 

 

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Alternatives Inc.

Engaging stakeholders to expand the Greenbelt into the Waterloo Region and Guelph/Wellington
Alternatives Inc.
$16,750 (over 3 months)
www.alternativesjournal.ca

Grant Stream: Expansion Consultation Fund
Date Approved: February 23, 2018

Educational community events in Waterloo, Kitchener and Guelph, discuss the importance of preserving farmland and sensitive environmental lands, encourage participation in the provincial consultations to consider expansion of the Greenbelt.

 

 

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Alternatives Inc.

Indigenous in the Greenbelt (editorial series)
Alternatives Inc.
$15,000 (over 7 months)
www.alternativesjournal.ca

Grant Stream: Prosperous Greenbelt
Date Approved: June 20, 2018

An editorial series (written / recorded / filmed) captures Indigenous perspectives and experiences connected to the Greenbelt, strengthening the cultural heritage, history and knowledge of the landscape.

 

 

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Grape Growers of Ontario

Celebrity Luncheon Fundraiser
Grape Growers of Ontario
$15,000 (over 3 months)
www.grapegrowersofontario.com

Grant Stream: Prosperous Greenbelt
Date Approved: June 20, 2018

Niagara grape growers are celebrated at an annual luncheon that profiles the economic benefits of the industry to the region, discusses future goals and increases awareness of the protected Greenbelt and its impact on the industry.

 

 

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