Greenbelt Getaway and Millcroft Inn Invite Local Farmer to Put Her Feet Up and Unwind

Toronto, March 4, 2008 - The hustle and bustle of early mornings and stressful work days -- we all want to get away from it all sometimes and what better place to do so than in the Greenbelt? Local farmer Linda Darby had that exact opportunity as winner of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation’s Greenbelt Getaway prize -- a luxurious spa weekend at Caledon’s Millcroft Inn and Spa.

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Third Annual WinterFeast: A Culinary Experience in the Hills of Headwaters starts February 18th

The countdown is on for the start of the Third Annual WinterFeast: A Culinary Experience in the Hills of Headwaters. Starting Monday, February 18th, ten of the region’s finest restaurants will band together – in partnership with The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association – to offer special menus of their extraordinary cuisine at very affordable prices. Sponsored this year by the Orangeville Banner and the Caledon Enterprise of Metroland Media Group Ltd., WinterFeast 2008 promises to make your dining decisions very hard indeed with a choice of restaurants and menus for 26 mouth-watering days. Where to go The restaurants participating in the 2008 edition of WinterFeast are; 10 North Restaurant on Hwy.10 – North of Orangeville, The Belfountain Inn in Belfountain, The Consulate Dining Lounge in Caledon East, David’s Restaurant in Erin, Hiding Inn Hockley in Hockley Valley, Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant in Violet Hill, The Millcroft Inn & Spa in Alton, and Il Corso Ristorante, Juniper Grill & Wine Bar, and The White Truffle in Orangeville. Each WinterFeast restaurant will offer a Dinner menu, and in many cases both a Lunch and a Dinner menu, at "prix fixe" rates of either $15 or $20 for Lunch and either $25 or $35 for Dinner. Each menu includes at least 3-courses, making it an excellent value at any of these restaurants. Win prizes Aside from the opportunity to enjoy great food at excellent prices, people will have the opportunity to enter a draw to win one of two $100 certificates to be used for a return visit to any WinterFeast restaurant. The winning ballots will be drawn the week of March 24th. In 2006 and 2007 this initiative proved very popular. Many who live, work and/or travel in The Hills of Headwaters region took advantage of the opportunity to sample the great menus offered by the participating establishments. This year, WinterFeast has been extended for an extra week – running from Monday, February 18 to Friday, March 14 – allowing those who appreciate exceptional food more time to treat themselves, while enjoying excellent prices. Visit www.winterfeast.ca for more information including: menus and pricing at each of the participating restaurants, reservation information and contest rules. Chef John Thambian Contact: Lisa Hohban Brusse Executive Director The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association Tel: 519-942-0314/1-800-332-9744 Fax: 519-942-4066 lbrusse@thehillsofheadwaters.comwww.thehillsofheadwaters.com -30-

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Oak Ridges Trail Association Announces 2nd Annual Moraine For Life Adventure Relay

King City, January 15, 2008 - The Moraine for Life Adventure Relay, supporting The Oak Ridges Trail Association (ORTA), returns June 14th and 15th, 2008, and invites teams to register. The 24-hour relay sees teams of up to 15 racers bike, hike, run and paddle across 160 kilometres of the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail, from Rice Lake to King City in Ontario's Greenbelt. The event is designed to bring awareness to the moraine and its vibrant habitat. All proceeds will help ORTA protect the Moraine's healthy ecosystem and heritage, extend the Oak Ridges Trail and encourage responsible land use.

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At Peak of Ontario’s Thanksgiving Harvest, New Poll Finds Overwhelming Majority Prefer to Buy Local Food

Toronto, October 2, 2007 - Do you know where your Thanksgiving pumpkin came from? How about the corn, yams or even the turkey you'll put on your table? A new public opinion poll on food released today by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, finds that central Ontarians are very concerned about where their food comes from.

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Immigrants to Farm Ethnic Crops with $400,000 Grant

Toronto, September 6, 2007 - Thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, immigrants to Canada will soon be farming bitter melon, okra, green chilies and sweet potatoes and other ethnic foods in Ontario’s Greenbelt.

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Come See What All the (Peach) Fuzz is About

Niagara-on-the-Lake, August 6, 2007 - For a taste of the juiciest fruit of the Greenbelt--a Niagara peach--stop by Union Station the morning of Wednesday August 8.

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Rex Murphy to bring his quick wit to the Niagara Wine Festival Celebrity Luncheon

St. Catharines, August 1, 2007 - The Grape Growers of Ontario together with the Niagara Wine Festival, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Scotiabank are pleased to announce that Canadian writer and broadcaster, Rex Murphy, will be the speaker at the Celebrity Luncheon which kicks off the 56th annual Niagara Wine Festival. The event will take place at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 19th at 11:45am.

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Passion for a Healthy Environment and Hearty Farmlands Evident as $3,260,000 in Grants Awarded

Toronto, July 31, 2007 − The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to announce more than $3,260,000 in grants to agricultural and environmental organizations in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. “Just like kids’ passion for Harry Potter, we are seeing Ontarians’ passion for clean water, green spaces and local food,” says Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “A fine example of our passion is our commitment today to Greenbelt farmers to grant an additional $1 million to help them green farm operations through the Greenbelt Farm Stewardship Program.”

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Cyclists can Travel Greener with the Toronto-Niagara Bike Train

Toronto, June 5, 2007 - The Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce & Visitor and Convention Bureau and its partners launched the Pilot Year of the Toronto-Niagara Bike Train with a media event at Union Station on Tuesday, June 5. The Bike Train is a new tourism initiative that will be introducing bike racks onboard VIA Rail Canada service between Toronto and the Niagara Region this summer.

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Join Sarah Harmer on the Hamilton Nature Walk for Our Environment

Hamilton, May 25, 2007 - Join Sarah Harmer for a walk along Hamilton's Waterfront Trail on June 2 to raise funds and awareness for local environmental initiatives. The Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter and environmentalist will be the grand marshall of this year's Nature Walk for Our Environment.

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