On the evening of December 4, 2015 the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation honoured former Premier Dalton McGuinty with the Friend of the Greenbelt Award.
Some 400 guests joined us for the celebration - from our partners and grantees, to our Greenbelt Friends and champions, to elected officials and long-time Greenbelt activists.
But among all our notable guests, it was our smallest attendee who made the biggest impression. At 7-years old, Alexander—a Friend of the Greenbelt and dedicated environmentalist—was not only our youngest guest, he was also our most enthusiastic.
After seeing Alexander work the crowd like a pro, we wanted to get his thoughts on the evening, on the Greenbelt, and on meeting the former Premier.
Here’s what he had to say!
For Immediate Release
July 25, 2014
Countryside Stewardship Connection
Do you want to connect with the Credit River watershed’s rural community? Do you want to share success stories, discuss issues, and learn about countryside living and the environment? Are you looking for expert advice on caring for your land and water?
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation introduce a brand new online discussion forum called the Countryside Stewardship Connection. The Connection allows rural landowners, community groups, environmental agencies and local businesses to network with each other and CVC in a new and exciting way.Read more
Participants on the Biodiversity Tour explored the rugged rocks and caverns of Greig's Caves south of Lion's Head.
We carefully climbed the rugged rocks at Greig's Caves while glancing up at the cavernous dolostone looming overhead. Our guides Sean Liipere, Program Manager for the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association and Jenna McGuire, naturalist at the Bruce Peninsula National Park, excitedly pointed upwards to the old white cedar growing out of the cliff. Over a century ago fires had decimated so many of the Peninsula's ancient forests it was possible to see the waters of Georgian Bay then turn and look at Lake Huron.Read more
Fry time is upon us.
If there is ever a time to indulge in some crispy, golden fries, now is the time. The remaining potatoes from last season’s harvest are now Ontario’s finest frying potatoes. After a fall harvest, potatoes are kept in cool, dark environments. This extends their life and slows down the reaction that breaks down potato starch into sugar. After a long winter, the potatoes are reaching the end of their edible stage and have the highest sugar content of the season. When these potatoes are “punched” (through a fry press) into spears, then plunged into 350F vegetable oil, those sugars go to work. They caramelize and give the fluffy interior of the fry a golden shell, almost alike to the top of a creme brulée.Read more
With the fluctuating temperatures of our Ontario spring, feeling under the weather is almost inevitable. Stock up on these local plants, sold and served throughout the Greenbelt, to soothe your cold and flu blues.
Oregano: Culinary herb and, when distilled into an oil, can soothe stuffy noses. Image: Wikipedia, 2014.
Minimal ingredients sometimes extract maximum flavour. It’s the middle of winter, so no doubt you locavores have had your fair share of carrots. But this fresh, creamy soup is a big leap from boiled carrots, and is sure you brighten your day while warming you up!
All of these ingredients can be found locally.Read more
The City of Toronto has been peppered with breweries for as long as it’s been called Toronto. Today, more than 150 years later, pubs, taverns, bars, restaurants and homes are overflowing with local indie craft brews more than ever. Craft implies a small, independent operation, using traditions to produce and deliver effervescent beer to tantalize your taste buds. With so many young entrepreneurs channeling their efforts to keep things small-scale and local, the choice and variety is vast.Read more
Janice and I sit together by a snow-laden stream at the Ecology Retreat Centre in Orangeville.
Around 4 or 5 months ago, I came to Canada to volunteer at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. After finishing my school in Germany, I wanted to go to another country and take a gap year before studying at university. But better than a normal gap year, like the most common German version of "Work-and-Travel" in Australia, I got the opportunity to do something good for the environment.Read more
The idea of preserving undeveloped land around an urban center is not new. Ebenezer Howard, the famous creator of the English Garden City in Great Britain, invented the idea of open space for agriculture and food-based gardening near urban centers in the nineteenth century (see picture of garden city Chatham Village, Pittsburgh). Even today this is one central goal of greenbelts around the world.Read more
Call For Submissions: Become a part of of a Greenbelt Arts Project for the 2013 In the Soil Arts Festival
If you had the chance to creatively express your connection to Ontario’s Greenbelt visually or musically, how would you do it? Greenbelt Arts is providing the opportunity for artists of all practices to participate in a multimedia installation that represents what the Greenbelt means to you!Read more