The colour green has long been synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. From green leprechauns and lucky clovers, to delicious green beer. However for me, the colour green has a different meaning entirely.Read more
Ontario's Greenbelt stretches across 1.8 million acres and offers many options for romantic getaways. From enchanting winery experiences along the Niagara Escarpment, to the exploration of Rouge Park in Markham, one can find the romance in the nature all around the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. It is all about the birds and the bees after all, isn't it?Read more
White Pine, the Christmas tree I have always coveted. Soft, willowy, delicate - it's finally stuffed in my trunk to haul home for the holidays.
Hortons Tree Farms, located in and around Stouffville, has great tree choices – the bold and beautiful Scotch Pine is perfect for large homes, my smaller White Pine great for inner-city dwellers. The hardy northlander White Spruce is a familiar sight to Ontario campers hiking the Canadian Shield, the Balsam Firportrays the dark green forests of New Brunswick and the Douglas Fir is as imposing as the province of British Columbia from which it most famously hails. Don’t worry, all these trees are native to Ontario too.Read more
In October I took a trip to India and came back with a renewed sense of passion for what I do and why I do it. I had the time of my life; expanding my horizons with new experiences, meeting new friends, spending quality time with my family and watching my only sister say “I do” in an enchanting traditional Hindu ceremony. Needless to say, I look forward to going back.
Alright folks, the countdown is on. In T-minus 12 (business) days I’m swapping greenbelts!
In September I’ll be starting school in Ottawa, and so while I’m packing my books into boxes, and clothes into bins, I am also mentally preparing to make a greenbelt exchange. While the Ottawa Greenbelt may not be as large as the Greater Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt, at 50, 285 acres (versus our 1.8 million acres), I’ll try to be fair and give the Ottawa Greenbelt a chance to impress.Read more
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We recently released a report by Smart Cities Research titled “Inside and Out: Sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt” regarding growth in the area nicknamed the “whitebelt”, which is the area south of the Greenbelt.
But before I share the reports conclusions, I’d like to share a quick little bit of history, which provides a dramatic parallel to our new report.Read more
Scary movies, frightening books, and creepy camp fire stories have never really appealed to me. No wait, that’s not true, they do interest me, I’m just very easily scared and therefore try my best to avoid such situations. However while working on a project here at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, I have stumbled across a few very interesting stories related to Ontario’s Greenbelt. The stories that I came across are not your typical shadow looming in the dark of an old cottage story, but instead about abandoned towns, otherwise known as ghost towns. Contrary to what you may believe, a ghost town does not mean a town full of ghosts, it usually refers to towns that were once successful, and then were completely abandoned.
There are four towns in particular which can be found in the Greenbelt, all of which are now considered to be ghost towns. Ball’s Falls, Cheltenham Brickworks, Ballycroy, and Crook’s Hollow. Now the detective in me was definitely sparked, because I was so curious to know why these towns were abandoned, what used to go on in these towns, who lived there and where did they go. I curled up in my office chair (as much as one can curl up in an office chair) and read all four ghost town stories from start to finish. A few days later I found myself in the library with a fellow Greenbelter, looking at books about ghost towns all over Ontario.
Image from: No Limit Learning at Saint Mary’s University
Yeah, that’s right people. Tomorrow is Earth Day! Who’s excited? I know I am.
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970! So if you do the math – the Earth is turning 41 tomorrow!! Now – we just need to times that number by a couple billion and we will get a slightly more accurate number. It was only 4.6 billion years ago (seems just like yesterday right?) that the Earth was formed.Read more
With approximately half of Torontonians having been born outside of Canada, it’s no surprise that the GTA has a 61 million dollar market for ethno-cultural vegetables among Chinese, South Asian, and Afro-Caribbean communities. That is understandable, because it is expected that new Canadians would want to have access to crops they enjoyed back home. Currently, most of these foods are imported, although some can grow in Canada. Some new Canadians have already clued in on this and have been growing these crops right here on Canadian soil! Others are showing great interest in growing these and more conventional crops. Like many Canadian farmers, new Canadians have chosen farming as a supplementary source of income.Read more
Photos Courtesy of The Stop Community Food Centre
It’s good to know that crops from different countries around the world can grow well right here in Toronto and Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Stop Community Food Centre and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have reported 2010 as an amazing growing season for ethno-cultural crops such as okra, callaloo, fuzzy melon, eggplant, and yard long beans as they deliver on their “New Crop Animation” project, which tests new ethno-cultural crops for production in Southern Ontario. Members of different ethnic groups in Toronto happily received produce at the Vineland growing site and The Stop, expressing their approval of the freshness and good quality.Read more