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Greenbelt hanging in the balance

Add your voice to grow the Greenbelt and stop decades-old sprawl

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Now is our final chance to tell the Ontario government to take the lead to protect the water, nature and communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). Important decisions will be made in the coming months. Add your voice by telling the government you want a stronger landscape, stronger laws and a stronger legacy for this region.

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Reflecting back on 2015


Reflecting back
As 2015 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on 12 key things that we have accomplished for nature this past year. Thank you to all of our friends, followers, members, funders and sponsors. Without your support, we could not protect Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces.

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New Caledon hiking guide – a labour of love

"Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes" author stops for a coffee while hiking in Caledon.

“Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes” author stops for a coffee while hiking in Caledon.

My partner Alex isn’t much into birthdays. So two years ago, it came as a big surprise when, with a wry grin, he dropped the biggest birthday gift ever on my proverbial lap. It wasn’t jewelry or a car or a luxury vacation. Instead, what Alex gave me was part promise and part challenge.

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Ontario’s Greenbelt turns eight!

Glenorchy Conservation Area, credit: B. VanRyswyk Conservation Halton

Photo: Glenorchy Conservation Area, credit: B. VanRyswyk, Conservation Halton

Today marks the eighth anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt, a swath of protected lands that stretch from Niagara in the south to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, and east of Cobourg. Creating the Greenbelt, at more than 700,000 hectares, it includes the Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine, was the provincial government’s response to curbing urban sprawl in the Greater Toronto Area. Moreover, the Greenbelt supports the ecological services we all depend on: clean air, clean water and healthy local food.

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