Youth Art Contest Kicks Off Greenbelt Anniversary



    McGuinty Government Launches New Greenbelt Awards

    TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    A student art contest will help launch Ontario's new I Heart Greenbelt
Awards, celebrating the four-year anniversary of the world renowned Greenbelt.
    As a first step, Ontario students are asked to help design the new awards
and submit original artwork until March 30, 2009. The winning design will be
announced in June 2009.
    The awards will recognize Ontarians who have contributed significantly to
supporting a strong and viable Greenbelt. The criteria and nomination process
for the awards will be finalized later this spring.
    Protecting the environment makes good economic sense. Research shows that
the Greenbelt contributes $2.6 billion annually to local economies.

    QUOTES

    "By helping design these awards, our students can show how important the
Greenbelt is and help recognize those Ontarians who have contributed to its
success," said Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
    "The Greenbelt is a legacy for our young people and future generations.
These awards will recognize those who have supported these precious lands and
helped protect our environment," said Joe Dickson, Member of Provincial
Parliament for Ajax-Pickering.
    "Across the Greenbelt, there are people from all walks of life who have
supported the Greenbelt and deserve to be acknowledged for their tremendous
efforts," said Dr. Robert Elgie, Chair of the Greenbelt Council.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The Greenbelt permanently protects 1.8 million acres of agricultural
        and environmentally sensitive land around the Greater Golden
        Horseshoe.
    -   Research shows that the Greenbelt provides essential ecosystem
        services or benefits for eight million residents across the Greater
        Golden Horseshoe and values these services at least $2.6 billion
        each year.

    LEARN MORE

    Read about the art work contest to design the Greenbelt Awards
    (http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page6281.aspx).

    See the Facebook page
    (http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Greenbelt/52196824418).

    Find out more about Ontario's Greenbelt
    (http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page187.aspx).

    See videos about the Greenbelt (http://www.greenbelt.ca/video).

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For further information:

For further information: Adam Grachnik, Minister's Office, (416)
585-6492; Audrey Bennett, Provincial Policy Planning Branch, (416) 585-6014

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