Greenbelt Legacy Plaque Installed
TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - On Monday, November 2 please join the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation in a ceremony to pay tribute to the Honourable William G. Davis, former Premier of Ontario, for his bold action to protect the Niagara Escarpment, which forms the spine of the 1.8 million acres of the Greenbelt.
Mr. Davis will attend the unveiling of a new plaque to be erected in his honour at the foot of the Bruce Trail in Fireman's Park, Niagara Falls.
Signs honouring Mr. Davis' work and his efforts in preserving the Niagara Escarpment are being placed at five hiking trails along the length and breadth of the Greenbelt.
WHAT: Media are invited to join Mr. Davis and the Greenbelt
Foundation at Fireman's Park followed by a reception and
speeches at nearby Château des Charmes
WHERE: Unveiling - Fireman's Park (Mountain Road and Dorchester Road )
- follow signs from Northwest corner of parking lot
Reception - Château des Charmes, 1025 York Road,
WHEN: Monday, November 2, 2009
Brief unveiling at 12 p.m. Reception to follow immediately
WHO: Hon. William G. Davis, Former Premier of Ontario
Kim Craitor, MPP Niagara Falls
Mayor Ted Salci, Niagara Falls
Burkhard Mausberg, President, Friends of the Greenbelt
Donna Lailey, Vice-Chair, Greenbelt Council and board member of
the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Friend of the Greenbelt
The Honourable William Grenville Davis
Premier of Ontario 1971-1985
The Niagara Escarpment is an important part of Ontario's natural heritage
system. It hosts a myriad of flora and fauna, some of which are
endangered or rare.
In 1973, Premier Davis and the Government of Ontario took the remarkable
step of enacting the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act.
This led to the establishment of the Niagara Escarpment Commission and
the creation of the Niagara Escarpment Plan. As Canada's first
environmental land-use plan, it protects this unique 725 kilometre
landform stretching from Niagara Falls to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.
In recognition of its ecological significance, the Niagara Escarpment was
designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1990 by UNESCO, the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The Niagara
Escarpment became a permanent part of Ontario's Greenbelt in 2005.
Wrapping around the Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt is 1.8 million acres of potential to make Ontario a better place. Encompassing the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park, hundreds of rural towns and villages and some 7,100 farms, Ontario's Greenbelt is the largest and most diverse in the world.
The Greenbelt Foundation began in June 2005 as an independent, charitable foundation with a mandate to promote and sustain our Greenbelt as a beneficial, valuable, and permanent feature, enhancing the quality of life for Ontario residents.
SOURCE Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
For further information: For further information: Jennifer Story, Communications Manager, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, (647) 966-6310 (cell), or jstory-at-greenbelt.ca