McGuinty Government Launches New Greenbelt Awards
TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ -
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.
"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.
- The Greenbelt permanently protects 1.8 million acres of agricultural
and environmentally sensitive land around the Greater Golden
- 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
Read about the art work contest to design the Greenbelt Awards
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Find out more about Ontario's Greenbelt
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