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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 to Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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ND Lunch & Learn: Planting for Cleaner Water and Community Connection

Start/End Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:00 PM - Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:00 PM
District: Northern District

Dial in from your desk or join your colleagues at the following meeting locations:
City of Thunder Bay:
Development Services Boardroom
Victoriaville Civic Centre 2nd Floor
111 Syndicate Avenue South │Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5K4

City of Greater Sudbury:
Art Potvin Board Room, 3rd Floor - Planning Services
Tom Davies Square, 200 Brady Street
*Please present yourself at the Planning Services Division Counter.

City of Sault Ste. Marie:
IT Training Room, Level 3, Civic Centre
Sault Ste. Marie. 99 Foster Drive.

City of North Bay:
Executive Boardroom, 7th Floor, North Bay City Hall
200 McIntyre St E, North Bay, ON P1B 8V6

Join us in hearing from Sue Buckle, the Manager Communications & Outreach at North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority to discuss Restore Your Shore and Drinking Water Source Protection.
The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) launched Restore Your Shore (RYS) in 2015 as a collaborate initiative connecting five municipalities, NBMCA, and a multi-stakeholder community advisory group whose membership included property owner associations, agricultural groups, university professors and various provincial ministries. As a shoreline planting program, RYS was originally established using a community-based social marketing approach to satisfy an education and outreach policy contained within the North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Plan to reduce phosphorus loading in the Callander-Wasi watershed. It has since evolved into a multi-community/watershed stewardship program that has been profiled by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). More than 25,000 trees, shrubs and perennials have been planted along 6,000m of shoreline involving more than 120 private property owners and NBMCA’s member municipalities.

About Sue Buckle:

Beyond policy and regulations there are people who want their needs met – whether it’s a personal, social, financial or environmental need or goal.  In today’s complex and interactive world meeting one’s needs invariably involves collaborating with others.   Finding ways to educate, engage and bring people together, communicating in a way that respects everyone’s needs using tools and strategies that are relevant and engaging, is the cornerstone of Sue Buckle’s 20 year career in communications.   In addition to her 10 years with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, Sue has provided communications and outreach guidance to the municipal, environmental, social service, arts and business sectors, facilitating strategic planning, communications and visioning sessions.



OPPI TO and CTBUH - 50 fwd 50 back Walking Tour

Start/End Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:30 PM - Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:00 PM
District: Toronto District

The tour begins at Toronto City Hall and will end at One York.

OPPI Toronto District and the CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) will be holding its annual walk on June 27th at 5:30 pm. The walk forms part of the larger global initiative where tours will take place in over 20 cities using a common theme. This will be the sixth annual walk exploring the relationship between tall buildings and the urban environment.

This year's theme is "50 Forward 50 Back" and will explore the history of tall building development over the last 50 years. The tour will begin at Toronto City Hall and will walk to the Lake Front. The tour will then explore the new developments and public spaces. The tour will be hosted by James Parakh the manager of Urban Design at the City of Toronto.
The tour begins at City Hall and will end at One York.
A complimentary beverage will be provided at the end of the tour.


2019-2020 Eastern District Book Club

Start/End Date: Monday, July 1, 2019 12:00 AM - Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:00 AM
District: Eastern District

Stay tuned to the District e-blasts for meeting details.

Join the Eastern District Book Club in reading three books over the 2019-2020 year:

Fall (July-September)
Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change (2017) by Ashley Dawson. Meeting will take place in October during the OPPI Symposium in Toronto.

Winter (November-January)
The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future (2019) by Ben Green. Meeting will take place in Ottawa in February.

Spring (March-May)
Perfect City: An Urban Fixer’s Global Search for Magic in the Modern Metropolis (2019) by Joe Berridge. Meeting will take place in Ottawa in June.


OPPI Province-Wide Book Club

Start/End Date: Monday, July 1, 2019 12:00 AM - Saturday, August 31, 2019 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

Join planners from across Ontario in our first-ever Province-wide planning book club!

This summer we will be reading “Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change" by Ashley Dawson.

From the publisher:
"In Extreme Cities, Dawson offers an alarming portrait of the future of our cities, describing the efforts of Staten Island, New York, and Shishmareff, Alaska residents to relocate; Holland’s models for defending against the seas; and the development of New York City before and after Hurricane Sandy. Our best hope lies not with fortified sea walls, he argues. Rather, it lies with urban movements already fighting to remake our cities in a more just and equitable way."

We will aim to read 40-50 pages per week, for July and August, with a weekly discussion forum on a Linkedin group created specifically for the book club.


We will also be meeting up in person at the OPPI symposium in Toronto this fall. For those who are attending the symposium, stay tuned for details!

OPPI members may claim Continuous Professional Learning units according to the CPL Program Guide.


WLOD Book Club

Start/End Date: Monday, July 1, 2019 12:00 AM - Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:00 AM
District: Western Lake Ontario District

Self-directed reading and participation in the on-line forum can occur anywhere!

Please join us for an online facilitated book club. The book chosen is Eric Klinenberg's Palaces for the People. A forum will be set up with weekly discussions as we progress through reading the book through July-September. A meet up has been scheduled for September 26, 2019 and will require separate registration.


TD Re-imagine Galleria: Transforming Toronto’s Tired Malls Walking Tour

Start/End Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:00 PM - Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:00 PM
District: Toronto District

Meet at the entrance to Wallace Emerson Park on Dufferin St, just south of the Wallace Emerson Community Centre.

Nostalgic icons in the urban landscape, Toronto’s older malls hold a special place in the neighbourhoods they call home. These malls have prime positions in our communities, but offer little to the urban environment; presenting a long list of challenges, but also offering significant opportunities.

Galleria Mall is one such icon, now in need of repair, but still playing an important social role in the community. The Mall, along with the Wallace Emerson Community Centre and Park, are now being transformed through a complete rethink of what exists today.

This walking tour will take participants on the journey of the Galleria Mall transformation, highlighting how the Mall is being re-imagined as a complete community, and how a successful and unique partnership between the City and the Developer has unlocked one of the most complex sites in Toronto.


SAVE THE DATE: TO District's First Ever Scavenger Hunt

Start/End Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 1:00 PM - Saturday, July 20, 2019 4:00 PM
District: Toronto District

To be confirmed.


OPPI Toronto District will be hosting a Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The event will begin in Downtown Toronto and finish with a social event. More details will be released and registration will open in June. Save the date!


Eastern District Mobile Rural Workshop

Start/End Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:00 AM - Tuesday, July 30, 2019 3:00 PM
District: Eastern District

Meet and bus pickup is at the Nepean Sportspex is located at 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. Parking is provided in an area behind the sportplex.

Please join OPPI Eastern District leadership team for its annual Rural Workshop which will be held on Tuesday, July 30 from 9am to 3pm. This time we’ve gone mobile with a farm bus tour! The day will include a visit to three exciting agricultural facilities in Ottawa:

1. A tour of the National Capital Commission’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network Facility to learn about the L5 project, receive a demonstration of an autonomous vehicle and hear from the partners involved. We will also have the opportunity to learn about the City of Ottawa’s smart agriculture ambitions.

2. A tour of a vineyard, learn about wine in the regional and what’s involved with land use planning at Jabulani Vineyard and Winery. There will also be opportunity for some sampling of local wine for those inclined.

3. Visit and learn about the newly constructed state-of-art dairy farm at Blackrapids Farm.

Coffee, water and light snacks will be available on the bus. Lunch is included with registration and will be hosted by Jabulani. Registration opens at 8:30am at the Nepean Sportsplex located at 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. Parking is provided in an area behind the sportsplex. 

Registration Fee:
Members - $55
Non-members - $65
Students - $45

Registration closes: July 26 but we encourage you to book early to save your seat on the bus!

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact eoconnor@regionalgroup.com for details.


WLOD Book Club

Start/End Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:00 PM - Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:00 PM
District: Western Lake Ontario District

Thirsty Cactus
2 King St E, Dundas, ON

To follow up on the Book Club forum, let's meet in person to discuss Eric Klinenberg's book, Palaces for the People.

Light supper included in cost, cost of book excluded.


Asset Management 201: Balancing Risk and Levels of Service

Start/End Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:00 AM - Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:00 PM
District: Ontario

Hampton Inn & Suites
Barrie, Ontario

Asset management is about risk management. It’s also a complex balancing act – balancing customer expectations with affordability.
Join us in this advanced course where we will drill down to explore how to weigh risk alongside levels of service. In this interactive workshop, participants will discover how to assess risks related to climate change (and other factors) and how to use risk to prioritize assets for lifecycle activities. Through a case study, participants will explore how to determine current levels of service for various asset categories and identify how to establish clear priorities for proposing levels of service that are achievable and affordable, now and into the future.

Cost: $105+HST (light lunch included)
Registration Page: https://www.ospe.on.ca/asset-management

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