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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 to Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Public Health and Planning 101: An Online Course for Public Health and Planning Professionals to Create Healthier Built Environment

Start/End Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:00 AM - Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

This free online course can be taken anytime and you can go through it at your own pace. The course format consists of short videos, exercises, interactive activities, supporting resources, self-assessments and takes approximately four hours to complete. 


The Ontario Public Health Association, OPPI and the Public Health Agency of Canada, have launched of a new online training program entitled, Public Health and Planning 101: An Online Course for Public Health and Planning Professionals to Create Healthier Built Environment. Developed by volunteers and staff and inspired by research and user feedback, this introductory level course is designed to bridge the gaps between both professions, as well as provide greater opportunities for developing collaborative partnerships to help create and foster healthy built environments.

This free online course can be taken anytime and you can go through it at your own pace. The course format consists of short videos, exercises, interactive activities, supporting resources, self-assessments and takes approximately four hours to complete.

For more information or to sign up for the course, click here!


OPPI Session in a Box – Call to Action

Start/End Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017 12:00 AM - Sunday, December 31, 2017 12:00 AM


OPPI is excited about the launch of Healthy Communities and Planning for the Public Realm – A Call to Action, which challenges planners, government, municipal departments, agencies, other related professionals, builders, developers, community groups and members of the public to make the public realm a focus in community building and placemaking efforts across Ontario.

OPPI is encouraging members to continue discussions on topics related to the public realm, and how they can help to create healthy communities. This template allows Districts to easily hold a session on the Call to Action without a lot of additional work. (You do not need an expert on this topic to run this session.)

Support materials for this one hour session (can easily be 90 minutes to give more time for discussion or condensed to 45 minutes for a lunch and learn format) include:

·        The Call to Action on the Public Realm 

·        A short video on the public realm that can be shown at the beginning of the session

·        PDF version of the presentation that is ‘ready to go’  

·        List of questions for participants to help guide discussion                                                              


For questions, please contact OPPI Director of Public Affairs, Loretta Ryan at 416.483.1873 or 1.800.668.1448 ext.226 or l.ryan@ontarioplanners.ca


Children's Health & the Environment Workshop and Symposium

Start/End Date: Monday, June 26, 2017 8:30 AM - Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre,
551 Windermere Rd.
London, Ontario, Canada


We have already confirmed an incredible group of speakers from across North America will be coming to share their latest research, experiences and success stories related to children’s health and the built environment in 3 key areas:

June 26) Healthy Food Environments: Practices and policies that improve children's access to healthy food, including in school and community environments.

June 27) Environments for Healthy Physical Activity: Efforts to support children's environments for healthy physical activity at home, around schools and in their neighbourhoods, including active travel and active play.

June 28) Healthy Outdoor and Natural Environments: Initiatives and practices creating healthy outdoor and natural environments, including strategies for improving children's access to nature and 'risky' outdoor environments.

Who should attend? We are inviting practitioners, policymakers, health promoters and providers, community service and care providers, designers and planners, educators and all others interested in providing healthy environments for children, to join us for this informative and collaborative symposium and workshop. Collectively we will work to move evidence from research and successful interventions into actions that will provide healthier environments for children in all communities.

• Venue: Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, London, Ontario, Canada
• Participants can register for one or more individual days, or the full 3-day conference.
• All lunches, morning & afternoon snack breaks included in registration.
• Special attendee rate on hotel accommodations.
• Banquet & networking reception hosted by Growing Chefs!
• Spaces for delegates are limited so register now to confirm your spot!
• Registration and Conference Website at http://theheal.ca/chews2017.php
• Questions can be directed to: chews2017@gmail.com


Planner as a Facilitator Course - June 26 & 27, 2017 SOLD OUT

Start/End Date: Monday, June 26, 2017 8:30 AM - Tuesday, June 27, 2017 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown Toronto

475 Yonge St

Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7


Room: Bay A & B


This two-day course provides training in effective facilitation methods and techniques to lead groups, guide discussions, analyze problems and achieve a consensus within groups. The course is designed to be interactive and offers participants the theory and methods to:


·         Facilitate any group more effectively and confidently

·         Make meetings more productive

·         Focus a diverse group's energy on common goals

·         Lead discussion on sensitive issues and problems

·         Create a sense of teamwork

·         Maximize productivity

·         Analyze and solve problems


Participants will be introduced to facilitation theory and be given the opportunity to lead actual facilitation sessions.



Course Instructor: Brian Benn


Toronto District Book Club - Summer 2017 Edition

Start/End Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017 12:00 AM - Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:00 AM
District: Toronto District

We are back with the third edition of the Toronto District Book Club!!

This summer, we will be reading "Frontier City" by Sean Micallef. This book is all about the City of Toronto and its development over the past few years, along with the changing cultural and political identities over the same period.

You can buy the book or ebook at https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/frontier-city-toronto-on-the/9780771059322-item.html

Read Ken Greenberg's review of the book here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/talk-of-the-town/article33979484/

We will plan to read 30 to 40 pages per week. Like last time, we will have an ongoing virtual discussion on https://groups.google.com/d/forum/oppi-book-club   You will need to sign up with a google-enabled account in order to post, but the group is public for viewing.

We will have an in-person gathering to socialize and discuss the book at a location and time to be determined.


Ljubljana — Making Space and Movement about People and Public Life

Start/End Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017 3:00 PM - Thursday, July 6, 2017 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Free webinar on July 6, 3:00 pm (EDT) but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite


Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, was named the 2016 winner of European green capital for its efforts to create a green living room in its city centre and to turn wasteland into parkland and public space. This involved a complete reorientation of mobility towards walking, cycling and public transport and a powerful reinvention and rediscovery of public space.

Learn more about this amazing urban transformation from Tjaša Ficko, the Deputy Mayor of Ljubljana. Moderated by Darren Davis of Auckland Council and SFU's Next-Generation Transportation Program.

Free webinar by SFU Continuing Studies (City Program)  on July 6, 3:00 PM (EDT) but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite


TD Evolution of Yorkville: A Walking Tour

Start/End Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017 6:00 PM - Thursday, July 6, 2017 8:00 PM
District: Toronto District

Bloor Yorkville - The meeting location will be arranged shortly and emailed to registered participants prior to the event date.


Lace up your walking shoes, and join us for a walking tour of one of Toronto's most iconic and interesting locations: Bloor Yorkville.

Lead by Oren Tamir (Senior Planner, City Planning) from the City of Toronto, the walking tour will begin at 6:00 PM sharp and last approximately 1.5-2 hours.

Join us following the Walking Tour for a social event at a local restaurant/bar (TBD).


Next-Generation Transportation Certificate Info Session (online) — July 7, 2017

Start/End Date: Friday, July 7, 2017 3:00 PM - Friday, July 7, 2017 4:00 PM
District: Ontario

Free webinar. Reserve on Eventbrite

Simon Fraser University Next-Generation Transportation Certificate Information Session

To find out whether our Next-Generation Transportation Certificate is for you, join us for a live webinar.

Reserve your spot in the webinar, and you will receive instructions on how to access this webinar. Reserve on Eventbrite

The webinar will start at 3 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on July 7.


The Institute for New Suburbanism Presents: Wendell Cox

Start/End Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:30 PM - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 9:00 PM
District: Ontario

JC's Banquet Hall
1686 Ellesmere Road
Scarborough, ON M1H 2V5


The INS, in partnership with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), is proud to present a lecture and discussion with Wendell Cox on July 12th, 2017.

Wendell is an American urban policy consultant, international housing affordability expert, and served as a Professor at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris.

Wendell, a long-time supporter of the suburbs, will be speaking about California’s anti-suburban growth planning and how the lessons learned could impact Toronto.

Tickets are $30 for general admission ($35 at the door) and $20 for students ($25 at the door).

Tickets can be purchased at www.INSupdates.EventBrite.com

Please note that OPPI members undertaking CPL may claim learning units according the the CPL Program Guide.

We hope to see you there!


Brisbane-Making Transport Land Use Integration More Than Just High-Sounding Words

Start/End Date: Monday, July 17, 2017 6:00 PM - Monday, July 17, 2017 8:00 PM
District: Ontario

Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite

Shaping South East Queensland is a process to integrate transport and land use into a single conversation about shaping the future of Australia’s fastest-growing region. Brisbane and South East Queensland are facing spectacular growth pressures but have discovered that the promise of motordom, in the form of numerous road tunnels, has been a rabbit hole and a chimera, not a panacea. There is a renewed focus on rapid transit, be it busways, heavy rail or light rail, as the structuring elements in a city-region that is developing a unique subtropical architectural and urban form vernacular specific to its place and context.


Find out more about these exciting developments with Greg Vann, project director, Shaping South East Queensland, and a guest moderator in SFU's Next-Generation Transportation Certificate. Moderated by Gordon Price, instructor for SFU's Next-Generation Transportation Certificate.

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