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Thursday, August 22, 2019 to Saturday, February 29, 2020

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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.


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.


Toronto District TTC - Transit Tales

Start/End Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:00 PM - Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:30 PM
District: Toronto District

Yonge and Pleasant Blvd. (24 Pleasant Blvd.) Southeast entrance of St. Clair Station - east on the street with the Aroma and Hero Burger, by the Circle K.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) submits and processes over 650 permits and approvals, and completes over 300 planning and technical reviews each year in support of modernization, expansion and protection of TTC’s infrastructure and property assets.

Want to learn about transit development in Toronto though the lens of former and current TTC staff? Come explore the challenges associated with implementation of time-sensitive programs, such as Easier Access and Second Exits that address accessibility and life-safety issues. Tour includes a discussion on projects that protect and expand TTC’s tunnel infrastructure through new construction activity, and a look at how new entrance connections to the subway network are secured through third-party developments. Highlighted stations: St. Clair, Summerhill, Rosedale, Bay-Bloor, and Museum. Eligible for CPL credits and socializing post tour encouraged.


Toronto District - Beaches Mural Tour

Start/End Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 6:00 PM - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 7:15 PM
District: Toronto District

Start: Southeast corner of Queen St E and Neville Park Blvd
End: Northwest corner of Queen St E and Lee Ave

Join Adam Smith for a stroll along Queen St E in the Beach Village exploring the various public art pieces, from murals to utility boxes to graffiti, and some of their history. Socializing post tour is encouraged.

OPPI members may claim learning unit according to the CPL Program Guide.


Toronto District for the first ever Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Toronto - postponed for September 14th

Start/End Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:00 PM - Saturday, September 14, 2019 6:00 PM
District: Toronto District

Dominion Pub and Kitchen - 500 Queen Street East.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Toronto District's first ever Scavenger Hunt will be postponed to Saturday September 14th.


Join the OPPI Toronto District for the first ever Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Toronto! Starting at the Dominion Pub and Kitchen (500 Queen Street East) you’ll be sent on your way to explore neighbourhoods of Toronto for approximately 2 hrs: by transit, walking, or cycling.

Registration - $20 plus tax for all participants.

The event will re-convene with a celebratory social.

What you need to know.
1. Form a team of 2-4 people. Each individual needs to sign up individually.
2. Entry is open to 60 participants.
3. Hunting / exploring occurs from 2 - 4 PM (earn CPL credits as you explore the neighbourhood answering clues), social begins at 4 PM.
4. Starting and finish location is the Dominion Pub and Kitchen (500 Queen Street East).
5. OPPI TO District will provide some light snacks at the social. Beverages are to be purchased individually.
6. Event occurs rain or shine.
7. Items to bring: weather appropriate attire, sunscreen, walking shoes, Presto / money for TTC, Working / charged phone with camera.
8. Team spirit


ED Parliament Hill - Campus Planning Walking Tour

Start/End Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:00 PM - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:15 PM
District: Eastern District

Meet at the centennial flame on Parliament Hill.

Join a federal planner from the Campus Planning Team of the Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch as we look at the long-term vision and plan for Parliament Hill.


ORD Source Water Protection Workshop and Site Tour Caledon

Start/End Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 4:00 PM - Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:00 PM
District: Ontario

Participants will meet/start at Cheltenham Wells 1 and 2 located at 14190 Creditview Road, Caledon ON L7C 1Y4 . Participants will end at Caledon Village Well 4 located at 1880 Beechgrove Side Road, Caledon ON L7K 2E3

Hosted in Caledon by the Region of Peel in collaboration with the OPPI Oak Ridges District, this half-day session is designed to provide interested planners with an “in the field” opportunity to understand the integrated nature of Ontario’s multi-barrier approach to the protection of drinking water sources and the associated implementation of source protection plans that ensure safe and sustainable drinking water from source to tap.

This session will involve an interactive, behind-the-scenes visit to three groundwater treatment facilities owned and operated by the Region of Peel in the Town of Caledon. Participants will hear directly from technical staff about the facility’s operation to comply with the requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to walk the boundaries of the most vulnerable areas as identified through the requirements outlined in the Clean Water Act, 2006 and visualize the scope of the Wellhead Protection Areas.

Region of Peel, Town of Caledon and Credit Valley – Toronto and Region – Central Lake Ontario (CTC) Source Protection Staff will address the broad array of policies from locally applicable Source Protection Plans which work collaboratively with Provincial Plans to protect the groundwater supplies servicing residents in this rural community.

Attendees will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge which will enhance their day-to-day responsibilities, as well as liaise with colleagues.

Tour Safety:
This event is limited to 15 registrants for safety reasons.

The tour involves walking outdoors on uneven terrain and through an industrial facility. For safety reasons, all participants must wear flat, closed-toe shoes. Long pants are also required. Personal protective equipment (hardhats and reflective vests) will be provided at the plant and must be worn by all participants. In addition, all participants will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability.

Additional safety information and waivers will be provided to registered participants closer to the event date. Participants will be responsible for their transportation between sites, with parking will be available at each.

Please note: Plant staff reserve the right to cancel the tour in the event of inclement weather, power outages or other operational factors/plant emergency.


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: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:00 AM - Tuesday, October 22, 2019 4:00 PM
District: Ontario

Holiday Inn & Suites in London
855 Wellington Rd. South
London, 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


Heritage Planning for Practitioners

Start/End Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 9:00 AM - Sunday, October 27, 2019 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Algonquin College - Perth Campus, 7 Craig Street, Perth Ontario

Heritage Planning for Practitioners is an introductory course for all individuals interested in the theoretical and practical aspects of heritage conservation planning in Ontario. Participants will learn about a variety of topics including the history, legal aspects, evaluation processes, how to integrate the concepts of sustainability and accessibility, and some of the practical management challenges of the field. These will be presented through a variety of lectures, readings, in-class and online activities. Suitable for all knowledge and experience levels, this course will include discussions, group work, walking tours, and a short paper. Attendance at all in-class sessions is mandatory.


INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: As the Managing Principal and Senior Heritage Planner of Letourneau Heritage Consulting Inc., Marcus R. Létourneau, PhD, MCIP, RPP, CAHP has experience working with a variety of heritage resources types and heritage organizations including the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors. His formal training includes studies in resource management, historical geography, cultural landscapes, museum studies, heritage conservation planning, marine archaeology, dispute resolution, and management leadership. Marcus is a past president of the Ontario Association of Heritage Professionals, and past president for the Kingston Historical Society.


For more information and to register, please visit https://www.algonquincollege.com/perth-ce/2019/06/heritage-plan-practitioners/

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