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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 to Friday, November 30, 2018

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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 and to register, please visit OPHA  or contact info@opha.on.ca


ED We're Still Here Ya Bastards: An Evening Out with the Eastern District Book Club

Start/End Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:00 PM - Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:00 PM
District: Eastern District

Equator Coffee (in the National Arts Centre)
1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON

Join OPPI for an evening out with the Eastern District Book Club!

On Thursday, May 24th, book lovers will meet from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the National Arts Centre’s newly opened Equator Coffee on Elgin Street.

This month’s meeting will feature Roberta Brandes Gratz’s We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City.

Unable to read the book before our meeting? No problem!
Within each monthly book, a number of planning themes will emerge. From these themes, our conversation will grow; reading the book is not necessary.

Themes from We’re Still Here Ya Bastards include,
• flawed governmental policies;
• disaster capitalism vs. the public good;
• violent and corrupt prison systems;
• hospital closings;
• the future of public education; and,
• the rise of gentrification.

About We’re Still Here Ya Bastards
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is one of the darkest chapters in American history…

We're Still Here Ya Bastards presents an extraordinary panoramic look at New Orleans's revival in the years following the hurricane. Award-winning journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz shares the stories of people who returned to their homes and have taken the rebuilding of their city into their own hands…

By telling stories that are often ignored by the mainstream media, We're Still Here Ya Bastards shows the strength and resilience of a community that continues to work to rebuild New Orleans, and reveals what Katrina couldn't destroy: the vibrant culture, epic history, and unwavering pride of one of the greatest cities in America.


SD BYOB Club [bring your own book]

Start/End Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:00 PM - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:00 PM
District: Southwest District

The BYOB Club will meet at the Sandwich Brewing Company located at 3232 Sandwich Street in Windsor's historic Sandwich Town neighbourhood.


The Ontario Professional Planners Institute—Southwest District Program Committee is holding a BYOB [bring your own book] Club meeting in Windsor. Tell the group about a planning-related book you’ve been reading or read a long time ago, why you enjoyed it, and why you think others should read it too. After all the reviews are done, members are free to exchange books with each other. All transactions under the Club’s roof are recorded on a register (so much better than lending to a friend who years later pretends they’ve never even seen the book…).

The registration fee covers some appetizers. Craft beer will be available for purchase.


OPPI Eastern District – Ottawa Spring Social and Haunted Walk

Start/End Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018 4:45 PM - Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:30 PM
District: Eastern District

D’Arcy McGee’s

44 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON


Please come out and join us on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 for our annual Spring Social.

This year we will be hosting our annual spring social in Ottawa starting at 5:00 PM at D’Arcy McGee’s located at 44 Sparks Street, in Ottawa.

Complementary appetizers will be served. Hope you can join us! Cheers.

As a special treat this year will be also be hosting a Haunted Walking Tour of Downtown Ottawa with a Planning focus. This walk will start at 4:45 PM and will last approximately 60 minutes. The walk will conclude near Darcy McGee’s where we will be able to join everyone attending the spring social.

The cost to register for the Haunted Walk is $27.58

The deadline to register for the Haunted Walk is May 24th, 2018. Please register early as space is limited. An email providing details will be sent out the week of the walk to all who have registered.


LD Planning and Health Awareness for Age-Friendly Communities

Start/End Date: Friday, June 1, 2018 9:30 AM - Friday, June 1, 2018 1:30 PM
District: Lakeland District

Grey County Council Chambers
595 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound


Lakeland District Planners will be hosting an event with a focus on age-friendly and dementia-friendly initiatives and awareness - including discussions from municipal staff, committees, non-for-profits, and health providers.

Dr. Brendan Mulroy - M.D. Geriatric Ward
Charlotte Bumstead - RN/GNC(c)/CPMHN(c) Enhanced Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant, Geriatric Behaviour Response Team, Mental Health
Jan Chamberlain - Council on Aging Grey Bruce
Samantha Biglieri - PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo, School of Planning
Sherri Walden - Hanover Age-Friendly Committee
Sandra Hong - Public Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Grey Bruce
Chris Kawalec - Community Development Program Manager & Seniors Portfolio, Social Services Division, City of Peterborough

Emily Powell - Grey Bruce Health Unit


Registration fee includes refreshments. 


OACA Annual Conference

Start/End Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018 12:00 AM - Wednesday, June 6, 2018 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

Crowne Plaza
5685 Falls Avenue
Niagara Falls, ON

Tips and Techniques for Successful Hearings
Rick Ross, City Wide Chair for City of Toronto

Do you really understand the Planning Act or just do it because that’s the way it’s always been done?
Sidney Troister, LSM, Partner, Torkin Maines LLP

Modernizing the Municipal Act, Bill 68
Fred Dean, Amberley Gavel Ltd.

The Value of Registered Professional Planners
Jason Ferrigan, RPP President of OPPI & Director of Planning for City of Greater Sudbury

Ontario Municipal Board Reform, Bill 139
Michael Bowman, Partner, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Medical Cannabis Grow Operations Panel
Craig Larmour, BA, MCIP, RPP, Director of Community and Development Services for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Mat Vaughan, Principal Planner, BES, MCIP, RPP, CMMII, Norforlk County, Jeff Ryan, Principal of Tweed (Canopy) Growth, Mike McGuire, Director of Operations- Office of Medical Cannabis, Ministry of Health

Use Variances
Joel Farber, Partner, Fogler Rubinoff LLP

Cultural Heritage in Land Use Planning
James Hamilton, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Heritage

Short Term Rentals and Air BnB
Italo Joe Luzi, CPSO, CMMIII, MLEO, CET, Manager of Enforcement Services, City of Vaughan

Committee of Adjustment and Natural Justice
Isaac Lallouz, P. Eng, Committee of Adjustment for City of Toronto, North York Panel

Engineering Considerations for Consent and Minor Variance Applications
David Martin, C.P.T., C. Tech, Supervisor, Development Engineering South, City of Mississauga

Enforceable Conditions
Warwick Perrin, Supervisor of Enforcement, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Community Improvement Plans
Bobby Gauthier, MCIP, RPP, Senior Planner of WSP

Do Rules Help or Hinder and Who is this Robert Guy Anyway?
*This is a 2-part workshop taking up two time slots*
Lori Lukinuk, Lori Lukinuk Parliamentary Services

Validation Certificates: Don’t let the simple become complicated
Aaron Platt, Partner, Davies Howe LLP

How infuriated neighbors use the C of A to resolve their boundary disputes and the options available to protect the process
Chris Kamarianakis, CEO, Protect Your Boundaries Inc.

For more information:https://oaca.info/oaca-business/events/2018-oaca-conference/

To register: https://oaca.info/oaca-business/events/2018-oaca-conference/online-conference-registration/


SD Cambridge Historic Downtown Galt Bike Tour

Start/End Date: Monday, June 4, 2018 5:00 PM - Monday, June 4, 2018 9:00 PM
District: Southwest District

City Hall (50 Dickson Street, Cambridge)
Beverly St Lot – located near Dickson Street
Downtown Galt


Join your OPPI colleagues for a casual and leisurely bike ride to check Galt’s new pedestrian bridge, recent developments, great public spaces, and historic sites in downtown Galt.

The total length of the trip is approximately 8 kilometres and has been designed to accommodate all riding skill levels and will feature both on road and trail segments. A sturdy bike lock, water bottle, helmet and weather appropriate clothing is recommended.

The route begins at Cambridge City Hall in Downtown Galt and will end with light refreshments at Thirteen Food & Drink. Some light snacks will be provided, however, attendees will be asked to pay for their own drinks. Free car parking is available at City Hall Beverly St Lot.

This event is open to all students, members of the Southwest District, and our non-member colleagues.


2018 Ontario Heritage Conference

Start/End Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:00 AM - Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:00 PM
District: Ontario

Delta Hotels Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront
208 St Mary's River Drive Sault Ste. Marie

Ontario P6A 5V4

The Sault Ste. Marie Municipal Heritage Committee invites and welcomes you to the 2018 Community Heritage Ontario Conference from June 7th to 9th. This conference brings together 200 participants from municipal, academic and professional sectors, all with a vested interest in heritage preservation. Good speakers, challenging topics and great social program.



Registration is now open and available on the website. To register, please visit: http://www.ontarioheritageconference.ca Full conference fee is $250 plus HST 



Project Management for Planners - PM - June 8, 2018 SOLD OUT

Start/End Date: Friday, June 8, 2018 8:30 AM - Friday, June 8, 2018 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Global Knowledge (Nexient Learning Centre)

2 Bloor St East, 31st Floor

Toronto, ON M4W 1A8


Course Outline:


OPPI’s popular Project Management for Planners course has a new look! Join us for a one-day session that will help you understand the importance of effective project management in ensuring the success of your project. Learn more about this course on OPPI’s Programs & Events page. 


Attendees are encouraged to go green! Instead of providing printed resources, you are asked to bring a laptop/tablet. If you prefer paper resources, please contact OPPI.   


Course Instructor:


Mark Snook is a professional facilitator & instructional designer with a strong background in adult learning principles having logged over 10,000 hours in leading classroom training.  He is passionate about life-long learning and brings this love of education and training to his development and design efforts.  Mark regularly facilitates multiple learning programs covering a broad spectrum of topics and is a leader in Customer Service and eLearning development, having Mark designed curriculum and facilitated sessions for public, private, non-profit and academic sector companies. 


TD Lower Don Trail Cycling Tour

Start/End Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 9:30 AM - Saturday, June 9, 2018 12:00 PM
District: Toronto District

Meeting and starting point: St Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave, Toronto

Final Stop: Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto


On June 9th 2018, join us on a cycling tour of the recently-revitalized Lower Don Trail as part of Toronto’s ravine trail network and Pan Am Path in the Don Valley. Bryce Miranda, Partner and Landscape Architect with DTAH, Ruthanne Henry, Senior Project coordinator and Landscape Architect, and Julia Murnaghan, Natural Environment Specialist from Parks, Forestry & Recreation with City of Toronto will lead us through all the fascinating improvements along the multi-use path, all on two wheels! These include Belleville Underpass Realignment, new Pottery Road Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge, paved Bayview multi-use path, and new way-finding system.

We will meet and start from St Matthew’s Clubhouse (450 Broadview Ave) in Riverdale Park East, enter the trail from Riverdale Park Bridge, then cycle north along the east side of the ravine and around Pottery Road connection before turning south on Bayview multi-use path. We will conclude our tour at Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview Ave).

The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and will be followed by networking at Café Belong at Brickworks. Participants are advised to bring helmets together with your bicycle, weather-appropriate clothing, water and snacks.

Cancellation Policy for OPPI Events

  • Full refund: requires a minimum of one month's notice
  • 75% refund: requires 2-4 weeks' notice
  • No refund: if less than 2 weeks' notice

Cancellation Policy for Partnered Events

  • Please contact the partnered organization directly