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Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Wednesday, October 31, 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


ORD Thornhill Heritage District Walking Tour

Start/End Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 1:30 PM - Thursday, April 26, 2018 4:00 PM
District: Oak Ridges District

Thornhill Pub @ 7756 Yonge St, Thornhill



Join the Oak Ridges District on a walking tour of the Thornhill and Markham Heritage District! The tour will be led by heritage experts from the City of Vaughan and Markham. Founded in 1794, the Village of Thornhill has seen many transformations over the centuries! Located on either side of Yonge Street just north of Toronto, Thornhill continues to experience change and transition.

When: Thursday April 26, 2018 at 1:30 PM.

Duration: About 2 hours.

Starting Point: The north west corner of Yonge Street and Centre Street (in front of the Thornhill Pub @ 7756 Yonge St, Thornhill)

Cost: $15.00 per person

The tour will be divided into two parts. The east side (Markham) will be led by City of Markham’s Regan Hutcheson (Manager, Heritage Planning and Heritage Districts Development) and George Duncan (Senior Heritage Planner). The west side (Vaughan) will be led by City of Vaughan’s Cultural Heritage Coordinators Katrina Guy and Shelby Blundell.


ED Book Club

Start/End Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 7:00 PM - Thursday, April 26, 2018 8:00 PM
District: Eastern District

Caffeine 1UP
362 Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario

Join us at Caffeine 1UP on Rideau Street on Thursday, April 26th for our next Eastern District Book Club meeting.

At this meeting, we will discuss Charles Montgomery’s Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design.

Note: It is not mandatory to have read the book! These evenings are for fun. They are intended for planners and friends to gather socially to discuss books and planning-related topics of interest. All are welcome!

About Happy City
“After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks and condo towers an improvement on the car-dependence of sprawl?

The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, during an exhilarating journey through some of the world’s most dynamic cities…

Rich with new insights from psychology, neuroscience and Montgomery’s own urban experiments, Happy City reveals how our cities can shape our thoughts as well as our behavior. The message is as surprising as it is hopeful: by retrofitting cities and our own lives for happiness, we can tackle the urgent challenges of our age. The happy city can save the world--and all of us can help build it.”


OTC Transportation Planning Workshop

Start/End Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 9:00 AM - Friday, April 27, 2018 3:30 PM
District: Ontario

Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre
3063 South Service Rd., Burlington, ON


This one-day program brings together planning professionals from across the province to share ideas and experiences and learn from industry experts. This year’s Workshop will focus on current issues facing the Transportation Planning field in Ontario including topics such as Smart Cities & the Mobility Ecosystem, Congestion Management Plans, Strategic Opportunities for Integrating Health & Transportation and more.

For details and registration visit http://www.otc.org/events/



Rethinking Transit Solutions: Thoughts From Uber and the Region of Peel

Start/End Date: Monday, April 30, 2018 9:00 AM - Monday, April 30, 2018 12:00 PM
District: Ontario

Chinguacousy Ski Chalet
Lower Lounge
9050 Bramalea Road
Brampton, Ontario  L6S 6G7


For our upcoming speaking event, the INS is proud to welcome five great speakers to discuss the shifts that could make planners and politicians rethink transit and transportation solutions.

Brett Chang – Senior Policy Advisor at Uber – will be the keynote speaker. Brett will discuss the Uber/Innisfil partnership and the impact that ridesharing services could have on transit and transportation masterplanning.

The INS is also pleased to welcome two speakers from the Region of Peel, Director of Integrated Planning, Arvin Prasad and Manager of Transportation Planning, Sabbir Saiyed.

Lastly, the INS will also be welcoming two speakers from HDR, Elli Papaioannou and Jonathan Chai.

The event will be held on April, 30th from 9:00AM - 12:00PM at the Chinguacousy Ski Chalet in Brampton, Ontario.

Tickets are $35 ($40 at the door)and can be purchased at INSupdates.eventbrite.com 

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

We hope to see you there!

Institute for New Suburbanism | info@NewSuburbanism.ca | 416-944-8444 x.225


“SHADE bootcamp!” Shade design and UVR Protection

Start/End Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 12:00 AM - Tuesday, May 1, 2018 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

Location: Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science, Architecture Building, 325 Church Street, Toronto Ontario (http://www.arch.ryerson.ca/)

Ryerson University in Toronto Ontario is hosting a one-day workshop on shade design on Tuesday May 1, 2018. The “SHADE bootcamp!” takes place one day before the 4th International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention also held at Ryerson 1 – 4 May 2018.

The “SHADE bootcamp!” provides an opportunity for workshop participants to engage with experts on shade creation for skin cancer prevention.

Whether you are a scientist, health promoter, environmental designer, architect, landscape architect, urban planner, government official, public health practitioner, child-care worker, landscaper, arborist, owner / operator of recreation facilities, or concerned citizen, the “SHADE bootcamp!” examines ways you can create shade in your community to promote health and UVR protection.

Global and local experts will be present to exchange ideas on best practices for shade design and policy. Participants will hear about case studies and discuss challenges and opportunities for creating shade in their communities.

The centrepiece of the “SHADE bootcamp!” is a hands-on exercise that engages participants in the creation of shade in public places. Attendees will be provided with tools for developing healthy, sun-safe environments.

Registration is $100 + HST (including lunch). Registration is limited.
For more information: http://www.uvandskincancer2018.org/sessions/workshop-4-2/

Follow this link to register (credit card payment only): https://www.eply.com/ShadeBootcamp2018

(OPPI members may be eligible to claim learning units under the Institute’s Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program.)


IAFNAC 2018 Conference

Start/End Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8:30 AM - Saturday, May 5, 2018 4:30 PM
District: Ontario

Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street Ottawa


What will you learn, share, and take a deep dive into at IAFNAC 2018?

Philosophy of Facilitation | What are the philosophical roots of facilitation, and how do they influence our work?

The past influences our work in the present and future! When we take time to look at the philosophies that are the foundation of facilitation, and ask why we do what we do, we can renew our purpose and bring clarity and focus to our practice. We want to provide opportunities to reflect on the philosophies that influence our work in the present.

Facilitation for the World | How can facilitators positively contribute to organizations, communities, and the world in transition?

The world is in transition from what was, to what is, to what will be. The roles that people play and the rules that govern groups, organizations, and communities are changing. Currently, our world appears to face many polarized and divisive views. We want to provide opportunities to explore how facilitation can positively impact global needs, can foster dialogue and thinking together, and can help people live successfully and harmoniously within the contemporary transitional world.

Facilitation in the Digital Era | How can we enrich our facilitation horizons in the digital era?

Shifts in digital communication, and how we interact with and disseminate information, mean that groups of people can come together without being physically present in the same location. We want to provide opportunities to discuss the impacts of changes in digital communication on the understanding and practice of facilitation.

Facilitation with and for other professions | How does facilitation aid and support other professions, and how are other professions influencing the practice of facilitation?

Facilitation is frequently used within other professions such as public participation, urban planning, community development, health services, marketing, education, and the list goes on… Facilitators support and enrich these professions and in turn, are influenced by them. We want to provide opportunities to learn and share the benefits and challenges of working with other professions.

To register, please use the following link:https://www.iaf-world.org/site/iafnac2018/register


LD/ND Planning for Seasonal Second Homes

Start/End Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018 2:00 PM - Thursday, May 3, 2018 5:00 PM
District: Lakeland District

The event will be held at the Active Living Centre in Huntsville (7 Camp Kitchen Road), which is located at the rear of the Canada Summit Centre. See below link for directions:https://www.huntsville.ca/en/living/resources/Directions_ActiveLivingCentre_Aug2012.pdf


Planning for Seasonal Second Homes

Join Lakeland and Northern District Planners on Thursday May 3rd from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. for a discussion on the impacts of seasonal second homes on planning, tourism, and economic development.

Laurie Brownlee, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Melissa Halford, District of Muskoka
Michael Lawley, Muskoka Tourism and Marketing Agency
Jeff Loney, Town of Gravenhurst

Tickets are $20 or $15 for students. Light refreshments will be served.


Understanding Legislation for Planners Course - May 4, 2018

Start/End Date: Friday, May 4, 2018 8:30 AM - Friday, May 4, 2018 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown Toronto

475 Yonge St

Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7



Room: TBA


Planning operates within many legislative frameworks which affect planners and their day to day activities. This myriad of legislation can at times produce complex and frustrating issues for planners and organizations when they apply and use the legislation.

Understanding Legislation for Planners is a one day course designed to provide planners with a foundation for working with planning legislation. It is an introductory course to help planners read and draft legislation and covers:


·         The role of legislation in the planning framework and an    overview of legislation relevant to Ontario planners

·         How legislation is enacted and implemented, principles  of  statutory interpretation

·         Jurisdictions and interrelations of planning legislation

·         Guidelines for drafting municipal by-laws

·         Applying, interpreting and challenging legislation


This course focuses on legislation that is applicable to Ontario planners, touching on relevant precedent decisions of the courts and tribunals related to legislative interpretation. Participants are provided with resource materials related to the legislation, relevant readings and case law. In addition, practical examples of drafting techniques arising in land use planning are covered.  



Course instructors: Ian Lord and Martin Rendl, RPP 


LD Jane's Walk: Art in the Park

Start/End Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 10:00 AM - Saturday, May 5, 2018 12:00 PM
District: Ontario

Meeting location: Quaker Oats Memorial installation at the north end of Millennium Park which is just south of the Simcoe Street entrance to the trail.


Join Jane's Walk Peterborough on Saturday, May, 5, at 10 am for an exploration of Art in the Park along the city's waterfront.The public realm is publicly-owned places and spaces that belong to and are accessible by everyone. Let’s talk about how art can beautify and give meaning to the public realm.

The walk will take about 2 hours, beginning at the Quaker Oats Memorial in Millennium Park and travelling south to Crescent Street. In addition to typical Jane's Walk topics, we will highlight how public art can pay homage to specific events or causes.

This year we are also teaming up with Doors Open Peterborough, and encourage you to visit the sites or historical walks they are organizing on the same day.

Walks are free, no ticket is required but RSVP-ing will help walk leaders get a sense of the numbers to expect.

There is plenty of parking on the street, at the municipal lot on Simcoe, and under Peterborough Square.

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  • 75% refund: requires 2-4 weeks' notice
  • No refund: if less than 2 weeks' notice

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