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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 to Tuesday, October 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


Toronto Urban Design Awards - 2017 Call for Entries

Start/End Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:00 AM - Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

Toronto City Hall
Urban Design Section - City Planning Division
100 Queen Street West
19th Floor, East Tower
Toronto ON M5H 2N2

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 Toronto Urban Design Awards. The call for entries deadline is Thursday, May 4 at 4 p.m. These awards recognize a wide range of projects that demonstrate improvements to the built environment and quality of public places in the city. Project entry details and program information is available at www.toronto.ca/tuda.


Vienna — Affordable and Inclusive Greatness (free webinar)

Start/End Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 3:00 PM - Wednesday, April 26, 2017 4:00 PM
District: Ontario

Online Webinar

Free Online Webinar
April 26, 2017, 3 pm EDT
Reservations required. Reserve at:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/vienna-affordable-and-inclusive-greatness-registration-32507638221

You would think that a city where barely over a quarter of all trips are made by car would be happy to rest on its laurels. Not so in Vienna, which wants to drop car mode share to 15% or less of all trips. Vienna now has more public transit-pass holders than registered cars—and a transit pass that costs just €1 per day. It has a proud tradition of extensive social housing for all strata of society, not just the most poor, which has helped keep the city affordable for all in the face of significant population growth. Vienna is developing dense mixed-use brownfields sites on its former railyards and its range of initiatives include gender mainstreaming to promote integration and inclusiveness. Learn about these and many other Vienna initiatives from Andreas Lindinger, a Vienna-based sustainability expert, urban thinker passionate about liveable cities and graduate of SFU's Next-Generation Transportation Certificate program.

This webinar is part of the Simon Fraser University Next-Generation Transportation Webinar Series. For information on upcoming free webinars featuring speakers from Medellin, Montreal, Stockholm, Vienna, Helsinki and Paris, visit:http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/area-of-study/community-building/transportation/next-generation-transportation-webinar-series.html


ORD "Dear Dilemma"

Start/End Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:30 PM - Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:00 PM
District: Oak Ridges District

Pan Am Centre (See Security Desk for Room Details)
16 Main Street Unionville
Markham, ON
L3R 2E4

Join us for an interactive session on ethics as we explore various ethical dilemmas Professional Planners may find themselves in. The evening will commence with a brief overview of the role of ethics in planning, followed by a discussion over dinner where participants can collaborate on ethical dilemmas that cover 3 main categories: planner versus planner, planner versus client, and planner versus the public and will conclude with a brief discussion about the discipline process. The session will be facilitated by three experts: Ron Keeble, Brian Bridgeman and Paul Stagl.

Ron Keeble is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto.  He is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) who has served on OPPI Council as Director of Membership Services and twice as Registrar of OPPI.  He has been engaged in the advancement of ethical practice by planners through the delivery of papers and workshops over the past two decades.

Brian Bridgeman is the Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development for the Regional Municipality of Durham.  Brian is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and has over 30 years of professional planning experience in both the private and public sectors and currently serves as the Chair of OPPI’s Discipline Committee. 

Paul Stagl is the President of Opus Management Inc., providing land use planning and development consulting services to both public and private sector clients. Mr. Stagl is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and has been a practicing planner for over 40 years. Paul has been an active member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), including various Canadian Institute of Planners and OPPI Director's roles, the Chairman of the OPPI Discipline Committee (2004-2009) and as the President of OPPI (2013-2015).

Registration: 5:30pm
Dinner/Event: 6:00pm-8:00pm


WLOD Western New York APA/OPPI Dialogue - SOLD OUT

Start/End Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 PM - Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:00 PM
District: Western Lake Ontario District

Meng Teh Restaurant
126 Niagara Boulevard
Fort Erie Ontario


The Western New York Section of the Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Western Lake Ontario District of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute are neighbours within economic gateways into each nation. Our planning practices are similar but our legal and administrative planning frameworks are different!


We believe a dialogue among planning professions on both sides of the Niagara River will provide many benefits: new insights into planning issues; strengthened planning practice by creating an interesting framework for bi-national planning; and beginning a forum for sharing ideas. Discussions will centre on an article comparing planning contexts in New York State and the Province of Ontario which can be accessed at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B89HBlCygXo_QTNIYnpfQk1IaE0/view


Join us on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Riverview Dining Room at the Meng Teh Restaurant, voted Buffalo’s favourite Chinese Restaurant, 126 Niagara Boulevard, Fort Erie, Ontario. A light supper will be provided with a cash bar. Registration is required.


Digifest 2017

Start/End Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 8:30 AM - Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:00 PM
District: Ontario

Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive,

Toronto, ON

Please join us for Digifest 2017, April 27-29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

Digifest is a three-day conference located on Toronto’s waterfront that focuses on the future of education, design, entrepreneurship, gaming and technology. We connect the creative community with new ideas, methods and initiatives focused on research, leadership and culture. This year’s edition of Digifest will highlight stories of innovators using unique technologies to address global problems under the theme of Work, Learn, and Play.

Join us for presentations from international speakers, skill-building workshops, the IT’S A START Pitch Competition, Interactive Zone, Digital Pioneer Award, as well as incredible opportunities to meet and network with industry leaders from across the country.

We are proud to announce that Eran Chen AIA, founder and executive director of ODA, a prominent architecture firm based in New York City, will be a keynote speaker at Digifest.

Eran Chen is an architect known for creating buildings that are radically innovative as well as fiscally and ecologically responsible. Since its inception in 2007, ODA has quickly become one of the most prolific and influential firms of its kind. Eran will be speaking on subjects around architecture and the built structure. He will be showcasing his innovative buildings and how his practice "develops a new paradigm that infects vertical living with the human and social qualities of the low scale housing formulas." Some of their current projects include residences in Union Square, Fifth Avenue and Worth Street, as well as international competition work for the The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway and the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem.

Early bird tickets now on sale at torontodigifest.ca

To register, please visit: torontodigifest.ca for more information or follow us on twitter @digifestTO for more daily updates.


ED Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau: Kick-off Weekend

Start/End Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 12:00 AM - Sunday, April 30, 2017 12:00 AM
District: Eastern District

ByTowne Cinema: 325 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON

Ogilvy Square: Corner of Rideau and Nicholas Street, next to the Rideau Centre, Ottawa, ON


Jane's Walk is a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours that help put people in touch with their city, the things that happen around them, the built environment, the natural environment, and especially with each other.

Kick-off weekend: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 to 30
Saturday, April 29: Jane's Talk
with celebrated Ottawa heritage Architect Barry Padolsky following the 4:20pm screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.

Sunday, April 30: Kick-off Walk
Rideau: Redefining Ottawa’s Main Street led by Councillor Mathieu Fleury. The walk starts at 4:00 pm at Ogilvy Square, the new pedestrian area at the corner of Rideau & Nicholas Street. We'll read the Mayor's Proclamation of Jane Jacobs Day before starting the walk. The walk will end at the ByTowne Cinema in time for the Sunday screening of Citizen Jane at 6:30pm.

Jane's Walk Weekend: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 to 7
Lots of walks are already posted, with more to come. List of walks available at: http://www.janeswalkottawa.ca/


Understanding Legislation for Planners Course - May 5, 2017

Start/End Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 8:30 AM - Friday, May 5, 2017 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 


ED Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau

Start/End Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 12:00 AM - Sunday, May 7, 2017 12:00 AM
District: Eastern District

Walking tours take place at various location across the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau throughout the weekend.

For information on specific walking tours, please visit the Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau website at:http://www.janeswalkottawa.ca/


Jane's Walk is a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours that help put people in touch with their city, the things that happen around them, the built environment, the natural environment, and especially with each other. Jane's Walk bridges social and geographic gaps and creates a space for cities to discover themselves. The walks are given by local people who care passionately about where they live, work, and play. Jane's Walk is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.

All walking tours are free to attend.

If you are interested in leading a walking tour, or volunteering for a planned tour, participation is encouraged and welcomed.

To register your own walking tour, please visit:http://www.janeswalkottawa.ca/walks/new

To volunteer, please visit: http://www.janeswalkottawa.ca/tips-tools/volunteer

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

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