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Jul
01

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.

Dec
01

OPPI Province-Wide Book Club: Winter edition

Start/End Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 12:00 AM - Saturday, February 29, 2020 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

Does the cold weather make you want to curl up with a good book? Join planners from across Ontario in a Province-wide planning book club!
This winter we will be reading “Perfect City: An Urban Fixer's Global Search for Magic in the Modern Metropolis” by Joe Berridge.

From the publisher:
“There may not be such a thing as a perfect city, but all great cities have moments of perfection -- perfect streets or buildings, perfect places to raise a family or to relax with a coffee -- and all of them strive for perfection when they undertake grand projects. Cities, more than ever, are the engines of our economies and the ecosystems in which our lives play out, which makes questions about the perfectibility of urban life all the more urgent.”

Joe Berridge is a Registered Professional Planner based in Toronto, Ontario. We look forward to exploring his perspective on some of the world’s major cities, and engaging in a dialogue about how cities and towns in Ontario can learn from their global counterparts.

We will aim to read 30-40 pages per week, beginning December 1. The reading schedule will be posted to the book club’s LinkedIn page, where we will also post weekly discussion questions for members to engage with each other and share lessons learned: LinkedIn

The book is available from IndigoAmazon, or your local library.

OPPI members may claim Continuous Professional Learning units according to the CPL Program Guide.

Jan
23

Webinar: Plain Language for Planners

Start/End Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:00 PM - Thursday, January 23, 2020 1:00 PM
District: Ontario

Brian Morgan, the 16-year Managing Editor of AKRF, Inc. in New York City, the company responsible for the Environmental Impact Statements for The World Trade Center, Moynihan Station, the Times Square Redevelopment, among hundreds of other recognizable projects, will teach a webinar for OPPI members on Thursday, January 23rd, which will focus on the writing system he developed at AKRF to ensure that the documents:

 

1. Were understandable by both policy makers and the public.

2. Were credible and actionable.

3. Were created efficiently, reducing budget overages due to writing and editing.

 

Brian’s new company, Think Deeply, Write Clearly, was created specifically to address the gap between University education and the writing requirements of businesses, and individuals in business.

 

Brian can be followed on LinkedIn

 

The one-hour webinar will address:


1. Effectively Structuring a Document.

a. Also: How much language goes where, and why?

2. Identifying Primary Drivers of Information:

a. Who is the audience?

b. What is the document’s purpose?

3. Reducing "planner-speak".

a. Jargon is abstract.

4. The reader and the writer will meet at concrete, not abstract information.

5. Tips and Tricks for clarity, reducing words, and remaining on budget.

 

 

 

Registration:


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After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email from Webcast Guru which contains the link to the webinar session. Webcast Guru will also send you a reminder email one day before the event.

 

This webinar will be broadcast using the Zoom platform. Before you register, please check with your workplace’s IT department that you will be able to use this platform from your computer. 

Jan
28

ORD: Professional Exam Preparation and Networking Session for Candidate Members

Start/End Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 6:00 PM - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 8:00 PM
District: Oak Ridges District

Oak Ridges District invites Candidate Members intending to sit the Professional Exam on March 16th or September 21st to an information and networking event.

Included in the event:
• A member of the Professional Standards Board (PSB) will provide a brief overview of the exam schedule, areas of focus, helpful study materials, and describe exam-sitting options for Members in Central Ontario
• Recently minted RPP’s will speak about their experience and participate in a question and answer session
• An opportunity to meet other members studying for the exam (a great way to find new "study buddies")

While the focus of the event will be to prepare Candidate Members for the Professional Exam, all members are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Volunteers Wanted:
Are you a recently-minted RPP willing to share your own exam experience (and gain CPL credits)? Consider volunteering as part of this event! Please contact the event coordinator, Josh Berry at Josh.Berry@anatoliacapitalcorp.com


You can sit the exam by:
• Attending the exam centre in Toronto
• Requesting someone at your workplace or in your community to act as an invigilator
• Contacting a post-secondary institution near you to enquire about exam proctoring services. Fees may apply for this service.

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Brampton City Hall, 2 Wellington St W, Brampton - West Tower - WT-2C Boardroom

Fee: $25

* Reminder to bring your own water bottles as this is a disposable water bottle free event.

Jan
29

ED: Climate Change Adaptation: Established Solutions to Site Challenges - Sold Out

Start/End Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 4:30 PM - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 6:00 PM
District: Eastern District

Army Officer's Mess, 149 Somerset W, Ottawa. Rather than a social afterwards, the ground-floor bar will be open for a pre-social at 4:30. Grab a drink as you wish and make your way to the Military Engineer Room on the 3rd floor for 5pm, when the formal presentation/discussion will begin. The Mess closes at 6pm sharp so we'll have to conclude by then.

Part of the challenge for planners is to identify climate change impacts for a site or community, and then recommend implementable initiatives. Rather than a walking tour in January, we'll hold an indoor roundtable discussion. It will begin with a summary of climate change adaptation direction derived from a number of case studies. We'll then move to focused discussion on real action planners can take, with limited resources and information, to push their respective portfolio towards greater levels of adaptation.

The session will now begin with a speaker from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), where final touches are being done on a new suite of guidance materials. This set of materials will help local stakeholders to incorporate climate change adaptation considerations into asset management practice.

Jan
30

ND: MPAC & Planning

Start/End Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:00 PM - Thursday, January 30, 2020 1:00 PM
District: Northern District

Please join us through teleconference or in person and network with your northern colleagues at one of the following host locations:

City of Thunder Bay:

Development Services Boardroom
Victoriaville Civic Centre 2nd Floor
111 Syndicate Avenue South

 

City of Greater Sudbury:

Art Potvin Board Room
3rd Floor - Planning Services
Tom Davies Square
200 Brady Street

*Please present yourself at the Planning Services Division Counter.

City of Sault Ste. Marie:

Plummer Room
Level 3, Civic Centre
Sault Ste. Marie
99 Foster Drive

 

City of North Bay:

Executive Boardroom
7th Floor, North Bay City Hall
200 McIntyre St E,
North Bay, ON P1B 8V6

This event will feature guest speakers from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) offering insights into:

• Property assessment 101,
• The impact of official plans and zoning on assessment, and
• The interaction between the assessment and planning process

Leading this session from MPAC are John Chmielewski and Uzo Rossouw.

John Chmielewski is the Manager, Valuation and Customer Relations at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). With over 20 years’ property assessment experience, John has held a number of valuation positions with MPAC and currently leads a team of assessors focusing on the valuation and classification of development land in the City of Toronto.

John is an accredited member of the Institute of Municipal Assessors (M.I.M.A), a licensed Paralegal by the Law Society of Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

Uzo Rossouw is the Manager, Planning Services, at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). A seasoned planner and project manager, Uzo has a diverse background that includes consulting on land use planning and economic development matters and working as an in-house planner at a Bay street law firm. She has in-depth understanding of planning policies, legislation, principles and techniques and extensive experience managing complex development files and applications.

Uzo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and is an active member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Dial-in information will be emailed to participants the week of the event.

Jan
31

SWD: 18th Annual SWOD Curling Bonspiel

Start/End Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 9:00 AM - Friday, January 31, 2020 6:00 PM
District: Southwest District

Early draw with first game at 9:00, lunch at 11:00, and second game at 1:00
Late draw with first game at 11:00, lunch at 1:00, and second game at 3:00

TEAM MUST REGISTER ONLINE TO SECURE DRAW TIME
Teams of four (preferably single registration), or individual players welcome (Maximum 8 teams per draw)

Each individual requested to donate $10 prize, to be awarded at end of the day!

Lunch provided

No experience necessary! A fun opportunity to network with local planning colleagues!

Feb
05

ED: Eastern District: Professional Exam Prep Event

Start/End Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 5:00 PM - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 7:00 PM
District: Eastern District

Eastern District invites Candidate Members intending to sit the Professional Exam on March 16th or September 17th to an information and networking event.

The purpose of the event will be to:
• Provide a brief overview of the exam schedule, areas of focus, and helpful study materials
• Describe exam-sitting options for Members in Eastern Ontario
• Conduct a question and answer session with recently-minted RPPs
• Meet other members studying for the exam (a great way to find new "study buddies")
While the focus of the event will be to prepare Candidate Members for the Professional Exam, all members are welcome to attend.

The event is free, but space is limited, so please register below.

Volunteers Wanted:
Are you a recently-minted RPP willing to share your own exam experience (and gain CPL credits)? Consider volunteering as part of this event! Please contact the event coordinator, Eric Bays at eric.bays@stantec.com.


General Exam Information:
You can sit the exam by:
• Attending the exam centre in Toronto
• Requesting someone at your workplace or in your community to act as an invigilator
• Contacting a post-secondary institution near you to enquire about exam proctoring services. Fees may apply for this service.

Materials that have been circulated in the past include the:
• PSB Exam Preparation Package
• Lecture by Ron Keeble, MCIP, RPP on Ethics and Professionalism (two-part video on YouTube)
• Notes from the Ethic & Professionalism Course
• Professional Code of Practice
• OPPI Competency Tree

Feb
20

Energy Conscious Community: An Energy Planning Course for Planning Professionals

Start/End Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:00 AM - Friday, February 21, 2020 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Description
Energy Conscious Community: An Energy Planning Course for Planning Professionals
The Community Energy Planning (CEP) course was designed for professional land use planners to expand the skill-set needed to accelerate the integration of energy and climate policy into land use planning (i.e., official plans, secondary planning, non-statutory master plans, and zoning by-law) and their implementing development review processes. In an effort to build capacity for energy conscious cities, this course will examine the feasibility of a standardized and structured approach to transformative urban greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and enhanced energy system resilience in communities across Canada, this course will examine best practices (i.e., policy, procedures and tools) to improve the quality, consistency and municipal capacity to implement CEPs.

Who is this course for?

This course was developed for planning professionals who would like to expand their knowledge of existing strategies to pursue community energy pathways and the support tools required to execute these initiatives. By investigating system integration, stakeholder engagement, community benefits and implementation strategies, this course will be beneficial as a support tool for professional planners in their central role of integrating local, renewable and conventional energy sources into their communities.

Why take this course?

Successful community energy planning is only possible if energy planning is integrated in the entire urban planning process. With the growing challenge of climate change, municipalities and energy utilities are charged with implementing both measures that adapt to the present conditions and measures that mitigate against future impacts. This course, which contains both an online and in-class component, will explore ways for municipalities and utilities to coordinate their actions to develop a comprehensive set of tools and strategies to manage their resources.

Concepts addressed in this course include:
- How land-use planning influences energy consumption and emissions
- The interrelationship of energy systems and municipal infrastructure (e.g., mobility, water, solid waste)
- The contribution of communities to national energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
- The role of land use planning in promoting low carbon choices for transportation, electricity generation and space heating
- Sustainable community energy planning
- The mainstreaming of energy and climate policy in land-use planning
- The fundamentals of energy systems.
- A brief history of energy transitions in Ontario and the role of communities
The impact of the modern energy transition on communities and land-use planners
The value proposition, rationale, and business/economic/social case Lunch will be provided.

Mar
26

2020 Farmland Forum: The Shifting Landscapes of Farmland Protection

Start/End Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:30 AM - Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:30 PM
District: Ontario

The Farmland Forum is an annual event hosted by the Ontario Farmland Trust that promotes discussion about farmland protection in Ontario’s policy and planning. The Forum brings together planners, farmers, researchers, policy makers, politicians, and conservationists to discuss new opportunities for farmland protection.

This year our theme is ‘The Shifting Landscapes of Farmland Protection’, which will look at how the agricultural industry is changing and how farmland policy is adapting.

Early bird pricing ends March 7th, and the last day to register is March 25th. Tickets are available starting January 13, 2020 at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/ontario-farmland-trust/events/2020-farmland-forum/.




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