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Sunday, August 20, 2017 to Wednesday, February 28, 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 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


TD Toronto District Book Club - Summer 2017 Edition

Start/End Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017 12:00 AM - Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:00 AM
District: Toronto District

We are back with the third edition of the Toronto District Book Club!!

This summer, we will be reading "Frontier City" by Sean Micallef. This book is all about the City of Toronto and its development over the past few years, along with the changing cultural and political identities over the same period.

You can buy the book or ebook at https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/frontier-city-toronto-on-the/9780771059322-item.html

Read Ken Greenberg's review of the book here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/talk-of-the-town/article33979484/

We will plan to read 30 to 40 pages per week. Like last time, we will have an ongoing virtual discussion on https://groups.google.com/d/forum/oppi-book-club   You will need to sign up with a google-enabled account in order to post, but the group is public for viewing.

We will have an in-person gathering to socialize and discuss the book at a location and time to be determined.


ORD Meadowvale Village Walking Tour – Ontario’s 1st Heritage Conservation District

Start/End Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, August 24, 2017 11:30 AM
District: Oak Ridges District

Meadowvale Village Hall is located at 6970 2nd Line W, Mississauga. This will be the start and end location for the tour.


The story of Meadowvale Village dates back to 1819. Join City of Mississauga staff on a morning walking tour through the village to learn about its evolution as Ontario’s first Heritage Conservation District, its challenges and the heritage permit process used today. The tour will begin at Meadowvale Village Hall and offer a glimpse of truly unique streetscapes of Mississauga’s pioneer past.

This walking tour will start at 9 am and end at 11:30 am. Don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes!


LD Lakeland District Summer Social at Collingwood Brewery

Start/End Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017 6:00 PM - Thursday, August 24, 2017 9:00 PM
District: Lakeland District

Collingwood Brewery
10 Sandford Fleming Drive
Collingwood, Ontario


Before the summer ends, Lakeland District invites you out for a chance to snack, drink, learn, and socialize in the Tap Room at the beautiful Collingwood Brewery. Our Summer Social 2017 will be a great chance to see old friends and maybe make some new ones.

At the event, we will hear from a brief panel of speakers about the burgeoning craft brewing industry, with a focus on local examples from Grey and Simcoe counties.

Light snacks will be provided, and attendees are able to enjoy and sample from the Brewery’s beer selection.

The event runs from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Thursday August 24, 2017.

Admission is $17.50 for students, $20.00 for members, or $25.00 for non-members. Entry and light snacks are included in the price, but drinks will cost extra. This event is for ages 19+.


TD Accessibility and the TTC - Walking Tour

Start/End Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017 5:30 PM - Thursday, September 7, 2017 7:00 PM
District: Toronto District

22 Chester Ave - outside the station on Chester

The TTC supports the goals of the 'Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005' and is committed to making all stations accessible to everyone, through its Easier Access Program.

Join TTC Chief Architect, Adrian Piccolo on a walking tour of Chester, Donlands and Woodbine Stations. These stations showcase the various stages of development from planning, construction and completion for both the Easier Access Program (new elevators) and Second Exit Program (enhanced life safety).

The tour will take you through the stations and highlight:
• Commitment to AODA
• Consultation process with Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) and the Community
• Challenges within the station and neighbouring properties
• Successes

OPPI members undertaking Continous Professional Learning may claim learning units according to the CPL Program Guide.


yBILD Seminar: What Would You Build?

Start/End Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:45 AM - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:30 AM
District: Ontario

Bellagio Event Venue,

8540 Jane Street, Concord, ON L4K 5A9


Breakfast: 7:45 a.m.
Program: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Program Details:
Imagine one parcel of residential land in Aurora with no limits. What would you build? Join us September 13 when our expert panel will present their ideas followed by a lively discussion on developing in the here and now. This case study approach will be sure to stimulate discussion on product types, affordable housing options, how to meet intensification targets and how best to engage the public on new developments.

• Katarzyna Sliwa - Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

• Tyler Grinyer - Senior Associate MCIP, RPP, Bousfields Inc.

• Barry Gula - VP, Development & Engineering, Freed Development

• Jordana Ross - Director of Planning & Development , Options For Homes

• Councillor Tom Mrakas - Town of Aurora


Entry Fee: 

BILD Members $39.99 + HST

Non-members: $49.99 + HST

Select here to register online. To use online registration, OPPI members can get the member rate by using promo code OPPI922017
Select here to download a registration form. Please send to events@bildgta.ca

LD Designing Public Spaces to Support Vibrant Communities

Start/End Date: Friday, September 15, 2017 12:15 PM - Friday, September 15, 2017 4:00 PM
District: Lakeland District

Harrison Park Community Centre
1155 2nd Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario

Designing Public Spaces to Support Vibrant Communities

Keynote addresses provided by:
• Paul Young, OALA, Consultant; HC Link, and
• Pierre Chauvin, Partner, MHBC Planning

Local Presentations:
• Planning for Wellness: How Gardens Facilitate Healing by Thomas Dean
• CMHA's Owen Sound Food Forest by Teresa Pearson
• Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores: Creating Healthy Communities by Kerry Jarvis
• Harrison Park, City of Owen Sound, Walking Tour by Adam Parsons

Workshop Objectives:
• To highlight the importance of public spaces in healthy community design
• To support OPPI’s Call to Action - Planning for the Public Realm
• To hear about successful design strategies from local communities
• To identify both the health and economic benefits of well designed public spaces
• To facilitate a discussion how public spaces can meet the needs of our population

The cost to attend is $20 and pre-registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided. Please register at https://events.ontarioplanners.ca/ by September 8th


Road Safety & Risk Management for Bicycle Facilities Workshop

Start/End Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 PM
District: Ontario

Chestnut Conference Centre (U. of T.)
89 Chestnut St.
Downtown Toronto, ON


This workshop encompasses all aspects of on-road and off-road bicycle facility safety. The day will begin with an overview of the state-of-the practice in road user safety, common bicycle facility safety issues, and potential contributory factors. The remainder of the course systematically walks the participants through modules on planning and designing on-road, shared use and rural bicycles facilities for safety, intersection and interchange treatment, delineation and access control, at-grade rail crossings, bridges, roundabouts, and roadside safety. Each module includes cases studies from actual in-service safety reviews, safety audits and/or legal cases in Ontario, and direct linkages to primary industry resources. Midday participants will walk to two nearby on-street bicycle facilities for a “hands on” bicycle safety review.

To view the full Workshop program and to register visit www.otc.org/events


TD Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail Walking Tour

Start/End Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017 5:30 PM - Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:30 PM
District: Toronto District

Entrance of the Park: Intersection of Ontario Place Blvd and Remembrance Drive

Join us on a walking tour of Province's new landmark park, Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail. Previously a parking lot, the stunning new park and trail is 7.5 acres of public green space with a spectacular view of downtown Toronto from Toronto's waterfront.

The design is inspired by Ontario landscapes and is the culmination of discussions with people from across Ontario, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

Join Serge Chukseev, Senior Project Manager and Ross Burnett, Senior Development Manager from Infrastructure Ontario as they walk us through the first step in transforming Ontario Place into a vibrant, year-round waterfront destination.

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

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