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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.


WLOD Book Club

Start/End Date: Monday, July 1, 2019 12:00 AM - Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:00 AM
District: Western Lake Ontario District

Self-directed reading and participation in the on-line forum can occur anywhere!

Please join us for an online facilitated book club. The book chosen is Eric Klinenberg's Palaces for the People. A forum will be set up with weekly discussions as we progress through reading the book through July-September. A meet up has been scheduled for September 26, 2019 and will require separate registration.


ED Parliament Hill - Campus Planning Walking Tour

Start/End Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:00 PM - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:15 PM
District: Eastern District

Meet at the centennial flame on Parliament Hill.

Parliament Hill is undergoing significant changes and the most construction activity since the rebuilding of Centre Block over a century ago. At the same time, planning is underway to establish a Campus Master Plan that will outline the long-term future of this unique place by defining Parliamentary accommodations, security requirements, circulation, material management, and urban design standards, while promoting environmental sustainability and enhancing the visitor experience. The Campus Planning team of the Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch will lead participants on a walking tour of the area around Parliament Hill, to review the history and evolution of the area, note ongoing projects, and discuss current planning challenges.


After the tour, interested attendees will be invited to continue discussion at an informal social at a nearby pub.


Registration is limited.


15th Annual MYPAC Alumni Social

Start/End Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:00 PM - Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:00 PM
District: Ontario

R&D Restaurant
241 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 3A8

The Master in Environmental Studies at York Planning Alumni Committee (MYPAC) invites you to the 15th Annual Planning Alumni Social on Thursday, September 19th, 2019!


Once again we have chosen to host our event at a truly unique venue, R&D. Located within Toronto’s vibrant Kensington Market, this beautiful venue provides attendees an opportunity to socialize in a breathtaking space.​


We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 19th for the 15th Annual MYPAC Social!


To learn more about MYPAC please visit our website: 


Please note there is a Cash Bar at this event.



SD Tours of ‘The Metalworks’ Mixed Use Development by Fusion Homes and The Spring Mill Distillery

Start/End Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 5:00 PM - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:00 PM
District: Southwest District

Event Registration & Tour Start:
5 Arthur Street South, Guelph (Metalworks Sales Pavilion)

Tour End:
43 Arthur Street South, Guelph (Spring Mill Distillery and The Ward Bar)

Free parking available to rear of Metalworks Sales Pavilion

Along the Banks of the Speed River in Downtown Guelph, Fusion Homes is currently in the middle of developing an eight-acre master-planned community known as The Metalworks. This mixed-use project consists of five residential condominium buildings and a fifty-foot long public river walk promenade that connects the development to Downtown Guelph and the City’s trail system. The development includes a restored heritage building, where Fusion Homes has partnered with Voisin Capital to offer commercial uses. The heritage building serves as home to John Sleeman’s new Spring Mill Distillery as well as a future restaurant space.

Fusion Homes and the Spring Mill Distillery are excited to offer a tour of ‘The Metalworks’ mixed use development in Downtown Guelph, including a behind the scenes tour of the craft distillery. During the tour, City of Guelph Planning staff will also provide commentary on their involvement with the project to date.

Prior to the tours, Fusion Staff will be providing an overview of their multi-phase, mixed use development in the Presentation Centre. Following the brief overview, attendees will walk the completed portions of The Metalworks development to hear about the site’s urban design, cultural heritage, natural heritage and the public riverwalk. Attendees will also tour the Spring Mill Distillery. Following the tours, be sure to join your colleagues back at Spring Mill Distillery for appetizers, cocktail making demonstrations and an informal gathering.


ORD Source Water Protection Workshop and Site Tour Caledon

Start/End Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:00 PM - Wednesday, September 25, 2019 4:00 PM
District: Ontario

Participants will meet/start at Cheltenham Wells 1 and 2 located at 14190 Creditview Road, Caledon ON L7C 1Y4 . Participants will end at Caledon Village Well 4 located at 1880 Beechgrove Side Road, Caledon ON L7K 2E3

Hosted in Caledon by the Region of Peel in collaboration with the OPPI Oak Ridges District, this half-day session is designed to provide interested planners with an “in the field” opportunity to understand the integrated nature of Ontario’s multi-barrier approach to the protection of drinking water sources and the associated implementation of source protection plans that ensure safe and sustainable drinking water from source to tap.

This session will involve an interactive, behind-the-scenes visit to three groundwater treatment facilities owned and operated by the Region of Peel in the Town of Caledon. Participants will hear directly from technical staff about the facility’s operation to comply with the requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to walk the boundaries of the most vulnerable areas as identified through the requirements outlined in the Clean Water Act, 2006 and visualize the scope of the Wellhead Protection Areas.

Region of Peel, Town of Caledon and Credit Valley – Toronto and Region – Central Lake Ontario (CTC) Source Protection Staff will address the broad array of policies from locally applicable Source Protection Plans which work collaboratively with Provincial Plans to protect the groundwater supplies servicing residents in this rural community.

Attendees will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge which will enhance their day-to-day responsibilities, as well as liaise with colleagues.

Tour Safety:
This event is limited to 15 registrants for safety reasons.

The tour involves walking outdoors on uneven terrain and through an industrial facility. For safety reasons, all participants must wear steel toe boots. Long pants are also required. Personal protective equipment (hardhats and reflective vests) will be provided at the plant and must be worn by all participants. In addition, all participants will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability.

Additional safety information and waivers will be provided to registered participants closer to the event date. Participants will be responsible for their transportation between sites, with parking will be available at each.

Please note: Plant staff reserve the right to cancel the tour in the event of inclement weather, power outages or other operational factors/plant emergency.


ED Friends in the North

Start/End Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:00 PM - Wednesday, September 25, 2019 9:00 PM
District: Ontario

Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chamber), First Floor, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Join Martin Arfalk and Manon Otto of Mandaworks, a Stockholm-based design studio, as they take us on an unpredictable journey to explore the Swedish and Canadian city-building processes. Focusing on the comparison of Stockholm with Ottawa, they will expose similarities, differences, weirdnesses and unexpected consequences in the urban landscape on both sides of the Atlantic.

How are both cities rooted in their natural settings, traditions and cultures? How have they adapted to people's routines, been hacked by trends and stretched by ambitions? Which are the shifts we foresee in both settings and how could they affect our lifestyles, our environments and create need for new visions?


For more information, please visit



WLOD Book Club

Start/End Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:00 PM - Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:00 PM
District: Western Lake Ontario District

Thirsty Cactus
2 King St E, Dundas, ON

To follow up on the Book Club forum, let's meet in person to discuss Eric Klinenberg's book, Palaces for the People.

Light supper included in cost, cost of book excluded.


National Trust Conference 2019 (Winnipeg, MB) - Heritage Delivers: Impact, Authenticity, and Catalytic Change

Start/End Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:00 AM - Saturday, October 19, 2019 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

Fairmont Winnipeg, (2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba)

The annual National Trust Conference – presented in association with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) – is Canada’s largest event for professionals, practitioners, and volunteers engaged in regenerating and saving Canada’s historic places. The 450+ who will join us in Winnipeg for Heritage Delivers will come from a diverse range of backgrounds: planners and government representatives; architects, professionals, and the conservation industry; heritage organizations, and volunteers; and university instructors and students.

• National Trust Conference 2019 explores the catalytic power of historic places and how they are essential to building vibrant and diverse communities, and sustainable economies. The conference will blend high-impact plenaries, with multiple concurrent session streams, workshops, and skill-building field sessions.

• Planners will find rich opportunities for professional development with 5 tracks of concurrent sessions on the following themes: Indigenous cultural heritage, reconciliation, and sites of conscience; Design Impact – Sensitive additions and infill in historic districts; Social and Environmental Impact – Heritage planning, incentives, capturing data, and community wellbeing; and Economic Impact – Heritage-led development and policy change.

• Join expert workshops and field sessions on linseed oil paint finishes, Tyndall stone & terracotta, adaptive reuse, heritage conservation districts, downtown revitalization, and much more.


Asset Management 201: Balancing Risk and Levels of Service

Start/End Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:00 AM - Tuesday, October 22, 2019 4:00 PM
District: Ontario

Holiday Inn & Suites in London
855 Wellington Rd. South
London, Ontario

Asset management is about risk management. It’s also a complex balancing act – balancing customer expectations with affordability.
Join us in this advanced course where we will drill down to explore how to weigh risk alongside levels of service. In this interactive workshop, participants will discover how to assess risks related to climate change (and other factors) and how to use risk to prioritize assets for lifecycle activities. Through a case study, participants will explore how to determine current levels of service for various asset categories and identify how to establish clear priorities for proposing levels of service that are achievable and affordable, now and into the future.

Cost: $105+HST (light lunch included)
Registration Page: https://www.ospe.on.ca/asset-management

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