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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.


TO District - Sidewalk Labs Walking Tour

Start/End Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 6:00 PM - Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:30 PM
District: Ontario

Starting location is 307 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto ON M5A 1C1 - Sidewalk Lab Office.
Walking tour starts at 6 PM, Registration will begin at 5:45 PM.

Join OPPI Toronto District on a Sidewalk Labs Walking Tour. Sidewalk Labs is designing a district in Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront to tackle the challenges of urban growth, working in partnership with the tri-government agency Waterfront Toronto and the local community. Learn more about the recently unveiled 1,500 page Master Plan for development for the Quayside neighbourhood.


Tour will be led by Mary-Margaret McMahon, who is Director of Policy & Communications at Sidewalk Labs. A natural born leader, Mary-Margaret McMahon was a strong City Builder long before she was elected to Toronto City Council.


Starting location is 307 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto ON M5A 1C1 (Sidewalk Lab Office). Walking tour starts at 6:00 pm. Registration will begin at 5:45 pm.


TO Walking Tour: The Role of Public Markets in Placemaking

Start/End Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 5:30 PM - Friday, July 26, 2019 7:00 PM
District: Toronto District

Meet at 92 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C4. Entrance of St Lawrence Market on Front Street.

What makes a great public space, and what role can public markets play in placemaking? St. Lawrence Market is currently in the process of planning activities for 2019, and this walk is a great opportunity to help influence the thinking. Join us on this walking conversation as we discover the different types of public spaces in and around the St. Lawrence Market, and explore questions like:
– What makes a great public market, and what makes a market a great public space?
– What are the qualities of great public spaces?
– How do public and private spaces relate to each other? How can the public and private sectors work together to create welcoming and engaging spaces?

Meet at 92 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C4. Walk ends at St. Lawrence South Market.

Led by Samantha Wiles, with St. Lawrence Market Complex, City of Toronto


Eastern District Mobile Rural Workshop

Start/End Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:00 AM - Tuesday, July 30, 2019 3:00 PM
District: Eastern District

Meet and bus pickup is at the Nepean Sportspex is located at 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. Parking is provided in an area behind the sportplex.

Please join OPPI Eastern District leadership team for its annual Rural Workshop which will be held on Tuesday, July 30 from 9am to 3pm. This time we’ve gone mobile with a farm bus tour! The day will include a visit to three exciting agricultural facilities in Ottawa:

1. A tour of the National Capital Commission’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network Facility to learn about the L5 project, receive a demonstration of an autonomous vehicle and hear from the partners involved. We will also have the opportunity to learn about the City of Ottawa’s smart agriculture ambitions.

2. A tour of a vineyard, learn about wine in the regional and what’s involved with land use planning at Jabulani Vineyard and Winery. There will also be opportunity for some sampling of local wine for those inclined.

3. Visit and learn about the newly constructed state-of-art dairy farm at Blackrapids Farm.

Coffee, water and light snacks will be available on the bus. Lunch is included with registration and will be hosted by Jabulani. Registration opens at 8:30am at the Nepean Sportsplex located at 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. Parking is provided in an area behind the sportsplex. 

Registration Fee:
Members - $55
Non-members - $65
Students - $45

Registration closes: July 26 but we encourage you to book early to save your seat on the bus!

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact eoconnor@regionalgroup.com for details.


Eastern District - Indigenous Walk through downtown Ottawa

Start/End Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:00 PM - Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:30 PM
District: Eastern District

The walk will begin at 150 Elgin St., Ottawa.

Indigenous Walks is a walk and talk through downtown Ottawa exploring landscape, architecture, art and monuments through an Indigenous perspective. For this special tour, our guide Jaime Morse will, using local examples, focus on the importance of indigenous consultation along with considerations for planners working in both the public and private spheres.

Jaime Morse is Nehiyaw/Michif (Cree/Métis) from Lac La Biche, AB and has lived in Ottawa since 2000. She is an Indigenous arts activator, activating stories and teachings of social, political, and cultural matters through Indigenous arts and culture. Jaime is also the founder of Indigenous Walks, a walking tour through downtown Ottawa exploring landscape, architecture, art and monuments through an Indigenous perspective.

Cost is $20, cash, to be brought on the day of the walk. Attendance is limited. Please register in advance.


Toronto District TTC - Transit Tales

Start/End Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:00 PM - Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:30 PM
District: Toronto District

Yonge and Pleasant Blvd. (24 Pleasant Blvd.) Southeast entrance of St. Clair Station - east on the street with the Aroma and Hero Burger, by the Circle K.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) submits and processes over 650 permits and approvals, and completes over 300 planning and technical reviews each year in support of modernization, expansion and protection of TTC’s infrastructure and property assets.

Want to learn about transit development in Toronto though the lens of former and current TTC staff? Come explore the challenges associated with implementation of time-sensitive programs, such as Easier Access and Second Exits that address accessibility and life-safety issues. Tour includes a discussion on projects that protect and expand TTC’s tunnel infrastructure through new construction activity, and a look at how new entrance connections to the subway network are secured through third-party developments. Highlighted stations: St. Clair, Summerhill, Rosedale, Bay-Bloor, and Museum. Eligible for CPL credits and socializing post tour encouraged.


Toronto District for the first ever Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Toronto - postponed for September 14th

Start/End Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:00 PM - Saturday, September 14, 2019 6:00 PM
District: Toronto District

Dominion Pub and Kitchen - 500 Queen Street East.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Toronto District's first ever Scavenger Hunt will be postponed to Saturday September 14th.


Join the OPPI Toronto District for the first ever Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Toronto! Starting at the Dominion Pub and Kitchen (500 Queen Street East) you’ll be sent on your way to explore neighbourhoods of Toronto for approximately 2 hrs: by transit, walking, or cycling.

Registration - $20 plus tax for all participants.

The event will re-convene with a celebratory social.

What you need to know.
1. Form a team of 2-4 people. Each individual needs to sign up individually.
2. Entry is open to 60 participants.
3. Hunting / exploring occurs from 2 - 4 PM (earn CPL credits as you explore the neighbourhood answering clues), social begins at 4 PM.
4. Starting and finish location is the Dominion Pub and Kitchen (500 Queen Street East).
5. OPPI TO District will provide some light snacks at the social. Beverages are to be purchased individually.
6. Event occurs rain or shine.
7. Items to bring: weather appropriate attire, sunscreen, walking shoes, Presto / money for TTC, Working / charged phone with camera.
8. Team spirit


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.


Heritage Planning for Practitioners

Start/End Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 9:00 AM - Sunday, October 27, 2019 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Algonquin College - Perth Campus, 7 Craig Street, Perth Ontario

Heritage Planning for Practitioners is an introductory course for all individuals interested in the theoretical and practical aspects of heritage conservation planning in Ontario. Participants will learn about a variety of topics including the history, legal aspects, evaluation processes, how to integrate the concepts of sustainability and accessibility, and some of the practical management challenges of the field. These will be presented through a variety of lectures, readings, in-class and online activities. Suitable for all knowledge and experience levels, this course will include discussions, group work, walking tours, and a short paper. Attendance at all in-class sessions is mandatory.


INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: As the Managing Principal and Senior Heritage Planner of Letourneau Heritage Consulting Inc., Marcus R. Létourneau, PhD, MCIP, RPP, CAHP has experience working with a variety of heritage resources types and heritage organizations including the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors. His formal training includes studies in resource management, historical geography, cultural landscapes, museum studies, heritage conservation planning, marine archaeology, dispute resolution, and management leadership. Marcus is a past president of the Ontario Association of Heritage Professionals, and past president for the Kingston Historical Society.


For more information and to register, please visit https://www.algonquincollege.com/perth-ce/2019/06/heritage-plan-practitioners/

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