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Thursday, June 21, 2018 to Monday, December 31, 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 and to register, please visit OPHA  or contact info@opha.on.ca


Oak Ridges District 8th Annual Summer Solstice - Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and the Planners Changing Role

Start/End Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 1:30 PM - Thursday, June 21, 2018 6:00 PM
District: Oak Ridges District

Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA)
9 Wellington Street East
Brampton, ON L6W 1Y1


Please join the Oak Ridges District Leadership Team at their 8th Annual Summer Solstice event on June 21, 2018! The focus this year is the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). We have four great speakers who will each bring their own unique perspective on how they anticipate LPAT may (or may not) change the way planners do their job. The speakers include:

• Bruce Krushelnicki, RPP – Executive Chair (Retired), Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO)
• Annik Forristal – Partner, McMillan LLP
• Lesley Pavan, RPP – Director of Development and Design, City of Mississauga
• Anna Pace, RPP – Chair, Local Planning Appeal Support Centre

Rather than providing specific details of the LPAT, this event is intended to build upon your existing understanding of LPAT and the planners changing role that was discussed at the recent webinar hosted by OPPI.

About the Venue:
The event will also include networking and opportunity to tour the unique historic event setting. PAMA’s complex consists of four heritage buildings, the former Peel County Courthouse (c. 1867), Brampton Jail, also known as the Peel County Gaol (c. 1867), a land registry office and a county administration building. PAMA is a great place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage. https://pama.peelregion.ca/en/index.asp

Please note there is limited parking at PAMA. There are several municipal parking lots within walking distance to the venue, including:
Brampton City Hall Garage - 2 Wellington Street West, Market Square Garage - Theatre Lane and Union Street, Nelson Square Garage – 5 Diplock Lane, John Street Garage – 16 John Street

Event Schedule:
Registration 1:30 – 2:00pm
Discussion and Panel Questions and Answers 2:00 – 4:30pm
Networking, Snacks & Drinks, Museum and Jailhouse Tours 4:30 – 6:00pm

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

Early Bird Discount – Register on or prior to June 7th –
• OPPI Student and retired members - $35.00 +HST
• OPPI Members - $45.00 +HST
• Non-Members - $55.00 +HST

After June 7th
• OPPI Student and retired members - $45.00 +HST
• OPPI Members - $55.00 +HST
• Non-Members - $65.00+HST


Applied Project Management - June 22, 2018 SOLD OUT

Start/End Date: Friday, June 22, 2018 8:30 AM - Friday, June 22, 2018 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Global Knowledge Centre

2 Bloor St E, 31st Fl.

Toronto, ON   M5H 2V4


Course Outline: 

This one-day course provides learners with the opportunity to apply key concepts of project management by creating a project plan case study as part of a group. The case study will include all aspects of project management, including project charter, scope management, stakeholder management, and much more.

Although previous participation in the Project Management for Planners course is encouraged, it is not a prerequisite. Learn more about this course on OPPI’s Programs & Events page.

Attendees are encouraged to go green! Instead of providing printed resources, you are asked to bring a laptop/tablet. If you prefer paper resources, please contact OPPI






LD Jane's Walk Owen Sound

Start/End Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:00 PM - Sunday, June 24, 2018 3:00 PM
District: Lakeland District

Centre Suites Building (the Professional Centre) at 945 3rd Avenue East, Owen Sound, at 1:00 p.m.


Join us Sunday June 24th, 2018 for the fourth annual Jane’s Walks Owen Sound. The ‘Where You Want To Live’ walk, led by Anne Finlay-Stewart, departs from the Centre Suites Building (the Professional Centre) at 945 3rd Avenue East at 1:00 p.m. This walk will explore downtown housing in Owen Sound.

The walk is free to attend and open to all. Ideas, stories, and thoughts can be shared by all participants during this walking conversation. Walks are at a leisurely pace suitable to most fitness levels. Jane’s Walks typically last about 1.5 – 2 hours in duration, and will occur rain or shine.


Oak Ridges District Event – Durham Summer Social

Start/End Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 5:00 PM - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 7:00 PM
District: Oak Ridges District

Town Brewery, 1632 Charles St, Whitby, ON L1N 1B9

Town Brewery is also accessible by public transit and is an easy walk from the Whitby GO Station.


Please come out and join us on Wednesday, June 27th for the OPPI Oak Ridges District Durham Summer Social.

We will be hosting a social at Town Brewery in Port Whitby.

No speakers or presenters, come out for a pint and enjoy some socializing and networking with fellow planners.

Appetizers included in registration fee. Cash bar.


Eastern District Book Club - Dancing on Our Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence

Start/End Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:00 PM - Thursday, June 28, 2018 8:00 PM
District: Eastern District

Fox & Feather Pub and Grill - Main Floor Dining Area

Reservation under Book Club

283 Elgin Street, Ottawa


On Thursday, June 28th, the book club will meet from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill on Elgin Street.

In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), this month’s meeting will feature Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's Dancing on Our Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence.

About Dancing on Our Turtle's Back
Many promote Reconciliation as a "new" way for Canada to relate to Indigenous Peoples. In Dancing on Our Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence, writer, editor, and educator Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, asserts reconciliation must be grounded in political resurgence and must support the regeneration of Indigenous languages, oral cultures, and traditions of governance.

Simpson explores philosophies and pathways of regeneration, resurgence, and a new emergence through the Nishnaabeg language, Creation Stories, walks with Elders and children, celebrations and protests, and meditations on these experiences. She stresses the importance of illuminating Indigenous intellectual traditions to transform their relationship to the Canadian state.

Challenging and original, Dancing on Our Turtle's Back provides a valuable new perspective on the struggles of Indigenous Peoples.

Unable to read the book before our meeting? No problem!
Within each monthly book, a number of planning themes will emerge. From these themes, our conversation will grow; reading the book is not necessary.

Themes in Dancing on Our Turtle's Back include Nishnaabeg...
• re-creation, resurgence and emergence;
• philosophies and intellectual traditions;
• traditional stories and teachings;
• language and songs;
• political relationships; and,
• a society of presence.

Interested in writing a book review?
The next deadline for submission to the Ontario Planning Journal is July 15. If you are interested in writing a book review of this month’s book, or any of our previous books, please email ed.planningbookclub@gmail.com.


Toronto District Book Club: The Well-Tempered City

Start/End Date: Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 AM - Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

Weekly discussions will take place in the dedicated Google Group message board.

Date and location for an in-person meet-up will be determined through discussion with the group


The Toronto District book club is back for its fourth installment!

The purpose of the club is to read planning-related literature and generate discussion on emerging themes in planning.

This time, we will be reading “The Well-Tempered City” By Jonathan F.P. Rose. This book is “a celebration of the city and an impassioned argument for its role in addressing the important issues in these volatile times”.

This book comes highly recommended:
2017 PROSE Award Winner
One of Planetizen's Top 10 Books of 2016

We will aim to read 40 pages per week, for 10 weeks. We invite all participants to share their thoughts, musings, and related content on the group page (see link below). We will hold an in-person book salon in Toronto with a date and location TBD, but likely towards the end of September.


The book is available from Indigo, Amazon, or your local library. Indigo is currently selling the paperback for $20.18, and the kobo e-book for $11.99

Planners from outside of Toronto are also invited to join and read along!

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


OTC Environmental Assessment Workshop

Start/End Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 9:30 AM - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 3:30 PM
District: Ontario

Black Creek Pioneer Village
100 Murray Ross Parkway
North York, ON


This workshop covers all varieties of Environmental Assessments (EAs) for transportation projects including provincial, municipal and conservation authority EAs. The various aspects of these assessments including the interrelationship between them and criteria that triggers them will also be explored.

To view the Workshop program and to register, visit https://otc.org/events/


LD NEIGHBOURPLAN: Vision for Jackson Park-Brookdale Neighbourhood

Start/End Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:30 AM - Thursday, July 26, 2018 3:30 PM
District: Lakeland District

Venue to be confirmed in the Jackson Park-Brookdale neighbourhood


Peterborough’s Jackson Park-Brookdale Neighbourhood is one of three Peterborough neighbourhoods to be participating in GreenUP’s NeighbourPLAN participatory planning program as part of the Active Neighbourhoods Canada national project. The goal of this event is to develop a vision for public space in the Jackson Park-Brookdale neighbourhood, which reflects the best and most creative practices in the fields of planning, urban design, architecture, engineering, and public health. Come out to contribute to this community-led process by participating in a professional design charrette. At the charrette, you’ll be introduced to the project, the phases, and the people involved. The ideas captured during this workshop will inform the final Neighbourhood Vision.

Please RSVP by June 30
Email or call Laura Keresztesi, GreenUP, at laura.keresztesi@greenup.on.ca | 705.745.3238 x206


How to Create Engaging Sessions - September 26, 2018

Start/End Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 8:00 AM - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 12:00 PM
District: Ontario

Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown Toronto

475 Yonge St


Rosedale Room


Participants are asked to bring a copy of their presentation with them so they can work together with the facilitator in a one-on-one coaching session.

Participants may be able to claim learning units under OPPI’s Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program. Please consult the CPL Program Guide for more information.

There will be no breakfast or lunch.  Only beverages (coffee, tea and water) will be provided.



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