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Sunday, March 26, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017

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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


Toronto District Book Club - Winter 2017 edition

Start/End Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:00 AM - Saturday, April 1, 2017 12:00 AM
District: Toronto District


After a successful summer edition, we're back with a new book!

This time around we are reading "A Burglar's Guide to the City" by Geoff Manaugh.

This book was named one of Planetizen's Top Planning Books of 2016

"Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You'll never see the city the same way again."

The book is available on Amazon.ca or Indigo.ca https://www.amazon.ca/Burglars-Guide-City-Geoff-Manaugh/dp/0771059132/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484576281&sr=1-1&keywords=a+burglar%27s+guide+to+the+city


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 hold an in-person book salon at a local pub or something similar at the end of February.


Accessible Design of Public Spaces - Outdoor Play Spaces

Start/End Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:30 PM - Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:30 PM
District: Ontario


Join the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario for an informative webinar on the design of public spaces standard, with a special focus on accessible outdoor play spaces. This webinar is intended for an audience from the broader public sector.


To register, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/accessible-design-of-public-spaces-outdoor-play-spaces-tickets-31106592656


ORD Oak Ridges District Stories and Steins

Start/End Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:00 PM - Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7:00 PM
District: Oak Ridges District

Location: Sabina's Grill, 1755 Pickering Parkway, Unit 20

Pickering (Highway 401 and Brock Road)


Join the Oak Ridges District for a fun evening of socializing and knowledge exchange in the Durham Region. The evening will begin with a brief presentation from two senior members of the profession who will share some insights and stories from their careers. This will be followed by speed networking that will facilitate stimulating conversations regarding your planning experiences with other district members and students. Speed networking is a great way to expand your professional contacts so come prepared with your elevator speech (i.e. two minutes that summarizes your career experiences or goals) and bring along some business cards.

Guest Speakers are:

Bob Short, Bob began his career with the Town of Whitby in 1973 as a planning technician and in 1979 he became the planning director (now commissioner of planning and development). Bob has been instrumental in numerous major projects in Whitby, including the review and update of two official plans; completion of many secondary plans including downtown Whitby, Rossland/Garden, Taunton North, Whitby Shores and West Whitby; development of the Downtown Whitby Action Plan; and main street façade improvements and heritage conservation efforts in downtown Whitby and Brooklin. Bob has announced he is retiring after 43 years so come to hear his stories before he leaves.

Don Given, Don began his planning career at a large multi-disciplinary consulting firm in 1971 and left in 1979 to establish Malone Given Parsons Ltd where he is currently president. Throughout his career, Don has gained diverse experience in the fields of land use planning, municipal development controls and master planning. With his extensive experience, Don frequently plays the role of the lead planner and coordinator of large scale master plans. Don’s leadership skills and broad range of experience in all aspects of development enables him to effectively weave together a mix of planning, environmental and political objectives, with landowners’ aspirations into a fabric of attractive and functional neighborhoods and communities.

Date and Time:
Tuesday March 28, 2017
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Registration 5:00 - 5:15 pm
Speakers: 5:15 - 5:45 pm
Speed Networking: 5:45 -7:00 pm

Munchies will be served and refreshments are available (cash bar).


ND Lunch and Learn: The Importance of Road Access

Start/End Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:00 PM - Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:00 PM
District: Northern District

Dial-in instructions will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. 

North Bay
5th Floor, Mayor’s Boardroom
North Bay City Hall
200 McIntyre Street East
North Bay, ON

Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. Marie Civic Centre
Biggings Room – Level 3
99 Foster Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Tom Davies Square, Room C-12
200 Brady Street
Sudbury, ON

Thunder Bay
Loch Lomond Room – Engineering & Operations Division
Victoriaville Civic Centre, 2nd Floor
City of Thunder Bay
111 Syndicate Ave South
Thunder Bay, ON


Join Northern District Members at this Lunch & Learn event on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. (EST)

This session will see Ashley Bilodeau, M.PL, RPP MCIP, Manager of Planning and Land Development with the Town of Kirkland Lake discuss road access. The Town of Kirkland Lake has recently updated its Official Plan. The major concern from a public perspective was the Town’s requirement for public access to a property in order to allow construction. Ashley will provide an overview of the Town’s research pertaining to road access and the Roads Access Act. She will also outline the municipality’s reasons why the provision was kept in the Town of Kirkland Lake Official Plan from a land use planning perspective.

Dial in to the teleconference from your desk or attend in person with your bagged lunch at one of the event locations.


WLOD Community Planning Permit System - SOLD OUT

Start/End Date: Friday, March 31, 2017 9:00 AM - Friday, March 31, 2017 12:00 PM
District: Western Lake Ontario District

Casasblanca Winery Inn & Spa (Reflections Room)
4 Windward Dr, Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8

The Community Planning Permit System is a land use planning approval framework that attempts to give Ontario municipalities more tools to address local planning issues, streamline the approvals process, and provide more certainty to developers and residents alike.

Join us in learning the fundamentals of the system and to hear about the City of Brampton's experience in implementing and using the system. Why is it useful? What are the downfalls? Is it difficult to implement? How can it be improved?


Caroline Samuel, MCIP, RPP  Senior Planner, Ministry of Municipal        Affairs - Ministry of Housing
David Vanderberg, Central Area Planner, City of  Brampton


Event held from 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Registration begin at 8:30AM


SLC Rural Romp

Start/End Date: Friday, March 31, 2017 11:30 AM - Friday, March 31, 2017 3:00 PM
District: Ontario

Landscape Architecture Building,

University of Guelph


The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at University of Guelph and OPPI's Student Liaison Committee invite you to the Rural Romp! Where we bring rural matters to the foreground.

The 2nd annual 'Rural Romp' is open to everyone! We are inviting Planning and Design students and professionals to highlight the uniqueness of rural matters. The day's itinerary is as follows:
11:30-12:25: Introductions and Poster Displays
12:30-1:25: Guest Speakers
1:30-3:00: Heritage Walking Tour around Guelph
3:00: Pub social at the Albion Hotel

Refreshments, appetizers and a light lunch are provided. Dress for the weather and bring money if you wish to get food or beverages at the Albion.

The event is FREE. Please RSVP to mbart@uoguelph.ca so we can plan for enough food. Let us know food allergies and accessibility issues and we would be happy to accommodate.


OPPI Webinar - Healthy Communities and Planning for the Public Realm SOLD OUT

Start/End Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:00 PM - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 1:00 PM
District: Ontario

Free Webinar. Registration Required. Time: 12:00-1:00 pm (EST)

Access instructions will be distributed to you 48 hours before the webinar begins.

OPPI’s webinar service provider has imposed a limitation on capacity to ensure the audio and video experienced by the webinar’s participants is high quality. Therefore we are unfortunately limited to 140 participants. 



A recording of this webinar will be made available to members through the OPPI Digital Learning section of the OPPI website a few days after the event takes place.  



This webinar will focus on healthy communities and planning for the public realm.

The public realm is crucial in achieving healthy communities across the Province. As professional planners, we are at the forefront of planning for the public realm. A well-planned public realm can increase physical and mental well-being, enhance public safety, encourage private investment and allow citizens to embrace and celebrate their places and spaces. Participate in the webinar and learn why the public realm is a focus in community building and placemaking efforts across this province.

Want to learn more before the webinar? OPPI’s Call to Action on the public realm can be found here. Don't forget to also check out our short animated video on the public realm.


Learning outcomes:

· Articulate an understanding of the breadth and depth of OPPI's involvement in policy development

· Articulate an understanding of OPPI's policy development process

· Articulate an understanding of an emerging policy issue and their priority on OPPI's policy agenda

· Articulate an understanding of the Call to Action – Healthy Communities and Planning for the Public Realm


Presented by: Members of the Planning Issues Strategy Group – Rob Voigt and Eldon Theodore along with Loretta Ryan, OPPI’s Director of Public Affairs


The Toronto District Breakfast and Learn Event. Seminar topic: Bill 73, Understanding Key Changes to the Planning Act

Start/End Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 7:30 AM - Monday, April 10, 2017 9:30 AM
District: Toronto District

55 John Street, Metro Hall Room 308


Toronto District Breakfast and Learn:
On July 1,2016 Bill 73 (Smart Growth for Our Communities Act 2015) came into effect making significant legislative changes to the Planning Act.

Please join us and our guest speakers Patrick Harrington of Aird & Berlis LLP and Ken Hare of MMAH for an engaging discussion focusing on key amendments to the Planning Act.

Registration begins at 7:30 am Coffee/tea and light continental breakfast will be served.
Presentations begin at 8:00 am,
Question and Answer 8:50 am
Session end: 9:30 am

Limited seating, please register early.

Speaker Biography:
Patrick Harrington - partner and member of the Aird & Berlis Municipal Land Use Planning Group. Patrick’s practice is dedicated to written and oral advocacy. Patrick frequently appears before the Ontario Municipal Board seeking or opposing development approvals for a broad range of clients. Patrick has represented both public and private sector clients on motions, actions, applications and appeals before the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Kenneth Hare - Ken Hare is Counsel to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on a wide range of land use planning matters including representing the Province at the Ontario Municipal Board.  He is adjunct faculty and teaches Land Use Planning Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.  Ken formerly worked at local and regional municipalities in the GTA and at two Toronto law firms.


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