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picture History:
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Muskoka Branch was founded in 2006 to create public awareness and advocate for the protection of distinctive architecture and cultural heritage landscapes in the District of Muskoka.

WHAT WE DO
Since it was formed, the Muskoka branch has
• Partnered on Doors Open Muskoka 2007 to 2014. More than 12,000 visits were paid to sites during events.
• Written press releases and articles for local papers
• Contributed to ACORN
• Provided input on Official Plan reviews
• Provided advice to owners
• Hosted lectures on Heritage Conservation Districts and heritage buildings
• Liaised with other heritage groups to provide information on Heritage Tax Relief, designations, and conservation districts
• Hosted member events


UPCOMING

CATHY NASMITH PRESENTATION
May 16, 2017 at Windermere Community Centre
7:00 pm
ACO President will address the Windermere Women's Institute. Visitors welcome!
2416 Windermere Rd, Windermere, ON
The Windermere Community Centre was recognized by the Muskoka Conservancy with a Built Heritage Award in 2002. Following a thoughtful restoration, the hall retains the charming atmosphere of the one-room school house that it was.

ACO MUSKOKA BRANCH EXECUTIVE MEETING
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1 pm
Heritage Room, Alloway Muskoka Lakes Library, Port Carling
All members welcome!


Contact:
   Gunta Towsley
   towsleykg@rogers.com
   705 769 2252

 

President:
   Gunta Towsley
   towsleykg@rogers.com

Vice President:
   Linda Jackson-Hutton
   balamus@muskoka.com

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Events

2017 Meeting Schedule for ACO Ontario
January 30, 2017 to December 30, 2017
Schedule of Executive and Council Meetings for 2017. Please open the attached pdf to see the full schedule. This document will be revised periodically as dates and locations are confirmed.

News

ACO EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR BILL C-323
Bill establishes tax credits for rehabilitation of historic properties
ACO supports Private Member's Bill C-323, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Rehabilitation of Historic Property), which will receive second reading in the House of Commons on February 10. This bill will establish a tax credit for expenses related to the rehabilitation of a historic property. It also establishes a tax deduction for the capital cost of property used in the course of such a rehabilitation.

Call for Nominations: ACO Provincial Heritage Awards
Deadline for nominations: August 23, 2017
Architectural Conservancy Ontario is now receiving nominations for its 11th annual Heritage Awards, honouring preservation leaders, projects and initiatives that have contributed significantly to architectural conservation in Ontario.

Call for Ontario Heritage Conference Location Proposals
Communities across Ontario are Invited to Consider Hosting
Attached is the terms of reference for hosting a conference including contact information to submit proposals.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ACORN FALL 2017
Theme will be remembrance
Across Ontario, cemeteries, monuments, markers and installations provide a link to regular individuals as well as famous people from our past. The fall 2017 ACORN will focus on built heritage and cultural landscapes of commemoration.

CBC Interview: President Catherine Nasmith debates Façadism with Past President Chris Borgal
Sunday Edition host Michael Enright moderates a discussion of Façadism on CBC radio, Sunday May 7.

MP Peter Van Loan Proposes Tax Credits for Heritage Properties
National Trust for Canada is organizing Response
MP Peter Van Loan has introduced a Private Members Bill proposing Income Tax Credits to assist private owners of heritage property with restoration costs. This is good news for heritage, whether or not it passes as widespread support for the initiative may result in either passage or a similar bill from government. National Trust for Canada is organizing heritage organizations across the country. ACO's Policy Committee will be developing a formal response from ACO.

Vice President Shannon Kyles Tests Restored Historic Windows for Energy Efficiency...Historic Windows Win!
MAHONEY: Old windows part of the soul of our past
Article from the Hamilton Spectator