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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

ACO MUSKOKA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF MEMBERS
Saturday, October 1, 2016 4:30 pm
Arts at the Albion, 100 Muskoka Road North, Gravenhurst
followed by
REVITALIZING THE ALBION
Presentation by Judy Humphries
Saturday, October 1, 2016 5:00 to 6:00 pm
Arts at the Albion, 100 Muskoka Road North, Gravenhurst

Gallery viewing and refreshments to follow
Admission Free! Open to the public. All 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.

ACO Celebrates Heritage at Queen's Park
Visits with Ontario MPPs
February 27, 2017
Following on last year's successful meetings with 24 MPP's, once again Architectural Conservancy Ontario representatives will be at Queen's Park to talk about why, even with a stronger Ontario Heritage Act, we are still losing our heritage. This will be the third Heritage Week MPP Day when knowledgeable ACO members take time to approach parliamentarians at Queen’s Park with the purpose of reinforcing the importance of heritage to the province. This year’s visit will be held on February 27th, immediately after Heritage Week. Our volunteers are doing our part, but we could use some help plugging the policy and legislative loopholes that cost us important community landmarks.

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.

ACO IS SEEKING A TREASURER
VOLUNTEER COUNCIL (BOARD) POSITION
Do you have a financial background and a commitment to preserving our built heritage? ACO’s Council Executive currently seeks a qualified individual to join the Provincial Council (Board) and to assume the role of Treasurer of the organization.

Culture Strategy for Ontario
ACO stresses need to build heritage into the Culture Strategy Program
In September the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) announced a new initiative, the development of a Culture Strategy for Ontario. A series of Town Halls are planned to get our views. Click on this item to learn more.

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.