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2018 Meeting Schedule for ACO Ontario
January 30, 2017 to December 30, 2018
Schedule of Executive and Council Meetings for 2017-2018. Please open the attached pdf to see the full schedule. This document will be revised periodically as dates and locations are confirmed.

Preparing for the Ontario Election
June 7, 2018
ACO’s Policy Committee has prepared a list of questions to assist you in engaging your local political candidates for the upcoming provincial election. Click to read more, and to view this resource document.

'Heritage Matters Here' Speaker Series
May 5, 2018
"Carlos Ventin - The Bright Future of the Past': Presentation by Architect and Planner Paul Sapounzi of The Ventin Group +VG Architects


It's Here - Interventions to Protect 2013-2018
Useful information for your MPP
The new edition of ACO Interventions to Protect is here. It records the work of ACO branches across Ontario over the past five years and has been a very useful document in presenting our work to government decision makers, funders, and the public.

Theme will be "Bricks and Mortar: The Craft of Heritage Conservation"
The next issue of ACORN will have as its theme "Bricks and Mortar: The Craft of Heritage Conservation". Deadline for submissions is July 16, 2018.

We are pleased to learn that Stephen Otto, C.M., a long-time member of ACO and one of Ontario’s strongest advocates for heritage conservation, on his appointment to the Order of Canada for his sustained advocacy in support of heritage conservation and for his contributions to preserving and promoting Ontario’s buildings and architecture. The first head of Ontario’s heritage conservation programs, he has written extensively on Ontario history and built heritage, including including revisions to Eric Arthur’s classic, Toronto: No Mean City. Among his numerous other accomplishments, he was a co-founder of the Friends of Fort York, and has worked tirelessly on its behalf. His accomplishments are too numerous to list here, but you can learn more about the extent of his contributions below.

Congratulations, Steve, on this richly deserved honour.

ACO Announces 2017 Heritage Award Winners
Heritage Heroes across Ontario to be recognized at ACO's Awards Dinner October 20

Tickets now available for ACO's annual Awards Dinner
ACO's annual celebration of Ontario's heritage superstars will take place at the beautiful Osgoode Hall on Friday October 20, 2017.

Minutes May 17 2017
Minutes of the May 17, 2017 meeting of the Executive Committee of Architectural Conservancy Ontario.

Shannon Kyles Hams it up for the cameras, but the message is important - Restore those Old Windows, best for energy efficiency and maintenance

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

CHO Conference in Ottawa, June 8-10,2017

Call for Ontario Heritage Conference Location Proposals for 2020
Communities across Ontario are Invited to Consider Hosting
Attached is the terms of reference for hosting a conference including contact information to submit proposals. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 15, 2018

The 2016 James D. Strachan Award for Craftmanship was awarded to the architects and craftspeople who restored St. Joseph Catholic Church in River Canard, Windsor.

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.

The proposed scale dwarfs nearby heritage assets such as Galt's iconic church spires.

Galt's Southworks site at risk
Last remaining heritage industrial complex
Galt, now amalgamated into Cambridge, was recognized both locally and internationally as an industrial powerhouse beginning in the mid 1800’s. Its last remaining industrial heritage complex, Southworks, is slated for redevelopment and partial demolition.

Local heritage advocates welcome the revitalization of the downtown but the developers propose to build two 20 storey apartment towers as well as remove close to 60% of the site’s heritage structures, described as a cathedral of industry.

ACO Cambridge President, Jeremy Hetherington, is Guest Columnist in the Cambridge Times. Please read on.

ACO is pleased to announce the appointment of Devorah Miller as Development Officer for Architectural Conservancy Ontario.

Please click on this item for more details.

Engineers/masons documenting existing facade. Picture courtesy of developer/owner: Silvercreek

McGibbon Condo Development, Mill & Main St. S., Georgetown
March 2017 OMB Decision
Although not the result ACO-HH was hoping for but, at least, the upper facades of three of the four listed heritage buildings will be restored or recreated using original salvaged materials. This will somewhat minimize the impact of downtown Georgetown's historic streetscape.

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.

2016 Heritage Award Winners announced by Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
Eleven Awards to be Presented
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 ACO Provincial Heritage Awards, to be presented at the organization’s Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, November 4, at Osgoode Hall, Queen Street West and University Avenue.

ACO is pleased to announce that Will Coukell has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer.

ACO Cobourg & East Northumberland Newsletter, Summer 2016
Our Summer Newsletter is now out.

Catherine Nasmith, President ACO

President Catherine Nasmith reports on the past year's activities
Architectural Conservancy Ontario held its 83rd Annual General Meeting at Gallery Stratford on May 15th, 2016, immediately following the 2016 Ontario Heritage Conference. Approximately sixty people attended.

The past year was an extremely productive one and its highlights are outlined in Catherine's report to the AGM, attached to this posting.

David Prosser, Literary and Editorial Director at the Stratford Festival Theatre

Key note Address, Ontario Heritage Conference 2016
David Prosser, Literary and Editorial Director, Stratford Festival
A brilliant talk, by an excellent wordsmith and speaker. In it he makes the connections between the creative economy as evidenced in Stratford Ontario, heritage buildings, and artists. He opens with a description of how we have come to still have Shakespeare's plays, moves to the debate around preserving the parkland that is now home to the Stratford Festival theatre, and on to describe the role that the heritage building stock of Stratford has played in the festival's success. He eloquently makes the arguments for communities building on their past. Rich with quotable statements

Panabaker Farmstead, c.1860s (Designated, 1987)

Interventions to Protect: Panabaker Farmstead
Barn demolished, prior, to consideration of its fate by the Ontario Municipal Board, in spite of opposition by ACO Cambridge and Black Bridge Community Association. Farmstead property to be severed, to allow construction of 39 houses.

Oro Methodist Episcopal African Church, 1849

ACO Interventions to Protect, 2013-2015
by Richard Longley
Our Past President, Richard Longley, has prepared a summary of Interventions to Protect, undertakings to protect heritage buildings and cultural landscapes during the past two years by 25 of ACO's branches plus six interventions in places where ACO has no branch.

ACO has announced the winners of the 2015 Awards. These awards honour preservation leaders, projects and initiatives that are worthy of provincial recognition for their contribution to architectural conservation in Ontario. The awards will be presented next week at our Annual Awards Dinner. We congratulate all of our award winners and look forward to seeing them at the dinner.

The Coordinated Land Use Planning Review – Ensuring that Heritage is Not Forgotten
As part of the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review instituted by the Ontario Government, ACO has made a submission to the Ontario Growth Secretariat stressing the need for stronger protection for cultural heritage resources

80 for 80

80 for 80: Celebrating Eighty Years of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) is celebrating its 80th anniversary with the publication of a book, “80 for 80: Celebrating Eighty Years of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario”. The illustrated book documents eighty among the hundreds of buildings and structures across Ontario that ACO has had a hand in saving since it rescued one building, the Barnum House, in 1933. For more information on the book and how to order it, click on this item.

This document reports of the strategic plan that was developed in the spring of 2012

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