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Ontario Heritage Conference Stratford
Update on Ontario Heritage Conference in Stratford, a great time in a great place. Lucky us.

Draft Culture Strategy Released
ACO can take a lot of credit for pointing out the value of built cultural heritage as a foundational element of cultural development in Ontario. Our response was posted on Culture Talks, along with several others expressing concern about the minimal inclusion of cultural heritage. By the end of the process, 6 of the top ten posts related to built culture! We need to keep up the great work. Please read the document carefully, and post your comments. ACO will be preparing a formal response. In the meantime we can pat ourselves on a job well done!

The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario is seeking two students for a seven-week position funded by the Provincial Government under the Summer Experience Program. Click for more information.

Walking Tour in Guelph Ontario, could be in a lot of places

Pat Yourself on the Back
Thank you to all the hardworking ACO volunteers across Ontario

Catherine Nasmith and Minister of Environment, Glen Murray

Heritage Day: ACO visits Queens Park
ACO has outstanding Heritage Day at Queen's Park

Photo, Davisville School, Dave Le Blanc

Globe and Mail: Davisville School - Enter the Mod Squad
It may be a fait accompli that this building is redundant, but a group of prominent Toronto architects, working with ACOToronto want to see if repurposed as a community hub. Waste not Want not!

New Ideas Need Old Buildings, Alton Mill Arts Centre

Response to Culture Strategy
ACO's response to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport Culture Strategy

Oro Methodist Episcopal African Church, 1849

ACO Interventions to Protect, 2013-2015
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.

Culture Strategy for Ontario
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.

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

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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2016 Meeting Schedule for ACO Ontario
January 1, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Schedule of Executive and Council Meetings for 2016. Please open the attached pdf to see the full schedule. This document will be revised periodically as dates and locations are confirmed.

Glen Orchard Schoolhouse, Township of Muskoka Lakes, built in 1890

Fall ACORN 2016 - Call for Submissions
April 12, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Calling for articles and photos for the Fall issue of ACORN on the theme of "Back to School" - the intersection of education and heritage.

Jane at Home
April 29, 2016 to May 8, 2016
An exhibit celebrating the life and personal history of Jane Jacobs, featuring rare and never-before-seen items from her estate.

Ontario Heritage Conference 2016-Stratford St. Marys
May 12, 2016 to May 16, 2016
The annual Ontario Heritage Conference comes to Perth County for the first time. It is sponsored by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and Community Heritage Ontario. The Stratford-Perth branch of the ACO is taking the lead in planning, organizing and managing the event.

Gallery Stratford

Annual General Meeting
May 15, 2016
Architectural Conservancy Ontario will hold its Annual General Meeting in Stratford, Ontario immediately following the 2016 Ontario Heritage Conference.