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Hamilton Planning Committee votes to approve demolitions in the Gore
In spite of one of the best sets of presentations to save the buildings Hamilton Planning Committee voted on January 17 to permit demolition of all but the William Thomas designed facade at 18-22 King St. on the Gore. What was striking is the lack of enthusiasm for the replacement scheme, with councillor after councillor saying they hoped for better for the Gore and preferred the existing facades. The ray of hope were the conditions that Council put into place which prevent demolition ahead of obtaining Site Plan approval for the replacement project, and removes the right to demolish if there is no building permit issued before January 31, 2020.

ACO President Asks Hamilton Council to join in seeking Provincial Assistance to save the Gore
Below is the text of ACO President, Catherine Nasmith's delegation to Hamilton Planning Committee

MP Peter Van Loan Proposes Tax Credits for Heritage Properties
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.

ACO Guelph launches Fundraising Campaign to "Top off the Petrie"
Guelph ON – For Immediate Release | The Petrie Building, a 134-year old architectural icon at 15 Wyndham Street North in the heart of Downtown Guelph needs a face-lift and the community’s help.

2016 Heritage Award Winners announced by Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
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.

Eden Mills Hotel, built in 1867. Photo Dan Schneider, 2016

ACORN is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2017 issue. The theme of this issue is "150 Reflections". Click on this item for details.

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

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.

Catherine Nasmith, President ACO

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
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

Catherine Nasmith and Minister of Environment, Glen Murray

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

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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