ACO EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR BILL C-323
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 Toronto Launches TOBuilt
ACO Toronto Branch has re-launched TOBuilt at http://www.acotoronto.ca with 10,000 Toronto Properties listed. Any ACO Member can post or edit another's post there. We want YOU to share what you know about Toronto Buildings. The original database was developed by Robert Krawczyk but has since been augmented and made open source.
|The buildings we are trying to save|
ACO Writes to the Honourable Eleanor McMahon to Save the Gore Buildings
Last night Hamilton City Council voted to accept a compromise that saves only one facade and incorporates it into a 14 unit housing proposal no-one seems to like.
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.
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.
WILLIAM COUKELL NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR ACO
ACO is pleased to announce that Will Coukell has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer.
ACO IS SEEKING A TREASURER
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|
ACO ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - REPORT TO MEMBERS
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.
2015 AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
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|
ACO'S 80TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK NOW AVAILABLE
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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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.
|Photo by Joshua Paquin|
ACO Celebrates Heritage at Queen's Park
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.