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2016 ACO Awards – Nominations Now Open
Do you know a Heritage Hero? Do you know an amazing heritage restoration? Have you read a great book, blog, newspaper series, website about heritage?

Take time to recognize them – nominate that special person, or that special project in your town for the 2016 ACO Awards. Nominations are due on Friday, September 2nd, 2016.

Awards will be given at the annual Awards Dinner at Osgoode Hall, Friday November 4th, 2016.

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

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.

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.

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

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  Events

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.

Steeped in History: Tea & Tour
June 12, 2016
Guided Garden Tour and Afternoon Tea at Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa