The Cobourg Branch and the East Northumberland Branch were merged in 2014.
A Short History of East Northumberland ACO
The Architectural Conservancy East Northumberland branch was formed in 2007 in an effort to rescue the local historic Presbyterian Church from demolition. Although great effort was put forward the local committee was not successful. The next project turned out to be the classic 1915 Brighton Public school which was being replaced by a new school being built adjacent to the old. The problem of it being on the same property made it very difficult to persuade the School Board that it should be saved and repurposed. Consequently, despite 4 years of continual effort by our group, it was demolished in early 2012. However, despite these failures our group has certainly raised the importance of saving historic buildings. We are pleased to amalgamate with Cobourg ACO which has been very successful at heritage preservation.
A Short History of Cobourg ACO
The Cobourg Architectural Preservation Foundation was formed in 1987, which in 1998 was transformed into the ACO Cobourg Branch.
On August 3, 1894 the Toronto Globe wrote “ No town in Ontario of the same size contains so many beautiful residences as does Cobourg”. The downtown and a large part of the inner residential core of Cobourg have been designated as heritage districts, and this is indicated by special street name signs funded jointly by the Town and ACO Cobourg Branch.
The ACO Cobourg Branch has focused on education, outreach and awareness building. The branch has put on lectures, walking tours, tours to other towns, displays, posters, postcards, notelets and newsletters. In 1999 the branch established the ACO Cobourg Heritage Fund which gives grants for restoration work.
ACO Cobourg funded an architectural imaging program that was featured at the 2006 Heritage Canada Foundation Conference. An example may be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2EMYok5CFE
For 2010 the Town of Cobourg was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership.
The 2011 Ontario Heritage Conference was held in Cobourg.
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.
ACO Celebrates Heritage at Queen's Park
Visits with Ontario MPPs
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.
ACO EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR BILL C-323
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.
ACO IS SEEKING A TREASURER
VOLUNTEER COUNCIL (BOARD) POSITION
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.
Culture Strategy for Ontario
ACO stresses need to build heritage into the Culture Strategy Program
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.
MP Peter Van Loan Proposes Tax Credits for Heritage Properties
National Trust for Canada is organizing Response
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.