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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
"Back to School"
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.

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

Cobourg & East Northumberland Branch Annual General Meeting & Lecture
May 11, 2016
Annual General Meeting

Doors Open Hamilton 2016 - May 7 & 8
14th annual celebration of Hamilton's architecture, heritage, culture and landscape!
May 7, 2016 to May 8, 2016
Visit 30 sites across the City of Hamilton on May 7 and 8.

Presented by ACO Hamilton Region Branch in partnership with and sponsored by the Hamilton-Burlington Society of Architects (www.HBSArchitects.com)

Jane at Home
The ordinary life of an extraordinary woman
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
Some Sessions Open to the Public
Organizers of the 2016 Ontario Heritage Conference in Stratford and St. Marys next week have opened a number of events and sessions to the public.

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

Draft Culture Strategy Released
Comment Deadline May 13
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!

Built Heritage Conservation Assistant - seven-week position
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.

Panabaker Farmstead, c.1860s (Designated, 1987)

Interventions to Protect: Panabaker Farmstead
Barn demolished, prior, to consideration of its fate by the Ontario Municipal Board, in spite of opposition by ACO Cambridge and Black Bridge Community Association. Farmstead property to be severed, to allow construction of 39 houses.

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
Ontario’s Culture Strategy — ACO’s response
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
by Richard Longley
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
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.

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

80 for 80: Celebrating Eighty Years of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
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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