Participate in Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.

Be a part of Jane’s Walk in a way that goes beyond walking. There are lots of ways you can get involved in the meaningful work we do! Here are three of them:

#1 Lead a Jane’s Walk

Anyone can lead a walk because everyone is an expert in their own experience of the city. Leading a Jane’s Walk is a fun, heart-opening experience. Learn how at our Walkshop on March 23.

Learn more about leading a Jane’s Walk

#2 Donate to Jane’s Walk

Donors like you keep the lights on at the Jane’s Walk Project Office, which supports hundreds of free walking conversations here in Toronto plus thousands more in over 200 cities around the world.

Donate to Jane’s Walk

#3 Volunteer on the Planning Committee

We can’t do the things we do without time and talent of volunteers who help us plan the festival. Volunteers plan and execute festival outreach, publicity, web support, walk documentation, and the May 4 launch party. Interested in being part of the team?

Email Jane’s Walk


Click here for more details about Jane’s Walk and how to find a walk in your area.



2017 OALA SKI DAY – Feb. 24!

Thank you to all who attended the OALA Ski Day on February 24th at Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood. Although a lightning storm cut the skiing short, members had a great time indoors participating in many board games all while enjoying food and drinks inside Alpine’s incredible new lodge. It was one of our most attended and successful Ski Days on record and we thank everyone who participated and sponsored the event.

We look forward to seeing many of you again at the next OALA event!

Click here to see more photos of the day.

Thank you to our sponsors:










Construction Lien Act Webinar by Chad Kopach

March 2 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Chad has practiced construction law at Blaney McMurtry LLP for more than 15 years.  In 2015 Chad was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Construction Law.

During this one hour webinar, Chad will:

  • Review of the operative provisions of the Construction Lien Act.
  • Detail the lien remedy, with particular focus on the strict time requirements for registering a lien.
  • Set out other remedies available, under the CLA and through a carefully drafted contract, that will help design professionals secure payment.

One MCE Credit can be claimed for this webinar.



Call for Nominations for 2017 OALA Honours and Awards

The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) Honours and Awards are the highest recognition the association can bestow on its members, and non-landscape architectural individuals, groups and organizations.  These honours and awards not only recognize deserving recipients, but is a program that highlights significant accomplishments in advancing the profession to its members and those in the general public.  Each OALA member plays an important part in the success and integrity of the program by identifying and nominating deserving candidates from the various awards.

The program culminates as a formal presentation at the 2017 OALA AGM & Conference on Friday, March 31st in Ottawa.

The honours and awards to be considered are:

  • Pinnacle Award for Landscape Architectural Excellence
  • The David Erb Memorial Award
  • Public Practice Award
  • The OALA Award for Service to the Environment
  • The OALA Carl Borgstrom Award for Service to the Environment
  • The OALA Research & Innovation Award
  • The OALA Jack Copeland Award for Associate Leadership and Contribution
  • Emeritus Member
  • Honourary Member

For complete details of award criteria and submission requirements, please view the Call for Submissions page on the OALA website.

The deadline for nominations is January 13, 2017.

Thank you for your participation.



OALA Holiday Parties

This December, the OALA enjoyed 3 holiday parties across the province in Toronto, Guelph and Ottawa. Below are summaries of the events with a few photos.

The Toronto Holiday party organized by the OALA social committee on December 7, 2016 was held at the Duke of Devon in downtown Toronto. It was a great success; almost 40 members came together to celebrate the season, while also enjoying networking over a variety of delicious appetizers and refreshments. Special thanks to our sponsor Landscape Forms for their generous support in making this event possible!
Sponsored by:
Landscape Forms

On Wednesday December 7th, Guelph area OALA members gathered at the E-Bar on Quebec street (Also known as the Bookshelf). Sponsored once again by Connons NVK in Waterdown we had a full house of 40+ people, doubling our turn out from the 2015 event at the Albion. Food included gourmet pizzas, kettle chips, a veggie tray and lots of desserts with left over veggies and desserts donated to the local shelter. There was lots of schmoozing, networking, and some great games of pool were played.
Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic support of this seasonal event. Next year we will work to find a larger venue to accommodate all.
Sponsored by:
NVK / Connon Nurseries


The LAO Holiday Social on December 8, 2016, was a great success, with over 50 people in attendance. The event was held at the Albion Rooms, Novotel Hotel, in downtown Ottawa. Good conversation was enjoyed over a variety of delicious appetizers and refreshments. This year the theme was ‘giving’, over 20 people participated in the White Elephant gift exchange which was a success. We are also happy to announce that we collected a whole box of non-perishables for the Ottawa Food Bank, thank you to all those who donated! Special thanks to our sponsor Greely Sand and Gravel for their generous support in making this event possible!
Sponsored by:
Greely Sand & Gravel



University of Guelph LA Guest Lecture: Marc Ryan

University of Guelph – Landscape Architecture Guest Lecture Series presents
Marc Ryan, Principal and Co-Founder of PUBLIC WORK

“Starting Points”

This lecture is supported by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.

Marc Ryan is principal and co-founder of PUBLIC WORK, a Toronto-based office for urban design and landscape architecture focused on one of the foremost public topics today—the intelligent evolution of the contemporary city. Established in 2012, the studio aims to produce transformative works that invigorate the public realm, optimize and enhance the performance of urban and natural systems, and support public life by adding new layers of experience to the city. Marc’s background in both landscape architecture and architecture gives him a synthetic approach to urban design and his design practice focuses on projects for the public realm using landscape as a primary medium. His work seeks connections with the particular qualities of the place and explores the experiential and social dimensions of environments designed for active use and engagement. Marc’s experience includes more than 15 years of practice in Canada, the United States and Europe, where he has provided leadership in the design of the public realm able to capture a dramatic new sense of place. He is currently dedicated to guiding public realm design, planning and infrastructure projects at multiple scales so they relate powerfully to their context and enhance the quality and experience of urban life. Prior to co-founding PUBLIC WORK, Marc was studio director of West 8 Toronto, where he lead some of West 8’s most significant commissions in North America, including Toronto’s Central Waterfront and Governors Island in NYC. Prior to that he worked with Richard Haag Associates, Seattle; Design Workshop, Denver; and Urban Strategies, Toronto.  Marc is also a graduate of the BLA program.


Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Landscape Architecture, Room 125



OALA Office Holiday Hours

Please be advised of the OALA holiday office hours:
9:00am – 12:00pm December 22 – 23
Closed from December 24, opening again on January 3.

Happy holidays, and we look forward to a great 2017.



LARE Study Workshop – Toronto

The OALA Associate Representatives will be hosting a LARE Study Workshop in Toronto on: Saturday, November 19, 2016

John H. Daniels Architecture
Landscape and Design Building – PCL Room
230 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1R2

Because we’ve been able to arrange free space, we’re offering this session at no cost.

  • There will be a LARE intro from 10:30 – 11:00am for people new to LARE & CLARB.
  • Section 1 & 3 will be covered in separate groups from 11:00 – 12:00.
  • Lunch will be provided from 12:00 – 1:00pm
  • Section 2 & 4 will be covered from 1:00 – 2:00pm.

After you register, you will be contacted to confirm which sections you are preparing for.



CEC Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Course

The OALA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) has planned a 4-Day Course on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) taught by Tom McKay, President BIO, and Wayne Nishihama, OALA, WGN Collaborative.

CPTED Ontario addresses community safety through the identification of crime issues and promotion of CPTED solutions. A “partnering against crime” approach is the key to the organization’s efforts to establish partnerships, communications and co-ordination with the general public and stakeholders, and ownership of community-based CPTED initiatives.

This course is eligible for Continuing Education Credits. Please contact the Registrar’s office for more details.


Date: November 24-27, 2016 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: The Richmond, 477 Richmond St. W., Toronto
Fee: $425 + HST (Early bird price $375 + HST until September 23).
Please contact the OALA if you have any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Photographs may be taken at this event. If you do not consent to your photograph being used in future OALA distributions, please contact the OALA office once you have registered. Thank you. If you are registering for someone else, please notify the OALA of who you are registering via email upon submission




OALA 2016 Curling Bonspiel


Sponsored by: Park Street Solutions


The OALA’s annual Halloween themed Curling Bonspiel is back again at the Guelph Curling Club on October 29, 2016. The event will begin at 4:00 P.M. Ticket price is $25/person (you can register as an individual or team) and the price includes your ice fee and a dinner. Please be sure to email OALA Coordinator Sarah with your team member names after registration.

Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!
This is a Halloween themed event, prizes will be awarded for best team costumes, but please no glitter, sequins, feathers or anything that could fall off on to the ice.

PLEASE NOTE: Photographs may be taken at this event. If you do not consent to your photograph being used in future OALA distributions, please contact the OALA office once you have registered. Thank you. 


Registration is now closed.




University of Guelph LA Guest Lecture: Charles Birnbaum


Registration is necessary to attend. Please click here to register. 

Wed, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Lakeside Downtown Church
75 Norfolk Street
Guelph, ON N1H 2W6

“Make Visible, Instill Value and Engage the Public in Our Shared Landscape Heritage”

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR
President + CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation

What is the foundational knowledge that informs stewardship/interpretation of our landscape legacy? Drawing heavily on both the work of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) with many of our collaborators, this lecture will highlight a diversity of resource types throughout the US and Canada, emphasizing stewardship strategies and opportunities for public engagement.  The interface between historic preservation and natural systems in weighing decisions will provide an armature for new ideas and strategies.

Reception to follow at Royal Electric, 52 Macdonell St. Guelph

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, is the President & CEO, as well as founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Prior to creating TCLF, Birnbaum spent fifteen years as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative (HLI) and a decade in private practice in New York City with a focus on landscape preservation and urban design. One of his major projects is the Web-based initiative What’s Out There (a searchable database of the nation’s designed landscape heritage). He has also authored and edited numerous publications. Birnbaum is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning + Preservation and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.

Registration is necessary to attend. Please click here to register. 

Lecture sponsored by Victor Stanley in collaboration with the OALA




Daniels Faculty Graduate Open House | University of Toronto

Friday, October 28, 2016
Location: 230 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1R2

Future graduate students are invited to attend a series of events organized to provide information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto and its graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies. Future graduate students will have the opportunity to sit in on studio reviews, visit classes in session, tour our facilities, meet our current students and faculty, and attend a program information session.

For further information, please click here.

Graduate admissions-related inquiries can be sent to

Graduate Admissions
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
University of Toronto
230 College Street
Toronto, ON  M5T 1R2
+1 (416) 946-3897



CEC Low Impact Development Tour led by Credit Valley Conservation Authority

This tour will feature visits to well-established, vegetated LID sites in Mississauga, ON. Participants will see, first-hand, landscape plants at work filtering and cleaning stormwater in private and public lands and road right-of-way applications.  This learning experience focuses on planting design and maintenance of real-world LID projects. Along the way, your tour leader will discuss the aesthetic and environmental benefits of LID and lessons learned from these LID sites and others.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand barriers and issues typically encountered during planting design, installation, and vegetation establishment
  2. Recognize the types of maintenance required to maintain a vegetated LID site.
  3. Identify useful plant materials for LID projects.


Date: September 9, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: $70

Tour will start and end at:
Port Credit Arena
40 Stavebank Road N,
Mississauga, ON L5G 2T8
(this location is near the GO Station)

This tour is eligible for Continuing Education Credits.

Please contact the Registrar or coordinator if you have any questions.

Schedule for the Day:

Start Time End Time Address
10:00 AM 10:10 AM Port Credit Arena, 40 Stavebank Road
10:10 AM 10:20 AM Driving (10 mins)
10:20 AM 10:40 AM 1015 Alexandra Avenue (Lakeview Neighbourhood)
10:40 AM 10:50 AM Driving (10 mins)
10:50 AM 11:20 AM Unitarian Congregation Mississauga, 84 South Service Road
11:20 AM 11:30 AM Driving (10 mins)
11:30 AM 12:00 PM 100 Elm Drive West
12:00 PM 12:05 PM Driving (5 mins)
12:05 PM 12:35 PM 3411 Mavis Rd, Tim Horton’s
12:35 PM 12:50 PM Driving (15 mins)
12:50 PM 1:20 PM 2525 Speakman Drive, IMAX Corporation
1:20 PM 1:35 PM Driving (15 mins) via QEW
1:35 PM 1:50 PM Kenollie Public School, park near 237 Mineola Rd West
1:50 PM 1:55 PM Driving (5 mins)
1:55 PM 2:00 PM Port Credit Arena, 40 Stavebank Road


SEDRD Graduate Programs Information Night

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph will host a Graduate Program Information Night for prospective graduate students on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Landscape Architecture Building Lobby (LA Pit). Pizza will be provided.

This is a chance to learn about the graduate degrees we offer in SEDRD:

  • Landscape Architecture – MLA
  • Rural Planning and Development – MSc, MPlan
  • Capacity Development and Extension – MSc
  • Rural Studies – PhD

Faculty, current students and alumni will be there to answer questions about the programs, career opportunities and give tours of the design studios.

Wed, 11/02/2016 – 17:30 to 19:00
Landscape Architecture, The Pit
University of Guelph

SERD Grad Info Night Invite



OALA Walk – Parkwood Estate, Oshawa, September 8th

Through a visit to a National Historic Site, a treasure in our back yard in Oshawa, become enlightened and engaged on this guided walk while talking shop with peers.

To register:

Contact Jeff Beaton:

Please note: Registration closes after Wednesday, September 7 at 10am


Thursday, September 8, 2016
6:00 – 8:00pm
270 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON

Directions & Parking:

  • GO Station:  take GO Train Lakeshore East to Oshawa, transfer to Durham Transit bus 90, at the mall transfer to bus 412, get off at Simcoe/Adelaide, walk north 100m, destination is on your left
  • Hwy 401:  take Simcoe Street Exit, drive north past downtown until you reach the destination on your left
  • Hwy 407:  take Simcoe Street Exit, drive south past the hospital, destination is on your right
  • Parking is through main gates at the rear.

Details about the Gardens:

The gardens were designed by Harries and Hall in the 1910s, Dunington-Grubb in the 1920s, and John Lyle in the 1930s inspired by the English Arts & Crafts gardening movement. They have been restored to represent their appearance in the 1930’s.

The site features an Italian Garden, Sundial Garden, Sunken Garden, Formal Garden, Japanese Garden and a greenhouse containing palms, orchids, and other tropical plants.


An additional post-event social following the walk may occur. Details to follow.

To register:

Contact Jeff Beaton:

Please note: Registration closes after Wednesday, September 7 at 10am



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