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
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.
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
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.
Graduate admissions-related inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
University of Toronto
230 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1R2
+1 (416) 946-3897
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.
- Understand barriers and issues typically encountered during planting design, installation, and vegetation establishment
- Recognize the types of maintenance required to maintain a vegetated LID site.
- Identify useful plant materials for LID projects.
Date: September 9, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
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.
Schedule for the Day:
|BUS TOUR SCHEDULE|
|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|
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
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.
Contact Jeff Beaton: email@example.com
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.
Contact Jeff Beaton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Registration closes after Wednesday, September 7 at 10am
After many months of hard work, OALA has made tremendous strides in increasing government outreach capabilities through:
- Mapping out key MPPs important to helping establish a Practice Act.
- Hosting the first 1:1 MPP meeting to gain strategic advice and increase awareness.
- Increasing partnerships with other allied stakeholders who share similar values and goals.
- Building relationships through attendance at almost a dozen events; and
- Hosting five training sessions across Ontario, with the goal to educate landscape architects about building government relations and OALA’s own lobbying efforts to achieve a Practice Act.
Now ready to share its message broadly, OALA has begun the process of reaching out to key Ministers, government MPPs and Opposition Critics relevant to its goals. These meetings include:
- Peter Milczyn, MPP (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure, to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, and to the Minister of Labour. OALA members have had the opportunity to speak with him on a number of occasions, and he has been very receptive of the Association’s goals and offered his help.
- As the Women’s Issues and newly appointed Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles, MPP (Pickering-Scarborough East) is key to OALA’s success. OALA would welcome the opportunity to work with Minister MacCharles and her Ministry to make Ontario communities more accessible. We know that landscape architects have the knowledge and experience to design spaces with accessibility in mind.
- Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray, MPP (Toronto Centre) is focused on creating sustainable development for present and future generations. His portfolio is aligned with the primary objectives of landscape architects to promote safe and sustainable environments. Arthur Potts, MPP (Beaches-East York), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, is also a possible ally in this respect.
- Attorney General and Government House Leader Yasir Naqvi, MPP (Ottawa Centre), oversees the administration of public affairs is in accordance with federal and provincial law. He will be instrumental to OALA in obtaining a Practice Act. OALA has made three requests of Minister Naqvi:
- A constituent meeting, either in Ottawa or Toronto;
- Hosting a Queen’s Park lobby day and MPP reception as well as being the keynote speaker; and
- Be a guest speaker at the 2017 annual meeting and conference in Ottawa next spring.
These five Ministers and MPPs are just the first few OALA has reached out to. Others include:
Daiene Vernile, MPP (Kitchener Centre), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, and Sylvia Jones, MPP (Dufferin-Caledon), Deputy Leader and PC Children & Youth Services Critic, have already been secured for meetings. Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Kathryn McGarry, MPP (Cambridge) and Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Eleanor McMahon, MPP (Burlington) have been identified as potential allies because of their past work and current portfolios, and Associate Finance Minister (Ontario Retirement Pension Plan) Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP (Halton) is being approached to attend an OALA hosted event.
OALA has made progress letting Queen’s Park know its present. Let’s keep the momentum going!
OALA is proud to partner with SBE16Toronto ‘Sustainable Built Environment Conference of the Americas’, the only North American stop of an established global series. On September 19 & 20, experience two remarkable days to connect, listen and learn about Regenerative & Resilient Urban Environments, while earning Professional Development Hours and experiencing the dynamic Toronto market.
Conference programming features a unique value-packed schedule of keynote speakers, plenary panels, technical presentations and collaborative workshops plus plenty of time to network, tour, and celebrate at the Green Building Reception. CEC Credits are available for this 2 day event.
A special 15% discount for OALA members by using this code: SBE16PARTNER and registering at www.SBE16Toronto.com/register and save with Early Bird rates (until August 19th, 2016).
Learn more: www.SBE16Toronto.com.
The 14th annual OALA Golf Day took place on Friday, August 12th at the Royal Ontario Golf Club, and was a great success. With a brief but torrential downpour during registration, the storm passed over, and left us with a hot, humid and sunny afternoon for a great game of golf. Thank you to our volunteers, Samar Zarifa and Patricia Lowe for helping with the event!
We started the day off with a Permacon sponsored lunch as players made their way in. The OALA was grateful to have Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP (Halton) as well as Mayor Gord Krantz of Milton attend the lunch and say a few words before tee-off.
The event ended with the Unilock sponsored dinner where MC Glenn O’Connor and Luke Kairys announced prize winners and give-aways. The prize tables were full of prizes donated from our sponsors, and we would like to thank them for their contributions as many went home as winners.
Our feature hole winners were:
Closest to the Pin: Mike Flint
Closest to the Sprinkler: Henry Kortekaas, Tyler Main, Jeff Roddick and Sean Mealand
Closest to the Bench: Jeff Fraser
Men’s Longest Drive: Colin Baddley
Women’s Longest Drive: Trish Clarke
Straightest Drive: Brent Dunseith
Putting Contest: Matt Deegan and Eric Nadeau who both scored 120 out of a possible 150 points!
Best Score: Kevin Holmes, Jon Joyce, Paul Gardner and Dave O’Hara
2nd Best Score: Mark Parris, Brett DeBastiani, Matt Deegan, Kevin Gelata
3rd Best Score: Jeff Burnett, Brandon Clark, Chris Baker
Most Honest: Maren Walker, Trish Clarke, Kate Webb, Gillian Hutchison
Most importantly, we were able to donate $5,000 and $10,000 cheques to both the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph Endowment Funds. This annual Golf Day event as well as our Ski Day event raise funds to help the Landscape Architecture programs at these Universities. Thank you to all golfers, volunteers, and sponsors who made this day possible.
Thank you to Maglin for taking some great photos at the event.
The 2016 CSLA Congress took place from June 23rd to 25th in Winnipeg, Manitoba, hosted by the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects (MALA) at the historic Fort Garry Hotel and Conference Centre. It was a well-run conference, revolving on the theme of Home: Locally Inspired.
The conference started with Ken Greenberg as the Keynote speaker and ended with a fantastic Awards Gala, a black tie affair. It was my first CSLA Congress and I was truly amazed by the event and the participants. What was very eye opening for me was how strong the landscape architectural community in Canada is and how engaged we are with what is happening in our country. The work of CSLA members and their passion for the profession was very apparent.
There were many memorable moments: the social event on a historic rail bridge over the Assiniboine River that was interrupted by lightning and rain, causing us to take shelter for fear of being struck walking to the Winnipeg Art Gallery for the 10x20x20 presentations (10 presenters, 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide); and, of course the exciting awards event.
What gave me great pleasure was seeing OALA members being honoured during the investiture ceremony of the College of Fellows: Doug Carrick, Victor Ford and Lawrence Stasiuk – all very deserving individuals. Additionally, it was exciting to see many OALA members receiving awards that evening for jobs well done, including those from Urban Strategies Inc., The Planning Partnership and PFS Studios, Plant Architect Inc., Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc., Schollen & Company Inc., The Landscape Collaborative Ltd., and the Forest and Field Landscape Architecture of the City of Toronto. I was very proud of our membership. With so many fine examples of how Landscape Architects in Ontario are focused on the health, safety and the well-being of Ontarians and Canadians, I am more assured that our journey to obtain professional practice legislation will be well accepted.
You can read more about the CSLA and OALA awards in the summer issue of Ground Magazine – Question, Issue 34.
On behalf of the OALA Council we would like to extend our appreciation to the following volunteer efforts this past year. The OALA greatly appreciates the contribution of all volunteers who have given their valuable time, talents, and advice to promote, improve and advance the profession of Landscape Architecture and maintain standards of professional practice and conduct consistent with the need to serve and to protect the public interest. The Association relies on its volunteers and we appreciate the exemplary volunteer spirit that you have shown!
The OALA would like to thank the following members:
|Yasmine Abdel-Hay||Ruthanne Henry||Cecelia Paine|
|Chistine Abe||Aaron Hill||Mirella Palermo|
|Andrew Anderson||Gregory Hill||Sabrina Parent|
|David Antonsen||Donna Hinde||Robert Parkin|
|Vicki Armitage||Jocelyn Hirtes *||Mark Parris|
|Brian Baird||Carmen Hui||Juergen Partridge|
|Shannon Baker||Gillian Hutchison||Jyoti Pathak|
|Bryn Barron||David Huycke||Robert Patterson|
|Alex Bartlett||Mark Inglis||Ian Payne|
|Brian Basterfield||Linda Irvine||Katherine Peck|
|Helen Batten||Rachel Isaacs||Matt Perotto|
|Yvonne Battista||Ryan James||Christina Pilz|
|Geoff Bayne||Stephanie Jarvis||Denise Pinto *|
|Jeffrey Beaton||Vincent Javet *||Nick Pirzas|
|Robert Beaudin||Luke Jefferson||Tamar Pister|
|Michael Bender||Andrew Johnson||Stephen Popovich|
|Paula Berketo||Jana Joyce||Kevin Post|
|Colin Berman||Jonathan Joyce||Phil Pothen *|
|Ron Bernasch||Luke Kairys||Nina Pulver|
|Matthew Bernstein||Caroline Kasiuk||John Quinn|
|Amanda Berry||Jeffrey Kaster||Brent Raymond|
|Rick Bogaert||Shannon Kavanaugh||Al Regher|
|Chris Bohme||Brad Keeler||John Richard|
|Robert Boltman||Sean Kelly||Tom Ridout|
|Sheila Boudreau Gransaull||Viive Mai Kittask||Fiona Rintoul|
|Dominique Bourdeau||Eric Klaver||Jill Robertson|
|Millie Brandon||Sarry Klein||Jason Rokosh|
|Darlene Broderick||Henry Kortekaas||Marietta Ruhland|
|Helle Brodie||Ron Koudys||Haley Sadler|
|Tiffany Brule||Neno Kovacevic||Anna Lee Sangster|
|Paul Brydges||Dan Kraszewski||Mark Schollen|
|Arnis Budrevics||Werner Kuemmling||Maili Sedore|
|Melissa Cameron||Johanna Kyte||Le’ Ann Seely|
|Les Camm||Kay Laidlaw||Haig Seferian|
|Sandra Cappuccitti||Sue Ann Laking||John Shank|
|Victoria Lister Carley||HinTat Lam||Elise Shelley|
|Lei Chang||Charles Lanktree||Lisa Shkut|
|Doris Chee||David Lashley||Jeff Silverthorn|
|Zixiang Chen||Rob Lau||Todd Smith|
|Stephanie Cheng||Svetlana Lavrentieva||Peter F. Smith|
|Shawn Chevalier||Fung Lee||Stephanie Snow|
|Peggy Chi||David Leinster||Janet Sperling|
|Monica Clarke||Mallory Lemon||Lawrence Stasiuk|
|John Collver||Michael Leonard||Mark Steele|
|Michael Cook||Tom Lew||Karl Stensson|
|Bruce Corban||Han Liu||Craig Stevens|
|Jay Cranstone||Jonathan Loschmann||Brendan Stewart|
|Michael Cullen||Paul Lucier||Matt Strybos|
|Sarah Culp||Domenic Lunardo||Netami Stuart|
|John Danahy||Martha Lush||Nina Stultz|
|Ian Dance||Patty Lynes||Steven Sunderland|
|George Dark||Lisa Macdonald||April Szeto|
|Liz Davidson||Gunta Mackars||Matin Tavares|
|Van Thi Diep||Valerie Manica||Shane Taylor|
|Timothy Dobson||Shirley Marsh||Graham Taylor|
|David Duhan||Sarah Marsh||Beatrice Taylor|
|Jordan Duke||Francesco Martire||Mark Taylor|
|Jennifer Duxbury||Lucien Marton||Linda Thorne *|
|Nelson Edwards||Diane Matichuk||Michael Toccalino|
|Real Eguchi||Karen May||Michael Tocher|
|Dan Euser||Richard McAvan||Dalia Todary-Michael|
|Alana Evers||Brian McCluskey||Leila Todd|
|Stefan Fediuk||Tim McCormick||Alexander Topps|
|Todd Fell||Stewart McElroy||Scott Torrance|
|Kendall Flower||Trevor McIntyre||Dan Tregunno|
|Victor Ford||James Melvin||Timothy Turner|
|Kate Fox-Whyte||Jake Mete||Ben Tymchyshyn|
|Jeff Fraser||Nicola Miele||James Vafiades|
|Sander Freedman||Joanne Moran||Ed Veldkamp|
|Marc Garon-Nielsen||Leslie Morton *||Salvatore Viola|
|Sarah Geisser||Angela Mourao||Sibylle von Knobloch|
|Stefano Giannini||Julie Mulligan||Maren Walker|
|Michelle Gignac||Jennifer Nagai||David Waverman|
|Amanda Glouchkow||Eha Mai Naylor||Daniel Weagant|
|Eric Gordon||Don Naylor||David Wells|
|Christine Gracey||Sandra Neal||Jane Welsh|
|Cynthia Graham||Kate Nelischer||Tom Wey|
|Ian Gray||Robert Ng||Jennifer Williamson|
|Dorota Grudniewicz||Adam Nicklin||Welwyn Wong|
|Jennifer Hächler||Alissa North||David Wood|
|Glenn Harrington||Peter North||Carolyn Woodland|
|Christopher Hart||David Nosella||Eddie Wu|
|Jennifer Harvey||Stephen O’Bright||Yvonne Yeung|
|Gary Heine||Glenn O’Connor||Joseph Yu|
|Scott Henderson||Inna Olchovski||Juanjuan Zhao|
* Designates non-member volunteers.
The OALA endeavours to recognize all volunteers. If we have inadvertantly missed anyone who volunteered in the 2015 – 2016 term, please notify the OALA office.
Over 70 Landscape Architects attend government relations training
An extensive grassroots campaign is most effective when those participating are deeply involved and able to accurately articulate key messages. Engaging politicians is a team effort and we know that OALA’s members are up to the challenge.
To that end, over the last three months OALA hosted five training sessions across Ontario. The goal of the training is to educate landscape architects about building government relations and OALA’s own lobbying efforts to achieve a Practice Act.
Brown & Cohen led the training through interactive presentations that both informed and engaged participants through role playing. Members were given a crash course about Queen’s Park and the MPPs most important to OALA. The presentation covered information on relevant Ministers and opposition critics, as well as what other regulatory legislation U.S. states and provinces have in place for landscape architects.
Once participants are exposed to the fundamental information about Queen’s Park, they are introduced to a five-step program on how to interact with their MPPs: identifying a meeting opportunity or event, preparing for the meeting/event, engaging the MPP at the event, follow-up, and sharing the success.
With their newly learned skills, participants are encouraged to practice through a series of role playing scenarios, to help prepare for any political activity they may attend. Potential scenarios range from a meeting with the Attorney General, an annual summer event hosted by the Premier, and community events run by opposition critics.
Knowing that hard work is the only way to achieve results, OALA has seen a swell of interest from its members. With over 70 participants spread over five distinct training sessions. Both the Brown & Cohen and OALA teams would like to thank each and every person who took time out of their busy schedules to come join us for these important sessions. If you missed these session, don’t worry – more information to come! You can also find the training decks here.
Since you last heard from us in February, the OALA Executive, Council and Practice Legislation Committee (PLC) members have been busy working with Brown & Cohen to build and strengthen our relationships with government. We are raising awareness of landscape architects, OALA and our desire to have a Practice Act.
OALA PLC Chair Eha Naylor attended the 20th Annual Ontario Liberal Heritage Dinner on March 30. The Heritage Dinner brings together community and business leaders to celebrate accomplishments during the previous year. Premier Kathleen Wynne MPP (Don Valley West) delivered the keynote address.
Ms. Naylor spoke with many MPPs and engineering industry leaders, including Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur MPP (Ottawa–Vanier), Tourism, Culture, Sport and Anti–Racism Minister Michael Coteau MPP (Don Valley East), Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca MPP (Vaughan), Yvan Baker MPP (Etobicoke Centre), Parliamentary Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board, Ann Hoggarth MPP (Barrie), Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of Labour and Arthur Potts MPP (Beaches–East York), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Peter Milczyn MPP (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (Infrastructure), hosted an event on April 19. Labour Minister Kevin Flynn MPP (Oakville) and Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer MPP (Willowdale) were both in attendance.
Former OALA President and PLC member Glenn O’Connor and PLC member Tim Dobson are both constituents of MPP Milczyn and were able to discuss OALA at length with him, as well as PR-37 (1984) Bill, the need for new legislation, public interest and protection. Both also enjoyed an in-depth conversation with Minister Flynn, who is familiar with landscape architects and is interested in the concept of “working in the public interest” with safety first.
Mr. Dobson also attended the Conservative party of Ontario’s special Gala to celebrate the one year leadership anniversary of PC Leader Patrick Brown MPP (Simcoe North), PC Education Critic, on May 18. Mr. Brown delivered a compelling speech and outlined the party’s mandate on economic development, focusing on the need to make sure education and training match current jobs available in the market.
Mr. Dobson sat at a table with PEO and shared a conversation with PEO President George Comrie, P.Eng. The two discussed regulation of their respective industries in relation to Mr. Brown’s speech on Ontario businesses maintaining competitiveness.
Mr. Dobson had the opportunity to meet with Gila Martow MPP (Thornhill), PC Francophone Affairs, Anti–Racism Secretariat and GTA Issues Critic as well as Mr. Brown himself.
OALA Acting Executive Director Aina Budrevics and President Doris Chee had the pleasure of attending the PEO’s Order of Honour Awards Gala at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on April 29.
At PEO’s 94th AGM on April 30, Ms. Chee presented a short introduction of OALA to PEO members, as well as some of its work.
Ms. Budrevics recognized the work PEO has done as a regulatory body and in building relationships with the government.
Rouge Crest Park is a community park located on Rothbury Road in Richmond Hill.
The park’s design is based on patterns that are found in nature and its name reflects its geographical location at the crest of the Rouge river valley, with many features and amenities for the public.
Interesting facts about Rouge Crest Park:
- The park is not connected to a storm water system. Storm water percolates through the site to replenish groundwater.
- The waterplay area has a recirculation system. Every drop is cleaned, filtered, and sanitized with ultraviolet light before being sprayed!
- The custom senior play structure is the first of its kind in Canada. It is a vertical playground where they can climb, explore, or just hang out with their friends.
- As part of this park development approximately 150 trees, 760 shrubs, and 6,500 herbaceous plants were installed.
This walk will be hosted by Mark Schollen and James Condron. On June 18, starting at 10:00 am, the walk will transpire over a few hours covering the different features of the park.
This walk is eligible for CE credits.
To RSVP, please email Sarah at email@example.com
As the park will be busy on the weekend, we suggest that attendees carpool if available to them.