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Y Magazine

Y Mag Cover Mockup Now more than ever, Ontario communities are looking to Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) to support them in making sound choices; the increased scarcity of resources, evolving and urgent economic, social and infrastructure issues put pressure on key decision makers to think and plan critically for future generations.
 
OPPI’s publication, Y Magazine, is the planning profession’s publication exposing and exploring these looming issues, and the leading practices and emerging trends in the various sectors, fields of practice, and geographic locations that engage RPPs.
 
Through the stories we present, OPPI will attempt to answer a fundamental question in the planning profession - why? The question "why?" shows interest and generates curiosity. The letter Y symbolizes a choice of two paths, decision-making, guiding and a way forward – abilities and expertise RPPs use to navigate between paths and help inform choices and inspire communities.
 
We also want to answer fundamental questions that speak beyond the planning profession:
  • Do our stories say something meaningful beyond the world of planning?
  • What happens if we don’t address these issues through professional planning?
  • What does [issue or topic] mean for the future?
  • What does [issue or topic] mean to our audience?
 
Y Magazine will dive into the big issues, solutions, success stories and people who lead change. It will become an invaluable resource of information and inspiration across the province for thousands of elected officials, community staff, engaged residents, business leaders and owners and community leaders who serve our communities in all capacities.

Which issues will Y Magazine explore?

Y Magazine will publish quarterly for a total of four issues. In 2019, we will focus on the following topics:

Ontario's communities are in a constant state of change. Economic, social, technological and political issues affect growth in both rural and urban areas for better (healthy growth patterns that create sustainable, viable communities for the future) and worse (slow growth or no growth and, sometimes, fast growth that puts a worrying strain on infrastructure). Issue One will tell the specific stories of neighbourhoods and regions facing rapid or uneven growth, and explore how planners can help communities make informed choices towards a balanced, manageable, long-term solution.

Climate change is becoming a growing concern in every sector, profession and industry. From a government’s perspective, the list of things that need to be done to prepare communities for exponential climate change seems to grow longer by the day. Planners offer support by finding the most sustainable way to align a community’s diverse needs with the fragile needs of the environment, as Ontario continues to grow and change. Their research and professional expertise can positively affect policies that tackle climate change, and Issue Two dives into the compelling, current stories in this vein.

In today’s age of social media, data collection and internet dominance, and tomorrow’s age of technology yet-to-be-discovered, how will Ontario’s communities fare? Technology speeds things up, it connects more people across broader regions, it can make systems and processes run smoother in all aspects of rural and urban living - so how does a planner factor this in in community development? And how does technology affect the practice of planning itself, with the advent of new tools and platforms to use in researching and retraining? How will the nature of planning be changed by the incoming generation of planners who seem to have been born with a smartphone in their hands? Issue Three explores the infinite possibilities - and concerns - that technological changes and advances will have across Ontario.

To round out our first year, Y Magazine will look ahead to 2020 and beyond. Planners and planning peers with a keen interest in the shape that Ontario will take in 25, even 50 years will uncover and explore the possible twists and turns in the path to inspired communities of the future.

If you have a compelling article or idea that relates to any of the topics listed, please email our Editor, Lynn Morrow.

Subscribe to Y Magazine

Y Magazine will dive into the big issues, solutions, success stories and people who lead change. It will become an invaluable resource of information and inspiration across the province for thousands of elected officials, community staff, engaged residents, business leaders and owners and community leaders who serve our communities in all capacities.
 
Subscribe today for an in-depth look at the issues impacting communities across Ontario and the pivotal role that RPPs play in building communities in Ontario that we can be proud to live and grow in.

Want to Advertise?

OPPI welcomes new and existing advertisers to join us and advertise in OPPI’s Y Magazine.
 
Y Magazine will be issued to current OPPI Members as the Ontario Planning Journal was. The over 4,500 members consist of full members (RPPs), candidate members and student members, but also public subscribers with an interest in community planning. With the shift in focus from internal, RPP-centric topics to broader public issues written in a more generally accessible manner, our goal audience has shifted also.
 
RPPs partner with professionals and community leaders in a variety of disciplines and areas to affect positive, sustainable, long-term change. With Y Magazine focusing on themes of uneven growth, the issue of climate change and advancing technology specifically in 2019, advertisers will target change shapers paving the way in business and economics, property development, engineering, architecture, law, environmental science and policy, public health, computer science and IT, and researchers in all of these areas and more.
 
The change shapers that Y Magazine targets have an employment income averaging more than $110K annually (2016 Census, Statistics Canada). As we publish each issue, we will gather as much of our own data as possible.
 
If you or your organization is interested in advertising in Y Magazine, please contact OPPI at finance@ontarioplanners.ca. Please see the Y Magazine Advertising Kit for more advertising information and options.
 
Please note: Existing Ontario Planning Journal advertisers will be receiving our updated advertising kit shortly to renew for 2019.
 
Y Magazine Advertising Kit

Advertising Conditions:

  • Rates quoted are guaranteed until the end of the year.
  • All rates apply to both colour and black & white reproduction and include links to embedded website and e-mail addresses in the electronic journal.
  • One time set up fee of $100.00 for new advertisements.
  • A $35.00 fee for revisions to current advertisements.
  • Advertising material must meet OPPI’s advertising standards before set-up begins.
  • No Agency discounts allowed.
  • OPPI shall not be held liable for failure, for any cause, to post an advertisement. Verbal agreements are not recognized.