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July 02, 2019

July 2019 Issue


Members of OPPI Council and Planning Program Directors posing for a photo after a joint OPPI-CIP
declaration was read celebrating planning milestones in 2019

In it's June meeting, OPPI Council met with planning program directors from each of the accredited planning programs in Ontario for a lively and strategic chat on a number of topics within the planning profession.
At the meeting, taking place on National Indigenous Peoples Day, Council received a report from OPPI's Indigenous Planning Perspectives Task Force with a number of recommendations on how it and the Institute can move forward with incorporating Indigenous perspectives into the work of the organization and education for members. In addition, Council approved a motion that provided staff with funds to be able to start this work this year. Prior to this, members in attendance participated in a smudging ceremony delivered by Patricia Chrisjohn from the Peel Aboriginal Network. To learn more about smudging, please visit the Indigenous Corporate Training website
Council also received a report from OPPI's Planning Research Collaboration Group. This group has met several times over the last year and is compiled of Council members and planning program directors. Some of the issues identified by the group include improving access to appropriate peer-reviewed, academic planning resources, encouraging members to consult research to inform their professional service and gaining greater access to funding opportunities for academic research and how OPPI has a role to play in setting priorities to support academics in procuring research funding. Some of the next steps to progress this initiative forward include developing an "evergreening" framework to identify priority and emerging issues, identify current research areas and topics, and develop communities of interest for members. As this work continues, members will be updated by OPPI. 
With the planning program directors in attendance, along with OPPI's government relations firm StrategyCorp, Council took a significant portion of the meeting to begin a dialogue on the future of the planning system in Ontario. Members will recall being asked by OPPI to complete a member survey asking for enhanced planning practices. The discussion was framed with additional research comparing Ontario to several international jurisdictions (UK, Australia, New Zealand, US, France and Germany) and several provinces (Alberta, Quebec and British Columbia) and what the similarities and differences are. Discussion also took place on the changes to the planning system over the last year and what the key planning issues are. Led by Council Director, Matthew Cory, the last part of the discussion was facilitated to focus on the Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement and general governance. As noted previously, this discussion may facilitate the development of a white paper in the future. As work continues on this subject, OPPI will update members. 
Council also took the opportunity to read a joint OPPI-CIP declaration celebrating the centenary milestone of CIP and 25th anniversary of the RPP designation in 2019. OPPI would like to thank the planning program directors for their attendance at this meeting. 
OPPI Council meets four times a year. Council approved agendas and minutes are available upon request to the OPPI office. The goal is to engage members in shaping the direction and initiatives of OPPI and continue to deliver on our INSPIRE OPPI Strategic Plan 2020. Members are encouraged to speak up and get involved and stay in touch throughout the year through OPPI's many communications channels.

OPPI would like to thank members and advertisers for your generous support of our Y Magazine publication in its first year. This first year would not have been as successful without your support and feedback. 
OPPI's 2020 advertising kits will be made available to existing advertisers this summer, so stay tuned for this. If you have never advertised and are interested in promoting your service or business in Y Magazine, please contact OPPI's Director of Finance and Administration, Robert Fraser
As we begin working on the last issue of 2019 on technology and its impact on planning, we are pleased to provide members a sneak peek at the issues Y Magazine will explore in 2020, they include:
  • Winter 2020: Affordable Housing - As home and condo prices soar in Ontario, many communities are struggling to provide housing for residents, including a variety of housing types for a diverse population. Economic, social and political issues affect the ability of communities to provide housing, provide the conditions for housing to be built and ensure residents of all ages and abilities are properly housed. The Winter 2020 issue will look at the specific stories and work being done by planners to inform the choices made by local communities to address this issue.
  • Spring/Summer 2020: Demographics - Aging residents, newcomers and immigrants, children, young adults, adults taking care of kids and parents and everyone in between - how do planners plan for communities that take into consideration a variety of different ages and abilities? What are communities across Ontario doing to accommodate aging populations or an influx of newcomers and still make their communities feel like home and not a community of strangers? Our Spring/Summer issue will look at how planners are addressing demographic challenges and what the opportunities are in focusing on this issue.
  • Fall 2020: Truth and Reconciliation - Canada is undergoing renewal and change with respect to its relationship with Indigenous communities across the country. Ontario is home to many indigenous people and communities seeking a greater voice and place. Reconciliation by non-Indigenous Canadians is a multi-generational process and in order to begin that process, hard truths must be exposed, discussed and acknowledged. Our Fall issue will explore these truths and how planners play an important role in working alongside Indigenous Peoples and communities to begin walking down the path of Reconciliation together.
If you are interested in contributing, being interviewed, or have a project to promote that aligns with a specific issue, please contact our Editor, Carolyn Camilleri, expressing your interest.

Your Professional Journey

OPPI's Indigenous Planning Perspectives Task Force (IPPTF) have been working hard to identify how OPPI can respond to the following: 
  • Better understanding of Indigenous perspectives on planning and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action;
  • How OPPI as a "regulator" can strengthen its institutional frameworks so the practice of professional planning more effectively acknowledges and supports Indigenous planning approaches and perspectives; and 
  • How OPPI as a "member service provider" can support its members to work collaboratively with Indigenous communities and individuals 

OPPI is pleased to announce that the IPPTF have produced a final report that has been received by OPPI Council. This report represents the culmination of several months of meeting and consultation with the IPPTF, a wider Advisory Group, related professions and professionals working with and for Indigenous communities and people, Indigenous organizations, as well as Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit Peoples. 
The report provides many short-term recommendations to OPPI on how to respond to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action, as well as longer-term recommendations to take place over the course of several years. OPPI's next step will be to develop and implementation plan, which will be done later this year.
While the implementation plan is developed, members are encouraged to review the report and its recommendations.
Cover image: Danielle Desjarlais and Kateri Lucier-Laboucan, Indigenous Design Studio at Brook McIlroy Inc. The graphic is based on the Prophesy of the Seven Fires of the Anishinaabe and the idea that we are currently in the time of the seventh fire, when a choice will be made that will determine the future. This is highly relevant to the issue of planning and climate change. This is why the seventh fire at the top of the graphic is without colour. The outcome is up to us as a collective.

Building RPP

Representing OPPI this year at CIP's 2019 Conference and AGM, President Jason Ferrigan and Executive Director Mary Ann Rangam will attend CIP's centenary celebrations in Ottawa from July 3-5, 2019. OPPI would like to congratulate CIP on their centenary celebrations in Ottawa!
In addition to this, on July 3, the Planning Alliance Forum (PAF) will hold their annual in-person meeting. PAF members represent the PTIAs, Professional Standards Board (PSB) and Professional Standards Committee (PSC). On July 4 is the Professional Standards Board (PSB) Annual Meeting of the Signatory Parties as part of the Standards Committee (SC) with members from all PTIAs. This meeting is held annually to bring together the PTIAs, SC and PSB to approve the work plan and budget for the following year.


In June, CIP announced their newest College of Fellows. OPPI would like to congratulate all new fellows and those from Ontario, including: 
Wayne Caldwell, RPP

An astute rural planner who started his career in rural and small town planning in the 1980's, Wayne has developed approaches to planning and development that are practiced throughout Canada today. He is nationally recognized as a champion of the well-being of rural areas - their communities, people, heritage, farmland, and sensitive resources. Wayne truly elevated the voice of rural planning within the profession. In 1992, he began teaching in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, becoming the Director of the department in 2011. He has taught, and mentored, numerous planners who have significantly contributed to advancing sustainable rural communities across Canada.
Melanie Hare, RPP 

Melanie Hare is a highly regarded professional planner with over 30 years of planning experience, during which she has produced many inspiring and award-winning plans, taught and mentored countless aspiring planners, and provided exemplary community service. As an Accredited Planning Professional since 1993 and a Partner at Urban Strategies, she plays a leadership role in promoting sustainable planning practice. In addition to her extensive work in Ontario, Melanie has been responsible for plans in other Canadian provinces, the USA, and Barbados. Further, the projects she has worked at range of scales from site specific (University of California, Berkeley Campus), to transit corridors (Saint Paul), municipal and waterfronts (Toronto), regional (Durham and Edmonton Metro), provincial (Ontario Growth Plan), and national (Barbados). 
François Lapointe, RPP (Ret.)

François Lapointe has made very significant contributions to the planning profession at local, regional, and national levels during a career that spanned five decades. These contributions include his leadership as a planning practitioner and in the development of the profession, as well as his strong commitment to planning education and research. François held senior roles in the National Capital Commission (NCC) between 1992 and 2013, where he was known for his expertise in strategic planning and management, urban governance, environmental planning, and communications - skills that are prized when dealing with the challenges of multiple governmental jurisdictions. His responsibilities included the Plan for Canada's Capital (PCC), the Gatineau Park Master Plan, and the Greenbelt Master Plan, which received an Award for Planning Excellence from CIP. Prior to the NCC, François worked in senior planning positions for the City of Ottawa (1990-1992) and in the Saint-Jérôme area, north of Montréal (1981-1990).
Mary Lou Tanner, RPP

Currently, as the City of Burlington's Deputy City Manager, and previously as Chief Planner for three of the country's fastest growing cities/regions in Ontario, Mary Lou's planning expertise has centered on the development and implementation of plans and policies for communities within the Niagara Region and the City of Burlington. She has led several municipalities through complex and challenging planning initiatives, including the preparation of comprehensive growth management strategies and Official Plan reviews. Setting Sail: Secondary Plan for West Harbour in Hamilton, Ontario, was one of her many achievements and set a benchmark for comprehensive and integrated waterfront planning in Canada. Amongst Mary Lou's remarkable strengths is her extraordinary ability to manage sensitive consultations and her outstanding capacity for consensus-building. This was demonstrated repeatedly through her work helping communities navigate such complex issues as intensification, urban sprawl, congestion, affordable housing, environmental protection, and economic development.
OPPI would like to congratulate Wayne, Melanie, François and Mary Lou on this achievement! For more information on the College of Fellows, please visit CIP's website.

Knowledge Exchange

In this month's Planning Exchange blog, The Greenbelt Foundation takes a closer look at how municipalities can protect against flooding by embracing municipal natural assets and naturalized stormwater management ponds. Learn more about this infrastructure and how The Greenbelt Foundation can help municipalities with some resources they provide. 
Click here to read more

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