Established in 1980, The Heritage Resource Centre (HRC) was founded in the Faculty of Environment to promote a better understanding of natural and human heritage for the improvement of planning management, and public policy through research, education, and extension work.
As part of this mandate, The University of Waterloo’s Heritage Resources Centre (HRC) and heritage consultant Dan Schneider have announced that the HRC will now host Dan’s heritage policy blog OHA+M.
The move of the blog to the HRC’s website occurred in mid-January. Dan started the blog almost three years ago, during Heritage Week 2015, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Ontario Heritage Act and the tenth anniversary of the 2005 overhaul of the act.
With new articles every 2-3 weeks, the blog boasts more than 70 posts to date on a wide variety of issues. OHA+M has become a respected source of information and commentary on Ontario’s legal and policy framework for cultural heritage as well as current public policy initiatives and issues. In October 2017 Dan received a Heritage Education and Scholarship Award of Excellence for the blog from the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.
Since 1984 the HRC has conducted research and offered education on heritage themes and worked with government at all levels on a broad range of heritage initiatives. Michael Drescher, Director of the HRC, says the collaboration on OHA+M, “will expand the HRC’s role as ideas generator and centre for the discussion and debate of heritage legislation, policy and issues.”
For his part, Dan says, “The commitment of the HRC to house, manage and promote OHA+M marks a major turning point for the blog. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we — together — can do here.” Check out OHA+M at its new home here.