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Ontario abandons its principles (a good thing) 

The long-delayed changes to the Ontario Heritage Act will — finally — take effect on July 1. 

Demolition: Fix the Building Code not the Heritage System!

Ontario Gets a Slap

Dominion Foundry Complex     Vik Pahwa Photo

How do you stop a demolition?

That of course is the perennial question for built heritage advocates.

Remembering Parks Canada’s Historic Places Initiative

Most of Ontario’s pre-2005 HCDs are invalid and unenforceable. Wait…

Most of Ontario’s pre-2005 HCDs are invalid and unenforceable. Wait…

Just when we thought the status of Heritage Conservation Districts — and their pre-2005 and post-2005 HCD plans — was settled1, along comes an Ontario Municipal Board decision that seems to throw a wrench in the works.

Yes, it’s the OMB, in 2017 actually, when the metamorphosis to Local Planning Appeal Tribunal was still underway. It’s an obscure decision no one much had ever heard of. Too bad it didn’t stay that way.

Lesson from Ancaster — Destruction of a Village Gem

Another guest contributor this time! Shannon Kyles is the owner of ontarioarchitecture.com. She has taught History of Architecture at Mohawk College for many years and is active in Architectural Conservancy Ontario.

Brandon House, Ancaster (Photo credit: Carol Priamo)

Unlawful demolitions and their prosecution (or not) — a Newmarket case study

This time we welcome another guest contributor: Gordon Prentice.

Gordon is the past president of the Newmarket Branch of Architectural Conservancy Ontario. He was a Labour MP at Westminster from 1992-2010. Since coming to live in Canada he has blogged on local politics, planning and development issues at www.shrinkslessorsquare.ca.

Cultural heritage in the PPS, 2020 — some good tweaks

The new Provincial Policy Statement, 2020, replacing the PPS, 2014, comes into force on May 1, 2020.1

What do you need to know?