January 2018

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The Farm as Cultural Heritage Landscape, part three

Marcolongo Farm, Guelph: View of the bank barn from across the grassy meadow 
Photo courtesy Mike Marcolong​o

So how do you (successfully) designate a farm?

The Farm as Cultural Heritage Landscape, part two

Farm scene near Bamberg, Ontario

Let’s continue our look at the protection of farms using heritage designation under Part IV of the OHA.

The Farm as Cultural Heritage Landscape, part one

An illustration of a farm property

Illustration from Perth County Historical Atlas, 1879

Rails and trails

Lights on the Sarnia Bridge reflected in the Thames River

The blog marks another milestone with this post. Welcome to OHA+M, edition 80!

Cultural heritage landscapes, part three: Henry drills down

I’m very happy to have a guest contributor to the CHLs discussion. Welcome Henry Cary!

Henry, a cultural heritage specialist and archaeologist with Golder Associates, takes a detailed look at the official guidance materials on cultural heritage landscapes in Ontario over the years and poses some hard questions about the application of current approaches to rural landscapes.


Cultural heritage landscapes, part two… or a matter of significance

The Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 says:

2.6.1  Significant built heritage resources and significant cultural heritage landscapes shall be conserved.

Last time we looked at the evolution of the definition of cultural heritage landscapes, now in its third iteration. We did not look at the meaning of “significant.”

Cultural heritage landscapes, part one

Main Street, Warkworth, Ontario

Earlier this year I was asked to name some of the key changes, actions or themes affecting heritage conservation in Ontario over the last generation or so.

Wish list changes to the OHA, #3 … or a consistent appeal process

An image of a magnifying glass inspecting the word "Appeal"

We saw last time that the Conservation Review Board is one busy little tribunal these days. The website list of their active cases doesn’t reveal what kind of cases they are but I’d bet dollars to doughnuts they all have to do with objections to designation.

Good heritage stats are hard to find, 3rd edition

An illustration of a line graph

We all love statistics, especially when they’re moving in the right direction.

A Tax Class for Heritage Gets the Cold Shoulder

Artscape Youngplace building front

Artscape Youngplace, a culture hub on Shaw Street, Toronto

Picking up from last time:

It’s in the Bag: A Tax Class for Culture Hubs

You’ve surely heard of 401 Richmond? The building at 401 Richmond Street West at the corner of Spadina Avenue in downtown Toronto has been making news for a while now — and not in a good way.

A historical etching of the Macdonald Manufacturing Company

OHA+M Moves to Waterloo

Michael Drescher shaking hands with Dan Schneider

In “The Blog Takes a Bow” late last year I signaled that OHA+M would be relocating to the website of UWaterloo’s Heritage Resources Centre.  Well, c’est arrivé!

... and ahead in 2018

As for 2018, here are some things to watch for. 

The Trudeau government’s reaction to the ENVI report

Looking back at 2017...

Happy New Year!

Since everyone else is doing it — ruminating on the old year left behind and prognosticating on the one just launched — I suppose I should too.

For 2017, here are my top three heritage highlights. 

Steve Otto’s appointment to the Order of Canada

Just as the year ended, long-time heritage stalwart Steve Otto received the county’s highest accolade. The citation for his appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada reads:

About Dan Schneider

Dan Schneider Portrait Image

Dan Schneider is a heritage enthusiast, policy wonk, writer and professional heritage consultant. Formerly senior policy advisor with the provincial culture ministry, Dan has much experience with the Ontario Heritage Act and heritage policy issues. A lawyer by training, he was lead policy expert on major changes to the Ontario Heritage Act in 2005 and 2006. His advice is frequently sought on questions related to Ontario's legislative and policy framework for heritage. Based in St. Marys, Ontario, Dan is Principal of Dan Schneider Heritage Consulting. He can be reached at danschneider@live.ca.