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Province applies to Destroy early 19th Century Whitevale Heritage

C. Gordon Wilson
Mar 30, 2015

Last night I learned the Government of Ontario (owner) has applied to demolish the home of John Major, founder of our village. I believe the house design is early Georgian and built here not too long after the end of the War of 1812. Before Truman Pennock White came to the village in 1845, Whiteval... +read

Another Heritage Effort in St. Thomas Stunted by Bureaucracy

Catherine Raven
Mar 17, 2015
HMCS OJIBWA a Cold War Oberon Class submarine, an artifact of the Elgin Military Museum in St. Thomas, Ontario
HMCS OJIBWA a Cold War Oberon Class submarine, an artifact of the Elgin Military Museum in St. Thomas, Ontario
Please speak up for the Cold War warrior HMCS OJIBWA and the efforts of a small museum that took on a National challenge, met it head on and is now threatened after only a year and a half of operation. The bank  for reasons beyond our control, has started the process to call our loan  albeit with ... +read

Positive Outlook for Guelph

Heritage Canada
Mar 17, 2015

 Ottawa, ON, March 10, 2015 – Heritage Canada The National Trust is pleased to announce that the Petrie Building, a unique landmark in downtown Guelph, will be acquired by Tyrcathlen Partners. One of three documented buildings in Canada erected prior to 1890 with a full sheet metal fa&cce... +read

SOS alarms coming thick and fast from Bala Falls

Catherine Nasmith
Mar 17, 2015
Recent Protest in Canoes on the high side of the Falls, photo John Wright, North 45 Communications
Recent Protest in Canoes on the high side of the Falls, photo John Wright, North 45 Communications
In spite of concerns expressed by Wahta First Nation to both the Premier of Ontario, and the Prime Minister of Canada, the hoped for last minute miracle that would preserve the much-loved scenic falls and historic portage route in the centre of Bala from a provincially backed hydro development remai... +read

Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership - Call for Nominations

Carolyn Quinn, Heritage Canada The National Trust
Mar 13, 2015
The National Trust for Canada is accepting nominations for the PRINCE OF WALES PRIZE for Municipal Heritage Leadership. The prize is awarded to a municipal government, large or small, rural or urban, which has demonstrated a commitment to the conservation of its heritage assets. The Terms of Refere... +read

Ont. Planners Heritage issue

David Chambers
Feb 18, 2015
I would like to draw your attention and that of your readers to the special heritage issue of the Ont Planners Assoc, appearing as a link in your Dec. 23 issue #235 of Built Heritage News.  In my frustrating 40 years in heritage preservation I have found this issue to be the most helpful and s... +read

YouTube: Restoration of Grant Hall Moose Jaw Saskatchewan

From Ravaged to Ravishing

Mar 25, 2015

Thanks to my sister in law- Amber Nasmith for this link to a great heritage success story in Saskatchewan. I'll be staying there next time we visit. For Reservations: +read

Guardian: London's Threatened Skyline and Unesco

Eric Pickles under fire for allowing

Jamie Doward
Mar 24, 2015
South Bank plans could obscure the famous views of parliament
South Bank plans could obscure the famous views of parliament
South Bank towers development passes final planning hurdle despite Unesco heritage fears, with communities secretary announcing he will not interveneHeritage groups have accused the government of failing to protect Britain’s world heritage sites after effectively allowing plans for a developme... +read

Preservation Green Lab: Environmental Benefits of Recycling Buildings

The Greenest building: Quantifying the environmental Value of building reuse

Preservation Green Lab, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Mar 23, 2015
Until now, little has been known about the climate change reductions that might be offered by reusing and retrofitting existing buildings rather than demolish- ing and replacing them with new construction. This groundbreaking study concludes that building reuse almost always offers environmental sav... +read

blogTO: 50 Stories on Bloor Street East

50 storey condo pushes development east on Bloor

Chris Bateman
Mar 22, 2015

Bloor Street East between Jarvis and Sherbourne has seen relatively little in the way of high-rise residential development since the 1970s--until now. The oxymoronic "Rosedale on Bloor," a pair of condominium towers planned for the south side of the street beside the new National Post headquarters, ... +read

Bloor and Bathurst Development Website

Mar 21, 2015
Toronto rarely sees such well developed and thoughtful presentations. This project really raises the bar for development processes. Take a look!... +read

Toronto Star: Christopher Hume Praises Honest Ed's Redevelopment

Honouring his parents at Honest Ed

Christopher Hume
Mar 21, 2015
For too many developers, the legacy that matters most is the one that’s counted in dollars. For David Mirvish, impresario, art collector, city-builder and accidental developer, the legacy that counts is the one that comes with being the son of “Honest” Ed Mirvish, easily the city&... +read

Owen Sound Sun Times: Branningham Grove demolition pending

Branningham Grove subject of demolition permit

Denis Langlois
Mar 17, 2015
The days may be numbered for historic Branningham Grove. The owners of the 134-year-old building, which was once a brothel and most recently a restaurant, applied March 5 to city hall for a permit to demolish the structure on 16th St. E., Owen Sound's chief building official Kevin Hicks confirmed M... +read

Globe and Mail:Foster and Partners, 80 Stories on Former Stollery's Site

First look: New Yonge and Bloor tower would be Torontos tallest

Alex Bozikovic
Mar 17, 2015

Is it The One? The new development at the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor streets will be sold with that catchphrase, and it will in some ways earn that title. The design by global architects Foster and Partners is tall, brawny and complex. The project, which developer Sam Mizrahi and the archi... +read

Now Magazine: Saving Main Street Toronto

New Ideas need Old Buildings

Catherine Nasmith
Mar 17, 2015

I dreamt recently that I was on a streetcar travelling through piles of demolition rubble, through a completely unrecognizable landscape. Another night I woke up fearing the whole city was going to end up like the ludicrous tower going up at Yonge and Bloor. What's happening to Toronto's heritage ar... +read

Making Cities Livable

Video from Alain de Botton

Alain De Botton
Mar 07, 2015
Alain de Botton, philosopher and author of many wise and entertaining books including “The Architecture of Happiness”, has now produced a video on “What Makes Cities Attractive”. He calls on us all to express our opinions, and to make our city leaders accountable to the citiz... +read

Changes to Winnipeg's Heritage By-Laws: What You Need to Know

Changes to Winnipeg's Heritage By-Laws: What You Need to Know

Heritage Winnipeg
Mar 06, 2015
The Historical Resources By-Law No. 55-2014 The Old The former Historical Buildings By-law No. 1474/77 was adopted by City Council in 1978 (the same year Heritage Winnipeg was established), and continued to mandate heritage conservation in Winnipeg for over 35 years. Buildings on the Conservation L... +read

Kinsmen seek assurances for Winnipeg's Sherbrook Pool

Kinsmen seek assurances for city pool

Winnipeg Free Press
Mar 06, 2015
The Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg wants assurances there will be no program cuts at Sherbrook Pool before it donates $1 million to help renovate the inner-city facility. Club president Raj Phangureh said the group's concerns were revived this week when Mayor Brian Bowman confirmed sections of all civic ... +read

Manitou, Manitoba Opera House is crowdfunding for renovations

The Manitou Opera House is crowdfunding for renovations

West End Dumplings
Mar 06, 2015
The Manitou Opera House Management Committee wants to build a 2,175 square foot addition that will allow wheelchair access to the main floor and a new foyer area that will include men's and women's accessible washrooms, two accessible meeting rooms and a cloakroom. The total price tag is $725,000, ... +read

Riverdale Historical Society April Event
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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