Celebrating 13 years of engagement and design for healthier communities!
News for Fall 2013
October - 2013 - Engagement in Planning for Healthy CommunitiesWe are conducting two free webinars on October 22 and 31st for the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition. The topic: engaging in planning decisions to build healthier communities. Part 1 is about influencing changes to the built environment and Part 2 is about evaluating impacts of development proposals. Join us!
Sept 2013 - Trails PlansWe are currently reviewing and updating the Trails Master Plan for the City of Kawartha Lakes. Looking forward to a trail ride from Lindsay to Fenlon Falls this fall!
The Lower Don Trail Master Plan is complete. DTAH lead the study for the City of Toronto with public space workshop advising on active transportation and connectivity. Workshop slides available here
June 2013 - Building Healthy Corner Stores with Toronto Public Health
need easy access to fresh foods in our neighbourhoods. Working
with Toronto Public Health's Food Strategy group and entrepreneur, James
Johnson-Piett we put together a day-long workshop with over 50 stakeholders to start a conversation about how corner stores in
May 2013 - Community and Government Engagement in Hue and Hoi An, Vietnam
Cities are growing and public space is under increasing pressure to support health and sustainability into the future. Public Space Workshop worked with Health Bridge Canada's Livable Cities Program in two Vietnamese cities to share experiences on engaging the public and in master planning for parks and open space. We held several workshops and toured the parks and new community-built playgrounds. Then we set out some strategies to embark on a city-wide parks planning strategy. For these two cities, working on park improvements was a great entry point for future engagement and planning projects to make cities more livable and healthy.
April 2013 - Lower Don Trail Master Plan
We are excited to be contributing to a vision for the Lower Don River trail system. In 2011 with the support of OHCC we conducted a stakeholder workshop. The first report is available HERE. In 2013 the City of Toronto initiated a study to develop a long-term vision and implementation framework for improving trail connections, accessibility and public art opportunities in the valley. We worked with DTAH to develop the vision and look forward to the release of the final report this fall.
March 2013Haldimand and Norfolk Counties have engaged Public Space workshop to review their Official Plans to determine the level of support for active transportation, recreation and food security.
November 2012 - Working with Municipalities in the North
How can Public Health work with municipalities to create healthier communities? Thanks to HC Link and the North Bay Parry Sound district health Unit for the opportunity to share partnership examples . . . including active transportation workshops, official plan reviews, community gardens and food security planning - where to start and who to talk to. It's all recorded here for your viewing enjoyment!
October 2012 - Presenting at Walk21 Mexico City Conference"Public Meetings . . . What Could Go Wrong?" Looking forward to learning from the people working on active transportation in and around Mexico City. Conference link is HERE
Supporting Active Transportation in the Official Plan - Guide Available
Working with Niagara Region Integrated Community Planning and Healthy Living Niagara we produced a guide to help integrate supports for walking and cycling into the Official Plan. The guide is available HERE
Presenting at Toronto's 2012 Complete Streets ConferenceAnother inspirational conference. Thanks to HC Link and the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition for sponsoring my talk. All presentations including my talk on "widening the scope of engagement in active transportation planning" are available at the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation HERE
Active Transportation planning in WellandThis spring I was invited to Welland Ontario to assist in strategizing for improved walking and cycling. On the heels of their Bicycle Friendly Community Award, Welland is now on its way to having an active transportation advisory committee in place by fall of this year!
North Bay Examines its Built Environment and the Impacts on HealthThanks to HC Link & the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and the Healthy Communities team in North Bay. Read more . . .
Building Healthy Communities Conference St. Johns Newfoundland
December 2011, Key Note Speaker, Link
CBC's Here and Now news coverage of conference
Tools for Change conferenceNovember 2011, Presenter at , "Big Hearts, Small Budgets: Effective Advocacy for Non profits and Citizen Groups in Planning Disputes", Toronto Link
Walk21 Vancouver, Presenting "Drums, Dots and Drawings" a metaphor for bringing participants into a process, enabling them to share priorities and then moving into action for design improvements. Link
Thanks to OHCC, SRCHC for support.
Official Plan Policy ReviewsWe just completed a review of 10 Niagara Municipal Official Plans to see how these policies can best support cycling and walking. Paul just finished a draft of an active transportation guide for future official plan work in the Region. Report is available HERE
Linking the Don Valley Trail to Communities and Destinations
Last summer Paul worked with a number of enthusiastic trail user groups, The Toronto Cyclists Union, Evergreen Brickworks and the City of Toronto to host a workshop to improve connections to and from the trail.
Report is available HERE
Georgian Bay Active Transportation StrategyIn the Spring of 2011, Paul conducted a day long workshop to set out strategic directions for Active Transportation in the Township of Georgian Bay. For the full story
Planning and Engineering Professionals Workshop on Accelerating Supports for Active Transportation in Niagara RegionPaul coordinated a workshop and drafted a report outlining key action steps for Niagara professionals. The report and other informative presentations from the workshop are available HERE.
Analyzing Walkability Draft Report
A research report cataloging various methods for analyzing walkability with professional and stakeholder inputs. We would love to hear your comments or additions, email email@example.com.
DRAFT Document available HERE.
DRAFT Document available HERE.