Toronto and Southern Ontario Planning Field School
In the spring of 2015, Dr. Agrawal and Dr. Summers took students to southern Ontario for two weeks of studying planning and other issues in Toronto and the southern Ontario region. Throughout the trip, we met with many local leaders and planning experts who gave us presentations and/or tours.
In Toronto, students were led by Paul Bedford through key areas of the City that developed during his time as the Chief Planner. Dr. Mitch Kosny, Professor at Ryerson University and former chair of TCHC, gave us a tour of the award winning Regent Park redevelopment. Amanda Santo of Waterfront Toronto toured us through the redevelopment of the West Don Lands. We also had the opportunity to engage with Metrolinx, with the Ontario Growth Secretariat, and with Antonella Ceddia, Solicitor for the City of Toronto who discussed the Provincial Policy Statement.
Wayne Caldwell, Professor of Planning from the University of Guelph, toured us through the Waterloo region including a visit to look at key issues of planning for Mennonite communities. We also toured an apple processing plant, toured Six Nations on the Grand with local leaders to discuss their land claims in the region, visited the historic downtown of Paris, and the Grand River Conservation Authority.
Finally, Dr. Chris Fullerton of Brock University toured us through the St. Catherine’s area looking at the diverse economic changes on the landscape with a day that ended with a visit to Niagara Falls.
The trip was an outstanding success thanks to the contributions of all involved.