To launch my new heritage blog, here is a version of an article I've written for the upcoming (Spring 2015) issue of ACORN, the journal of Architectural Conservancy Ontario.
Enactment of the OHA
|Sandyford Place, Hamilton Photo credit: Carol Priamo|
- Part II, concerning the Ontario Heritage Foundation (now the Ontario Heritage Trust) from the old Ontario Heritage Foundation Act passed in Canada’s centennial year, 1967;
- Part IV, from the special municipal legislation Kingston had championed; and
- Part VI, containing the archaeology provisions, from the old Archaeological and Historic Sites Act of 1953.
Deficiencies of the OHA
In 1987 the province announced the Ontario Heritage Policy Review to study the state of heritage in Ontario, including the Ontario Heritage Act. After a mammoth public consultation process, unprecedented to this day, a new framework and strategy were released in 1990: A Strategy for Conserving Ontario’s Heritage. At the same time detailed proposals for OHA changes were put forward for comment, with promises of a bill to follow. But later that year the Liberal government lost the election and the NDP came to power. The new government, sympathetic but mistrustful of its predecessor’s effort, created a minister’s advisory committee — a large and, as it proved, unwieldy group of “stakeholders” — to develop new heritage legislation. After several more years and a lot of wheel-spinning, wide-sweeping (and some would say overly ambitious) legislation was eventually drafted. But, like the previous government’s initiative, it too did not go forward before the government changed again in 1995.
Bill 60 — success at last