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  • 11 May 2021 9:24 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for the evening on Wednesday May 26th for Nick Gromoff's session to learn more about the coinage and monetary system of Pre-confederation Ontario! 

    Check out the details here.



    Next Up!  Land Registration: From Petition to Patent and Beyond with Nadine Kopp on Saturday June 5th from noon to 2pm (immediately following the late morning AGM)

  • 08 Apr 2021 11:41 AM | Anonymous

    Excerpt from CTV News:

    "The stay-at-home order, which by law allows people to only leave their home for essential reasons, goes into effect as of 12:01 a.m. on April 8.

    Ford said the stay-at-home order will be very similar to the one that was put into effect in January, with a few exceptions.

    This is the second time Ontario has been placed under a stay-at-home order.

    Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about the stay-at-home order:

    How long will the stay-at-home order be in effect?

    Ontario will be under a provincewide stay-at-home order for at least 28 days, which is until May 6. 

    The order can be extended if the government deems it necessary. 

    What is considered an essential trip?

    The Ontario government admitted during the first stay-at-home order back in January they can't determine what is essential for every person in the province.

    They provided a list of categories people should consider before leaving their home, which include food, health-care services (including medication and vaccines), exercise, or work when someone’s job can't be done at home.

    Here's a more detailed list of what the Ontario government considers essential.

    ... (more in original article)...

    What are the rules for the construction industry?

    According to the government, construction activities or projects and related supporting services, including demolition and land surveying, are allowed."

    Full article found here.

  • 27 Mar 2021 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    APA Ontario brings you a new series of 'Ask An Expert' online sessions for 2021, the first one focused on Historic Period artifacts and features.

    A casual format for peers to chat, compare finds and interpretations, and for everyone to learn a little something they didn't know before!

    Keep an eye on our Upcoming Events tab for the next session -- they are all free to members!


  • 10 Mar 2021 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    Our list of members' publications is growing!

    Visit APA's Online Store to check out current and upcoming titles.

    Learn more about APA's Occasional Paper Series and about some of APA's members who are spotlighting Ontario's archaeology and history!

    If you are an APA Ontario member, send us info about your titles so we can help spread the word about your publications.

  • 25 Feb 2021 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    Friendly reminder to all members to consider which of APA's member awards would support your path:

    * Student Bursary Awards for part-time and full-time students: March 15th

    Reserve Lands Research AwardApril 1st

    * Radiocarbon Date Merit Award: April 30th Cathy, APA's Administrative Secretary, at with any questions :)

  • 05 Feb 2021 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    Ratification of new calibration curves:

    As you may have heard, or noticed in your reports as of late, the international radiocarbon community has officially ratified the new calibration curves: IntCal20, SHCal20, and Marine20. 

    Wondering how this may affect your radiocarbon dates?  Read more on the A.E. Lalonde Lab tab.

  • 16 Jan 2021 8:13 AM | Anonymous

    Head to APA's Covid-19 tab to find information and quick links about:

    - the province's Stay-at-Home order

    - the new Small Business Grant

    - compliance and enforcement of the Stay-at-Home order

  • 21 Dec 2020 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    The Province of Ontario will switch to shutdown procedures on December 26th.  Details can be found at, and other covid-19 related news and information relevant to our profession can be found in one place at APA's Covid-19 tab for members.

  • 17 Dec 2020 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    A little lighthearted news from the Province today...


    Ontario Declares Santa Claus an Essential Service

    December 17, 2020

    Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement on Santa Claus' annual delivery of gifts:

    "As children across Ontario count down the days to Christmas with excitement, I want to reassure all the boys and girls out there that Santa is still coming this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.  

    As Premier, I have officially designated Santa Claus as an essential service provider and authorized to deliver toys, treats and good cheer to the children of Ontario. I have also designated the Elves' Toy Workshop as an essential manufacturing business and authorized to supply Santa Claus with toys and gifts. Finally, Santa's Reindeer, including Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph, are proclaimed essential transportation service providers and permitted to pull Santa's sleigh across every part of Ontario.

    Santa and his reindeer have one of the most essential jobs of all, delivering toys to all the good children in Ontario and around the world every Christmas Eve. While this Christmas is different than any other, Santa is taking every safety precaution necessary and will continue to make his rounds.

    I would like to thank Santa Claus, the elves, reindeer and all of Ontario's essential workers this holiday season. From nurses to construction workers, personal care workers to grocery store clerks and so many other essential workers, we are grateful for the hard work you have done all year long.  

    From my family to yours, I want to wish everyone a healthy and safe Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!"



    Ivana Yelich
    Premier’s Office

    Office of the Premier

  • 16 Dec 2020 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    Given that a large number of as yet unknown and potentially undisturbed archaeological resources lay protected on Conservation Lands, this news seems promising.  Keep an eye out for calls for Public Consultation in 2021 so that we can increase awareness for the protection of cultural resources on public lands.

    - Cathy Crinnion, APA Administrative Secretary


    News Release

    Ontario Announces Working Group to Better Focus Conservation Authorities

    December 16, 2020

    Input will lead to improved conservation and protection of the province’s water, land and natural resources

    TORONTO — The Ontario government is creating a working group to help implement changes to conservation authorities. Hassaan Basit, President and CEO of Conservation Halton will chair the new group which will provide input on the development of proposed regulations under the Conservation Authorities Act, and on how conservation authorities are governed.

    "As we move forward together, we want to build stronger relationships with conservation authorities so we can work together to ensure consistent best practices, good governance and appropriate accountability to best serve the people of Ontario," said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. "I'd like to thank Hassaan Basit for the discussions over the last few weeks which helped inform some recent amendments to the legislative changes to ensure conservation authorities have the tools they need to protect their communities. I look forward to continuing our positive and constructive dialogue towards our shared goals."

    As part of the government's commitment to ensuring conservation authorities focus and deliver on their core mandate of protecting people and property from flooding and other natural hazards and conserving natural resources, the province introduced legislative changes through Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act, 2020, which received Royal Assent on December 8, 2020. Amendments were made to the Bill based on valuable feedback from stakeholder groups, including conservation authorities.

    The new working group will include representatives from conservation authorities and other experts. Representatives of the working group will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Once they begin work in January, the working group will provide input to help the province develop regulations that will focus on:

    • The mandatory core programs and services conservation authorities would be required to provide,
    • The agreements between municipalities and conservation authorities and the transition period associated with non-mandatory programs and services, and
    • How local members of the community can participate in their conservation authorities through community advisory boards.

    "Partnerships and collaboration are critical to ensure that conservation authorities can continue making watershed-based resource management decisions in the interest of the environment, health, and safety," said Hassaan Basit, President and CEO, Conservation Halton. "Alongside conservation authorities across Ontario, Conservation Halton is looking forward to working with the province, offering scientific expertise and leadership, in the development of regulations pertaining to recent amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act contained in Bill 229."

    In addition to the input provided by Hassaan Basit and the working group, Ontario will also be seeking the public's feedback on regulatory and governance proposals through the Environmental Registry. Public consultation on these proposals is also expected to begin early in the new year.



    • The Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act, 2020 included amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act such as:
      • Enabling officers appointed by conservation authorities to issue stop work orders, defined in a way that is consistent with entry powers without warrants. This will help ensure conservation authorities have effective enforcement tools in place to stop significant threats and impacts to the environment.
      • Requiring 70 per cent of members appointed to a conservation authority by a participating municipality be members of council, as well as allowing the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to provide an exception from this rule at the request of a municipality.
      • Allowing conservation authorities to appeal or be party to an appeal as a public body, under certain provisions of the Planning Act in the context of prescribed natural hazards matters.
    • Ontario is served by 36 conservation authorities.
    • The Ontario government recently announced a $30 million investment in a new Wetlands Conservation Partner Program to help conservation organizations create and restore wetlands in priority areas across the province.

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