Media Advisory - Ontario Professional Planners Institute

    TORONTO, September 11 /CNW/ - The Ontario Professional Planners Institute
(OPPI) will release the names of the 2008 winners of the Excellence in
Planning Awards on Friday, September 12, 2008. Celebrating 'the best of the
best' in planning, these awards recognize innovation, creativity,
professionalism, problem-solving, and communications. In addition, the
inaugural winner of the Healthy Communities Award, established jointly by OPPI
and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, will be announced. Details on
all of these winning projects will be released at the press conference.

    OPPI will also be announcing the appointment of an Honorary Member of the
Institute. Honorary Membership recognizes the work of non-planners and
acknowledges the valuable contribution of people outside of the profession in
promoting healthy communities.

    WHO:   Wayne Caldwell, MCIP, RPP, President, Ontario Professional
           Planners Institute
           Rocco Rossi, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

    WHEN:  Friday, September 12, 2008 at 10 a.m.

    WHERE: Media Studio, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto

    NOTE:  Upon arrival at the Legislative Building, external media need to
           check in with security. From there they will proceed to the Press
           Gallery Lounge on the 3rd floor to receive a badge/pass from the
           Press Gallery Steward.

    The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) is the recognized
voice of the Province's planning profession. Its more than 3,000 members work
in government, private practice, universities, and non-profit agencies in the
fields of urban and rural development, urban design, environmental planning,
transportation, health and social services, heritage conservation, housing,
and economic development. For further information, go to:

For further information:

For further information: Loretta Ryan, MCIP, RPP, CAE, Manager, Policy &
Communications, (416) 668-8469, E-mail:

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