Latornell Conservation Symposium

Last Minute Latornell Details

November 15-17, 2016 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Convention Centre, Alliston, ON

Get Ready for Choose Your Own Adventure Activities

Tuesday evening is always a fun time at Latornell and new activities are being offered this year.

You can join wine expert Stuart Alford for a fun and delicious learning experience where you discover how to properly taste wine and pair it with foods that really make it sing in the Great Grapes: Discover the Wines of Ontario activity. Pre-registration is required. Don't delay in getting your tickets as we only have a limited number available. Tickets are also available at the Registration Desk.

You can also put your musical knowledge to the test in the Sounds Familiar Music Trivia Contest. You'll have to work with your teammates to answer questions related to music from the 1950's to present day.

We also have old favorites, like Mingling with Exhibitors and the Jungle Quest Team Mini-Golf Tournament, where your golf skills are put to the test.

More information on all the Choose Your Own Adventure activities can be found on the Latornell website.

Wednesday Evening Entertainment

The Latornell Conservation Symposium is excited to announce our entertainment for the Wednesday evening Gala Banquet: The Debaters!

The Debaters Live

The Debaters is the hit show where comics go toe to toe in a battle of laughs and logic. Hosted by Canada's Best Male Standup of 2011 and 2013, Steve Patterson, The Debaters is a combustible mix of sharply crafted comedic rants and hilarious adlibs. It is part stand-up, part quiz show and part comedy competition with the audience picking the winners.

Do you have coworkers, friends and/or family members who would like to see The Debaters? Extra tickets can be purchased for $95 + tax each to attend the Gala Banquet on Wednesday November 16th. Please note admittance to the Gala Banquet is already included in the 3-Day Package and Wednesday Single Day Package.

View the Debaters poster and get more information about the comedians on the Latornell Entertainment page.

NEW: The Watering Hole Blog Posts!

A number of new blog posts have been added this past month:

A Natural Partnership
Steve Hounsell, Chair, Ontario Biodiversity Council

The theme for Latornell this year is one that gives me great hope. The idea of collaborating with nature is a concept that I have believed in and shared for many years. Lately, along with the other members of the Ontario Biodiversity Council, I have been sharing the message that protecting, restoring and sustainably managing biodiversity is our best defence in a world with a rapidly changing climate. I think it's one of the most important principles to guide the work we each do to support conservation in Ontario. READ MORE

Building your LID Practice
Kyle Vander Linden, Credit Valley Conservation

While LID is becoming more common in Ontario, there is still a lack of training and experience amongst contractors, which can lead to poor construction techniques. You may have a great LID design, but without proper construction practices, your LID feature will not function as intended. Construction of an LID feature is different than a typical stormwater practice. It requires different materials, changes to typical construction sequencing, protection of infiltration areas, and vegetation within the practice serves both a functional and aesthetic role. Contractors must have a thorough understanding of these differences to ensure successful LID projects. READ MORE

Erosion and Sediment Control
Kyle Vander Linden, Credit Valley Conservation

Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) is a critical component of an LID construction project. During construction, natural drainage pathways are altered, vegetation and stable topsoil aggregates are stripped away as part of the grading process. If left uncontrolled, erosion of exposed soils can cause local air quality problems, degradation of aquatic habitats, and damage to downstream recreational areas and infrastructure. ESC is often not properly designed, installed or maintained leaving the integrity of the site and downstream drainage areas at risk. READ MORE

Tender, Contract and Pre-Construction for Low Impact Development
Kyle Vander Linden, Credit Valley Conservation

When constructing a low impact development (LID) feature, your tender and contract can be a tool to solve problems before they ever come to pass. It helps ensure that a qualified contractor constructs your LID project properly, and allows you to set out clear expectations for the contractor, consultant and inspector. It is important to be very detailed in your tender and contract, as there are critical components that may differ from traditional construction. READ MORE

Siting and Design Verification
Kyle Vander Linden, Credit Valley Conservation

LID practices use techniques and specifications that differ from traditional stormwater management construction practices. Failing to follow proper LID construction methods can result in barren bioretention landscapes, clogged infiltration practices, uneven permeable pavements and costly post-construction repairs. CVC offers training courses where experienced instructors take participants through each step of the LID construction process, highlighting potential errors and explaining proper techniques. READ MORE

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For more information:

Karen Anderson and Mario Maillet, Symposium Coordinators
Latornell Conservation Symposium
1-888-274-1364 ext. 4

c/o Conservation Ontario
120 Bayview Parkway
Newmarket, Ontario
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