Plan Canada is the official journal of the Canadian Institute of Planners. It features informative articles on innovative projects and best practices in Canadian planning, as well as original research by practitioners and academics.

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  • A vision for Canada's water 

    Madramootoo, Chandra (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Water is the lifeblood of the environment. In Canada, water is an integral part of our identity. Its importance is reflected in our economic development, recreational pursuits, and culture. Water has played an integral ...
  • A self-managing paradigm for the waters of Greater Vancouver 

    Cameron, Ken (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Using an underlying bioregional perspective, Ken Cameron compares old and new paradigms on a Vancouver city-region scale.
  • An uncommon "commons" approach to floodplains and riverbanks 

    Valiquette, Pierre M. (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Pierre Valiquette contributes insights from an "uncommon" grassroots initiative in Montreal, firmly based on a perspective that values the historic notion of the commons (represented by floodplains and riverbanks).
  • Decision support for long-term resource protection in eastern Ontario 

    Jarvis, Ian E. (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    A multi-county Eastern Ontario initiative, capitalizing on new information systems technology, is outlined by Ian Jarvis.
  • A region of watersheds: Refreshing inter-municipal planning 

    Schwartzenberger, Stan (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Stan Schwartzenberger reports on the emergence of local watershed-based stewardship initiatives as the possible well-spring of a revival of inter-municipal, if not regional, planning in Alberta.
  • Planning as a key to export development 

    Collins, Norval (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Using the Trade Team Canada initiative as an example, Norval Collins highlights the opportunity for export-oriented planners and their agencies to "do something".
  • The necessity of integrated water management in Quebec 

    Dupras, Michel (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Amoung CIP affiliates, the OUQ has been particularly active in provincial water management issues. The OUQ's Environment Committee, chaired by Michel Dupras, coordinated the affiliate's November 24, 1999, submission ...
  • The ICLEI Water Campaign 

    MacKenzie, John (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Freshwater management is an area of growing concern for planners throughout Canada and abroad. Recognizing the opportunities presented by local municipalities for global environmental improvements, the International ...
  • Limnology, plumbing and planning 

    Hutchinson, Neil J. (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    The emergence of North American environmental awareness in the 1970s was largely fuelled by concerns about water quality. An obvious example of the collision of growth and water quality was the deterioration of Lake Erie.
  • From sediment sources to sinks: The route to coastal zone management on eastern Vancouver Island 

    Mewett, Alison; Marsh, William (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    More than half the population of Canada and the United States lives within 100 kilometres of a coastline. Despite our improved scientific understanding of coastal environments, damage to property and the environment ...
  • Watershed planning and management: Technologies for the new millennium 

    Palmer, R. Mark; Burritt, D.; Burgess, Charles (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    In 1998, Greenland International Consulting began developing integrated GIS-based, real-time water management software (with flood forecasting capabilities), in partnership with the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation ...
  • Land use planning based on groundwater protection in Waterloo 

    Richardson, Wanda; Eby, Kevin (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Since 1994, the Region of Waterloo has been implementing a Water Resources Protection Strategy (WRPS) to minimize the impact of historic, existing, and future land uses on municipal water supplies. A safe and secure ...
  • Making zoning "aquifer-friendly": The Fredericton experience 

    Forrest, Ken; Green, Jill (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Groundwater is a critical source of drinking water for millions of Canadians. The Province of New Brunswick and the City of Fredericton have been working toward the adoption of regulations to protect groundwater resources.
  • Integrating wetlands into the urban environment with a touch of WIMSY 

    Emms, Neil; Manuel, Patricia (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Small wetlands are increasingly beleaguered environments and are particularly threatened in urbanizing areas. Too small (usually less than 2 hectares) and sometimes too ephemeral to be served by existing evaluation and ...
  • Home use of rainwater: The next home-based environmental movement? 

    Burgess, Bob (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Even without the reinforcement of personal experience, logic tells us that the collection, storage, and use of rainwater should be an important component of any community water conservation strategy. Our experience on ...
  • Match the bank-full discharge 

    Cantwell, Margot (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    "Match the bank-full discharge" is offered to water quality managers as a policy idea for significantly reducing phosphorous loadings and the erosion of streams and water courses, as well as for providing excellent ...
  • Water re-use technology: An alternative to "the big pipe"? 

    Soroczan, Cate (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has been conducting research into water reuse technology, water conservation methods, alternative waste treatment systems, demonstration projects, and other water-related issues.
  • Water resource planning and community design 

    Ramjohn, Jamal (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Rural Alberta is experiencing the pressure of tremendous residential growth. Water continues to be a critical issue in rural development, both as a source of drinking water and a means of wastewater treatment.
  • Take a walk on the wet side: One perspective on community-based watershed planning 

    Joliat, Michelle; Willson, Gary (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    In Canada, rivers and lakes have been focal points of settlement, economic development, and transportation. Water is essential to the Canadian economy: it is an essential resource for food production, most industrial ...
  • Watersheds as the context and focus of integrated graduate training 

    Tamminga, Ken (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)
    Over the past half-century or so, the conceptual and physical watershed has become much more than a land surface that drains to a common, watery receptacle. As many planners know, the watershed has long been a ...

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