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.

The Canadian Institute of Planners has entered into an agreement with Vancouver Island University Library to provide Open Access to an online archive of Plan Canada issues for the benefit of the membership and the readership and for the general public. This archive is currently under construction.

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  • Alternative development standards: Practical tools for sustainable land development 

    von Hausen, Michael (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    Challenges associated with urban sprawl and pressures of growth continue to mount across North America. Fuelling these challenges are outmoded land development standards that over-engineer and over-design community ...
  • Across the Greater Vancouver Regional District in four days: The mobile workshop trek 

    Suszezwiez, Sharleen (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    In addition to having opportunities to attend the many indoor presentations at the "2002: Making Waves" conference in Burnaby, B.C., delegates were offered ten mobile workshops that traversed the Greater Vancouver ...
  • Plan Canada - Volume 42, Number 2 (April-May-June 2002) 

    Unknown author (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    Ethics and values / Éthique et valeurs morales
  • Contents 

    Unknown author (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    Table of contents for Plan Canada - Volume 42, Number 2 (April, May, June 2002).
  • It's the right thing to do - or is it?: Contemporary issues in planning ethics 

    Hendler, Sue (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    Sue Hendler defines planning ethics and goes on to summarize both the past and the possible futures of the field. Using a typology of five aspects of planning ethics, she outlines issues which she believes will help ...
  • The dilemma of big-picture planning: A question of ethics 

    Dorfman, Mark L. (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    For the past twenty years, Canadian planners have been faced with the dilemma of planning for communit ies in the context of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Planners now realize that bigpicture planning ...
  • An activist's experience of the planning process 

    Bennett, Ben (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    This article provides a look at the planning process in Ontario from the point of view of a citizen. Ben Bennett is representing Residents for Sustainable Development in Guelph, which opposes two big-box proposals before ...
  • The ambivalent advocate: Planning and the public interest 

    Lehman, Robert (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    Bob Lehman discusses the problem presented by the CIP Code of Professional Conduct's requirement that all planners must promote the public interest. In many instances planners are called upon to advocate for the private ...
  • The four faces of planning ethics: A value profile 

    Wexler, Mark N.; Oberlander, Judy (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    Involvement in our segment of the complex occupational culture of the planning community often desensitizes us to values integral to other parts of the community. This paper highlights four distinct yet interrelated ...
  • Public space, democracy and the living law 

    Des Rosiers, Nathalie (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    Nathalie Des Rosiers of the the Law Commission of Canada examines how urban space is governed not only by formal law but also informal rules of conduct. She raises questions about the definition of public space and ...
  • Whatever became of the public realm? 

    Sandalack, Bev; Nicolai, Andrei (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    Much of our everyday urban existence occurs within the shared city spaces, defined by public and private buildings and made up of streets, sidewalks, parks and squares. This public realm facilitates urbanity, and our ...
  • Peruvian experience: A planner's lot is not a happy one 

    Rotoff, Basil M. (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    Not long before the fall of the Fujimori government and the fateful earthquakes that shook southern Peru, the author was sent there by CESO (the Canadian Executive Services Organization) in order to study the region's ...
  • Reflections on planning: Pennsylvania vs. Ontario 

    Ball, Jennifer; Brockie, Emily; Caldwell, Wayne; Marks, Joanne; Nelson, Mike; Parsons, Jay; Rudy, Harold; Stonehouse, Shawna; Weber, Sandra; Weir, Claire; Williams, Melanie (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2002)
    This article compares a number of rural planning issues and approaches in Pennsylvania and Ontario. The discussion focuses on issues related to the preservation of agricultural lands, urban growth boundaries, property ...
  • Plan Canada - Volume 41, Number 3 (July-August-September 2001) 

    Unknown author (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2001)
    2001: A spatial odyssey / 2001: Une odyssée de l'espace
  • Contents 

    Unknown author (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2001)
    Table of contents for Plan Canada - Volume 41, Number 3 (July, August, September 2001).
  • Une odyssée spatiale et spéciale! 

    Dubé, Pierre (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2001)
    Il me fait plaisir de vous présenter dans ce numéro de Plan Canada, un aperçu du Congrès 2001 organisé conjointement par l'Institut canadien des urbanistes et l'Institut professionnel des urbanistes de l'Ontario à Ottawa ...
  • Transforming Canadian communities and Canadian planning 

    Gordon, David L.A. (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2001)
    This issue of Plan Canada is part of the legacy of the largest gathering of Canadian planners ever held. The are also a testament to the quality and diversity of planning practice across our country. In July ...
  • Cities in civilization: Culture, innovation, and urban order 

    Hall, Peter (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2001)
    Why should great cities suddenly become creative? Why do they have golden ages, belles époques? Why was Florence so remarkable a place in the fifteenth century, or London at the end of the sixteenth, or Paris at the ...
  • Planning for a surprise 

    Gotlieb, Allan (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2001)
    How do we promote heritage and protect the potential for building a great city?
  • Closing remarks 

    Barber, John (Canadian Institute of Planners, 2001)
    John Barber, urban affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail, gives closing remarks at the 2001 CIP conference in Ottawa. He had a mandate to visit as many conference sessions as he could and report his off-the-cuff ...

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