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Ecological Planning in a Time of Myth-InformationMary-Ellen Tyler emphasizes the ecological context of future planning. Warning us about the “myth-information" that can all too easily mislead us in this new age, Tyler highlights the question “What are we planning for?" We must now plan not so much for an urban “environment" as for an urban ecology, and we must make this kind of planning “human nature." Tyler focuses attention on innovative demonstration projects that embody the necessary type of “how" in response to her primary interest in “why."
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2012-2021 Regional Parks Strategic Plan and Financial Program to Implement the Strategic Plan
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7 Colors Yunnan Agrifood Technopark - Qujing
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A Case Study of Five Communities in the Columbia BasinThe Communities Adapting to Climate Change (CACC) initiative supports communities to increase their adaptive capacity and resiliency to climate change impacts.
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A Kid’s Guide to Building Great Communities: A Manual for Planners and EducatorsCIP offers this Manual to assist with teaching and learning about urban planning and community development. It provides planners and educators with materials for use with children and youth in a variety of settings. It is particularly useful in a number of areas such as social studies, language arts, science and mathematics.
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A Path Forward: A Regional Planning Toolkit
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A Portrait of Post-modern Planning: Anti-hero or Passionate Pilgrim?Many commentators have argued that the modernist planning project has failed. This paper proposes a way forward for the profession, offering a portrait of the postmodern planner as a passionate pilgrim, a tireless seeker after social, environmental and cultural justice in the planning of human settlements.
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A Virtuous Circle: How Transportation Demand Management Transformed UBC
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Abu Dhabi Public Realm Design Manual
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Active Living, Children & Youth: What is the Canadian evidence sayingUnder the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, CIP joined forces with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information to summarize findings from Canadian built environment research conducted between 2007 and 2011...
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Active Transportation, Health And Community Design:What is the Canadian evidence saying?Under the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, CIP joined forces with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information to summarize findings from Canadian built environment research conducted between 2007 and 2011...
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Alexandra Park Revitalization PlanThis project prepared by Urban Strategies, took a dated social housing complex circa 1960 and, through a very public process, created the design for a revitalized and vibrant neighbourhood providing a variety of housing options, including rental, co-op and condominium style units. Through a self-financing model, the neighbourhood will change over the next 15 years with zero displacement and minimal disruption to the existing residents.
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An Introduction to Climate Change - A Canadian PerspectiveThis report is an introduction to the science of climate change summarizing Environment Canada’s understanding of the issue and the Canadian response. The report also examines the many possible impacts that a warmer climate will have on Canada and the World.
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Avenues & Mid-Rise Buildings Study
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Cambie Corridor Plan
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Can You Hear the Drum Beat? Our 10 Year Vision for Health & Healing
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Channel-Port aux Basques Downtown Design Study
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CIP Climate Brief-Climate Change and Land Use PlanningThis brief gives an overview of climate change, land use planning and how to bring it into your professional practice.
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CIP Climate Change-Cross Country scanA brief overview of work that has been done on climate change for each province in Canada.
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CIP Model Standard of Practice for Climate Change PlanningThe CIP Model Standard of Practice for Climate Change Planning allows planners to move from recognition of the challenges of climate change – and their professional responsibility to address it – to effective action on both climate change mitigation and adaptation. It presents a framework for addressing climate change that is flexible and meant to be tailored to meet local conditions.
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CIP-Glossary of terms for Climate ChangeA brief overview of terms for planners when addressing Climate Change.
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City of Dallas - CityDesign Studio - West Dallas Urban Structure Plan & Guidelines
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City of Edmonton Capital City Downtown Plan
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City of Vancouver: Transportation 2040
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Climate Atlas GuidebookTo understand and visualize the future effects of climate change, the team at the Prairie Climate Centre developed the Climate Atlas of Canada. Canadians now have access to meaningful climate data that has been tailored and visualized for about 2,000 regions, cities, and towns across the country.
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Climate Change Planning: Case Studies from Canadian Communities 2012This collection of case studies originates from CIP members across Canada. A request was sent to all CIP members seeking climate change planning projects that could be replicated in other jurisdictions or planning practices. The following ten case studies, spanning the country, were selected for presentation.
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Cogswell Transformed: A Plan for the Redevelopment of the Cogswell Interchange Cogswell Transformed is an innovative plan which sets out a comprehensive and inspirational vision for the redevelopment of the Cogswell interchange in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
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Complete Streets for NiagaraStreets are for people not just cars. “Tools before rules” was the motto for this project, which produced a handbook documenting extensive public input, goals, objectives, policies and clear illustrations; a discussion paper outlining the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, and a pilot project. A walking audit of the pilot project allowed stakeholders and residents to measure physical attributes and visualise streetscape improvements.
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Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa's StreetsStarting with a comprehensive visioning process to develop strategic direction the study identifies a typology of downtown Ottawa streets with specific design approaches to address efficient use of right of way, creation of identity, enhancement of urban quality and pedestrian and cyclist comfort.
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Edmonton's WinterCity Strategy and Implementation PlanEdmonton has embraced the idea of winter programming through a focussed strategy that combines research into successes in other cities and consultation with citizens to produce ‘a blizzard of ideas’ for making the city more active and social in the winter months. The plan addresses implementation with both a new staff position and Advisory Council. The report is highly usable by other northern cities for both precedents and ideas.
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Eglinton ConnectsEglinton Connects is an excellent and comprehensive report on the redevelopment of Eglinton Avenue as a multi-modal connector spanning the City of Toronto. The redesign integrates light rail transit, bicycle lanes, and more extensive landscaping into the corridor along with land use and development guidelines for properties lining many kilometers of the avenue.
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Expiring Operating Agreements Planning Guide Expiring Operating Agreements – A Planning Guide for BC’s Non-Profit Housing Societies is a technical manual specifically produced for the non-profit housing providers and administrators in British Columbia. As their government subsidized mortgages expire, this manual provides vital information for housing providers to move to a funding model where they will become self-sufficient and solely responsible for their continuing financial viability.
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Giiwedaa – Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek Comprehensive Community Plan
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Growing Malcolm Island Malcolm Island, situated off the northern end of Vancouver Island, has a population of over 600 full time residents. Without the support of a strong local governance system, the residents, in collaboration with EcoPlan, identified a need to ignite the local economy.
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Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) - A neigbhourhood scale approach to planningThe Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Urban Forest Master Plan was completed with a unique collaboration between Dalhousie University and the HRM. This project is very comprehensive which began with an inventory of the urban forest and resulted in a priority based action plan to sustain Halifax’s Urban Forest.
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Health Equity And Community Design: What is the Canadian evidence saying?Under the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, CIP joined forces with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information to summarize findings from Canadian built environment research conducted between 2007 and 2011...
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Healthy Communities Legislative Comparison SurveyCIP commissioned a high-level survey of planners across Canada to compare the legislative, administrative and policy frameworks that support the creation of healthy communities. The report was completed in December 2013.
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Healthy Communities Practice GuideThis guide is designed for planning practitioners to help them in their work towards healthier communities, and to increase the understanding of the supporting role that health practitioners can play in reaching our common goals. It provides a framework for considering the interconnected aspects of a healthy community, and includes practical examples of how others are accomplishing their goals.
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Housing Choices: Second Units This project has taken a sensitive local issue, reduced its key issues to simple and clear logic and provided a well-reasoned solution that will benefit the community at large.
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Hurontario/Main Street Corridor Master Plan
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Investing in New York's Future. Affordable Rental Housing in Mixed Income ProjectsDr. Tsenkova’s well-researched article provides an invaluable presentation of the affordable rental housing mechanisms and policy context in New York City. The author presents the innovative financing mechanisms implemented in a clear and meaningful way. The discussion of the New York City experience provides good insights that could have an impact in the provision of affordable housing in Canadian cities.
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It's the Right Thing to do - or is it? Contemporary Issues in Planning EthicsSue 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 shape the field over the next several years.
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James Square
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Land Use Issues and the Changing EconomyPlanning the urban and rural areas in Canada is becoming increasingly complex as changes in economic, consumer and work force behaviour continue. The complexity is further affected by the increasing speed of change within the production, distribution and consumption cycle.
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Le premier Plan métropolitain d'aménagement et de développement du Grand Montréal
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Maple Creek Heritage District Implementation PlanThe Maple Creek Heritage District Implementation Plan is being given an award of merit for a plan that sets out simple, straight forward and highly implementable goals with tangible and immediate outcomes. The preparation of the plan included a high level of community engagement and produced a plan that reflects the community’s vision and spurred the community into action before its completion indicating early success. The Plan is concise, easy to read and well put together making it accessible to a broader audience.
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Masterplanning for Land West of Thame Park Road, Thame, Oxfordshire, EnglandThis local residential plan is implementing a planning permission in the Town of Thame, England. It is the first permission of its kind to be adopted through the neighbourhood planning process as enacted through the UK Localism Act 2011.
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Mediation for Land Use Decision-MakingThe City of Calgary has developed a Planning Mediation Program (PMP) to help resolve difficult land-use and enforcement issues. The PMP uses private sector mediators who are contracted to work with disputants such as community associations, developers, and special-interest groups.
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Our Healing Journey: Pikangikum First Nation’s Comprehensive Community Health PlanThe Pikangikum First Nation (PFN) undertook the development of a Comprehensive Community Health Plan (CCHP) as a healing journey for their community. It was based on their Community Health Needs Assessment, which was in turn built on extensive community engagement, research and analysis. The CCHP is an innovative, accessible and “implementation ready” plan which translated the PFN’s needs, strengths, and vision into tangible actions.
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OurWinnipeg/SpeakUpWinnipeg
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Parkland County Environmental Conservation Master PlanParkland County’s Environmental Conservation Master Plan, Phase 1, inventories the county’s Environmentally Significant Areas (ESA’s), and outlines beneficial management practices for habitats throughout the county.
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Perspectives on Planning for Agriculture and Food Security in the CommonwealthPlanning for food security in the Commonwealth is a unique task that covers many subjects, faces many challenges, and has many inspiring opportunities for success. A number of perspectives on these challenges and opportunities are covered in this document. These topics are evolving and represent a snap-shot in time. This compilation of documents contains a top ten list of tools and strategies that any Commonwealth planner could use to move forward in planning for food security.
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Planning for Climate Change: A strategic, value-based approach for urban planners
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Planning the Digital CityThis article summarizes a keynote address that was delivered to the 1999 CIP Conference. It looks at how the global information society is reshaping urban systems, cities, towns and communities, and what planners could be doing to anticipate and respond to these radical transformations in work, living, business and urban environments. Seven "key drivers" of change are presented, thus providing a framework to help planners analyze change in their own communities. Some urban outcomes associated with these trends are described.
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PlanSJ - Saint John's new Municipal Plan
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Public Spaces, Activity and Urban Form Strategic Framework, Saskatoon City Centre Plan Phase 1
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Queen's University Campus Master PlanQueen's University Campus Master Plan is a thoughtful framework to guide the physical evolution of the university in a coordinated and strategic manner. The plan is respectful of the campus’ heritage, is considerate of the surrounding communities and aligns with the city’s goals for the area. It will connect the Main and West campuses through enhanced streetscape and make them equivalent in amenities, but not identical in design.
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Réaménagement de la place Pierre-Boucher et du parc du PlatonLa Place Pierre Boucher combines appreciation of local, social, cultural, historical and archeological features as well as social aspects in an exemplary urban design that is sympathetic to the existing context and executed in an exciting modern vernacular.
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Reclaiming Indigenous PlanningReclaiming Indigenous Planning is a varied and interesting collection of 70 essays edited by Ryan Walker, Ted Jojola, and David Natcher to capture many facets of the history and current experiences of aboriginal peoples internationally, with a focus on communities across Canada. The book assembles case studies and personal narratives to demonstrate “the critical need for Indigenous communities to reclaim control of the political, socio-cultural, economic and environmental agendas that shape their lives”.
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Region of Peel Economic Study: Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Investment Beyond 2031The Region of Peel Economic Study provides an economic model of long-range direction, and supports efforts to understand growth implications through the effective allocation of scarce resources towards potable water and wastewater infrastructure.
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Renaissance Thinkers for a Fragmented World
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Rideau Canal Multi-use Crossing
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Rural HandbookThe purpose of the Handbook is to help small Canadian communities to prepare and implement a Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCAP). The Handbook focuses on small Canadian communities3, as CIP has learned from its surveys and focus groups that there is a pressing need in these communities for assistance to address the impacts of climate change.
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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer - A Toolkit to Build Adaptive Capacity on Canada's South CoastsThe document includes an excellent glossary, summary tables, provincial legislation summaries, municipal bylaws, and extensive listed and web linked bibliography. It was a pleasure to read and review and should be within easy reach of politicians, planners, students, conservation authorities, and citizens alike.
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Shifting Gears: The Emergence of Cycle Tracks in The Canadian Urban LandscapeThe author provided a timely and relevant article articulating the emerging importance of cycle tracks as different modes of transportation increase in use and development in Canadian communities. This article clearly identifies the benefits and challenges in North American cities and should be used to better inform decisions of any future cycling infrastructure.
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Spirit Garden, Thunder Bay Waterfront
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The Business of Land Use PlanningThe capital costs of infrastructure, as well as the cost of maintenance and replacement costs, combined with a limited range of revenue generating tools, is creating challenges for many communities. As all/ land use decisions made by a community ultimately create fiscal outcomes it is critical for these decisions to consider the financial effects of development.
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The North Saanich Whole Community Agricultural Strategy
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The Old Versus the NewDuring the last decade, major government interventions shaped the urban pattern at many levels. Quality of life improved for many, but the legacy of sprawl remains. To effect change, a fundamental reordering of priorities is required, and it will be incumbent upon the planning profession to find ways to assert some influence over the tough choices that lie ahead.
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The Parklandia ProjectParklandia was conceived to introduce school-aged children to the concepts and principles of land use and municipal planning and to the planning profession as a whole. Through a three month long program, Grade six students in Parkland County, Alberta participated in the development of a project in Parklandia, a fictitious community which struggled with the competing interests of the development community, the elected officials and stakeholders.
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The Qu'Appelle Valley Integrated Tourism StrategyThe Qu’Apple Valley Integrated Tourism Strategy provides the vision for tourism development within the Qu’Apple Valley Calling Lakes Region. The relationship between the Fire Hills Qu’Apple Tribal Council, the Planning Commission and Tourism Saskatchewan provides an excellent model for engagement of First Nations in tourism planning.
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The Thompson Economic Diversification Working Group ProcessThe Thompson Economic Diversification Working Group Process reflects the power of partnership and common purpose between municipal governments, Aboriginal peoples, local business organisations and the resource sector as direct responses to the challenges of Canada’s northern urban centers and opportunities for sustainable economic growth.
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The Tower Neighbourhood Renewal Initiative
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The Urban Sprawl Debate: Myths, Realities and Hidden AgendasThis paper argues that the intense anti-sprawl rhetoric focused on suburban residential growth, especially in Toronto, is misplaced, and is driven largely by implicit agendas other than the effective management of urban development.
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Thomas AdamsAdams was born in 1871 on a dairy farm just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland, and in his early twenties he even operated a farm himself. From these agrarian roots, he went on to become a founding member of the British Town Planning Institute, founder of the Town Planning Institute of Canada and a founding member of the American City Planning Institute, forerunner of the American Institute of Planners.
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Three Books on Planning
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Town of Trinity Municipal Plan and Development Regulations
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Town of Truro Community Plan
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Township of Langley Age-friendly Strategy The Township of Langley, recognizing its aging demographic, undertook to develop an age-friendly strategy. CitySpaces Consulting Ltd. tackles the issue of aging with clear, simple actions and a progression of ideas that are easy to follow. Introduction of new engagement tactics using computers with students helping seniors was a powerful inter-generational method to compile results from its pop-up road shows.
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Transit-Supportive Guidelines
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TransLink Transit Oriented Communities Design Guidelines
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Tunney's Pasture Master Plan The Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan is implementing the federal government’s long-term vision for this major employment campus in the City of Ottawa. Based on a strategic vision, the plan identifies how future development could transform this area into a leading-edge employment centre based on mixed use and transit-friendly principles.
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UniverCity
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Urban Planning and Multiculturalism: Beyond SensitivityMulticulturalism brings up culture alongside race, class, and gender as the bases of defining differences in community needs. This paper argues that such differences should be accommodated by revising planning policies, regulations, processes and standards, and by rethinking planning principles to serve all groups fairly.
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Vision 2051
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Where Planning Meets Multiculturalism A View of Planning Practice in the Greater Toronto AreaPlanners' experience with ethno-cultural diversity in the Greater Toronto Area was identified at a one-day York University conference called Planning in a Multicultural Region. Examples illustrate how ethnicity and culture affect planning practice in a variety of ways – beyond conflicts over land use and across typical divisions within the profession. Experience suggests that planners continue to struggle with the appropriate role for ethnicity and culture in the planning process.
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Working It Out Together: Pikangikum First Nation's Community Health Needs AssessmentThis project, developed by Beringia Community Planning Inc. in association with the Pikangikum First Nation, examines a very important issue in aboriginal planning – community based health planning. Using a community development approach, the process was driven from the bottom-up allowing for capacity building and healing through planning. The approach went well beyond the identification of health needs and looked at employment, housing and governance.
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Yellowknife Smart Growth Development Plan
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