Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

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Plan Canada Award

In 1997, the Plan Canada Awards were introduced to recognize the best short and feature articles published in Plan Canada the preceding year. These articles are evaluated by the Plan Canada Awards committee and judged according to: the extent to which the article serves the needs and interests of Plan Canada readers; writing style and clarity; good journalism (including insight, imagination, depth of reporting and analysis); and demonstrated leadership and innovation.

 

A Roadmap to Independence: The K'ómoks First Nation’s Proactive Approach to Sustainable Land Managem

2017
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Dr. Pamela Shaw and Patricia Collins

This article is clearly written and features an integrated planning process that builds on the past to move ideas into action. A participatory process that used an array of unique consultation activities tailored to the community to understand its needs and aspirations and to bring its story to life. The resulting planning tools assist with decision-making, provide recommendations on processes for engaging in productive, respectful and meaningful discussions, and ensure development occurs in a sustainable manner. Together, they are an outstanding example of proactively planning and managing sensitive lands.



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The Cart before the Horse: Policy Perspectives on Farm Parcel Creation

2016
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Bryce Sharpe, M.Sc. (Planning) & Wayne Caldwell, PhD, RPP, MCIP

The Cart before the Horse:  Policy Perspectives on Farm Parcel Creation on Mennonite Farms is a referred article that provides unique research on a niche topic. The article presents information that could influence other areas of planning. The article presents a model of farming and planning policy that allows for a return to more sustainable and environmentally sound farming practices, all with consideration to culture.



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Communities and the Streets Residents Live On, Linking Neighbourhood Character to Zoning

2016
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Elizabeth Desmarais, MCIP, RPP and Alain Miguelez, MCIP, RPP

Communities and the Streets Residents Live On, Linking Neighbourhood Character to Zoning touches on a timely issue for planners that has transferability to other parts of Canada. The article delves into the City of Ottawa’s Streetscape Character Analysis, a response to an Ontario Municipal Board Order, which prescribes zoning approaches for urban residential infill. The article excels at addressing the subjective topic of aesthetics versus the character of a neighbourhood. 



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Cycling Through Winter

2015
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Cara Fisher

Cycling Through Winter presents a good discussion on the cycling experiences and path maintenance issues across a number of winter cities. An emerging topic for planners today, as demand for cycling infrastructure grows, the article featured clear and concise graphics, was well organized and offered readers thorough recommendations on the inclusion of alternative transportation in urban centers. The author also provides a good comparison on how other winter cities across the globe are adapting their designs for four season use.



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Leveraging Transit Investment to Shape the Community: Waterloo Region’s Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy

2015
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Kevin Curtis, MCIP, RPP and Melanie Hare, MCIP, RPP

Leveraging Transit Investment to Shape the Community clearly summarizes the Community Building Strategy’s forward-thinking Planning process and efforts to bring improved transit to Ontario’s Waterloo Region. The article content on the interim conditions and projected future of the region’s transit was enhanced through the images and graphics provided by the authors. The article offered readers relevant takeaway information on the extensive community engagement processes required for such a broad reaching and long range plan, as well as municipality collaboration to identify common interests and align policy decisions to better implement a grand vision that extends beyond political boundaries. 



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Investing in New York's Future. Affordable Rental Housing in Mixed Income Projects.

2014
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Dr. Sasha Tsenkova PHD, MCIP, RPP

Dr. 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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Shifting Gears: The Emergence of Cycle Tracks in The Canadian Urban Landscape

2014
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Brian Patterson, MCIP, RPP

The article provides a thorough and illustrative presentation of the link between cycling and the built environment in Canadian cities. The authors use a mix of statistics and real case examples in an interesting and meaningful manner to illustrate best bicycle infrastructure planning practices. The invaluable content of the article will undoubtedly help Canadian planning researchers and practitioners refine their thinking about cycling infrastructures.



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A Tale of Two Suburbs: The Physical Plan and its Implications for Active Transportation

2013
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Jeffrey Ward, MCIP, LPP



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Planning vs. Human Rights? The Case of Minimum Separation Distances

2013
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Lilith Finkler, PhD



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A Virtuous Circle: How Transportation Demand Management Transformed UBC

2012
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Andrew Jackson, MPD



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The North Saanich Whole Community Agricultural Strategy

2012
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Robert Buchan, MA, FCIP



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Renaissance Thinkers for a Fragmented World

2011
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Dr. Pierre Filion, MCIP, RPP



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Three Books on Planning

2011
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Joe Berridge, FCIP, RPP



Green with Incentives: Supporting Sustainable Infrastructure and Development

2010
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Carla Stewart, MCIP



Toronto’s Green Roof Policy and Rooftop Food Production.

2010
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Penny Kaill-Vinish



The Print Media and Planning

2009
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
R. Christopher Edey



Renewable Energy: Exploring Options for Farmers, Rural Landowners, and Rural Communities

2009
Category:catégorie : Recognition Award / Prix de reconnaissance
Sarah-Patricia Breen



Canada in the Urban World

2008
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Geoffrey Batzel, MCIP & Daniel Haufschild MCIP



A Reader in Canadian Planning - Linking Theory and Practice

2008
Category:catégorie : Recognition Award / Prix de reconnaissance
Dr. Jill Grant FCIP



The Creative City

2007
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Joe Berridge, FCIP



Some Great Thing

2007
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Book review by John Steil FCIP



Rethinking the Public Interest as a Planning Concept

2006
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Dr. Jill Grant, MCIP



American Planning Association (APA) Policy Guide on Homelessness

2006
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Book review by Dr. Rae Bridgman MCIP



Moving Forward in Canadian Communities: Soliloquy of an Urbanist

2005
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Larry Beasley CM, FCIP



How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl and the Road not Taken by Alex Marshall

2005
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Book review by Ken O'Brien MCIP



Keynote address: Sustainable Cities

2004
Category:catégorie : Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Judith Maxwell CM



Land Use and Transportation / Utilisation des sols et transport: The View from '56, Thoughts on the

2003
Category:catégorie : Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Gordon Price



The Urban Sprawl Debate: Myths, Realities and Hidden Agendas

2002
Category:catégorie : Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Dr. Larry S. Bourne MCIP, RPP



Immigration and the Changing Social Geography of Large Canadian Cities

2001
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Dr. David Ley & Annick Germain



Telling Stories to the Future: Integrative Approaches to Planning for the New Millennium

2001
Category:catégorie : Short Article of the Year / Article de l'année
Dr. Doug Aberley MCIP



Can Planning Save the Suburbs

1999
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Dr. Jill Grant MCIP



Canadian Regional Planning at 50: Growing pains

1998
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Dr. Ira Robinson FCIP & Gerald Hodge



The Shape of the Information City: Understanding the impacts of the information revolution on city form

1998
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Pamela Blais MCIP, RPP



From Prophecy to Profit / De la prophétie au profit

1998
Category:catégorie : Departmental Article of the Year
Theresa Baxter MCIP ACP & Gae VanSiri MCIP, ACP



CityPlan: Participation or Abdication?

1997
Category:catégorie : Feature Article of the Year / Article de fond de l'année
Michael Seelig & Julie Seelig



Review: Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits: Great Cities of North America since 1600

1997
Category:catégorie : Departmental Article of the Year
James T. Lemon, Reviewed by Len Gertler FCIP