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New Cities Alive Podcast Theme: Road Wars

July 21, 2015

Cities Alive is releasing their newest Podcast on July 21st. The upcoming “Road Wars” episode explores the major modal shifts that are taking place in our cities and chronicles the tactics and challenges city builders are facing to transform the way people move in our cities. We interview experts familiar with the development of cycling infrastructure in the bicycle mecca of The Netherlands and point to innovative and intelligent ways to rework public streets. Interviewees include Executive Director of Cycle Toronto, Jared Kolb; planner and former member of Vancouver City Council, Gordon Price; Seattle Neighborhood Greenways leader, Cathy Tuttle; Marco te Brömmelstroet of Amsterdam’s Urban Cycling Institute, and Mitra Kalita. We are reminded that in the end, cities ought to serve people and our multidimensional transportation needs and desires.
Cities Alive is a Planning and Design Centre production, located in Halifax Nova Scotia, which brings planning and development issues from around Canada and the world down to earth through storytelling. Podcast hosts are Danielle Davis and Ross Soward. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors the Canadian Institute of Planners and Nova Scotia Moves for their generous support.
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Message from the President

June 30, 2015 

The national conference in Saskatoon will be remembered as the conference where members of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) became re-engaged and ready to renew our national organization.  CIP is continuing to operate, the MCIP designation continues to exist, and all MCIPs have some significant decisions to make in the future. 
Before the AGM, members received an announcement from the outgoing Council advising of their resolution to commence the winding down of CIP. This announcement arose from concerns by CIP Council regarding: (a) ongoing challenges associated with restructuring CIP's governance elements, and (b) CIP's organizational and financial uncertainty which arose because of an inability to agree on a sustainable funding model to support CIP's operations.
At the CIP AGM in Saskatoon, the assembled membership engaged CIP Council in a thorough, extensive and frank dialogue on these challenging matters.
The following Motion was passed at the AGM on June 29, 2015:
That the membership inform Council that they reject the outgoing Council's position in their last-minute communiqué, and direct Council to work with the members and affiliates to reinvigorate CIP as a national organization.
A further, positive outcome of the AGM is that a Task Force, co-chaired by CIP members Jennifer Keesmaat MCIP RPP and Kelley Moore MCIP RPP, has been created to advise Council about how to renew our national organization. CIP Council and the newly struck Task Force will undertake further communication, meaningful engagement and extensive discussion with CIP's membership throughout this process.

I wish to emphasize that no substantial change to CIP can be undertaken without a vote by CIP's national membership.
In closing, please note that CIP continues to operate and the MCIP designation remains in effect. I wish to thank the previous Council for its hard work over the course of a very challenging year.  I look forward to working with the new Council as we work to renew the Institute.


Hazel Christy MCIP, RPP

Message from the President

June 19, 2015

It is with great regret that I announce today the departure of our Executive Director Massimo Bergamini effective Friday, June 26.


Massimo joined CIP with a vision of the organization's future role and place that he now believes may not be readily attainable.  While we disagree, we respect his decision to terminate his role so that the organization may quickly turn the page and get on with the important tasks ahead.


I want to thank Massimo for his honesty and integrity; his advice will inform our future deliberations. 


Michael Gordon, MCIP, RPP

President, Canadian Institute of Planners 

Get Ready for Great Places in Canada 2015!

CIP is proud to present the 5th annual Great Places in Canada contest. We are looking forward to a fun and exciting summer of discovery as new places are entered into the contest across the nation. Visit to find out more.