Plan Canada - Vol 39 No 5 (1999)

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    Plan Canada - Volume 39, Number 5 (November 1999)
    (Canadian Institute of Planners, 1999-11)
    A sampling of this year's CIP conference|Une sélection du dernier congrèsd de l'ICU
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    (Canadian Institute of Planners, 1999-11)
    Table of contents for Plan Canada - Volume 39, Number 5 (November 1999).
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    Planning the digital city
    (Canadian Institute of Planners, 1999-11) Blais, Pamela
    This 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. Finally, suggestions are put forward regarding the ways in which planners should respond to the changes, in order to take advantage of the many opportunities presented by the global information society, and to mitigate potential problems.
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    The urban tsunami: A role for Canadian planners
    (Canadian Institute of Planners, 1999-11) Harcourt, Mike
    During the 1999 CIP Conference in Montreal, I presented two initiatives. The first of these was the Sustainable Cities Initiative of the National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy, an initiative which I chaired from 1997 to early 1999. The second was the Georgia-Puget Basin project, which involves a number of activities focused on a "smart growth" strategy and action plan for the immensely challenging geographic area encompassing Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle. In this article, I will give brief descriptions of these two exciting strategic activities involving urban sustainability. I will then show how they are linked, and conclude with a challenge to Canadian planners to help create a practitioner-friendly approach to urban sustainability both at home and abroad. As we approach the twenty-first century -the first truly urban century, when more people will live in cities than in the countryside- there are huge opportunities for Canadian planners and business people to do good and do well.
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    Maintaining the balance: Growth and stability in Barbados
    (Canadian Institute of Planners, 1999-11) Gabor, Andrea; Blake, Ron
    In 1997, the Government of Barbados commissioned Urban Strategies, in association with a team of Canadian, British and Barbadian Consultants, to undertake a comprehensive land-use study of the island. A new land-use plan, a national park development plan, an environmental management plan, a GIS-based mapping system, and the reorganization of the Town and Country Planning Office, were integral components of the study. This article describes some of the main challenges that Canadian planners can face when working in a foreign country: short learning curves, unfamiliar planning systems, different attitudes to the environment, and the role of the public in the planning process. Many of the challenges we faced - urban sprawl, automobile congestion, the loss of agricultural land, a rapidly growing middle class, and the lure of the suburban dream - were familiar, but unexpected. The article concludes that the Barbadian context emphasizes the importance of bringing the concepts of sustainable development to the forefront of the planning process. While the differences between Canada and Barbados are obvious, many of the planning techniques and strategies used in this study are appropriate to both countries.