ItemPlan Canada - Volume 40, Number 2 (February - March 2000)(Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000)Social planning: Putting people first|Urbanise sociale: L'humain d'abord ItemSocial cohesion: The concept and its limits(Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000) Jenson, JaneThere is a lot of talk in policy circles these days about "social cohesion." There is, however, much less consensus about what social cohesion is, what fosters it, and how much of it we want. Despite this lack of clarity, the international policy community has recently adopted the concept with enthusiasm, using it to consider connections between economic restructuring, social change and political action. This article therefore provides a map of the basic principles informing the thinking of those who deploy the concept. In particular, it identifies five dimensions that are widely considered to be the underpinnings of social cohesion. It then moves on to an assessment of the limits, indeed the dangers, of embracing the notion with too much enthusiasm. ItemSocial planning: Mobilizing local civil society(Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000) McGrath, SusanThis paper explores the contemporary practice of social planning in Canada. In the context of a diminishing social welfare state, the momentum for planning around social issues is generated by local voluntary associations. The evolution of the practices of social planning organizations is traced from their rational roots to the participatory, interpretive and critical approaches of today. These practices are organized under three functions: community organizing, knowledge creation, and communicative action. Such local capacities are identified as crucial to the practice of citizenship in a democratic civil society. ItemPolicy planning and dispute management in the non-profit sector(Canadian Institute of Planners, 2000) Corbett, RachelThe non-profit sector in Canada presents several challenges and opportunities to professional planners interested in exploring non-traditional careers. This article describes the size and diversity of the sector, and explains its critical need of skills and tools for formulating policy, managing conflict and improving governance. The author identifies two areas where planners can make crucial contributions to this burgeoning sector of society, and encourages planners to pursue professionally rewarding opportunities outside the standard planning field.