Canadian planners join in World Town Planning Day celebrations

    OTTAWA, Nov. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's urban, rural and regional planning
professionals will join planners worldwide on November 8th, 2007 in
celebrating World Town Planning Day, to raise awareness of how urban and
regional planning helps to build healthy and vibrant communities. In Canada,
celebrations are being coordinated under the theme "Responding to Changing
Climates". The Canadian Institute of Planners and its Affiliate associations
are collaborating in their efforts to mark World Town Planning Day by
providing materials and encouraging members to organize local events and
activities highlighting their profession while providing an opportunity for
communities to showcase the achievements that sound planning has on the
health, quality of life and future of our communities.

    "World Town Planning Day, celebrated around the globe each November 8th,
    provides an opportunity for communities, large and small, to showcase the
    achievements of excellence in community planning," says CIP President
    Blake Hudema, MCIP. "This year's theme is "Responding to Changing
    Climates" reminding us that in order to create more liveable and
    sustainable communities within our environment, we must act responsibly
    at the grass-roots, local level. As planners we are proud to remain on
    the forefront of guiding our communities' futures through planned and
    unplanned events."

    Moreover, depending where you live, planners' work can also influence
many aspects of local life that are specific to your municipality. In some
communities, agricultural matters, preservation of heritage buildings,
waterfront development, or the protection of wildlife and natural environments
may be of particular importance.

    The Canadian Institute of Planners is the national voice of Canada's
urban planning profession. Since 1919, CIP has been dedicated to the
advancement of responsible planning throughout Canada. In its capacity as the
national professional institute and certification body for the planning
profession, CIP addresses the issues of professional standards and public
policy, both domestically and globally, related to planning and
planning-related issues. CIP ensures that its some 6800 members follow
professional standards, a code of ethics, and code of conduct, while offering
support, services, networking, education and special resources tailored to the
professional development of planners.

    CIP's Affiliates provide a wide range of member services at the
grassroots level, including conferences, workshops, newsletters, social
events, and ensuring compliance with professional standards.

    The international organization for World Town Planning Day was founded in
1949 by the late Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of
Buenos Aires. His aim was to promote public and professional interest in
planning, both at home and overseas.

For further information:

For further information: Kira Pejemsky, Communications Coordinator,
Canadian Institute of Planners, (613) 237-7526, (800) 207-2138, Fax: (613)

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