When American planners tend to think of planning north of the border, they think of vibrant central cities, dense urban development, outstanding urban containment, decent public transportation, and stable racially and ethnically diverse communities. What they don't think of is this:
Yikes! Nerudite posted some suburban Edmonton photos in the Worst Case Scenario gallery a while back, and they don't look much different. It looks like all the portable signs that were banned in the US migrated north of the border.
Toronto apparently has its own problems with illegal billboards.
This site is updated almost daily, unfortunately.
I haven't heard much from Canada about their use form-based codes, design and architectural regulations, very strict sign codes (it seems like pylon signs are still the rule), access management, or other planning techniques that are gaining a lot of traction in the US.
So, planners in Canuckistan: what's going on up there? Tell us what's state-of-the-art north of the border.