We would like to recognize the passing earlier this week of Mr. Peter Oberlander, one of Vancouver's finest sons. Peter was Canada's first ever professor of urban and regional planning. It was the last City Council's final act to give Oberlander the Civic Merit Award, one of the highest honours the city can bestow.
Oberlander was revered within the planning community for his professional and considerable community work. He and his wife Cornelia both became Officers of the Order of Canada.
During the 1960s Peter chaired Vancouver's Town Planning Commission (later Vancouver City Planning Commission), and will be remembered for his resignation from that post. That act of protest effectively put the debate about downtown freeway development into the public spotlight, and Vancouver will be forever in his debt for this.