In the Canadian professional planning community, there are few honours higher than election as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Today, at the National Conference in Quebec City, a few locals (and friends of Price Tags) received the honour and should be duly celebrated. Michael von Hausen, Eric Vance, and Frank Ducote are all Metro Vancouver-based planners and urban designers who have made, and continue to make a huge contribution to making our region a better place, as well as educating a new generation of emerging practitioners.

On a personal note, I have gotten to know Frank well over the past years. I have learned, and continue to learn, heaps from Frank and consider him one of the sharpest and most talented urbanists in our region. And many of you will know him from his contributions to the Price Tags comment threads. Frank is ‘someone I respect’ (one of my highest honours) and I am thrilled to see Frank, and the rest, receive this well-deserved honour.