Urban Policy Issues: Canadian Perspectives, Second Edition, provides a unique introductory survey of the range of policy fields for which local governments are responsible--policies that are important because they define how local governments interact with their citizens. As far as citizensare concerned, the policies that local governments adopt are the 'face' of local government. The first chapters of the text outline the various contexts within which urban public policies are made, including demographics, finance, and governance structures. Each of the remaining chapters covers a particular policy area, ranging from transportation, housing and development, and education toleisure and culture, environmental issues, and public health. Every chapter of this second edition has been written specifically for this book, presenting material up-to-date to the end of the twentieth century and anticipating the concerns of the twenty-first.