Another way to look at Cornwallis

Edward Cornwallis stomped his way through regional council again this week. Halifax’s foundering “founder” has perhaps achieved more notoriety by way of his repeat appearances on school board meeting agendas and in council motions than by virtue of his underwhelming lead role in the establishment of a British settlement on this shore. During Cornwallis’s most […]

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Universal access, a universe of complexity

Universal access. Sure sounds great, huh? I mean, no sensible human would argue against equitable access for all to something as necessary to human dignity as a public bathroom. And neither should Halifax Regional Council. So, good news, then. This week, the city’s Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee approved a motion asking staff […]

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Insert bad Easter pun here…

It’s been one year this week since I left my job as a columnist at the Chronicle Herald. I hated leaving, and I hated the reason I had to. The upside? I got to take a break from a long-time weekly deadline (I had skipped filing only twice, I’d wager, in six-plus years). I needed the downtime. […]

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New York City’s best public bathroom?

I’m on a toilet trip this week, in part researching New York City’s public washrooms. There are three automatic pay toilets (APTs) in the five boroughs. (You read right: three toilets for a population of eight and a half million souls. I’ll get to posting an explainer later about the lack of public pay bathrooms in […]

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New Central Library (+ toilets!)

I got a chance to check out the new Halifax Central Library this morning at the presser announcing the opening date. (December 13!) I plan to spend a lot of time in that building. I’m excited for it both as an environment for work, as a space for my kids to hang out, and as a […]

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Toilets? We don’t need no stinkin’ toilets.

In researching my book so far, I’ve read several municipal planning strategy documents. (I enjoy this more than most, I suppose.) I’ve managed to interview two people this week about the lack of mention of public bathrooms in two particular strategies. One is a seniors strategy that aims, in large part, to combat social isolation. The […]

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