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July 16, 2018

Grandfather is alive and well

This restaurant, Lemon Grass, has a nice accessible entrance on the left:


Last year it became Man Bean, and the accessible entrance was renovated out  of existence.  Man Bean, which gets nice reviews,  now has a portable ramp.


Going from a nicely accessible entrance to make-do is exactly the reverse of what should be happening.

Just as a guess, the renovations didn't have to meet accessibility standards because of some combination of exceptions: change-of-use, square footage and building age.  But going backwards is a new phenomenon and seems just plain wrong.

"We're all out of lobster, so we brought you a peanut butter sandwich"



July 10, 2018

More HRC numbers

At the end of last week's excellent article on the Human Rights Board of Inquiry, CBC reporter Shaina Luck published data about the workload at the Human Rights Commission.  
In the 9 years since 2008, the HRC accepted 1,058 complaints and closed 1160 of them. Are they so efficient that complaints are closed even before they're filed?
Ms. Luck evidently asked for clarification but received no response.
It could work if the HRC began 2008 with a backlog of 102 unresolved and unreported complaints.
More likely is that even arithmetic is a challenge for the HRC. It would be comical if it wasn't alarming and a bit offensive. They're so busy dismissing complaints that they can't be bothered making the effort to keep even simple records.
Even for me, who has a jaundiced view of the HRC, this doesn't rise to the level of a hangin' offense. But it's careless and sloppy.

We should expect better.

July 9, 2018

Contronyms

More on last week's Human Rights Hearing.


Further to yesterday's post about "convenient" meaning "optimal to avoid food contamination" we have been alerted to another instance of Govspeak. In this case, the Government of Nova Scotia maintains that the inspection and licensing of restaurants is not a "service".

In the Food Safety Regulations, the word "service" is used in a straightforward and familiar manner:
Inspection services
17 (1) The Administrator may establish the frequency of inspections.
That simple declarative sentence is turned on its head in the province's argument:
"The Complainants cite no case law in support of the proposition that enforcement of regulations is a “service” within the meaning of the Act."
Come again?  The regulations say inspection is a service.

The government missed the grand opportunity to say "the inspection and licensing of restaurants is not a "service" because we do it incorrectly.  Therefore it is a "disservice"".

Now there's an argument I can accept!