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We Need To Talk About Privately Owned Public Space

The end of my PhD is in sight. I think. I've got a year of funding left, and I'm very motivated to complete within that timeframe. Accordingly, I'm racing to finish my experiments so that I can get into the thick of dissertation writing. For those who aren't familiar with my research, I study the … Continue reading We Need To Talk About Privately Owned Public Space

Share the Road. Actually.

In January, I agreed to go on a local radio show after a months of tiresome back and forth on Twitter with the radio host. The majority of our online debates centred around how cities should function, from sidewalk snow clearance to cycling infrastructure. I figured an in-person conversation could be more productive, and perhaps … Continue reading Share the Road. Actually.

Sidewalk Snow Clearance is a Human Rights Issue

Another winter, another raging debate in my city about who should take responsibility for sidewalk snow clearance. Currently, residents are expected to clear their own sidewalks. Most of the people who are arguing against city sponsored sidewalk snow clearance are able bodied, so I imagine that it is easy for them to take this position. … Continue reading Sidewalk Snow Clearance is a Human Rights Issue

How Winter Cycling Saved My Mental Health

Who in their right mind rides a bike in the cold? Well, it turns out that riding a bike in the winter can actually help keep the mind “right”. It certainly did for me. Winter has always been challenging for me. I experience seasonal affective disorder, which amplifies the depression I normally deal with. With … Continue reading How Winter Cycling Saved My Mental Health

Building A Happy City May Be Easier Than You Think

Do you live in a city? Do you reflect on how it makes you feel? I do. I’m actually doing my PhD in cognitive neuroscience examining that exact topic. I chose to spend 5 years in grad school exploring this issue because of my frontline work as a mental health occupational therapist. Occupational therapists look … Continue reading Building A Happy City May Be Easier Than You Think

Moving Meditation: How Riding A Bike Can Keep You Grounded

I’ve been trying to meditate more. It’s not a New Year’s Resolution. It’s a necessity. I think too much. Partly because my PhD requires it. But, a lot of my “thinking” is actually just worrying. Often about things I can do nothing about. It’s always been this way for me. I’ve learned to “cope” with … Continue reading Moving Meditation: How Riding A Bike Can Keep You Grounded

#QuickWins4KW

It's been a few weeks since the municipal election and I'm ready to start talking about how we can get to work.  I'm excited to see what the new councils for the City of Waterloo, City of Kitchener and Region of Waterloo can do to make our community safer, healthier and happier. This January, I'll … Continue reading #QuickWins4KW

Flipping the Bird: On the Need to Slow Our Roll on Dockless E-Scooters

I was walking down a sidewalk in Madrid, deep in thought, reflecting on a full day of exploring the city, when I looked up and saw someone riding a LimeBike e-scooter in my direction at full speed. I quickly jumped out of the way to avoid collision. It was jarring, to say the least. I … Continue reading Flipping the Bird: On the Need to Slow Our Roll on Dockless E-Scooters

The Kids Are All Right…About Cities

This past April, I gave a talk and ran a workshop at the Modeshift Conference in Winnipeg. The workshop was an experiment of sorts. When Anders Swanson first reached out to me to speak at the conference, he communicated he wanted to avoid a "typical" conference, where participants were talked at, but rather where participants... … Continue reading The Kids Are All Right…About Cities

Sharing Isn’t Caring: Shifting Gears on Shared Responsibility

We need to change the conversation on shared responsibility. This became glaringly clear to me recently, when I came across a social media campaign run by the Waterloo Regional Police, called #CareToShare. When I first saw the educational video pop up on my Twitter feed, I was excited to see what they had come up … Continue reading Sharing Isn’t Caring: Shifting Gears on Shared Responsibility