Robin Mazumder

Occupational Therapist, Educator, Community Builder

Recent Blog Posts

Abominable Snow Maintenance and its Implications on Community Accessibility
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Abominable Snow Maintenance and its Implications on Community Accessibility
When I was a community-based occupational therapist, a worry would come over me in late Autumn as I felt the change of the air on my skin. I knew that Winter would bring with it challenges for the clients I served in my role on a complex needs community support team. The term “complex needs...
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2017: Year in Review (and tweets)
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2017: Year in Review (and tweets)
What. A. Year. While by all accounts 2017 was nothing short of a dumpster fire (largely credited to he who shall remain nameless), on a personal level it will go down as one of my most favourite years yet. Academically, it was an interesting year, completing two experiments that gave me more insi...
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A City That Works For Everyone: Reflections on the Necessity of an Intersectional Urbanism
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A City That Works For Everyone: Reflections on the Necessity of an Intersectional Urbanism
In the last few weeks, people have been discussing the issue of diversity in urbanism. At the recent CanU conference, there was an all-white all-male panel that got people talking. What happened at CanU isn’t uncommon; many urbanist conferences and often have a lack of gender and racial div...
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Shame, Blame and the City Building Game: Moving Forward With the Way We Move
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I returned from Burning Man a few days ago. Similarly to last year, I’ve come back inspired – and somewhat tired. My week in Black Rock City was admittedly a lot tougher this year. It was oppressively hot, which took a toll on my energy to explore the expansive pop-up city. But, while...
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Build A City I Can Be Proud Of: How Urban Design Impacts Civic Pride
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Build A City I Can Be Proud Of: How Urban Design Impacts Civic Pride
Cities serious about cultivating civic pride and building their brand need to recognize how urban design can detract from their efforts. The best ambassadors for a city are its citizens, and so it would make sense that their ability to speak positively about it would be influenced by their experi...
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Prescription: Bike Lanes
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Prescription: Bike Lanes
Some context: I am writing this blog post after spending three weeks travelling around Europe visiting numerous cities, including urbanist mecca Copenhagen. I had the privilege of experiencing the delight of biking the complete streets of that glorious city. So, I’ve returned to Canada feel...
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More Than Books: Libraries as Catalysts for Healthy Urban Transformation
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Over the past few months, I’ve had the honour to serve as Guest Librarian with the Kitchener Public Library. Guest Librarians are invited by KPL to bring new ideas and to act as ambassadors for the library within their communities. During my tenure, I chose to focus on healthy cities. Speci...
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Canada 150: Shifting From Celebration to Reflection
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Canada 150: Shifting From Celebration to Reflection
I can still remember the moment I got down and kissed Canadian soil. It was tarmac, actually. I’d been travelling for 45 hours from northern Russia to my home of Victoria, BC. I spent that summer with my best friend (both of has having just graduated with our bachelor’s degrees) runni...
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Put Yourself In Our Shoes: Using Empathy to Build Walkable Cities
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Put Yourself In Our Shoes: Using Empathy to Build Walkable Cities
About a year ago, I wrote a post about how urban design can impact a person’s sense of dignity. The issue has been on my mind regularly since. I think about it every day, actually. My research involves understanding how people perceive urban environments. A study I wrapped up this semester ...
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On Multiculturalism in Canada: It’s Time To Practice What We Preach
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On Multiculturalism in Canada: It’s Time To Practice What We Preach
So, yesterday was pretty much a write off for me, as I suspect it was for many. Our neighbours to the south voted in a fascist for president, and the reality of what that truly meant was quickly setting in. I reflected about what this victory meant for women, people of colour, people with disabil...
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