Robin Mazumder

Occupational Therapist, Educator, Community Builder

Recent Blog Posts

The Kids Are All Right…About Cities
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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 wer...
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Sharing Isn’t Caring: Shifting Gears on Shared Responsibility
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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...
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Aiming for Bare Minimum: Why Cycletrack Networks Are the Only Way Forward
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This past January, I finished my first year on the City of Kitchener’s Cycling and Trails Advisory Committee. And I was considering quitting. Like many volunteers on city committees everywhere, I had a full plate of other responsibilities and commitments. Time was a precious commodity, and ...
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Street Smarts: Common Sense and the Smart City
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Street Smarts: Common Sense and the Smart City
Across Canada, we’re seeing municipalities putting their best foot forward with some great ideas for the federal government’s Smart Cities Challenge. I think it’s quite exciting. I have long advocated for data-driven city building, especially as it pertains to active transportat...
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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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