Paul Vienneau

This week we speak with inclusivity activist Paul Vienneau about his short film, Alive Day, his attempts to make the businesses in his neighbourhood more accessible, and why he’s known as the Asshole With A Shovel.

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Also, the city releases its sunshine list. No surprise that former CAO Richard Butts is tops when it comes to remuneration. Dalhousie University ponies up nearly $300k to send a handful Nova Scotia ‘elite’ (including billionaire seafood magnate John Risley, referred to by the Globe & Mail as ‘the northern Rockefeller‘) to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to hone their skills at … I dunno, entrepreneurship? Innovation? Innovaneurship?

Finally, the African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia (AUBA) has called for a boycott of the Sobeys grocery store chain, unless the corporation admits it has an ongoing problem with racial discrimination.

(Ed. note: on the podcast we incorrectly mentioned Dalhousie University President Richard Florizone as being on Halifax’s sunshine list. He’s not, obviously. We also referred to John Risley as a ‘fatcat.’ He’s actually neither a feline nor overweight. Our apologies.)

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  1. I have wondered why the ramp into City Centre Atlantic was removed when Fireside and Tom’s Little Havana moved in and built steps to get into both venues. City officials seem to have no clue about requiring new facilities to be accessible. Secondly why do they require accessible parking spots in parking garages but don’t require that the doors to access the garage be accessible.