O Canada!: Marching to the Beat of a More Inclusive Future

Vancouver banned doorknobs. What a sensible thing to to. Let me be the first to say that this is an idea with "leverage!"


  1. Just like 'burning a CD' and 'rolling down the car window,' there may soon come a day when kids will not know the meaning of the phrase 'dumb as a doorknob.' 

    Thanks to new building code legislation, Vancouver will be the first city in Canada to ban doorknobs. In all new construction starting this March, they will be replaced with levers, International Business Times reported. The ban also extends to all faucets.
  2. Source: http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2013/11/vancouver-bans-doorknobs-as-move-toward-accessibility.html
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Business Insider Mkes the business case:

As of March 2014, all new buildings built in the city will have to include levers rather than doorknobs.

In case you are unfamiliar, this is a doorknob, and this is a door lever. If you are not in the building trade, chances are the difference between the two probably seems cosmetic. But the concept behind Vancouver's ban is simple, and makes perfect sense: Door levers are easier to open for older people, people with injuries, or people with disabilities.


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