Vancouver's controversial doorknob ban
Vancouver's city council has banned doorknobs, in favour of levered door handles, in a bid to improve accessibility for the handicapped.
By Steve Payne
In Toronto, there’s a doorknob in the mayor’s office, but in Vancouver, city council has banned the common doorknob in single family homes and townhomes, effective March 2014. The ban, which was part of building bylaw amendments two months ago, didn’t get much national publicity until yesterday. The goal of the amendments was to improve accessibility for the handicapped – which intelligent citizens will support. Whether this particular measure was necessary is being widely questioned – but there’s even talk of extending this ban across Canada. Wow.
The National Post’s columnist Brian Hutchinson has a negative view of the legislation here.