Nova Scotia Justice Department has no accessible washroom: minister

Nova Scotia's justice minister has revealed the building that houses her department doesn't have a properly accessible washroom, even as her bureaucrats are re-drafting the province's proposed accessibility legislation.

Diana Whalen says she was shocked to learn the government-leased Joseph Howe building was renovated two years ago without an accessible washroom that will meet new requirements.

She says she has authorized an expenditure of $27,000 to build a new washroom on one floor in the building.

Whalen says the problem highlights the need to find out what's needed for other government buildings.

She says the re-worked accessibility bill will be tabled when the legislature opens next week.

Bill 59 was delayed last fall after heavy criticism from the groups it was supposed to help.