Should we provide free public washrooms?


CBC News
#1
A Winnipeg architect says his latest project is making a big difference in his neighbourhood: he's given people who live on the streets near his inner-city office a place to relieve themselves.
Wins Bridgman recently moved his firm to a renovated building at the corner of Higgins Avenue and Main Street. He noticed a strong smell of urine in the area, where homeless people who live or spend time had no access to a toilet.
Bridgman wanted the city to build public washrooms near his firm, but says the city encountered some logistical problems.
So he and the Downtown Business Improvement Zone set up two portable toilets on the corner. A few weeks later, he said, the difference is noticeable.
It cost $700 to rent the two portable loos for three months, including the cost of biweekly cleaning, Bridgman said, a cost he considers well worth the result.
Police and BIZ patrollers check the restrooms regularly to ensure they aren't being used for illegal activity, he said.
Should we provide free public washrooms?


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dfrizzy
#2
I agree to free washrooms! So many times I've been taking the TTC and had to go so bad. Unfortunately there are only a few Subway stations that have them.
 
darkbeaver
#3
Yes, we could all use the washrooms at the CBC when we're in town.
 
quandary121
#4
Yea why not ,it is not possible to control your bladder ,and unless you want to see people urinating in public because of a natural act of the body to let go ,then why not ,i must just add that in Europe they do not have public loos, and you have to pay or enter restaurants or bars to be able to access them, and still you have to pay ,here in England there are many public loos ,i have noticed that they have started charging for there use ,and in my opinion this is wrong .
 
Ron in Regina
#5
$700 for three months rental? That's a fantastic deal! We went to rent a couple
for a weekend a couple of years ago, and they wanted $500 for two (a Men's &
a Women's) for the weekend, including delivery and pick up.

Well...for much less than that, we built our own...and they're permanent and
skiddable once it's time to move them...way roomier than those plastic phone
booths that happen to have a toilet in them. The Woman's has a set of
cupboards (doubles as a changing station for the young ones) and the Men's even
has a urinal.

 
Praxius
#6
Unless they change the laws so that we all can crap and pee anywhere we please, then public washrooms should be available at decent distances from one another.

Everybody's gotta crap and pee, and if you're homeless, this doesn't change this fact, and if everybody else wants to have a pleasent smell that doesn't remind them of the homeless around them and they can live their lives without dicomforting smells, then give them washrooms.
 
dfrizzy
#7
Uhh, Great! Can't wait to see this downtown Toronto!
 
Zan
#8
It seems the height of human greed and stupidity to charge for such a basic human necessity. What's next? Charging for air?
 
dfrizzy
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Zan View Post

It seems the height of human greed and stupidity to charge for such a basic human necessity. What's next? Charging for air?

Well sure! Why not? We are already charged outrageous amounts for water. However I wouldn't care if I had to pay a quarter to take a dump.
 
quandary121
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post


Hey Ron in Regina shouldn't the LOCKS be on the inside.???
 
Ron in Regina
#11
There are locks inside and out. Inside for when someone is inside, and outside
'cuz out here on the Prairies we have wind that would rip the doors off if given
half a chance. I would also like to see these on the steet corners in Toronto. I'm
sure we could ship them the plans (for a consultants fee). Finding a couple of holes
to plant them over would be a problem fr the City of Toronto, or Winnipeg, or
anyone else who's interested.
 
thomaska
#12
Nice flag..shouldnt that be a maple leaf tho? Thought this was happening in Canada...

Next, all you need is George Michael fellating strangers, then you can be like Qua...oops i mean George Michael....
 
darkbeaver
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post

$700 for three months rental? That's a fantastic deal! We went to rent a couple
for a weekend a couple of years ago, and they wanted $500 for two (a Men's &
a Women's) for the weekend, including delivery and pick up.

Well...for much less than that, we built our own...and they're permanent and
skiddable once it's time to move them...way roomier than those plastic phone
booths that happen to have a toilet in them. The Woman's has a set of
cupboards (doubles as a changing station for the young ones) and the Men's even
has a urinal.

The cresent moon should only be on the womens potty.
 
Ron in Regina
#14
[quote=thomaska;984538]Nice flag..shouldnt that be a maple leaf tho? Thought this was happening in Canada...

The Canadian Flag usually fly's on the Woman's side, but being a family function,
it was being used when I took the picture (long story). Didn't realize how rough the
American flag had gotten 'till you pointed it out. Tough climate. We'll have to replace
it in the spring.
 
Ron in Regina
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

The cresent moon should only be on the womens potty.

Really? Too late now I guess. Where does one learn that type of thing anyway?
 
dancing-loon
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

The cresent moon should only be on the womens potty.

Don't you guys get it? It's for Muslims only!!
 
Risus
#17
This thread has gone down the crapper....
 
lone wolf
#18
In Toronto? You'll have the basement rented out by nightfall....
 
Scott Free
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by CBC News View Post

Should we provide free public washrooms?

Who is "we?"

How do you turn this story about corporate solution to a stinky mess into a socialist debate?

Yes, companies that don't want to smell like p!ss should provide toilets to the homeless people surrounding their little empire.

If I have to pay for any of them I will make it my lifes work to destroy as many as I can.

Have a day.
 
quandary121
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott Free View Post


If I have to pay for any of them I will make it my lifes work to destroy as many as I can.

Have a day.

ScottFree i love this answer "to destroy as many as I can. If I have to pay for any of them" fantastic lol
 
Scott Free
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by quandary121 View Post

ScottFree i love this answer "to destroy as many as I can. If I have to pay for any of them" fantastic lol

I pay a lot of taxes and I have no qualms about destroying things I own.
 
Unforgiven
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott Free View Post

I pay a lot of taxes and I have no qualms about destroying things I own.

You don't own it. You own a share of the pie not the whole thing. So in effect you are destroying everyone's share of the pie along with yours. So it is I must as, who the hell do you think you are wrecking our stuff that we pay for out of our hard earned money?
 
Praxius
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by quandary121 View Post

Hey Ron in Regina shouldn't the LOCKS be on the inside.???

Well where's the fun in having it on the inside if you can't lock them in and then knock the whole thing over?
 
Praxius
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by thomaska View Post

Nice flag..shouldnt that be a maple leaf tho? Thought this was happening in Canada...

Next, all you need is George Michael fellating strangers, then you can be like Qua...oops i mean George Michael....

If you're going to make petty insults on people making more money then you, at least you could do is get it right.... George flashed a police officer in a bathroom stall, and was caught fondling some guy in the bushes..... but not giving someone a BJ.

Geez.... talk about ruining what could have been a good joke
 
karrie
#25
Tax dollars provide free public washrooms in lots of places here. The busiest parks have portajohns. Street festivals and the like have portajohns. It's basic public sanitation. Much cheaper to put in a portajohn and pay for that than to pay someone to pick up human feces. It's pricey to hire someone for that illustrious task, given that it's considered biohazard. I wish that the sorts of petty criminals who vandalize these things would get that through their skulls.
 
quandary121
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by Praxius View Post

knock the whole thing over?

By the looks of it that wouldn't take to much to do either.
 
Praxius
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post

Really? Too late now I guess. Where does one learn that type of thing anyway?

I was sort of wondering the same thing..... flag positions, moons, locks, where what should go where..... frig people..... you take a dump in them and don't pee on the seat.... what more rules are required?
 
Praxius
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by Unforgiven View Post

You don't own it. You own a share of the pie not the whole thing. So in effect you are destroying everyone's share of the pie along with yours. So it is I must as, who the hell do you think you are wrecking our stuff that we pay for out of our hard earned money?

Indeed.... I say we get a nation-wide lynch mob on his arse and break he legz
 
Praxius
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post

Tax dollars provide free public washrooms in lots of places here. The busiest parks have portajohns. Street festivals and the like have portajohns. It's basic public sanitation. Much cheaper to put in a portajohn and pay for that than to pay someone to pick up human feces. It's pricey to hire someone for that illustrious task, given that it's considered biohazard. I wish that the sorts of petty criminals who vandalize these things would get that through their skulls.

Here in Nova Scotia, we have the Royal Flush.... Ooooooo.... sounds fancy, smells the same though.
 
Scott Free
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by Unforgiven View Post

You don't own it. You own a share of the pie not the whole thing. So in effect you are destroying everyone's share of the pie along with yours. So it is I must as, who the hell do you think you are wrecking our stuff that we pay for out of our hard earned money?

Like hell I don't!!! That money was stolen from me and used to buy crap I neither want nor asked for. I can in full good conscious destroy anything held as common property. I am the victim of a horrible crime and am being held prisoner by a political system I neither advocate or asked for.

If you feel otherwise that's your problem. I am a free man whatever my captors may say.
 

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