Automated Outdoor Public Toilets

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Jt
(December 12, 2021)
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Throughout the pandemic, there has been a noticeable increase of fecal matter, both human and canine, littering the sidewalks of Toronto. I commend the City for providing portable toilets as a quick, temporary solution during the lockdowns. However, a permanent solution is necessary as we invite office workers to return downtown and as tourism picks up. Therefore, I propose the City install automated public toilets like in Vancouver.

Benefits to automated public toilets include:

  • Available 24 hours, 365 days of the year,
  • Quickly self-cleans after each use, and
  • Can pay for itself by selling advertisements.

These are a few of the many benefits of installing automated public toilets to address the growing number of human feces on the sidewalks-a sanitary and hygiene issue for all. Please help get this passed.

(Image credit: https://vancouver.citynews.ca/2020/07/15/covid-19-pandemic-amplifying-need-for-public-washrooms-in-vancouver/)

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  • Veeral Gandhi (he/him)
    Veeral Gandhi (he/him)
    (Jan 16, '22)
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    Joy Zhang
    (January 14, 2022)
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    đź‘Ť

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    Belinda Chosen
    (Jan 14, '22)
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    Karissa Chin
    (Jan 13, '22)
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    Jt
    (January 12, 2022)
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    Thank you all for your support! Please help spread the word so we can reach 60 votes/thumbs up by the deadline in about 8 weeks.

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    Richard Wu
    (January 11, 2022)
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    Toronto already has around 2 of the similar outdoor pay toilets by harbourfront and the lake. It has not been working during covid. The old system was to use a coin, but with covid, no one is carrying change much so can’t use it even if it was opened as people don’t always carry change anymore. I support having more of these around the city or parks.

  • BR
    Bronwyn R
    (January 5, 2022)
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    I fully support this – we need more public toilets to ensure public space is accessible for all!

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    Bronwyn R
    (Jan 5, '22)
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    Mieke Foster
    (Jan 5, '22)
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  • Mary Kelly
    Mary Kelly
    (January 4, 2022)
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    From my POV, Joanna’s “Automated Outdoor Public Toilets” proposal is an excellent and long overdue ROI-SDoH/public health, practical and critically necessary 24/7 “basic” constituent/s’ rights, dignity, accessibility (especially PWD-wise) and safety “public utility” project of universal “common good, public interest, body politic” import. — Mary C. Kelly, a.k.a., @AstuteCitizen

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    Mary Kelly
    (Jan 4, '22)
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    Emily Bull
    (Jan 4, '22)
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    Emily Elliot
    (January 4, 2022)
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    Long overdue!

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    Emily Elliot
    (Jan 4, '22)
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    Lori McNamara
    (January 4, 2022)
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    No more using any business’ toilets when you’re out and about! These days you cannot stay out for an extended length of time. Have to go home by the time you need to use the washroom! These are absolutely necessary!!

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    Lori McNamara
    (Jan 4, '22)
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    Victoria Catterson
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    Stanley Smrke
    (December 24, 2021)
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    JT, thanks for the additional information that addressed my misgivings.
    Jet spray nozzles, eh? Might be good for a quick shower on a muggy summer day.
    I am totally in favour of this proposal.

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    Jt
    (December 24, 2021)
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    Thank you for your support and for your question, Stanley! The automated toilets in Vancouver automatically open after 12 minutes and then, I believe, jet spray nozzles hose down the whole interior. It will not make for a comfortable long-term stay. This article here has more information:

    https://www.insidevancouver.ca/2011/09/23/a-flushing-revolution-inside-of-vancouvers-automated-toilets/

    Sorry, this was not in the proposal. I only shared this in emails to the Councillor’s office. Also last winter, I remembering seeing members of the Community Safety Team checking in the portable toilets to see if people were sheltering in them.

    Hope this helps! Please spread the word. Public washrooms serve all ages.

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    Stanley Smrke
    (December 19, 2021)
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    As an old guy, I am fully in favour of more public washrooms, anywhere and everywhere. I just have to wonder about whether or not such public washrooms end up being permanent housing for street people, especially in the winter.

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    Stanley Smrke
    (Dec 19, '21)
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    Felicity Lam
    (Dec 15, '21)
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    Jt
    (December 14, 2021)
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    I hear you, Bill, but it’s worth trying again 14 years later for the sake of our streets. This time I will hold the City accountable.

  • bruh
    bruh
    (December 14, 2021)
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    Excellent idea, just needs better management from the City as Bill has eluded

  • BE
    Bill Eadie
    (December 14, 2021)
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    You can’t trust the city of Toronto to follow through and actually fund and implement this. In 2007, Toronto signed an agreement with Astral Media to install and maintain 20 automated public toilets (APT) across the city over 20 years: all of them available 24/7, year-round. Maybe 3-4 APTs actually got installed. But 11 of the original 20 toilets have been “cashed out” to provide the funds for Bixi / Toronto bike-share program. So why trust them this time?
    https://nowtoronto.com/culture/books-culture/rise-and-fall-of-public-toilets-in-toronto

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    Bill Eadie
    (Dec 14, '21)
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    Jt
    (Dec 13, '21)
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