Toilets? We don’t need no stinkin’ toilets.

In researching my book so far, I’ve read several municipal planning strategy documents. (I enjoy this more than most, I suppose.) I’ve managed to interview two people this week about the lack of mention of public bathrooms in two particular strategies. One is a seniors strategy that aims, in large part, to combat social isolation. The […]

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Toilet queen Clara Greed

The first chapter of my book, No Place To Go, is well in hand and it features, prominently, Clara Greed. This will be no surprise to the loo-natics out there. Greed is fantastically and unapologetically committed to equitable public toilet provision for women.   Greed is a professor in the faculty of Architecture the Built Environment at […]

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Why close public toilets so early?

Zahra Damjanovic, the writer of this letter to the editor in Port Coquitlam, B.C., asks a good, sensible question: why are public toilets locked when people clearly need them? As Damjanovic cites in her letter, she was walking in parks, before dusk, and the public toilet doors were locked. But even in municipalities where the park-based public […]

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Toronto pay-toilet fail

Well, I saved a quarter, at least. I met Toronto freelance journalist Chris Bateman (@chrisbateman) on the weekend at the Queen’s Quay and Rees automated public toilet. This waterfront toilet is one of only two in the city of its kind. The city, partnered with Astral Media, was supposed to oversee the installation of 20 […]

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Public toilets keep me up at night

  I’m writing a book about public bathrooms. Restrooms. Johns. Loos. You know the names. I’ve long been obsessed with public toilets – where they are, what they look like, who gets to use them, for how much and how comfortably. I’ve written scads about toilets in my journalism practice, and now I’m writing a book. […]

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See!?

  I wrote in this column about what I see as the undervaluing of Paralympic athletes and Paralympic sport. Here‘s another example! Gah. ~~    

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Ai Weiwei

    I have a painter friend who says that when you only have enough money for food or paint, you go for paint, because someone will always give you food. My only-somewhat-analogous story is that when you have 90 minutes left on a 28-hour blitz to Toronto for a meeting and you have the […]

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Brown, Thicke and the rest

  Chris Brown is an obvious topic for today’s column, but a good one nonetheless. I’ve written about him before in the Herald and I like what Marilla Stephenson has to say in today’s paper, too. Despite the mail I know today will bring (and that the last column brought), defending Brown doesn’t make me […]

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Toilet wars

Ok, ok, maybe it’s just my own personal war. And it’s not with toilets, but over them. Public toilets are a bastion of so much – they’re seen as unnecessary or, at best, as an underfoot venture needing little planning and less care. In fact, toilets speak to our deepest social problems, or, perhaps, lay them […]

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