[Hpn] Alderman calls for porta-potties for homeless

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Mon, December 4, 2006

Alderman calls for porta-potties for homeless
2006-12-04

http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Alberta/2006/12/04/2622264.html

Says a public washroom solution for downtown is needed

By SHAWN LOGAN, CALGARY SUN


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Portable toilets could be provided for use by the city's homeless =
population until a permanent public washroom solution is in place, an =
alderman says.=20

Ald. Joe Ceci said although a report looking at an ultimate solution to =
providing public washrooms in the downtown core isn't due until early in =
the new year, he said interim solutions are already being explored.=20

"Interim is definitely something they're thinking about as well, =
porta-potties or something in that vein that could happen a lot quicker =
than that ultimate solution," Ceci said.=20

"I'd like to see some potential interim ways to facilitate toilet =
facilities that don't require land and don't require permits."=20

A new public behaviour bylaw passed last month by council, outlawing =
public urination or defecation among other offences, was seen by some =
social agencies as unfairly targeting the homeless, who don't have =
access to public facilities.=20

Ceci said an update report on the provision of downtown toilets is =
expected next week and he hopes it will include possible short-term =
solutions that could be implemented as soon as possible.=20

Even a few strategically placed portable toilets could make the =
difference while the city looks at a long-term solution that could take =
months of planning, Ceci said.=20


"Right now there's a real absence of anything and you can't walk blocks =
and blocks and blocks when you've got to go," he said.=20

"It's just human decency to have (toilets) available as soon as =
possible."=20

A report on permanent solutions to public toilets in the downtown core =
is slated to come to a city committee in January or February.=20





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<P>Portable toilets could be provided for use by the city=92s homeless =
population=20
until a permanent public washroom solution is in place, an alderman =
says.=20
<P>Ald. Joe Ceci said although a report looking at an ultimate solution =
to=20
providing public washrooms in the downtown core isn=92t due until early =
in the new=20
year, he said interim solutions are already being explored.=20
<P>=93Interim is definitely something they=92re thinking about as well,=20
porta-potties or something in that vein that could happen a lot quicker =
than=20
that ultimate solution,=94 Ceci said.=20
<P>=93I'd like to see some potential interim ways to facilitate toilet =
facilities=20
that don=92t require land and don=92t require permits.=94=20
<P>A new public behaviour bylaw passed last month by council, outlawing =
public=20
urination or defecation among other offences, was seen by some social =
agencies=20
as unfairly targeting the homeless, who don=92t have access to public =
facilities.=20
<P>Ceci said an update report on the provision of downtown toilets is =
expected=20
next week and he hopes it will include possible short-term solutions =
that could=20
be implemented as soon as possible.=20
<P>Even a few strategically placed portable toilets could make the =
difference=20
while the city looks at a long-term solution that could take months of =
planning,=20
Ceci said. <BR clear=3Dright>
<P>=93Right now there=92s a real absence of anything and you can=92t =
walk blocks and=20
blocks and blocks when you=92ve got to go,=94 he said.=20
<P>=93It=92s just human decency to have (toilets) available as soon as =
possible.=94=20
<P>A report on permanent solutions to public toilets in the downtown =
core is=20
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