Dealing with concerns for safety, security and sanitation
The Ottawa Police Service agrees that toilets located in public or commercial settings can be inclusive and safe environments. They can be facilities that patrons feel confident to use, are easy to maintain, and are resource efficient. Design choices can be made that allow for easy cleaning and management, resistance to vandalism, and low maintenance requirements. Other capital cities do this, why can’t Ottawa? The increased staff required to maintain these toilets in a pristine condition could be an employment generator. Advertising on the toilets can help defray costs.
“Public toilets represent society’s finest aspirations about responsible civil behaviour.
A great city has great public toilets” (Bridgeman).