An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
WHEN IT COMES to real estate and public washrooms, it’s all about location.
Kamloops City council spent an hour on Tuesday talking about an application for a $2.5 million grant from the Province, and most of it was centered around the public washroom mess.
There’s a pressing need for public washrooms in the City’s main shopping areas due to the increasing presence of street people, some of whom exhibit less-than-impeccable bathroom manners, especially when there’s no toilet handy.
As a result, they often do their business in doorways, on sidewalks or streets or in front of businesses. It’s gross and it’s a health problem. Many cities are experiencing the same thing and they’re all looking for answers.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.