Finally, a viable way to offer public toilets downtown

Most people agree downtown Winnipeg needs more public washrooms. The problem has always been the expense. It costs a lot to buy, police and maintain an array of stand-alone toilet facilities.

How about this as a less-expensive alternative? Require all new buildings that receive public money to provide and maintain washrooms open to the public. Also, offer financial incentives for private business owners to keep their washrooms open for public use. And then provide prominent signs on the outside of the co-operating buildings that say: “public washrooms inside.”

These are among the intriguing proposals in a report that outlines a strategy to get more public washrooms downtown. It’s one of the best reports that almost no one has read.