When nature calls: more people urinating in public downtown says report – Alberta News

When nature calls: more people urinating in public downtown says report – Alberta News

Most tickets for public urination and defecation last year were issued in the downtown core, says a report on public washrooms going to a city hall committee next week.

The total number of tickets issued in 2016 was 120, down from 138 from the year before, according to the report, headed for the community and public services committee April 3. While fewer tickets were written, the number in the downtown rose to 52 from 26 the year before.

The downtown core has 51 public washrooms, of which 14 are open after 9 p.m., the report says.

The report will also address the safety and dignity of washroom patrons and a preliminary assessment of the need for more washrooms.

Jennifer Wanke has lived downtown for eight or nine years, and said she has a different threshold for homeless people urinating in public versus arena patrons who can afford pricey tickets.

“We used to have the odd homeless person (urinating in public),” Wanke said Thursday. “Since Rogers Place opened, there has been a definite spike.”

People come out in droves and the space behind her building becomes a “back-alley latrine,” as it is on direct route to cars and taxis.

“Beer is the best inhibitor of shame,” she said. “I would wager a guess these people are not stone-cold sober when they’re doing it.”

She said it’s frustrating to see people answering nature’s call against her condo building or across the street.

“There are people up…



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