Letters to the Editor
Went down to Marina Park on the weekend. The entire previous week was sunny and warm Very sunny and very warm. There were several parents and their children using the playground every day. All week. People out enjoying the last vestiges of summer before the inevitable onslaught of fall and whatever lies beyond that.
So what’s wrong with this picture you ask? Why is this “perpetual complainer” writing about this subject? Well I’m glad you asked. The toilets in the park were closed. The building locked. After Labour Day, in this city anyway, no need to flush, its outhouses for everyone. Plop plop, fizz fizz. Oh what a relief it is….not!
For some reason that I am sure Thunder Bay Administrative personnel think makes perfect sense but everyone else thinks is stupid, the Parks Department shutters the toilet facilities after Labour Day. Why after Labour Day? Good question.
I suspect that these administrators are giving the public one last three days to urinate and dedicate indoors. One last frenzied bodily fluid expulsion-a-thon
Evidently, our overseers at City hall believe that people who use the park AFTER Labour Day do not have to urinate or dedicate. In Thunder Bay, that is considered a summer activity only. Once things cool off, you hold it in, you go to MacDonald s across Water Street (product placement) or you must use the dreaded publicly supplied, blue, plastic outhouse.
Ah yes. The blue plastic outhouse. Ever wonder what people are having for dinner? Just use the blue plastic outhouse. Its all there for all to see in glorious Technicolor. Hey, corn’s popular right now. Thunder Bay citizens do not eat enough fibre. All good things to know. Ever wonder what hot temperatures do to human waste? No need to wonder any longer. This passed weekend would have been the perfect time to solve that mystery. A wealth of information at your…um..fingertips.
If that outhouse gets tipped over, as it was back in the fall of 2009, then there is not another facility for the public to relieve themselves at all in that park. None. Its the law of the jungle after that. It took the company that owns/services the blue plastic outhouses almost five days to get around to setting things right again. Of course, then there is the spilled sewage laying around for several days but now I’m picking at nits. Its all good right?
Then there are the Handwashing Stations or as I like to call them..sinks. During the summer, there is much emphasis placed on hand washing. Stop the spread of bacteria and germs and other bad things. Was your hands after you use the toilet/urinal.
After Labour Day, well….. hand washing does not seem to be that important. Not high on City Hall’s to do list. Does the prospect of cold weather have those germs, bacteria and other bad things headed for Florida, Arizona or Texas? Hand washing at public parks after Labour Day? Fahgettaboutit! There is Purell after all.
OK. The building is not heated. It can’t stay open all winter. It can’t stay open late into the fall. I get that. However, why does it have to be locked up on Labour Day? The temperatures are still well above freezing for a few weeks after that day. Why open them on a long weekend and close them on a long weekend? Is it something about the long weekends? Why not have the temperature be the deciding factor? If the days and nights are warm at the beginning of May, why not open the toilet building then? If the days and nights are still warm into September, why keep the building open longer? Arbitrarily opening/
Then there is the outhouse. Is the blue plastic outhouse the ONLY option? I would have thought that in 2011, defecating into a pit is something you might do at someone’s camp or at a remote campground, but in the city? A modern city? With indoor plumbing? Really? Nothing better? Really? Maybe if the employees working at City Hall had to use the blue plastic outhouses after Labour Day, things might improve for the lowly defecating/urinating
We own that building in Marina Park. We paid for that building. I believe we should be able to use it for as long as possible. The blue outhouses….if there has to be one permanently positioned outside the mostly closed but sometimes open toilet building, then the city must use something better and yes, that product does exist.
Yes. Plastic outdoor flush toilets. Imagine that! Thunder Bay;s park enthusiasts can boldly go where everyone’s gone before and flush the evidence away! C’mon Thunder Bay! Think outside the blue plastic box.