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Toronto's second public pay toilet lands in the Beaches

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 7, 2012

New Public ToiletsStop pissing in the lake, kids; your automated lavatory has arrived. Toronto has finally received its second pay-per-use public automated toilet, which has been set up on Lake Shore Boulevard East at Northern Dancer Boulevard. The first city toilet has been in operation since 2010, sitting proudly at Queens Quay West and Rees Street over to the west.

New Public ToiletsThis new automated toilet is very much like the first, with a 20-minute time limit and operating at a cost (to the user) of $0.25 per use. Though unit is self-cleaning, the City of Toronto has said that maintenance workers will visit the toilet (for cleaning and inspection, that is) three times per day.

New Public ToiletsThe automated washrooms are part of the City's partnership with Astral media in which the company provides public street furniture in exchange for exclusive advertising rights. According to the 2007 agreement, Astral will supply the City with 20 automated toilets over 20 years — though at this rate, Toronto can look forward to receiving its last lav by year 2057. Most of us will be in diapers by then, anyway.

New Public ToiletsPart of the problem has been finding spots that can accommodate the size and weight of the structure, while also providing the necessary means to connect to the city's hydro and water systems. And according to Elyse Parker, public realm director with the City of Toronto who spoke to Torontoist yesterday, there also must be significant area demand.

New Public ToiletsIn that sense, a toilet right by Ashbridges Bay seems like a natural choice. (I know there are many, like me, who've had to soldier to one after too many summer beverages at the beach.) No decision yet on the location of Toronto's next automated pay toilet, though it probably won't arrive until sometime next year.

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Discussion

23 Comments

Reader / December 7, 2012 at 03:13 pm
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Pay toilets? I know 25 cents is cheap, but come on, who actually carries cash around anymore.
Ron / December 7, 2012 at 03:14 pm
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I've used the Auto-Commode on Queen's Quay and let me tell you, it was the most technologically-advanced shit of my life. Automated doors, soothing music, hands-free everything...

Welcome to the future.
Bertha / December 7, 2012 at 03:15 pm
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This is where my friend Kandi goes to poo.
victor / December 7, 2012 at 03:35 pm
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25 cents

id rather piss in the lake
Question / December 7, 2012 at 03:39 pm
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tell me, how do they prevent a homeless person from going in and spending the entire night occupying the thing for only 25 Cents? Or better yet, a prostitute performing their 'service' there over renting a hotel room at some of these gross hourly rate places?
Alex / December 7, 2012 at 03:42 pm
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Paying for a public washroom? Wow Toronto, way to move our public services down to the level of South America. Isn't it customary to have free public washrooms at in demand areas like heavily trafficked beaches?
iseeyou / December 7, 2012 at 03:42 pm
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Like a previous post from today, i thought we all agreed it was the "Beach" ?
No More Sex on the Beach / December 7, 2012 at 04:05 pm
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25 cents for 20 minutes. You can get a lot done in that amount of time.
Deric replying to a comment from Question / December 7, 2012 at 04:09 pm
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There is a 20 minute time limit - after the 20 minutes, if the user hasn't left by then, the door will automatically open and lights turn off. If the sensor doesn't detect the person has left, it will send out an alert.

That's how they can keep homeless people out. Now - if the homeless person has a few dollars - he could definitely take a nice nap for a few hours...
john homes / December 7, 2012 at 04:10 pm
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Yes i will be making love to hoe`s in this washroom. Then i will go home and make love to my wife.
Arrow / December 7, 2012 at 04:45 pm
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Cheaper than the subway AND smells better... I like!
hendrix / December 7, 2012 at 04:54 pm
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So BlogTO, did you test out the cleaning mechanism? Did you shit or puke on the floor then leave, wait for it to clean, then go back in for a review?
Alex replying to a comment from Deric / December 7, 2012 at 05:08 pm
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Darn, I was hoping it just starting going into self-cleaning automode after the 20 minutes is up. And 20 minutes! That is gracious. 10 would be sufficient.
Sean / December 7, 2012 at 05:57 pm
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Go in at any Tim Horton's to pee/dump there. They are everywhere!
Aaron / December 7, 2012 at 06:13 pm
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These are great and more are needed. Berlin has 100's of these all over the city.
yolo / December 7, 2012 at 06:52 pm
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these comments are the best. ;D
jen / December 7, 2012 at 10:26 pm
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I like it.

It's about time Toronto has started doing something right. Very European.

JR / December 7, 2012 at 11:10 pm
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Euro-PEE-an
steve / December 8, 2012 at 07:54 am
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25 cents is cheaper then buying an unwanted coffee or food item so you do not piss or shit yourself in public.
Greg / December 8, 2012 at 08:11 am
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Agree with comment above about the quarter cost; it's not a question of cost, rather, actually having said quarter on hand when really needed (otherwise, its "uh-oh' where's the nearest Timmy's?").
Most cities in Europe that have these allow free access (lets face it-25 cents isn't exactly a profitable revenue model to pay off 400k plus maintenance). What was the rationale to making them pay toilets?
soiled trousers / December 8, 2012 at 09:58 am
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25 cents????!!!! I'd rather shit my pants.
Aaron / December 8, 2012 at 11:28 am
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In Berlin they cost 40-80 cents. The rationale, I believe, is to charge a nominal fee to prevent people from simply using them as a 20 minute rest stop. In S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations they charge the same but usually have an attendant and are absolutely spotless- often with pretty cool designs (ex:Ostbahnhof), Intermodal stations like Hauptbahnhof also have shower facilities with a full range of toiletries available. There are also enclosed pissoirs, particularly in busy nightlife areas, that are free. Like bars, liquor sales and restaurants, they all operate 24hrs.
Aaron replying to a comment from Greg / December 8, 2012 at 11:39 am
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Then logically, you would do whatever you currently do. It's fairly simple to get into the habit of always tossing a couple of quarters into your wallet/pocket.

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