Third-party developers map city’s public toilets

People in Ottawa may find relief with multiple apps now available to help users locate the nearest public washrooms in the city. These apps are based on public data provided by the City of Ottawa on where toilets are located, but are solely being mapped by third-party developers. Third-party projects such as the aptly-named “ottpee” website, created by city hall watchdog blogger Kevin O’Donnell, have sprung up in recent years. There’s also Bathroom Scout and Toilet Finder, which have mapped out hundreds of thousands of washroom locations in several cities across the world. Toilet Finder has covered Ottawa since 2009, but was able to add more than 100 listings since mid-March with more recent data, according to project manager Eric […]

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Ontario bans flavoured tobacco products

The Ontario legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill May 26 that will ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products, including certain types of chewing tobacco, flavoured cigars, and menthol cigarettes. Called the Making Healthier Choices Act (Bill 45), the act will also require all chain restaurants to provide visible information on calorie content. Given the anti-smoking climate in Ontario with the passage of this bill, Toronto is already proposing to ban smoking hookahs indoors. Ottawa has not made any moves to ban it as of now. Liberal MPP John Fraser cited the annual 13,000 smoking-related deaths within Canada as to why the provincial government supports Bill 45. “We all know what these figures are and we all know what the right thing […]

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Sex workers’ rights talk cancelled at Vanier College

An event during Vanier College’s International Women’s Week Symposium was cancelled, causing disapproval from Vanier’s teachers and students. The event, originally scheduled for March 4, was cancelled by the college’s Director General Normand Bernier, mid-way through the 36th annual Symposium, which ran March 2 to 6. The event was organized by the Women’s Studies Department. “We were very shocked when this happened,” said Eric Durling, President of the Vanier College Teachers’ Association (VCTA). “To our knowledge we have never had a Director General interfere in the organizing of an event like this.” The cancelled talk, titled “An Introduction to Sex Workers’ Rights,” was to be given by Robyn Maynard, a representative of the Montreal-based organization Stella. Stella, a support system […]

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