Mar­itime high­ways need more toi­let fa­cil­i­ties

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

A touchy sub­ject con­cerns toi­let us­age when an in­di­vid­ual needs to go while they are on the go.

The lack of pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties is very ap­par­ent when trav­el­ing through­out Nova Sco­tia and New Brunswick on most ma­jor high­ways and this can lead to em­bar­rass­ing mo­ments.

Some in­di­vid­u­als that have bowel or kid­ney prob­lems some­times have to stay at home be­cause of the lack of proper pub­lic toi­let fa­cil­i­tates along high­ways.

We had to make an emer­gency rest stop at Mid­dle Cape at a look­out along High­way #4 on May 21.

While ap­proach­ing the out­side toi­let fa­cil­i­tates, the re­stroom doors for both men and women had latches re­moved from the han­dles and both doors were screwed shut. There was one cold run­ning wa­ter tap

and what sur­rounds these two out­side toi­let fa­cil­i­tates are not to be men­tioned in my let­ter.

By con­trast I must give credit to the province’s of Que­bec and On­tario, both of which of­fer clean, pub­lic toi­let fa­cil­i­tates with hot and cold run­ning wa­ter. Each rest stop is clearly marked on a high­way sign and in­di­cates the mileage to the next rest stop along with in­for­ma­tion about cater­ing ser­vice and eat­ing es­tab­lish­ments.

To the gov­ern­ments of Nova Sco­tia and New Brunswick, please fol­low in the foot­steps of Que­bec and On­tario and let us see a dif­fer­ence in the near fu­ture. Build­ing ap­pear­ances and proper toi­let fa­cil­i­tates along the ma­jor high­ways is a must to­day.

The is­sue is a health con­cern to us all – from in­fants to the el­derly and our wel­comed tourists.

Clarence Landry St. Peter’s

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