Pee-Gate 2011: Vancouver washroom sign makes global headlines

Well, for at least the second time in a month, Vancouver is making the rounds on the international blogosphere.  And it’s not exactly the most flattering commentary (but it is funny).

First came our distinction as third-worst-dressed city in the world.   Now, bloggers are up in arms about a sign posted in the co-ed bathroom of a Granville Island restaurant.  The sign consists of a male figure peeing, with a line through it.   In other words: No peeing standing up.

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Pee-Gate 2011: Vancouver washroom sign makes global headlines

A Flushing Revolution: Inside the automated toilets of Vancouver

With little fanfare, a revolution in flushing has been happening on Vancouver’s streets.  Over the past several years, nearly a dozen ultra-futuristic, self-cleaning toilets have been installed on busy street corners.  Free to use, the automated toilets – which look like shimmering modern outhouses – have quietly changed the way pedestrians “go” in the city.

The ninth automated toilet has just been installed on the corner of Robson and Granville streets and will go online some time this fall.  In case you’re curious, and haven’t had the time for a firsthand tour, here’s how the new toilets work.

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A Flushing Revolution: Inside the automated toilets of Vancouver