Monday, December 12, 2005

The streets of London Ontario are ridden with potholes and smell like urine

In London's future is another capital project sure to attract vandals, drunks and perverts.

Outdoor urination causing civic ruination

Pee now, pay later.

That's the intent behind a proposed London bylaw that would levy $125 fines against people who urinate or defecate in public view.

Bathroom humour aside, the issue is a serious one for downtown residents and business owners whose properties can become receptacles for the foulest of discharges once bars close their doors at 2 a.m.

In a September sweep to crack down on rowdy post-secondary students, London police laid 89 charge [sic] for public urination. In one case, a business owner found a woman defecating in her flower bed.
But perhaps the woman was not drunk at all, but merely providing a natural fertilizer for the pretty flowers? Like Drew Barrymore, the woman probably laments the advances in sanitary options. She was enjoying the awesome experience of taking a crap in full view of the neighbours, hunched over like an animal.

When drunken and you have to pee, bylaw or not, the drunks are going to piss on the steps of city hall as they stumble home because bus service stops at midnight. Why pass a bylaw when such behaviour is already prohibited under existing laws covering vandalism and indecent exposure in public, unless you want to increase the powers of city enforcement officers?
The current laws allow police but not city enforcement officers to charge someone for urinating on public property or with trespassing if they go on private property.

But the latter route involves a lot of paperwork and time, problems that could be alleviated with a bylaw, said Orest Katolyk, the city's manager of bylaw enforcement.

[..] One alternative would be public washrooms such as those employed in Europe.

The revenue raised from the proposed bylaw would of course be grossly insufficient to cover the cost of public washrooms. Snow removal and garbage collection soon to experience further cuts as public washrooms become a fixture on every city block.