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FALKLAND, B.C. - The B.C. Ministry of Transportation has shut down a number of roadside toilets due to cutbacks and that doesn't sit well with businesses in the area.Two pit toilets at a highway rest ...


FALKLAND, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Transportation has shut down a number of roadside toilets due to cutbacks and that doesn’t sit well with businesses in the area.

Two pit toilets at a highway rest stop on Hwy. 97 were recently shut down because of failing conditions, and Audrey Johnson, owner of Whispering Pines Restaurant, says the move has really hurt her business.

“We’re devastated by it,” says Johnson. She notes that a growing number of motorists are using her facilities, which are intended for customers only – not just passersby.

“Why should I pay for people I never see again?”

Johnson also empathizes with truck drivers who have come to expect the toilets to be there.

“We cater to the truckers, but what do they do when we’re closed?” she asked.

“The provincial constraints are so severe they can’t afford a pot for travellers to pee in,” suggests Dennis Lapierre, Falkland’s Columbia-Shuswap Regional District Director.

He explains that the location of the toilets benefited the community, as truckers would often visit the town while stopped.


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