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Attention, TTC patrons: If you have to go, you have to go to Kipling

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Subway patrons looking for a washroom at Islington station are out of luck: the public washrooms are closed and not reopening.

JACK LAKEY
STAFF REPORTER

It can be a long ride from the outer reaches of Mississauga’s bus routes to the TTC’s Islington station, where commuters transfer to the subway.

But people needing to use a washroom can cross their legs, dance around or do whatever is necessary to make it to a station where there is a washroom.

The Islington station, at the corner of Bloor St. W. and Islington Ave., serves as a terminal for Mississauga Transit buses arriving from the west.

A lot of people use them every day to get to work.

Inside, in the middle of the pedestrian area, are public washrooms.

But the washrooms were closed years ago and the signs taken away.

A caller who uses Mississauga transit pointed out that “people often need to use a bathroom, especially if they’ve been on the bus a long time.”

Sivarajah Balakrshan, who works at a newsstand next to the closed washrooms, says he is asked “100 times a day” about washrooms, and tells people to go to a nearby mall.

He said the washrooms have been closed for several years, adding that many people find a quicker alternative.

He urged us to go to a corner of the TTC property and examine the evidence.


STATUS: Marilyn Bolton, who deals with the media for the TTC, said washrooms are usually situated at the end stations of subway lines. Kipling is the final station on the Bloor line, one stop west of Islington. Bus passengers arriving at Islington can ride the subway one stop west, the same direction from which they came, to use the washrooms, she suggested. There are no plans to reopen the Islington washrooms.

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