PROJECT

GottaGo!

Synapcity's Civics Bootcamp in Fall 2013 attendees generate plea to pee: the GottaGo! Project.

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The campaign aims to create a network of safe, accessible, free, clean and environmentally responsible public toilets and water fountains in parks, major transit stops and key public places in Ottawa.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Joan Kuyek, Shawn Walker and Mariane Eriksson had never met before they participated in Synapcity’s fall Civics Boot Camp in 2013, but they were all passionate about sustainability and the environment. As their practicum project, they chose to focus on the lack of toilets in major public spaces in Ottawa. Greeted with an overwhelmingly positive response during Boot Camp, the trio decided to move forward with what they called the GottaGo! campaign.

PROJECT DETAIL

The campaign aims to create a network of safe, accessible, free, clean and environmentally responsible public toilets and water fountains in parks, major transit stops and key public places in Ottawa.

Assisted by the contacts made and advice received at Synapcity, the campaign has taken off. Joan and a core team of ten members have been researching the issue in depth, meeting with key decision-makers in the city to seek advice and support, growing their team and their presence on social media, and developing a clear and compelling vision for the public toilet network. Promotion of the campaign included an interview on CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning in January 2016.

The team is continuing to meet with decision-makers and potential partners. Currently, work is focused on researching how specific bylaw policies and city/NCC budget items need to be changed. The team will use surveys and meetings to build concrete support from individuals and groups.

PROJECT RESOURCES

If this sounds like a project you’d like to support, the campaign team would love to hear from you. Check out these resources for further details and ways to get in touch with the folks behind GottaGo!: