WATCH: Valérie Plante suspends work on Chinatown public toilet pending talks with community leaders
Montreal mayor Valerie Plante said they're putting the work on the new public toilet in Chinatown on hold while they discuss the recent concerns of some leaders and merchants in the community about the project - and maybe flush the idea altogether.
"Maybe for her this is a small thing, but it's a big thing for us," said Wilson Wong, president of the Chinese Association of Montreal.
Community leaders held another news conference nine days after the first one denouncing the project of installing a potentially smelly and unsightly public toilet in Sun Yat Sen Park - named after the founding father of modern-day China.
"It's disrespectful," said Wong.
Earlier Chinese community leaders held another news conference 9 days after the 1st one protesting decision to put a public toilet in the park named after the founding father of modern-day China. They said not a peep since the city said last Tues they'd be in touch. #CJAD #polmtl pic.twitter.com/WJl5xTZz6I— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 15, 2018
Wong said they hadn't heard from the city since an official said a week ago they'd be in touch for a meeting about the community's concerns.
Vice-president Bryant Chang said there are better locations.
"Why don't they put it up on one of the properties down on Viger Street? Here, it's basically we're inviting the homeless people to monopolize the whole area," said Chang.
Bryant Chang, VP of the Chinese Association of Montréal says why not put the public toilet on Viger instead of in Sun Yat Sen Park named after a historical figure revered by the Chinese community. #CJAD #polmtl pic.twitter.com/7HmKVRJ2Th— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 15, 2018
But now it appears their message is being heard. @Val_Plante said about 1 hour after news conference by Chinese community leaders that there doesn't seem to be consensus so "For now we're going to stop the work, have the talk and decide.And if it's a no, it's a no."#CJAD #polmtl pic.twitter.com/jhnlDQAaTv— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 15, 2018
Mayor Valerie Plante now says they'll suspend the work since there appears to be no consensus on the project, though she still maintains they did consult some groups in the community.
"Until we will decide together, we'll have a talk with them. If there's a consensus that nobody wants it, like it's not a good idea, for now we're going to stop the work, have the talk and we'll decide. And if it's a no, it's a no," Plante told reporters.
"Since there's no consensus, we're not going to fight and impose it."