All in a Day, the phoning-it-in edition
And why, you ask? Well, the CRTC is asking for Canadians' input into the future of payphones -- namely, would you miss the last payphone in your community if it disappeared? Do they even matter anymore, in an age of cellphones and constant connectivity? We decided to find out ourselves.
Our payphone journey began, naturally, with the CRTC. Barbara Motzney called us from a payphone to explain why the commission is looking at this issue.
Next, we couldn't pass up our usual Wednesday D is for Dinner feature. We asked the East India Company to deliver to the payphone where Alan was stationed...
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Next, we talked to a community health nurse about why payphones are a lifeline for lower-income people needing health services.
Payphones are necessary in emergencies too, such as during a natural disaster when the cellphone network doesn't work. A group called CITIG is trying to figure out the future of emergency communication, and Lance Valcour joined us to explain.
(Please note: the intro to this story contains an error -- CITIG is actually an independent non-profit, not a part of the Canadian Police Research Centre)
Payphones can also be used for crime, of course. We spoke to a concerned Vanier resident about how a payphone is not welcome in her neighbourhood, and got response from police and a women's advocacy group.
And what about payphone germs? Ew! "Germ guy" and biologist Jason Tetro explained what's lurking on the receiver.
Could there be a better design for a payphone, or could they be put to a better use? Two Carleton industrial design students joined us with their ideas.