Lack of pay phones at Thunder Bay court house 'bizarre'
Not having pay phones available at the court house “infringes on people’s rights," lawyer says
The fact Thunder Bay's new courthouse does not have a pay phone troubles local lawyer Mason Millar.
"My first thought is just how much it infringes on people's rights in basically assuming they have enough money for a cell phone. They're obviously here because they're having some problems," said Millar.
Millar said phones are a necessary service because people have important decisions to make while they're at court.
“Not being able to have easy access to a telephone is quite bizarre really," said Millar.
Tbaytel manager of Corporate Brand Communication Katie Crowe said the court house is wired for three pay phones.
"We were concerned that there was a possibility of the phone ripping out of the granite, or people leaning on the pay stations and the phones actually coming away from the wall,” Crowe said.
A spokesperson for Infrastructure Ontario, the Crown corporation that owns the courthouse, said it's working on a solution so payphones can be installed.
Public place = public phone?
"Your cell phone doesn't always work in a lot of places in here,” said Thunder Bay resident Debbie Dolph.
"If something happens outside and somebody needs to come in and use a phone, they usually look for public places like this, thinking there would be a phone in here. Hopefully they'll put one in soon," said Dolph.