Powder Room gives its summer road trip seal of approval

    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - The Powder Room - a national program for people
with overactive bladder - declares the best... and worst public restrooms in
Canada through the program's Cross-Canada Powder Room Map found at
    In an effort to raise awareness of overactive bladder - a chronic medical
condition - the Powder Room leads an ongoing campaign to encourage Canadians
to upload and rate public restrooms for accessibility, cleanliness and
maintenance, facilities, line-ups, location and overall décor. Every spring,
before summer road-trip season, the Powder Room determines the very best (and
worst) public pit-stops in each province.
    Summer road trip season can be stressful - kids, dogs, loads of luggage
and in-laws. Add an overactive bladder into the mix, and pit stops take on a
whole new meaning. The sudden "urge" to urinate, even when a bladder is not
full, can comprise the direction and duration of any outing - like the call to
the open road.
    "How great it is that you have information about clean bathrooms and how
they are rated! I am one of those people who can't stand going into public
washrooms. It seems that no matter how many times I go to the bathroom before
leaving my house, I still end up needing to go when I'm out," said a member of
the Powder Room's online community. "I have often wondered if it is normal how
many times I go to the bathroom each day."

    This year's provincial winners include:

    -   Yukon - Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, Whitehorse
    -   Northwest Territories - Yellowknife Golf Club, Yellowknife
    -   British Columbia - Cactus Club Café, Victoria
    -   Alberta - Stone's Throw Café, Lethbridge
    -   Saskatchewan - Moxie's Classic Grill, Regina
    -   Manitoba - Selkirk Park, Selkirk
    -   Ontario - Antrim Truck Stop, Arnprior
    -   Québec - Restaurant Cosmos Café, Québec City(*)
    -   New Brunswick - Covered Bridge Visitor Information Centre,
        Youngs Cove
    -   Prince Edward Island - Confederation Centre of the Arts,
    -   Nova Scotia - Roadside Willies Smokehouse & Bar, Truro
    -   Newfoundland & Labrador - Fat Cat Blues, St. John's

    (*)Restaurant Cosmos Café was also voted the Fan Favorite.

    "With more than 500 powder rooms to choose from, the Cross-Canada Powder
Room Map is a 'must' for anyone traveling any distance this summer -
especially those with overactive bladder," says Fran Stewart, RN, a Nurse
Continence Advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
"Hopefully, the map persuades those establishments with less favourable
ratings to clean-up their act."
    And speaking of those establishments with less favourable ratings, the
Rideau Centre in Ottawa and les Marchés Publics de Montréal in Montreal
received two of the lowest ratings on the Powder Room website.
    For more ratings, visit www.powderroom.ca.


    Overactive bladder affects approximately 12 to 18 per cent of Canadians.
Having the sudden "urge" to urinate, even when the bladder is not full, is the
primary symptom of overactive bladder and not, as some believe, incontinence
(urine leakage).(2)(3)
    In a person with overactive bladder, the bladder muscle begins to
contract while the bladder is filling with urine, rather than when the bladder
is full. The individual experiences a sudden need to go to the restroom, which
can be difficult to manage and inconvenient, especially when someone is in a
business meeting or travelling.

    About the Powder Room

    The Powder Room is a national and fully bilingual educational program
developed in collaboration with Canadian healthcare professionals. The program
works to improve the quality of life of individuals with overactive bladder by
helping them to understand, manage and treat the condition. For more
information on overactive bladder, visit www.powderroom.ca. The Powder Room
has been made possible through an education grant from Astellas Pharma Canada,
Inc., a leader in the field of urology.


    (1) Kelleher C, et al. Improved Quality of Life in Patients with
        Overactive Bladder Symptoms treated with Solifenacin.
        BJU International 2005; 95:81-85.
    (2) Wein A, Rackley, R. Overactive Bladder: A Better Understanding of
        Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management. J Urology 2006;

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