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City council to revisit gender-neutral washroom issue
Kamloops city councillors will wrestle with the gender-neutral washroom issue again during its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Members of the city’s co-ordinated enforcement committee have been mulling the bathroom issue for some time and are encouraging council to set up a pilot project for the family washrooms, as they are also known, next year.
Kamloops RCMP have expressed concerns about the washrooms in the past.
Because they are generally constructed as single rooms with lockable doors, police worry such washrooms could become hubs for illicit behaviour or become sites for assaults in city parks.
But, in a letter to council in this week’s agenda, Heather Brandon, executive director of People in Motion, said having a family washroom would make Kamloops more inclusive.
“With no accessible gender-neutral washroom, many are excluded from attending events at Riverside Park if they require assistance from their spouse or if their caregiver is a different gender,” Brandon wrote as she urged council to get behind the pilot program.