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21Jul

26 arrested as City of Toronto officials, police move to clear Lamport Stadium encampment – Toronto | Globalnews.ca

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Twenty-six people were arrested on Wednesday as City of Toronto officials and police officers cleared out a homeless encampment at Lamport Stadium.

The action comes a day after the city cleared an encampment in downtown at Alexandra Park.

City staff supported by police were at the stadium encampment, located in the area of Dufferin and King streets, enforcing trespass notices issued to people last month.

A fence was erected around the encampment prior to the operation.

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A number of protesters were on scene with signs in support of the encampment residents and also formed a barricade around the park using pallets. Some signs read “safer here” and “we need to take care of each other.”

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Just before 2 p.m., police said protesters refused to leave the park and at least one officer was sprayed by an “unknown substance.”

Global News observed protesters forming human chains and police breaking them up. Tents were being ripped down and Global News saw some people being led away by officers in handcuffs.

Scuffles broke out and officers were seen pushing some individuals.

Officers eventually cleared out demonstrators from the park.

Police said a total of 26 arrests were made, some for criminal offences.

Three officers were also injured after objects were thrown at police, an officer was spat at, and an “unknown noxious substance” was sprayed, police said.

No one had to be taken to hospital to be treated for injuries.

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Police said to date, there have been more than 200 calls for service “generated from the encampment.”

In a news release issued Wednesday evening, City of Toronto officials said that when staff went to Lamport Stadium park in the morning, there were 11 people living there.

A total of 30 structures were removed “as well as knives, an axe, a hatchet, propane tanks and car batteries.”

Two people eventually accepted a referral to a shelter or hotel program, while three left on their own accord, five already had space in a shelter, and one declined an offer of permanent housing, the release said.

“Protesters today at Lamport Stadium park indicated they would not leave the fenced area, preventing City staff from doing their jobs in assisting encampment occupants, and making the park safe and accessible for all,” the release continued.

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“Protesters inside the fenced area were cautioned multiple times throughout the day that they needed to leave the area or would face possible arrest. As protesters remained in the area and refused to leave, the City requested TPS assistance in clearing the fenced area of the park.

“When the area was cleared by police of protesters, the City re-engaged with any encampment occupants who remained, and began the removal of structures and debris.”

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City officials said people staying in an encampment are able to take two bags with them if they are going to a shelter or hotel, while items they can’t keep will be stored for 30 days.

Joey Mauger was among the Lamport encampment residents who didn’t want to leave the park.

“Me and my friends, we don’t bother anybody,” he said from behind the orange fence set up around the encampment earlier in the day. “We like it here, we don’t want to go and we don’t know where we’re going to go.”


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Violence flares as Toronto police clear homeless encampment

Mauger said he and his partner had been living at the park for six months. He said he was previously put up in a hotel by the city but left because he didn’t feel safe due to random check-ins.

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Sedulea Holland, who said her brother has experienced homelessness, was among those who showed up to support encampment residents.

“Where are they going to go? All the homeless people in the hotels get kicked out and end up on the street,” she said. “They need help, not law and order.”

Hundreds fled Toronto’s homeless shelters for fear of contracting COVID-19 when the pandemic hit and dozens of encampments popped up throughout the city.

Many who live in the camps previously told Global News the shelters and hotels offered by the City of Toronto aren’t a desirable option in part due to the limit on belongings and the rules and curfews imposed as well as other safety-related issues.

Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters at an unrelated press conference Wednesday morning that there has consistently been “more than enough” vacancy in housing options for encampment residents.

“We have been making a continuous effort every single day,” Tory said about offering housing options.

The city has cited the risk of fires and the need to make parks accessible to everyone as factors behind the encampment clearings.

Officials also said the City continues to work to vaccinate those experiencing homelessness and has “an increased focus on infection and prevention control” measures in shelters. The City says the housing options offer food, washrooms and laundry facilities, and “the opportunity for strengthened community connections.”

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Demonstration at 14 Division

Later Wednesday, a Tweet from the Encampment Support Network Toronto called for demonstrators to attend Toronto police 14 Division to demand that those who were arrested at Lamport Stadium park be released.

A heavy police presence was later observed at the police station, including officers on horseback and carrying riot shields.

Police said in a tweet shortly after 8 p.m. that “crowd members threw projectiles at officers” including soup cans and frozen bottles, injuring at least one officer. Three arrests were made there.

Police added that the crowd has since dispersed.

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Meanwhile, police said nine people were arrested during the eviction of Alexandra Park encampment residents on Tuesday, seven of them for trespassing.

The city said 11 people from that encampment were referred to other housing spaces and 15 who left the site declined referrals.

A Canadian Press photographer covering the Alexandra Park clearing was arrested by Toronto City Corporate Security and removed from the area on Tuesday.

Tory said there were restrictions in place for media covering the evictions due to “safety” concerns. He said he asked for the arrest of the journalist to be looked into.

When asked whether the evictions will continue, Tory said the “option to safely rehouse” people will continue. But did not provide more details.

With files from Nick Westoll and The Canadian Press

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7Jul

Vancouver to allow booze in 22 city parks starting Monday

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Starting next Monday, it will be legal to crack a cold one in designated parts of certain parks in the City of Vancouver.

The Vancouver Park Board has announced the details of its alcohol in parks pilot project, which will permit the consumption of alcoholic beverages in 22 city parks.

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The board initially approved the plan last July, but the initiative was delayed because of the need for provincial legislative changes.

Under the pilot plan, people will be allowed to have a drink between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily, until Oct. 11.

Drinks will only be permitted in specific parts of the parks, which will be marked with signage. You can see maps showing which part of the parks will permit alcohol here.

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The city says the parks were chosen in an effort to include one or two parks in every neighbourhood.

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Emergency vehicle access, washroom facilities, cycling and transit access, parking and potential disruptions to neighbours were also considerations, it said.

The city says the pilot is an effort to create more outdoor spaces for people to socialize, particularly those who do not have a private yard, and in recognition of COVID-19 safety concerns.

North Vancouver and Port Coquitlam both rolled out drinking in parks pilot projects last summer, and have reported minimal problems associated with the initiatives.

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Last year, the City of Vancouver also approved a plan that allows alcohol consumption in select public plazas.

Vancouver’s pilot project will apply to the following parks.

  • Collingwood Park
  • David Lam Park
  • Fraser River Park
  • Granville Park
  • Harbour Green Park
  • John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park
  • Kitsilano Beach Park / Hadden Park
  • Langara Park
  • Locarno Beach Park
  • Maple Grove Park
  • Memorial South Park
  • Memorial West Park
  • New Brighton Park
  • Pandora Park
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Quilchena Park
  • Riverfront Park
  • Robson Park
  • Rupert Park
  • Stanley Park
  • Vanier Park
  • Volunteer Park




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16Jun

COVID-19: Winnipeg outdoor pools set to reopen, hundreds of staff returning to work, city says – Winnipeg | Globalnews.ca

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As COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen up and the weather continues to get warmer, Winnipeg is set to start reopening outdoor pools next week.

The first pools to reopen willl include Kildonan Park Outdoor Pool, Transcona Aquatic Park, St. Vital Outdoor Pool and Westdale Outdoor Pool June 25, the city said Wednesday, followed by the all remaining outdoor pools June 28.

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The city says wading pools will begin opening July 1, in accordance with public health orders at the time.

Some 360 community services department staff members are being recalled after being temporarily redeployed or laid off because of the pandemic, the city added.


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Pre-registration for outdoor pools begins in the afternoon of Monday with reduced capacity following public health orders.

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Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited and residents are expected to follow all COVID-19 guidelines, such as social distancing and staying home if experiencing any symptoms.

Lockers will not be available and there will be limited use of change rooms, washrooms and showers, so swimmers must come prepared to swim ahead of time.

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Winnipeggers are encouraged to book swim blocks in advance because there is no guarantee of drop-in admissions upon arrival due to capacity restrictions.

Available swim blocks will be offered on a week-by-week basis and reservations can be made up to 10 p.m. the day before the pre-reserved time.

For more information on schedules, locations and admission, you can visit the city’s website.


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3Jun

City to open spray pads to help Winnipeg families beat extreme heat

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Winnipeg kids rejoice: the city is opening up its spray pads to help beat the extreme heat in the forecast.

The city said Thursday the spray pads will be monitored to make sure public health orders are being followed and physical distancing is in effect when 20 of its 23 standalone pads open up to the public Friday.

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Despite the opening, the city is encouraging Winnipeggers not to exceed 30 minutes at a spray pad at a time, and for those who have the ability to stay cool at home to stay indoors. On-site washrooms won’t be available, and city staff won’t be sanitizing the spray pads.

Wading pools and other outdoor public cools will remain closed.

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20May

Most Peterborough city services closed Victoria Day; Beavermead, Warsaw Caves camping delayed

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Most City of Peterborough services will be closed over the Victoria Day long weekend and camping has been delayed at two area campgrounds.

The following will be closed on the holiday Monday; most remain closed as part of Ontario’s ongoing stay-at-home order:

  • City hall (services are available at peterborough.ca)
  • Arenas and Sport and Wellness Centre
  • Provincial Offences Act office on Simcoe Street
  • Social services office (178 Charlotte St.); after hours/weekend can be reached at 705-926-0096
  • City-run child-care centres
  • City-county landfill at Bensfort Road: closed Sunday and Monday. Open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Splash pads — opening usually in June
  • All outdoor recreational amenities

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Other services have altered schedules:

  • Peterborough Transit: Monday will operate on a Sunday/holiday service schedule. No changes to weekend service.
  • Garbage and recycling: No changes to curbside garbage and recycling collection.
  • Public works: 24-hour staff phone line at 705-745-1386
  • Public washrooms: Reopening on Friday and be open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with enhanced cleaning.

All city parks, trails and playgrounds remain open.

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Otonabee Conservation announced Thursday that its trails and conservation areas will be available for hiking, walking, birdwatching and biking over the long weekend.

However, the opening of camping at both Beavermead Campground in Peterborough and the Warsaw Caves will be delayed until at least June 11.

Refunds will be provided for those holding a reservation up to and including the evening of June 10.

The Caves’ gatehouse will be open weekends only starting May 22 for paid day use. The gates will remain open weekdays for free day-use access.

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“The Caves and The Caves Trail are closed as we are unable to ensure proper distancing,” Otonabee Conservation said on its website.

All other trails are available. Please visit otonabeeconservation.com for day use fees at Warsaw Caves CA.
Otonabee Conservation says trail maintenance is limited and picnic shelters and washroom facilities are closed, with the exception of the Warsaw Caves’ day-use area washroom. Boat launches and beaches are open with physical distancing.

Dogs must be leashed at all times, garages must be taken home and ATVs and campfires are not permitted.

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“Visitors are also asked to park only in designated lots and should not park on roadways,” the conservation authority stated. “If visitors arrive at a Conservation Area and the parking lot is full, we ask that they move on to another location.”





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18May

City councillor on future of outdoor washrooms in Saskatoon | Watch News Videos Online

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A city committee has turned focus towards public outdoor washrooms, with the city preparing to apply for a federal grant. Hilary Gough talks to Global News Morning about the importance of the investment.

12May

Winnipeg seniors without shower, toilet as impasse with city over damaged sewer line drags on

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A Winnipeg senior is locked in a stalemate with the city over who is going to repair her sewer line, and the months-long saga has left her and her husband without proper access to laundry, showers, or a functioning toilet.

“We are feeling like we are living in the bush somewhere,” says Maria Mielczarek, adding the pair use water sparingly, dump wastewater into the yard, and visit nearby relatives to use the washroom.

“Now it’s COVID-19, we have to take under consideration hygiene, we also have to take under consideration cooking, meals, dishes; we have to pay attention to how to use our water and where to dispose of it.”

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At first, Mielczarek suspected the cold winter weather had damaged the pipes under their home on Selkirk Avenue, after they noticed wastewater draining into the basement.

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But after a neighbour with a plumbing snake and a camera told her that was unlikely, and there was a break somewhere nearby, Mielczarek began to suspect the damage happened when crews demolished a city-owned building next door.

What followed, Mielczarek says, was months of back-and-forth with various city departments about getting the problem taken care of.


Maria Mielczarek wants the city itself to fix her sewer pipe after it was damaged by a city crew. But the city says the pipe is violating building codes, so it’s offered tens of thousands to replace the line.


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“In my opinion, if I damage something it’s my responsibility to fix it and to be responsible and to say ‘I’m sorry,’ Mielczarek says. “But I expect from the city of Winnipeg to do to me as well.”


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Winnipeg woman claims road work has left her without proper water for a week – Jun 17, 2020

Mynarski Ward Councillor, Ross Eadie, says the situation isn’t quite so simple.

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Everyone involved agrees the crew hired by the city damaged the line, but Eadie says after that, it was discovered the line leaves Mielczarek’s property and crosses into the adjacent property by about two meters — a building code violation.

“So right in there, there’s a big issue, because we’ve had this with old water lines where water lines are running through other people’s property,” Eadie says.

“No matter who it is, the private line is considered to be the responsibility of the address holder.”


Maria Mielczarek says the city should replace a sewer line that runs into her home, after the existing line was damaged when the vacant home next door was demolished by a city crew.


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Eadie compares it to buying a house with a deck that was built without permits. If the city finds out, the new homeowner would be responsible for tearing the deck down and building one within the rules.

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In this case, the city has accepted responsibility for the damage and is offering Mielczarek around $28,000 to replace the line, based on estimates from two separate contractors, as well as $500 to replace a fence that will need to be torn down and $600 for landscaping.

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But the deal isn’t sitting well with Mielczarek, who worries costs could begin to spiral well past the amount she’s being offered.

“If I take that money, I’m taking responsibility. I have to make sure all additional expenses are covered,” Mielczarek says.

“So that means in other words, the city washes its hands and [are] headache-free.”

In an email statement, the city said it couldn’t comment on individual claims, but says when it accepts responsibility it obtains quotes from two or three approved contractors to come up with a fair settlement that covers the expenses associated with the damage.

“If a claimant is uncomfortable accepting a settlement, they would likely be best served by retaining legal counsel that would properly represent their interests so that any concerns with the settlement can be discussed between themselves and their legal representative,” the email reads in part.

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Maria Mielczarek and her husband collect their wastewater and typically dump it in the yard. After a sewer line into the house was damaged, most of the water ends up in their basement.


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Councillor Eadie says he has sympathy for Mielczarek, since the house she’s been living in for three decades was likely built over a century ago, when building codes may have been different or non-existent.

“I’m not disagreeing with the owner of the property whose sewer line was damaged, maybe the city should actually directly send in a contractor they trust,” Eadie says.

“It has to be replaced though. You cannot just repair where the damage happened. That private sewer line is under a property that they don’t own. So that’s the problem.”

Meanwhile, the elderly couple continues to wash their dishes in a bucket, and visit relatives to bathe.

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Real estate law and what to watch for

Real estate lawyer Jeremy Feuer, with Jeremy Feuer Law Corporation, says he sees building code or zoning citations “on a daily basis.”

“The number one thing consumers can do to protect themselves is to buy something called title insurance,” Feuer says.

“Title insurance will protect you and indemnify you against any costs going forward in the event the city cites your property for either zoning issues in your yard or building issues in your house itself that you were unaware of as of the date you take possession of the property.”

Part of the benefit with title insurance, Feuer says, is that a homeowner is covered for indirect costs as well as direct costs.

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“I’ve had clients be covered for electrical building code issues, and it wasn’t just a matter of replacing the electrical,” Feuer says.

“When you replace electrical you’re often going down through the studs, there’s a matter of drywall, sometimes flooring and paint and so on; my client was completely protected for that.”


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However, options start to disappear once the home has already been cited. Feuer says contesting a building code or zoning violation is almost unheard of.

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If it happens, he recommends homeowners find the final report or package they would have received from the lawyer that handled the purchase, and check to see whether title insurance was purchased at the time they bought the home.

He also suggests working with a lawyer who specializes in real estate law.

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Daniel Moscinski says a potential homebuyer can save themselves a lot of headache by having a home inspection done before signing any papers. The owner of Peace Of Mind Home Inspections says that’s especially true with older homes.

“I’ve had quite a few people call me after the fact, purchasing a home, and it had issues,” Moscinski says.

“They’re not quite sure what’s going on; high hydro bills, cracks appearing, gaps in their walls that are opening up, quite significant stuff. If I would have done the home inspection before the purchase, I would have highly suggested that they walk away.”


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The main things a layperson should be keeping an eye on before going ahead with a sale, Moscinski says, are stone foundations, the condition of the roof, and visible damage to the exterior.

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Drainage can also lead to significant problems; Moscinski advises people to pay attention to low spots near the home, sloping walkways or driveways, and the general grading of the yard.

“Typically it’ll be cracks, or if you see moisture spots in the basement or stains on the walls — things like that are indicators that things are going on, allowing the water to come through the foundation,” Moscinski says.

For a greater sense of certainty, homebuyers should hire a home inspector or other specialist to look over the house, Moscinski says.




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16Apr

City of Kelowna announces new outdoor homeless sheltering site

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The City of Kelowna is preparing to open a site near the Rail Trail to be a temporary outdoor sheltering site for people experiencing homelessness.

The location is near downtown on the south side of the Rail Trail, just east of its intersection with Richter Street.

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The city said it will provide portable washrooms, waste receptacles and sharps containers — for discarding needles — at the new site, which will replace the current setup at 890 Baillie Ave.

It also said the area would be monitored by security personnel and video surveillance.

“The site will be closer to services, and landscape, tree and plant features will better separate it from the Rail Trail,” the City of Kelowna said in a news release.

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“Although the site is a temporary solution, permanent features and design elements of the site will be able to remain as landscape enhancements along the Rail Trail once the temporary sheltering site is no longer needed,” the city added.

People will be allowed to shelter at the site from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.

“Daily removal of overnight shelters will occur to balance the rights of people experiencing homelessness with those of the broader community, to enable continued availability of city lands for public use as applicable, and to prevent the inherent risks to public health, safety and security that entrenched encampments present, as seen in other cities,” the city said.

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A 2015 decision by the B.C. Supreme Court made it clear that the city cannot prohibit outdoor sheltering when emergency shelters are at capacity.

“Since fall 2019, the City has chosen to designate and service a public space in a way that balances the rights and humanitarian needs of people sheltering outside with those of the neighbouring community,” said Darren Caul, the City of Kelowna’s community safety director.

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The city said that by having a designated site, services like meals, sanitation, garbage collection and health and bylaw services can be focused in one area.

More than a dozen different locations were considered through the selection process, according to a news release.

The city said the site near Richter was largely chosen because it’s on city-owned land, close to services and a suitable size.

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“While every site presents challenges, this one will be an improvement compared to the existing site at 890 Baillie Avenue,” the city said.

The site is scheduled to open at the beginning of May.


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9Apr

Edmonton will provide free menstrual products in city buildings by June 16 | Watch News Videos Online

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The City of Edmonton will be offering free menstrual products in all women’s and gender-inclusive washrooms in city-owned facilities this year. Sarah Komadina spoke with Scarlet Bjornson from No Woman Without, which works to increase access to menstrual products for all women.

9Apr

Edmonton will provide free menstrual products in city buildings by June 16

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Following a campaign by No Woman Without, Period and a pilot project, the City of Edmonton will be offering free menstrual products in all women’s and gender-inclusive washrooms in city-owned facilities.

Campaign founder Scarlet Bjornson didn’t expect the decision but was thrilled to receive a call from Councillor Andrew Knack on Thursday.

“They just decided this was the right thing to do,” Bjornson said.

“I’m elated, overwhelmed, excited, thrilled — all of the positive emotions you can feel. Motivated, did I say that?”

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The No Woman Without, Period campaign started in 2017.

“We saw that providing the menstrual products to different organizations was a really good first step but we wanted to focus on making the change at our local governments,” Bjornson said.

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Period poverty increasing during pandemic – Oct 10, 2020

The team has been working with several councillors, including Knack, Sarah Hamilton and Aaron Paquette, for years, Bjornson said, thanking them for their support.

“I was not expecting a city-wide facility decision. I was blown away.”

“What this means for people who experience menstruation is the ability to roam and be in the community is now feasible,” Bjornson explained.

These products are expensive and for some they’re unattainable.

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“To know that those issues are covered and those products will be available for them so that they can be in those spaces, it makes the community more accessible.”

Edmonton’s pilot began in 2019, councillor Bev Esslinger said, and the supplies will be in place no later than June 16.

“Really, it’s 2021 and it’s part of human kindness.

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“We’ve done a pilot project in the city and we found out that it was important to have access. And really, as part of our gender equality work, this is an extension,” Esslinger said. “I’m really excited.”

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“We know that a third of Canadians under 25 struggle in this area to get adequate resources,” Esslinger said.

“We provide soap and paper towels, so it seems like a natural thing that we should provide some basic necessities as well.”

Bjornson said she didn’t expect the campaign would make so much progress in just four years.


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Edmonton will provide free menstrual products in city buildings by June 16 – Apr 9, 2021

“This motivated us to go to the province, and go other cities and even go to the country and say: ‘It’s time to have this conversation really, really loud.’

“In the coming months, we would love to see a big wave of red across our country where cities just decide… this is the right thing to do.”

No Woman Without, Period is urging people to write letters of advocacy to their councillors, MLAs and MPs, pushing for an end to period poverty.

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Amanda Cardinal has experienced that first hand. She was living on the street this time last year.

“Women need these,” she said. “They should have access.”

When she needed supplies, while living on street, she was faced with a difficult decision.

“To tell you the truth, I had to go steal it. I had nowhere else to go.”


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Charity provides menstrual products for Indigenous girls and women – Oct 24, 2020

Last February, the Scottish parliament became the first nation in the world to make sanitary products freely available to all women.

The legislation made products such as tampons and sanitary pads free for all women in Scotland, available at designated public places such as community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies.

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