Change-room policy should be changed

Dear editor,

I am a regular user of the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre (off Lerwick) and have an issue to raise with the present policy of allowing young girls of the opposite sex to change in the men’s change room.

In January of this year, I exited the men’s shower, naked, and headed for my locker, only to find a father and two young girls, around age five years of age, standing there, equally as naked as I. For whatever reason, the father had chosen to bring them into the men’s change-room to change, and to then proceed through the men’s shower area (with a number of men showering) into the pool.  This was the first incident of four that I have come across this year. Most other men that I have spoken to are uncomfortable.  Women have also faced mothers with boys as old as seven in the women’s change-room, and often feel uncomfortable as well.

So, early this year, I contacted and communicated with Darcy Walters, the Regional District director of recreation, initially asking him what the policy was. He said children up to age seven were allowed with parents into the change room of the opposite sex. I have tried to let him know that many of the men using the pool do not feel comfortable with this policy, and we do have a large family change room, built exactly for the purpose.

Mr. Walters assured me that he would be working on a policy revision and asked me to be patient. I kept in contact with Mr. Walters on this matter.

This Sunday, I was again faced by a father and his daughter changing only a few feet from me. I politely asked the father why he did not use the family change room, and he said that he did not think anyone would care. I assured him that some men do.   I would not parade around naked in front of my five-year-old granddaughter, and I did not want to do the same in front of someone else’s granddaughter.

So, this past Sunday, I wrote Mr. Walters again, only to be disappointed to find that he is retiring this month and passing the matter onto his successor.

I would encourage the general public to ‘wade’ into this matter and express their opinion if they so wish.

Bob Austin

Lazo Road

 

 

 

Just Posted

Ginger Goodwin’s Cumberland cemetery grave desecrated

Just days before the Miners Memorial weekend, Ginger Goodwin’s grave has been… Continue reading

Cannabis store proposed for west side of Courtenay

Courtenay Council has approved second reading of a zoning amendment for a… Continue reading

North Island College celebrates 150th bachelor of business administration graduate

The North Island College School of Business marks a milestone in 2019… Continue reading

Former volleyball star runs to kill cancer

Since 2012, Stephanie Kurz has been pushing herself to the limit as… Continue reading

BREAKING: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Comox man arrested after gun incident at Quinsam Lake

43-year-old man from the Comox area has since been charged with multiple offences

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

UPDATE: Two-year-old involved in Chilliwack pool drowning has died

Toddler was reported to not be breathing as air ambulance called out Thursday afternoon

B.C. high school withdraws notices for temporary dress code

Parents previously told the Interior News they felt there was inadequate consultation over the rules

VIDEO: Toronto Raptors announcer credited with calming crowds after shooting

Matt Devlin, the Raptors’ play-by-play announcer since 2008, was praised for preventing panic from spreading

Mini-horse visits residents at Lower Mainland care home

Gunner turned a visit with grandpa into a major event for everyone at the residence

Most Read