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Drainville bans mixed toilets in schools

Photo: Christine Muschi Archives The Canadian Press “With this directive [banning mixed toilets], we have found the right balance to ensure the well-being, privacy and inclusion of all students,” Minister Drainville welcomed Wednesday.

The Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville, formally banned mixed toilets in Quebec schools on Wednesday.

The elected official does not did not wait for the opinion of the committee of wise men on gender identity on this question. This committee was set up by the government in the wake of the mixed toilet saga.

The directive published Wednesday by Mr. Drainville is in direct line with his opposition to mixed toilets, expressed from September on the basis of its own “expertise in privacy”.

However, it contrasts with the recommendations of his own ministry. In 2021, the Ministry of Education identified as “an appropriate administrative measure” the provision of “neutral places of privacy allowing the free choice of students and staff.”

In the directive published Wednesday in the Official Gazette, the Minister of Education asks school service centers to “ensure that they implement the means at their disposal so that all toilets and changing rooms which will be built or renovated in the future or whose design progress is less than 30% are gendered (boys/girls).”

“No toilets and no changing rooms mixed (without distinction between boys and girls) cannot therefore be designed during construction or renovation projects for school buildings”, it is specified.

School service centers must nevertheless ensure “provide individual, universal and accessible toilets without restriction for students who need them or who wish to use them”. The minister requires that these facilities be “appropriate, secure and located in strategic locations allowing adequate surveillance, such as in a common circulation area.”

The minister shared his directive on the social network

Further details will follow.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116