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Council considers free menstrual products

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 12:58 PST, Tue January 19, 2021

Richmond councillors are considering a program that would make free menstrual products available in most city facilities.

At last night’s general purposes committee meeting, Coun. Carol Day brought the proposal before councillors. While the program was initially envisioned as a pilot project with a review to come at the one-year mark, councillors were in support of expanding the proposed program to a permanent one.

“We know many women are specifically marginalized now more than ever due to COVID,” said Richmondite Karina Reid, who spoke as a delegation at the committee meeting. “Access is important, because if you’re in a public facility, you should be able to access (products) and your needs should be able to be met.”

In addition to coming up with an implementation plan, staff were also directed to report back with a budget and come up with an education plan. There will be a one-year review of the program.

All councillors were in support of the project. It will come before council for final approval in the coming weeks.

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