December 21, 2016

City of Steinbach resolves complaint

The City of Steinbach has updated its food and drink policy in pool facilities to enable
parents and caregivers of infants to bottle feed (with plastic bottles) their infants in the pool
viewing area. The public is otherwise restricted from bringing food and drink into this area
for safety and cleanliness reasons.

The City of Steinbach responded to issues raised by Niverville mom Jodee Mason about
the food and drink policy in a complaint filed with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

“I am really happy that we were able to come to a resolution that removes some of the
barriers that mothers have in the early stages of being a parent. I have learned through this
experience that the human rights process can lead to real systemic change”.

Steinbach officials commented, “We are pleased to have resolved this matter on a common
sense basis, in a manner which addresses concerns about safety and cleanliness but still
enables parents of infants to remain in the pool deck area while tending to the needs of
their children”.

Mason’s complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of sex and family status, both
characteristics protected under Manitoba’s Human Rights Code.

The City’s policy is on the Steinbach Aquatic Centre’s website.

For more information contact:

George Sarides
Assistant Executive Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission
Main: 204-945-5815

Jodee Mason
Cell: 204-898-7183

Troy Warkentin
Manager, City of Steinbach