TRUE NORTH – The Department of National Defence says it won’t stand for members of the Canadian Armed Forces removing or vandalizing the feminine hygiene fixtures now required in men’s washrooms.
True North has received reports and photos of damaged or removed tampon dispensers and disposal units, which were mandated in all federally regulated male and female washrooms late last year.
One photo shared with True North was said to be taken in a men’s washroom at CFB Trenton, a large air base in central Ontario.
A spokesperson for the Department of National Defence said there have been no reports of vandalism at CFB Trenton, but this is not true of other military buildings.
“Unfortunately, vandalism has already been observed on some dispensing/disposal units installed in (Department of National Defence) occupied buildings,” the spokesperson told True North in an email.
The federal mandate went into effect Dec. 15, with unsanctioned removals reported almost immediately after.
The Defence department said removing tampon dispensers and disposal units from men’s washrooms undermines the department’s efforts to create an “inclusive” environment for “[so-called] cisgender women, [so-called] gender diverse individuals, [so-called] transgender men, and [so-called] intersex individuals” …