Vancouver park commissioner Erin Shum calls for baby diaper changing stations in public washrooms

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      Mom doesn’t have to be the only one changing baby’s diapers.

      That should also be part of dad’s job description as well.

      Replacing diapers outside the home can be a challenge.

      That’s why changing stations in public restrooms are helpful.

      Vancouver park commissioner Erin Shum can identify with what many parents likely go through when changing stations aren’t available in public washrooms.

      Shum is a new mom. She gave birth last June 8 to a baby girl, who she and husband Gavin Dew named Abigail Ariella.

      Shum has filed motion calling for changing stations in all park board washrooms.

      “Baby changing facilities are not universally available in City of Vancouver facilities, and in some cases are available only in women’s washrooms,” according to her motion.

      Shum noted that a 2016 law in the U.S. has required changing tables in male and female washrooms in all publicly accessible federal buildings.

      “With a typical change table costing $300-400, private companies are increasingly recognizing both the importance and positive commercial impact of including universally accessible changing tables in their facilities,” the park commissioner stated.

      Her motion also calls for the improvement of existing changing facilities in park board washrooms.

      The measure, which is included in the park board’s agenda Monday (October 1), likewise suggests installing baby changing tables in all other city facilities.

      Shum is running as an independent candidate for city council in this year’s October 20 election.