UWinnipeg gym rules face pushback for alleged discrimination

September 28, 2017

New gym hours at the University of Winnipeg reserved for women and some members of the LGBTTQ* community are being called discriminatory, reports the Winnipeg Free Press. Student Joel Olfert argues that the changes implemented this Monday, while well-intentioned, are creating a culture of exclusion at the school. The new rules set aside 17 hours per week during which specific gym facilities will be reserved for women and those who identify as non-binary (neither male or female). Olfert tells the Free Press that some students on campus are afraid to voice their disagreement for fear of being labelled intolerant or sexist. The school’s students’ association, which advocated for the changes, says that it has received negative feedback over the new hours that included an anonymous, intimidating note which was left for the association’s status of women director, Jade DeFehr. Winnipeg Free Press