An Ottawa woman is demanding that changing tables for children be required for all restaurants, movie theatres and community centres, after she said she was shamed for changing her daughter on a dining room table at a restaurant.
The mother, Candice Pouliotte, was embarrassed by patrons when she changed her daughter inside the restaurant, due to the fact that the restaurant did not have a changing space for children. After changing her child on a dining room table, she was approached by the owner of the restaurant, who was quick to ask how she dared to change her baby inside the restaurant. The owner and Pouliottte had a quick exchange, which led to the family leaving the restaurant before their meals were served. As a mother, Pouliotte was upset that a restaurant would ask a parent to go outside to change their child, and that leaving a restaurant to change a child is ‘treating them like a 2nd-class citizen or worse’.
Since Jan. 1 the Ontario Government has required newly built larger restaurants to have a family washroom with a changing table. Older buildings without them are not required to install them.
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