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Shag Shop to reopen as an online store – with more, free safer-sex items to be available across campus
The Shag Shop, a sexual health boutique run by Student Health Service since 2005, closed its Student Health clinic location in April 2014. The closure occurred as First Peoples’ House, which is located adjacent to the Shag Shop, did not have a fully accessible entrance. The old Shag Shop space is currently being restructured to allow for a new entrance, with construction slated to end in October. This has left the Shag Shop without a physical space. Despite joint widespread efforts to find a new physical location, with space on McGill campus at such a premium, no alternative location has been found. As a centre for sexual, reproductive products and health education, the Shag Shop can’t set up just anywhere; we need a specific site that is accessible and easy to find, but that also allows for our students to feel a sense of privacy and discretion. Such a location could not be found in time to open for August 2014. However, McGill students need not fear that the Shag Shop is gone for good. As a solution, we are opening our products up for online sale. Lubricants, sustainable menstrual products, pregnancy tests, and alternative contraceptive methods will all be available to order online, with an opening launch planned for later in the fall 2014.
In addition, a variety of free safer-sex items, including condoms and lube, will be made available across campus in participating locations as of September 1st. These locations include Dave’s Store (Bronfman basement), Macdonald Campus Student Services (Centennial Centre), Thomson House (main floor washrooms), the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (Brown Building, suite 2100), and Student Health Service (Brown Building, suite 3300). Students living in residence also will continue to have access to free safer sex items through their floor fellows.
All further information and questions on this matter can be directed to Amanda Unruh, Health Promotion Coordinator in Student Health Service. Contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 514-398-2087.
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