Que­bec town for­bids nu­dity in pool locker rooms

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS ✦ WEATHER -

A Mon­treal-area town has de­cided to for­bid all nu­dity in the locker rooms of its mu­nic­i­pal pools — a level of dis­cre­tion that has one man won­der­ing if it doesn’t go too far.

Brossard ad­vised res­i­dents in its news­let­ter this month it wouldn’t al­low men or women to walk around naked in their re­spec­tive locker room and showers.

For now, the penalty is a sim­ple warn­ing. The city says it had to act af­ter be­ing in­un­dated with com­plaints about nu­dity in what it con­sid­ers a pub­lic space.

Long­time res­i­dent Roland Ber­ard, 67, says he finds the new rule “re­gres­sive.”

“I don’t agree with hav­ing to cover up in the men’s locker room when I’m chang­ing and when I’m tak­ing a shower,” he said. “I agree to be dis­creet.”

Ber­ard, who swims in the morn­ings when it is adults who are mostly present, said he doesn’t see a prob­lem chang­ing or show­er­ing while naked.

The 30-year Brossard res­i­dent said he’s never had an is­sue, even when his own chil­dren took swim­ming les­sons at the same pools.

He won­ders if ed­u­cat­ing kids about the hu­man body shouldn’t just be left up to par­ents.

“I just thought it was a bit re­gres­sive to do that based on — I don’t know how many com­plaints the city has had — com­plaints of peo­ple hav­ing other peo­ple’s nu­dity im­posed on them,” Ber­ard said.

He said he’s not look­ing to cre­ate con­flict and will com­ply, but thinks it’s an is­sue wor­thy of dis­cus­sion.

Eric Leuen­berger, aquatic ac­tiv­i­ties di­rec­tor for the City of Brossard, said the move comes amid wide­spread dis­con­tent among a wide range of pool users.

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