Naturists challenge nudity laws with nationwide initiative

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario, Oct. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A national organization representing naturists has launched a major initiative calling on the federal government to review its nudity law. The Canadian Naturist Federation (CNF) has released a position statement and organized a letter writing campaign for the month of October.

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The law they focus on is Section 174 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which bears the simple title of “nudity”. In its position statement, the Federation raises a number of concerns about this law. For example, they argue that its wording is too broad and ambiguous, making it difficult to interpret or apply consistently. They also argue that it is out of step with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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With respect to review, they also argue that Section 174 was overlooked. Unlike other Criminal Code statutes that are reviewed every few years, section 174 has not had a formal review for at least 60 years. Consequently, they feel that the law no longer reflects the sensitivities of modern Canadians or our multicultural society.

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This initiative follows a petition calling for the repeal of Section 174. Known as the e-3999 petition, it was circulated from May to early September and garnered 1,760 signatures. The Federation hopes to build on the momentum of the petition through its letter-writing campaign to compel the federal government to commit to a formal review.

“We believe the time has come to bring this issue to the fore. That’s why we’re rallying our members and allies, or anyone who cares about personal freedom, to join our letter writing campaign,” said Federation President Greg Snow.

Information about the Federation’s letter writing campaign and position statement can be found on their website, fcn.ca.

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About Us – The Canadian Federation of Naturists (CNF) is a non-profit, member-supported organization dedicated to fostering greater understanding, acceptance and appreciation of naturism as a way of life across Canada.

Founded in 1986, the FCN has served as the voice of Canadian naturists through a variety of activities, including education and outreach, as well as legal advocacy.

For more information contact:
Greg Snow, President 289-338-9810, [email protected]
Rob Field, Vice President 416-527-1373, [email protected]
Dan Bissonnette, Director of Media Relations 519-259-2407, [email protected]

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