Calypso-Valcartier Group changes its policy on bare breasts
Can women go around shirtless in public? Faced with this issue in 2017, the management of the Calypso water park in Limoges in Eastern Ontario decided to ban it on its property. However, the company confirms that it has changed its position.
I ncluded in a dozen companies and public bodies targeted by a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, two years ago, the Calypso-Valcartier Group was forced to clarify its dress code.
A woman had contacted the water park, hotels and the City of Cornwall to ask if they allowed women to have the bare breasts around their pools. She filed a complaint based on the Ontario Court of Appeal’s 1996 decision in Regina v. Jacob who stated that this practice should be tolerated in a public place if “the standard of tolerance of the community” considers that the gesture is not “unduly sexual”.
After a few days of reflection, the Calypso-Valcartier Group decided on July 19, 2017 that it would prohibit women from showing off their breasts in all its water parks.
“The comments were unanimous among our customers and we chose not to change the experience they have lived for years,” then said the president and CEO of the company at the time, Louis Massicotte.
However, Law has noted in recent days that the Calypso Water Park dress code no longer mentions this prohibition.
The Eastern Ontario Water Park and Valcartier Vacation Village (VVV) policy states only that “bathers of all genders are required to wear an appropriate swimsuit bottom.” The company states however that it “reserves the right to determine if a swimsuit is appropriate”.
A spokeswoman for the Calypso-Valcartier Group confirmed Wednesday that the company has reviewed its policies because of the legal dispute initiated in 2017. “We reviewed this dress code to ensure that it respects all points regulations and laws. It’s the swimsuit bottoms for everyone, no distinction between men and women, whether in Valcartier or Calypso, “explains VVV spokesperson Marie-Ève Hudon.
She adds that the proceedings before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario resulted in an amicable agreement in the case of the Calypso-Valcartier Group.
“Our priority was really to have the most welcoming environment possible,” says Hudon. There is no distinction between men and women, everyone is welcome in Calypso, just as in Valcartier. “