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Canadian naturists challenge nudity law
FCN launches letter-writing campaign asking Ottawa to formally review Section 174 of the Criminal Code
The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) is calling on the Canadian government to review its nudity law, according to a press release that went out on the Globe Newswire today (Oct. 11).
It is encouraging its members as well as “friends and allies to take part in our letter-writing campaign,” it says on the FCN website, where it also has a position statement on Section 174 of the Criminal Code — which they describe as “overly broad, socially outdated and does not recognize cultural diversity.”
The FCN offers instructions on what to include in the letter as well as who to send it to. The campaign will continue until Oct. 28.
In the press release, the FCN says “Unlike other laws in the Criminal Code that are reviewed every few years, Section 174 has not been given a formal review in at least 60 years. As a result, they feel that the law no longer reflects the sensibilities of modern Canadians, or our multicultural society.”
This campaign follows a petition earlier this year that urged Ottawa to repeal Section 174 of the Criminal Code. It garnered 1,760 signatures (I signed it). But as the FCN points out on its website, “this strong show of public support does not guarantee that the House of Commons will respond to this petition in any meaningful way. In fact, many petitions presented to Parliament do not result in any government action.”
So they are now hoping to build on the momentum of that petition with a letter-writing campaign.
If you’re Canadian, check it out.