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Cornwall's pool problem gains national attention

By Nick Seebruch

Published on July 11, 2017

Cornwall's pool problem has gained national notoriety.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Since the sparse facts regarding the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal case against Cornwall came to light they have caused a stir in the city and now national outlets are taking notice.

The Huffington Post Canada published its own coverage of the story on July 11.

Of the sparse details, what we do know is that an unnamed woman who was not in the City at the time of the complaint called the municipality and several hotels in town and in the surrounding area regarding their policy regarding topless women in their swimming pools.

It seems that any group who responded that they would restrict her ability to swim topless was named in her Human Rights Tribunal case.

According to the Ontario Human Right's Tribunal the following organizations have been named in the case: Sheraton Hotels in Ontario, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide LLC, Capital Hotel Limited Partnership d.b.a. Fairmont Château Laurier,  8601330 Canada Inc. c.o.b. as Quality Inn & Suites Hawkesbury, Four Seasons Hotels Limited, Calypso Park Inc., Norbro Holdings Ltd. o/a Best Western Parkway Inn and Conference Centre, Marriott Hotel, Ottawa; 1078845 Ontario Inc. o/a Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre and Municipalité de Cornwall.

According to a municipal by-law from 1996 all females ages 10 and over must wear a top. Interestingly 1996 was the same year the Province of Ontario legalized public toplessness for women.

So far no date has yet been set for a hearing and Cornwall Council was briefed on the issue on Monday, July 10 according to Mayor Leslie O'Shaughnessy.

This is not the first time in the past week that a Cornwall issue has caught national attention. On Firday, news crews from Ottawa were in town covering the problem of feral cats on Bergin Ave.