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Human rights complaint targets policy on female toplessness in pools

The eastern Ontario city of Cornwall is facing a human rights complaint over its policy prohibiting women and girls 10 and older from being topless in municipal pools.

Policy prohibiting women and girls 10 and older from being topless in Cornwall, Ont., pools

Cornwall Mayor Leslie O'Shaughnessy says city councillors will, at a closed-door meeting Monday night, discuss a policy that prohibits women and girls 10 and older from being topless in municipal pools. (Jaison Empson/CBC)

An eastern Ontario city is facing a human rights complaint over its policy prohibiting women and girls 10 and older from being topless in municipal pools.

Cornwall Mayor Leslie O'Shaughnessy says city councillors are discussing the issue at a closed-door meeting tonight and will be announcing their decision on whether to fight the complaint or change the policy in the coming weeks.

The mayor says the woman who launched the gender discrimination complaint doesn't live in Cornwall or the surrounding region.

The complaint also targets an eastern Ontario water park and seven hotel companies, including:

  • Sheraton Hotels in Ontario.
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
  • Fairmont Château Laurier.
  • Quality Inn & Suites Hawkesbury.
  • Four Seasons Hotels.
  • Calypso Theme Waterpark.
  • Best Western Parkway Inn and Conference Centre
  • Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre.

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has not yet scheduled a hearing on the matter and the full details of the complaint haven't been made public.

The tribunal hears complaints concerning discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and other grounds.

With files from CBC News