Change your discriminating policy regarding 'dress-codes' at enclosed pools and splash pad facilities.

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Change your discriminating policy regarding 'dress-codes' at enclosed pools and splash pad facilities.

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Tarah Walsh started this petition to City of Guelph

The City of Guelph recently enforced a discriminatory policy wherein identified females, as young as four years old, are required to wear “appropriate” swimming attire when participating in recreational activities.   

On June 20th, an eight-year-old girl removed her shirt to cool off at a City of Guelph wading pool and was told to cover up by municipal staff on duty.

CBC media reports:

Cory McLean said his daughter Marlee and three step-brothers all stripped to the waist Saturday, but only she was told to put on a shirt by a lifeguard, who cited city policy that prohibits girls over the age of four from going topless at city pools and splash pads.

The girl, who didn't understand why she was being singled out, put her top back on so she could continue playing, he said.

"She was so embarrassed and really nervous and scared because it appeared she was in trouble," McLean said.

Marlee broke a "sexist and antiquated" rule, said her dad, who called for it to be changed.

(Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/news/story/1.3124762)

The City of Guelph’s 2015 “Community Guide” states - “For the protection of all participants and staff, females ages four and older must wear a bathing top in City of Guelph enclosed or fenced pools.”

(Retrieved from http://guelph.ca/wp-content/uploads/GCG_SpringSummer2015_CommunityGuide.pdf)

This policy is not equitable in nature.  It presents a double standard that sexualizes young girls and introduces a culture of body-shaming to our youngest citizens.  We question the rationale behind this policy and propose that our voices be heard in its review.

CITY OF GUELPH: Please rescind this antiquated policy to promote equality.

Please let the City of Guelph know what you think. If you agree that this policy be withdrawn OR amended, please sign and share.

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