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How old is too old to go topless in Ontario?

By: Teresa Sousa
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Culture & Entertainment

How old is too old to go topless in Ontario?

By: Teresa Sousa
pool legsHow old is too old to go topless in Ontario? Although the province of Ontario has no restrictions on women appearing topless in public places, certain municipalities do. According to a City of Guelph policy, it's females over the age of 4. An 8-year-old girl was spending the day with her family at a wading pool when her mom was approached by the lifeguard. He asked her how old her daughter was and when she replied that she was 8 years old, he told her that she needed to put a top on. Young Marley's parents are outraged and believe this to be a form of body shaming. "As soon as Marley realized what happened she wanted to put a shirt on, she was embarrassed and felt singled out" said her mom, Anika Warmington. "I think it's crazy, I don't understand it at all. All the kids are the same at this point, they haven't hit puberty, nobody has breasts. If she was wearing blue shorts and had short hair they probably would have never noticed that she was a girl." The city of Guelph feels comfortable about their policy and stands by it. They have responded with this statement " It was never our intent to shame that little girl and if that is how she felt than we apologize for that, but again we're going back to balancing the needs of all patrons." How do you feel about this situation...do you side with the city's policy or rather the outraged parents? photo courtesy flickr.com/Martha Silva
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