Grow up, North America!

Grow up North America!

National Post, April 2, 2009

Canadian nudity laws may be in need of an update
A reflection on an article by By: Daniela Syrovy

A couple of years ago, I wrote to the National Post a letter regarding the excessively prudish and stuffy attitude of many North Americans towards nudity and particularly towards “family change rooms” in public swimming pools.  An extract of my letter was published in the National Post of April 2, 2009 (above).

As it happens, the rather archaic Canadian Laws pertaining to public nudity are currently being challenged in front of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario.

As it currently stands the law is so broad and far-reaching that it could make a criminal of anyone who happens to walk naked from their bathroom to their bedroom and may have forgotten to close their blinds.  Even in the relative intimacy and seclusion of a private property, perfectly natural nudity can be characterized as being a “criminal act”!

I will surely try to provide more news about this legal challenge as it progresses through the Canadian legal system in the coming months.

In the mean time, I could not ignore Syrovy’s article and particularly enjoyed the involuntarily humorous caption under the small photographs illustrating the article (above).  As a passionate naturalist myself – albeit a non-qualified one – I felt the importance of submitting the following comments:

Appeler un chat … un chat …

Watch out for all these seditious and subversive “naturalists” out there.  They often disguise themselves as benign natural historians, life scientists, wildlife experts, biologists, botanists, zoologists, ornithologists, entomologists or even ecologists … while threatening the very foundation of our priggish society on their salacious tandems …

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About Michel Botman

Michel Botman was born in Belgium, where visual arts have always flirted with the limits of reality. In the eighties, Michel Botman started exploring the first tools to manipulate images though computers. For about 15 years, Michel Botman worked throughout Europe in the emerging field of Computer Applications for the Graphic Arts. Extensive experience in Digital Imaging allowed Michel to move into the field of computerized systems for Diagnostic Imaging. As VP Sales & Marketing for eSys Medical and later with Eclipsys, Michel Botman always remained dedicated to the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of his career. At the present time, Michel Botman is refocusing his life towards graphic arts. “I studied photography in Europe, but never had time to practice it enough. Life took me on other paths towards computer technologies and running a business. I enjoyed it very much, but I also love art. I always keep my eyes open for exciting opportunities and people that touch my heart.” Michel Botman lives in Toronto with his wife Lindy and son Noah. Above Gravatar pictures are of Michel Botman, his wife Lindy Amato and his son Noah Botman.
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