Well, an unidentified woman has complained.
The complaint, filed by an unidentified woman, has since been supported by the Council on the Status of Women and Quebec Secular Movement.You can read all about it or listen to the CBC report here: Côte-des-Neiges under fire for offering gender-segregated swimming Sessions an 'infringment on rights': Drainville
Of course, this has annoyed people.
May Khalifa, a Ville St-Laurent resident who comes to the pool during the segregated hours, told CBC Montreal's Daybreak that her religion and culture prevent her from swimming with men.
"I shouldn't wear a swimming suit in front of men - it's my culture," she said.Drainville from Quebec Secular Movement:
"We think that this infringes on the equality of rights between men and women - which is a value that is widely shared by Quebecers," he said.
"It was not always the case that men and women were equal in this society. This is something that is now a given."
Drainville said the segregated hours sends a wrong message about Quebec, all the while using taxpayer money.Julie Miville-Dechêne, president of the province's Council on the Status of Women, agreed.
"I can't please everybody and I think my role is to think of the larger issues, and the larger issue is that we live in a secular society where women and men can be in bathing suits, swim together," she said.Yes, our culture here is a secular one. Although it seems to be framed as a cultural prohibition against mixed bathing, nobody seems to be buying it.
Personally, I'm not too sure where I stand on this one. I mean, it's only 2 hours out of the week. In principle, at least, I'm against the segregation.
The pool has no plans to cancel the segregated swimming periods.