• 17 Sep 2018 8:21 PM | Anonymous


    In doing research for our upcoming legal challenge in support of Naturism in Canada, we came across something quite amazing from the United Kingdom. Earlier this year, British Naturism, working with the College of Policing, had the Policing Manual updated to include new direction on public nudity and the clear conclusion that non-sexual nudity is lawful. From the preamble (emphasis added):

    In the lawful situation where there is an absence of any sexual context in relation to nudity and where the person does not intend the behaviour to be, and is not aware that it may be disorderly, it will not be appropriate to take any police action.

    The British Naturism legal team has written a detailed blog post on how they were able to achieve this. We at CNR love the approach as it worked respectfully and constructively with key stakeholders to align on a new interpretation of the law, that was then communicated nationally and in a consistent manner.

    Check out the resulting UK College of Policing briefing note (and handy flow charts) here.


  • 12 Aug 2018 7:45 PM | Anonymous

    Calgary Nude Recreation was established in the belief that contextually-appropriate social nudity can be a powerful tool for individuals to gain confidence, free themselves from body-shame, and allow a new connection with the self and others. We strive to create spaces where nudity is normalized, empowering, and beneficial to our community.

    What we are trying to accomplish

    We are trying to establish naturism as a lawful activity and a legal form a recreation for all Canadians. People should be allowed to enjoy the forest in the most natural state.

    Event permits denied

    Our applications for outdoor events in secluded locations have been denied on the grounds that nudity is always illegal under the Criminal Code of Canada.  We do not agree with that interpretation.  The law allows plenty of wiggle room for Wreck Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Crystal Crescent Beach, World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) events in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and countless other examples.  Enjoying the forest in the most natural state should be on that list.

    Is nudity illegal?

    Criminal Code section 174 is the law that speaks to nudity and is incredibly short.  Here is section 174 in its entirety:

    Nudity

    174 (1) Everyone who, without lawful excuse,

    (a) is nude in a public place, or

    (b) is nude and exposed to public view while on private property, whether or not the property is his own,

    is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

    Marginal note: Nude

    (2) For the purposes of this section, a person is nude who is so clad as to offend against public decency or order.

    Marginal note: Consent of Attorney General

    (3) No proceedings shall be commenced under this section without the consent of the Attorney General.

    Next Step: Obtaining legal advice

    Calgary Nude Recreation believes section 174 can be subject to several arguments in favour of contextually-appropriate nude recreation being allowable. We have spoken with a law firm familiar with constitutional law who believes they can help advance our cause.  Money raised via the Legal Fund will establish the best path to ensure those participating in nude recreation are not subject to the threat of criminal prosecution.

    Not just about Calgary anymore

    We anticipate the outcome of our work to apply nationally, blazing a trail and creating a road map for others to use.

    How can I help?

    Please consider donating to our Legal Fund.  More information on our values, goals, and story can be found throughout this site and on the Legal Fund page.



    Read more updates HERE on our Blog page.
  • 1 Aug 2018 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    Back in January, you may recall that one of our local events was cancelled due to threats of violence. A legal fund was subsequently established, and then placed on hold when approval was secured to move forward. Since then, we have successfully (and peacefully) held over 6 indoor events and our membership has continued to grow.

    We have also been pressing on one of our original intentions, which is holding outdoor activities for our members in a controlled/respectful/appropriate setting. We have been attempting to work with a number of official agencies/departments to secure approval to do this in an “above board” way. Unfortunately, we feel that all current avenues have now been exhausted. In consultation with law firms specializing in constitutional law, we feel it is necessary to explore this angle.

    Accordingly, we have re-opened the legal fund. Funds raised will be used for a retainer fee including a legal opinion on the best course of action to meet CNR's objectives. While obviously very early in the journey, our ultimate objective is to see willing Canadians allowed to practice naturism without the threat of criminal prosecution. As this is now a larger situation with the potential for national impact, we are encouraging all Canadians to consider donating.  You can read more on the GoFundMe page.

    In the mean time, we aren't giving up! We are excited to be lining up more indoor activities for the fall – watch for details on the members-only events page.



    Read more updates HERE on our Blog page.


  • 2 Jul 2018 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    It's summertime and everyone is probably wondering where the outside activities are. We are trying very hard to ensure our events are completely above-board and legal. Unfortunately, that complicates things A LOT. I’ll certainly accept some blame myself for the delay, as there is a really steep learning curve to this.

    While we haven't had any specific rejections due to nudity, we have encountered an abundance of bureaucracy.  Nude or not, it appears that getting permission for a large group of people to assemble on crown land involves a number of hoops.

    We have quite a few irons in the fire, and it looks like a few of them will pan out eventually. We have been in contact with the RCMP, along with other government agencies. Most people have been really helpful and understanding of our heightened needs as a nude group in order to comply with the law. In addition to working to find a suitable location for naked hikes, we continue to keep eyes out for potential locations for a permanent beach.

    Given the publicity we received in January, along with our long term goals to establish a legal nude beach, we feel we are best off working with government agencies and working within the confines of their regulatory systems. While it may appear easier to have a "renegade" nude hike (as plenty of people do), but we feel this may complicate our other goals significantly.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding.


  • 15 May 2018 6:13 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you for 4 months of success!

    Hello everyone! Naked Jeff here. We here at CNR would like to thank everyone for their support and participation in our events. None of this would be possible without YOU showing up, getting naked, and having fun.

    We have overcome many hurdles to have our events in Calgary. Your patience and understanding has been amazing. We really appreciate the feedback that many of you have sent us. YOU are a part of OUR community and we hope you consider us a part of YOUR community. 

    We are super stoked that we continue to nurture our relationship with the City of Calgary, and can announce the event registration changes outlined below.

    We are finally in our warm season and we will have some outdoor events soon! Many of you have been asking about nude hikes. Trust me when I say we are all just as stoked as you all for nude hikes. The sad news is it’s a bit early in the season. Its still a bit cold (especially the water) out there.

    We at CNR are in this for the long term. We believe ALL people should have access to body-positive events to present their most authentic self. One of our long-term goals is a LEGAL nude beach near Calgary. Now that the snow is melted we have been making scouting expeditions for potential sites. Realistically, we see this as a goal that will take several years to complete. In the meantime, should you come across nice secluded locations, please share them with us!

    Membership Rules Update

    In the early days of CNR, we committed to establishing formal rules, processes, and procedures to help minimize risk and maximize the comfort and safety of all attendees.  We also committed to listening to our members and trying our best to provide a sustainable naked space to everyone who wanted to join us.  

    After a number of successful events, we've made a couple of tweaks to the Membership Terms. First, we have specifically called out "following" as another action which may negatively impact the comfort and safety of other attendees. We have also adjusted Rule 3 to make it clear that members have two options if the actions of others are making them uncomfortable -- either express their feelings to the person in question, or bring it to the attention of an organizer to approach the person in question. You can review the updated rules here.

    Event Registration Deadline Changes

    The City requires confirmation of expected attendance in advance of the event to confirm staffing numbers. After losses caused by a series of last-minute cancellations (and refunds) to the first event, we introduced a one-week cutoff for event registration.

    We heard you! Sometimes seven days is a lot of advanced notice, so we've approached the city and renegotiated our terms. Event registration and payment must now be completed by 10:00AM on the day of a swim. As we are still committing and paying the city, registration payment will remain "final sale" with no refunds available.



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