Alysha also made headlines this week after it was reported she and her twin sisters Tameera and Nadia, during an evening bike ride in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario, decided they would ride through the downtown area with their shirts off because of the heat.
They spoke with several people during the ride, including a female police officer and there was no reaction to their topless ride until a male police officer challenged Alysha and her sisters.
Initially, and I’m recording an interview with Alysha Brilla this afternoon, to be played back tomorrow on the show, the police officer reportedly said “ladies you’re going to need to put your shirts on.”
Not so. At least not according to the courts.
The issue was resolved in 1996 in Ontario when the Ontario Court of Appeal tossed out an initial conviction against Gwen Jacobs of Guelph for walking topless in public in 1991. A lower court had convicted Ms. Jacobs of committing an indecent act.
Tomorrow, Alysha Brilla and her sisters will be holding a march in Waterloo’s Town Square to show support for women’s right to be topless in public.
Also this week, there’s a report a B.C. woman, Susan Rowbottom, was sunbathing topless in Kelowna when a police officer instructed her to cover up. In British Columbia the law, as decided by the province’s Supreme Court, allows a woman to be bare-breasted in public as well.
Listen to the interview with Alysha Brilla on tomorrow’s show and then we’ll open the phone lines for your thoughts.
Will anyone challenge this all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada and would the SCC decide to hear the case?