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Public nudity laws upheld by Ontario court

01/12/2012 01:15 EST | Updated 03/13/2012 05:12 EDT

An Ontario court has ruled that Canada's public nudity laws are constitutionally valid.

A nude-rights activist was found guilty Thursday on four counts of public nudity for appearing at restaurant drive-thrus while naked.

Brian Coldin owns a clothing-optional resort near Bracebridge, Ont., and was charged for incidents in 2008 and 2009 at A&W and Tim Hortons drive-thrus.

The man who was driving the car in one of the incidents, John Cropper, was also found guilty on one charge in a Bracebridge court.

Coldin's lawyer, Clayton Ruby, had said the laws infringe upon charter rights and suggested that somebody in a state of undress in a changing house at a public beach could be criminally charged.

Ruby said the law limits the expression of a naturist and should be struck down so Parliament can tailor legislation, if it so chooses, because currently the law is too broad.

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