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11/13/2017 15:44 EST | Updated 11/14/2017 10:48 EST

No More Nudity In Public Locker Rooms For Brossard, Que.

"This is where we are now."

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The cover-up rules come as Brossard breaks ground on a new aquatic complex, one that will do away with gender-specific change areas in favour of a universal locker room. The facility is expected to be ready in 2019.

Brossard currently uses two high school pools with limited locker space.

The new $45-million aquatic centre includes the gender-inclusive shared space that will cater to individuals, families and people with disabilities, including a common area and private showers and change stalls.

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The spaces are used in several facilities across Canada and are commonplace in European locales including Switzerland, France and Belgium.

The Brossard official defended the new rules as necessary, adding "we can't have different rules for a category of citizens — we want one rule for everybody."

Ten years ago, we might not have said anything. But this is where we are now.Eric Leuenberger

He said people like Berard will simply have to live with it.

"I'm not saying Mr. Berard's behaviour is wrong," Leuenberger added. "Ten years ago, we might not have said anything. But this is where we are now."

Leuenberger said there have been two complaints since the introduction of the new rules, including Berard's.

Locker-room nudity also surfaced as an issue in Montreal this past summer when signs cropped up at a pool asking swimmers to show discretion and not hang around in the buff.

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