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The naked truth? Nude beach debate has a point: Naturist prez

The naked truth? Nude beach debate has a point: Naturist prez you’re heading to Hanlan’s Point Beach this summer, the only suit you should plan to wear is your birthday suit, according to recent signs posted by nudists at the clothing optional beach.

The signs, which read “Undress station: Beyond this place you should be nude for the comfort of the nudists and to show respect for the nudists,” have been taken down by reps from the City of Toronto, but news stories and social media posts about the situation have provoked a conversation about nude beaches.

And that’s a good thing, says the president of the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN).

“I don’t despise them for posting those signs, because sometimes you have to hit people with a hammer before they’re actually willing to listen,” says Ron Schout, who joined the FCN in 1989. “And that’s actually what has taken place, thanks to the news reports that have come out.”

While Schout doesn’t believe in forcefully confronting clothed people and demanding that they disrobe, he does feel that non-nudists are crowding a space that should be reserved for people in the buff. 

“In the articles that I’ve been reading, the clothing people are saying, ‘We have a right to be down there, too,’” he says. “Yes, you do, but then again, you’ve got how many other beaches in Toronto to be at? Really, what’s the purpose of the beach? Is it so a bunch of clothed people can be down there looking at a bunch of naked people? Or is it for the enjoyment of the naked people?”

Earlier this week, the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Twitter account posted the tweet, “Get naked at Hanlan’s Point, or not — either way is good for us!” read more at