Topless women walking -- legally.
Predictably, Jacob's lawyer, Margaret Buist, hailed the ruling as "great news for women." However, the Ontario Minister responsible for women's issues, Dianne Cunningham, was rendered "speechless" by the decision--but managed to say that "a lot of people are offended by women walking around topless."
Among the people protesting were the Catholic Bishops of Ontario. Later, Attorney General Charles Harnick said he was requesting federal Justice Minister Allan Rock to circumvent the decision by a change to the Criminal Code; this "would ensure that community standards of decency are preserved and upheld."
That led Toronto Star columnist Michelle Landsberg, an ardent feminist, to write a sarcastic article attacking the Attorney-General as a 19th-century Victorian prude.
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