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Pre-pandemic activities such as swimming, dancing and ice skating are being provided for Toronto’s children for the first time since 1918.
The City Council voted on Friday to revise the 1916 municipal swimming and recreation act, when most Canadians could be legally engaged in at least one activity.
The reinstated section allows for sports, arts and community activities not previously permitted to be used in communal swimming facilities.
The vote was originally scheduled for last week, but unexpectedly tabled.
The new act states: “Prudence demands that departments of hosptial care, temporary state hospitals, and wards of the crown no longer supervise or administer in aquatic centres.”
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The government would be left with the responsibility of assessing issues such as safety and communications with people who use the facilities.
The next steps: Toronto will let the city’s current public swimming pools remain open before building them out. A price tag for these repairs has not been announced.
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Impacts of the 1918 act
Hospital wards and other public health facilities may not be used to conduct any activity for adult or adolescent people that “is a subject of amusement, recreation, discussion, exchange, or sexual intercourse”.
Hospitals were also banned from advising adults about drinking or providing services for smoking, gambling or prostitution.
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The councillor who introduced the measure described it as “an old Canadian law we have for 100 years and doesn’t fit with the 21st century”.
The prohibition on adult-only recreational activities previously covered horse racing, boarding houses, jazz and other forms of live performance music.
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