Calgary, AB,

CPS' response to Canyon Meadows pool protest

We acknowledge the impact that the recent demonstrations have had on people and communities across Calgary, especially those within the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Recently, demonstrations have been taking place outside Canyon Meadows Pool based on allegations that there was an act of indecent exposure in a change room.   CPS has thoroughly investigated the incident and has determined that these allegations are unfounded.  This incident did not take place as initially reported on social media.  There was no act of indecent exposure.  CPS is sharing this information in the interest of correcting misinformation that causes further harm to our community.

We would also like to remind all Calgarians that our role when attending protests is to maintain order and ensure public safety for everyone.  We will not hesitate to act if the law is broken.  We exercise our policing mandate in a manner that upholds the law, respects Calgarians’ constitutionally protected rights, and is consistent with our organizational values, including respect, fairness and accountability. 

We recognize that whether or not the actions of protestors meet the threshold for a criminal charge, including for hate-motivated offences, they may cause harm to individuals and our community.  We are committed to working with event organizers, and with our community partners, to ensure that events in Calgary remain a safe space for all attendees.