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Feeling polyamorous?

More Canadians are sharing the love – just in time for Valentine's Day.

Data released by the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association shows more Canadians than ever are feeling polyamorous.

Perhaps fuelled by the popularity of TV shows like Sister Wives, research by the CPAA shows polyamory has grown from less than one per cent to almost five per cent of unions in some sort of consensual, non-monogamous relationship.

"This year, Valentine’s is less about monogamous romance and returns to its true meaning of appreciation for all of our loved ones,"  said spokesperson Zoe Duff.

It was only recently, in 2011, that B.C.’s Supreme Court ruled Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada (the so called “anti-polygamy law”) does not apply to unformalized, polyamorous relationships, opening inroads into making polyamory more accepted in the mainstream.

The CPAA says polyamory, or "ethical non-monogamy," is the practice, desire or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.

So, if you're in the mood for love, don't forget to bring home two – or maybe even three – bouquets or boxes of chocolates this Valentine's.

Interested in sharing the love? Visit polyadvocacy.ca.



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