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A naked protester drawing attention to Ontario’s plans to develop portions of the Greenbelt was kicked off stage by Avril Lavigne during Monday night’s Juno Awards.

On Monday evening, as Lavigne was speaking to assembled guests at the Edmonton event, a topless protester appeared on the stage behind her.

The message “Save the Greenbelt” was written on their body.


Avril Lavigne confronts a topless protester as she presents during the Junos Monday, March 13, 2023.


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Lavigne was quick to order the protester to leave the stage. “Get the f–k off,” she said, still speaking into the microphone.

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In November, Ontario announced plans to allow for 7,400 acres of the protected Greenbelt to be developed into housing. The move has sparked backlash from opposition parties and environmental advocates.

The protester was quickly escorted from the stage.


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