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...you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.
According to Wikipedia if a woman has more than one husband it is called polyandry and if a man has more than one wife it is called polygyny. Put them together and I guess you come up with the more common word 'polygamy'
The most famous polygamous group in Canada is the break-away Mormon sect in Bountiful, B.C.
But another hidden group came to light last year during the investigation into the deaths of the three teenage sisters, Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17 and Geeti, 13, who were drowned in Kingston. They were killed along with, Rona Amir Mohammed, the childless first sister wife of the father of the girls.
To get around the immigration laws when they came to Canada about 3 years ago, the dead woman was identified as a 'cousin'.
I'm not going to talk about the Bountiful court case or the horrendous murder in Kingston, I'm simply noting that polygamous families do exist in Canada and at some point in the not too distant future polygamy may be legalized.
With rulings on prostitution and polygamy coming up, 2011 promises to be an interesting year, Canada.
Hold on to your seat belts!