North Vancouver Pride crosswalk disfigured by homophobic graffiti
NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Just two weeks after the unveiling of a new rainbow crosswalk in the District of North Vancouver, the symbol of LGBTQ2 + pride has been disfigured.
An offensive homophobic message was spray painted on the crosswalk on Ross Road and Mountain Highway outside the Lynn Valley Library.
He was discovered Tuesday and the RCMP are hoping to find the culprit.
“It’s upsetting and disturbing,” said Sgt. North Vancouver RCMP Peter DeVries.
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– District of North Vancouver (@NVanDistrict) July 7, 2021
“When hate speech is based on one of the grounds protected by the Canadian Charter, then it is considered a hate crime,” he explained.
He says the offender (s) could also face property damage charges carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison.
“We would like to try to identify the person (s) responsible for this.”
The District of North Vancouver says it is aware of the graffiti and staff have been dispatched to assess it.
The vandalism is just the latest in a string of hate-motivated incidents across the province in recent weeks.
In early July, the most recent Nanaimo Pride crosswalk was also vandalized.
On July 1, the iconic Vancouver Pride crosswalk was also disfigured. The crosswalk was a must-see on Davie Street in the city’s West End.
The Vancouver Pride Society wrote in an Instagram post that they hope everyone stays safe.
“With Pride Week approaching, we want to remind our community to be proud and protect each other. Hate will never win, ”the post read.
The RCMP is part of the BC Hate Crime Team whose mandate is to identify, investigate and prosecute hate crimes.
Anyone with video surveillance or information on these crimes is urged to contact the police.
With files from Sonia Aslam