OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Service confirms to CTV News Ottawa that the hate crimes unit is investigating after white paint was splashed on a rainbow crosswalk in downtown.
Photos of the Bank Street and Somerset Street crosswalk show that a significant amount of white paint was splashed on the ground near the crosswalk and spread over it.
It is currently Pride Week in Ottawa.
Ottawa police had no further information on the investigation as of Friday morning.
As of Friday afternoon, the paint had been removed from the crosswalk, but remained in the road on either side.
Pride crosswalks have been the target of mischief. Earlier this month, police laid charges against a 21-year-old man who was videotaped spinning his tires on a rainbow crosswalk in Gananoque, Ont.
In a statement, Capital Pride called the incident disturbing.
“As the incident continues to be investigated, it follows a disturbing trend of vandalism of pride symbols – and in particular rainbow crosswalks – across the country, including at Wasaga Beach, Gananoque, Vancouver, Lethbridge, Nanaimo, Prescott and Barrie, ”the statement said.
“As we reflect on the many important discussions taking place this week, it remains important to recognize that members of the 2SLGBTQ + community have long been victims of violence, as have Indigenous peoples, racialized communities, immigrants, religious groups. and many others. act reminds us of the need to continue to challenge and resist all forms of oppression, including homophobia and transphobia, wherever they occur. “
The theme for this year’s pride celebrations is “We Always Demand”. Pride in the Capital says it is both a reminder of the work that remains to be done to achieve full equality for 2SLGBTQ + people in Canada, and a call to action for community members and their allies to take a stand when they witness these types of hate-motivated incidents.