Wasaga Beach Pride pedestrian crossing vandalized



Barrie, Ont. –

The newly installed Pride crosswalk at Wasaga Beach was vandalized on Tuesday.

Simcoe Crime Stoppers Dufferin Muskoka tweeted photos of a suspect pouring paint cans as he walked the crosswalk in the early hours of the morning.

The inaugural crosswalk at Mosley and 39th Streets was installed on July 14, with a grand unveiling slated for July 26.

Wasaga Beach Communications Officer Michael Gennings said the crosswalk, located in front of the Wasaga Beach Youth Center, represents the city’s commitment to LGBTQ + programming at the center and identifies it as a safe space. and welcoming in the community.

Officials say the damage was cleaned up, but no dollar amount on the cost of the cleanup was available.

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to contact the police or Crime Stoppers.

The Rainbow Club of South Georgian Bay recently hosted Pride events in Collingwood and the Town of Blue Mountains.

Muskoka organizes its pride events from July 17 to 25.


This is not the first time that Pride crosswalks have been vandalized in Ontario.

On June 19, the Pride crosswalk in Owen Sound was degraded. The suspects are still at large.

In Orangeville, police said someone twice painted homophobic graffiti on the Broadway and Mill Street crosswalk on June 15 and again the next day. Four young people have been identified in this case.



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