July 5th, 2020

RCMP in Alberta investigate after Pride path vandalized with tar and feathers

By The Canadian Press on June 27, 2020.

AIRDRIE, Alta. – A Pride organization north of Calgary says it will paint over vandalism to its rainbow pathway as many times as necessary following the latest incident where the path appears to have been tarred-and-feathered.

RCMP in Airdrie say in a news release that they received a report about a “black sticky substance found with white feathers” on the Pride flag that was pained on the pathway in Nose Creek Regional Park.

Police say it’s the second incident of vandalism to the rainbow symbol in seven days, noting last weekend the pathway was also left with offensive graffiti specifically targeting the LGBTQ community.

The Airdrie Pride Society posted on Facebook that it was “extremely disheartened” about the latest vandalism and called it “targeted and hateful.”

The post says that while the group will repaint the rainbow, it costs $300 to do so, which it says takes away from other community programming it offers.

Police are asking anyone with video footage or who witnessed suspicious activity in Nose Creek Regional Park between 10 p.m. on Friday night and 11 a.m. on Saturday to contact them.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 27, 2020.

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