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Pride flag crosswalk vandalized in Gananoque, Ont.

The first Pride flag crosswalk in Gananoque was painted on Friday, and was vandalized shortly afterwards.

“I’m very upset. I actually had hope that the group of Gananoque was higher than that,” says Lynn Pretsell of the Rainbow Connection of the Thousand Islands.

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Pretsell, an area activist and LGBTQ2 supporter, first introduced the thought of a rainbow crosswalk to council. The movement to create the first-ever rainbow crosswalk in the city was handed in June.

“It’s 2021. Its time for folks to exit and stay their finest life and never decide different folks on how they select to stay their life,” she says.

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Gananoque Police Chief, Scott Gee, says group complaints helped to find the motive force.

“We truly obtained three complaints on the identical time from members of the general public who witnessed the incident, at which era our officers responded and situated the motive force and because of the investigation the motive force was charged with stunt driving in addition to mischief to property,” Gee says.

Pretsell says the black tire marks gained’t be staying for very lengthy, with the city shifting swiftly to repair the harm.

“We will probably be again at it Friday morning this week to restore the harm,” she says. “And truly with a second coat it is going to be even brighter than earlier than. So that’s wonderful.”

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Chief Gee says he desires the LGBTQ2 group to know that he stands with them.

“Things like this wont be taken flippantly, and assets will probably be put in. We must ship a message to the group that this wont be tolerated.”


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