Grand Bay-Westfield Mayor Calls Crosswalk Vandalism ‘Unacceptable’

The mayor of Grand Bay-Westfield spoke out Monday after a pair of crosswalks honouring Indigenous and LGBTQ communities were vandalized with tire skid marks.

In a statement, the town said the crosswalk in honour of Truth and Reconciliation on Woolastook Drive and the rainbow crosswalk near River Valley Drive and Epworth Park Road were damaged.

The town did not say when the vandalism took place.

Brittany Merrifield said town staff notified the RCMP after learning of the vandalism.

“The vandalism to these crosswalks is unacceptable and does not reflect the wider Grand Bay-Westfield community,” said Merrifield.

“We are a diverse and inclusive community that remains committed to the town’s vision of [being] a welcoming place to live, grow and thrive – for everyone.”

The town said both crosswalks will be restored, with both being assessed by its works department, who will work to remove the skid marks.

In the meantime, the Grand Bay-Westfield RCMP says an investigation is underway and asks anyone with information to call the detachment or Crime Stoppers.

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