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Kelowna police are reviewing video tape images of City Hall vandalism

This is how City Hall looked after the initial cover up.
November 01, 2020 - 10:30 AM

While the City of Kelowna has numerous surveillance cameras in its parkades, and places like the Queensway bus terminal, there aren't many around City Hall itself.

Still, there appears to be a least one camera on top of the building’s north wall facing the City’s parking lot. That is likely the source of video footage of the vandal or vandals who spray painted anti-COVID-19 messages earlier this week.

This appears to be the only surveillance camera on the north side of the building.
This appears to be the only surveillance camera on the north side of the building.

“We are currently reviewing surveillance video and speaking to potential witnesses, but at this time we do not have any video or images to release,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy wrote in an email to iNFOnews.ca.

The graffiti was spotted on the north wall of City Hall Tuesday morning.

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Someone must have climbed up and down a ladder several times to spray “No new normal, COVID is a plandemic” above the first floor windows. The bottom of that wording is at least three metres above the ground.

That end of the building is somewhat shielded from view by trees growing next to the parking lot.

Wording below the window continued around the west side of the building where it’s more visible from Water Street.

“I want breath (sic) fresh air and live fre (sic) COVID has a 99.9 per cent survial (sic) rate economic collapse does not,” it read.

Graffiti at Kelowna City Hall.
Graffiti at Kelowna City Hall.

The city has a team that battles graffiti and has suggestions on its web page about how to minimize the risk of being vandalized.

That includes improving lighting, minimizing walls or fences that might serve as “blank canvases” and planting ivy or thorny bushes in front of vulnerable walls.

It also suggests covering walls made of surfaces such as stucco (which the City Hall wall appears to be) and brick with a “protective anti-graffiti covering.”

By Thursday afternoon the graffiti had been painted over but some dark paint spots could still be seen, although they were not readable.


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