NANAIMO, B.C.: Groups condemn the spray painting of Chinese ads
JUNE 19, 2015 12:00 AM
A large number of Nanaimo’s education, government and business groups have banded together on a new campaign to condemn a recent string of racist slurs against Asian realtors in the city.
The group of organizations is responding to the defacement of several bus stop advertisements on Hammond Bay Road last weekend. The advertisements featured the faces of local real estate agents with printing in both English and Chinese.
The signs were spray painted with messages including “go away,” and “not welcome.”
Swastikas were also branded onto some of the signs and police are now investigating.
Vancouver Island University has launched an online petition at www.change.org stating the city’s openness and tolerance as well as its opposition to “intolerance, racism and hate.” It will also be published in the Daily News and other media.
The campaign also has the support of the City of Nanaimo, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, local MPs and MLAs, the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District and the Daily News and other local media.
Steve Lane, associate vice-president of academic planning and aboriginal initiatives at VIU, said the school has to ensure a safe environment off and on campus, especially for international students at the university. “I think in terms of international students. .. we want to be able to tell (their) parents that they’re sending their children to a place that’s safe for them.”
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