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“I don’t even know if I want to put my signs back up.”

These were the words echoed by Ward 4 can­di­date Yvon Si­mo­neau, fol­lo­wing the se­cond ins­tance of the des­truc­tion of his elec­to­ral signs. The van­da­lism took place on Sep­tem­ber 8 and 9.

"We live in a de­mo­cra­cy," he said, "I shouldn't have to wor­ry about put­ting up these signs.

"The can­di­date es­ti­mates that 70 per cent of his signs have been ei­ther stolen or destroyed. "Some of them have sim­ply di­sap­pea­red," he ex­plai­ned. "They des­troy the wood I use for my signs." The can­di­date es­ti­mates the da­mage to be at over $1000, a true in­di­ca­tion of the extent of the van­da­lism, as a single si­gn costs a lit­tle more than $30.

Ward 4 has seen a consi­de­rate amount of van­da­lism to­wards elec­to­ral ob­jects. Last week, Vi­sion high­ligh­ted the ini­tial des­truc­tion of signs be­lon­ging to Si­mo­neau and ano­ther Ward 4 can­di­date, Marc-Andre Four­nier.

"It's the third time it has hap­pe­ned," said Four­nier last week. Fol­lo­wing last wee­kend's van­da­lism, Si­mo­neau confir­med that he aler­ted the On­ta­rio Pro­vin­cial Po­lice (OPP) and hopes they deal with the mat­ter.

But among­st all the des­truc­tion, he is quick to point to the com­mu­ni­ty's ge­ne­ro­si­ty, cal­ling it heart­war­ming. "Some re­si­dents have ma­na­ged to find some of my signs and have put them back up. I'm ex­tre­me­ly thank­ful for that."

—pho­to four­nie

L’un des can­di­dats pour le quar­tier 4, Yvon Si­mo­neau, a en­core une fois re­trou­vé cer­taines de ses pan­cartes élec­to­rales dé­truites. Se­lon lui, des voyous les au­raient sac­ca­gées les 8 et 9 sep­tembre der­nier. Le can­di­dat a af­fir­mé avoir per­du 70 % de ses af­fiches. « J’hé­site à re­mettre d’autres pan­cartes, » a-t-il dé­cla­ré à notre journal. Le van­da­lisme a eu lieu sur le che­min Ca­ron.

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