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Statement from Park Board Chair on incident at Komagata Maru monument

December 5 2013

"On behalf of my fellow Commissioners, we are saddened and deeply offended by this disgraceful act,” said Park Board Chair Sarah Blyth.

Komagata Maru monument

Today, the Vancouver Park Board has become aware of a photograph posted on Facebook appearing to show an individual urinating on the commemorative monument to the Komagata Maru in Harbour Green Park at Coal Harbour.

"On behalf of my fellow Commissioners, we are saddened and deeply offended by this disgraceful act,” said Park Board Chair Sarah Blyth. "The monument was created in partnership with the Khalsa Diwan Society to embrace multiculturalism and remind people about the devastating impact that racial intolerance and discrimination have had upon our community.”

The incident has been reported to the Vancouver Police Department who are investigating. Parks staff have cleaned the monument.