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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Coach Car Vandalized Again

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Third incident in the past month of property damage to CN Coach in Owen Sound

An historic CN Coach stationed near Owen Sound's harbourfront has been vandalized, again.

Community Waterfront Heritage Centre curator Wendy Tomlinson says volunteers discovered on Monday morning the coach car had been tagged with graffiti sometime over the weekend.

This comes after two recent incidents in September when vandals broke windows on the CN Coach and ripped off a railing.

"It's beyond frustrating," Tomlinson says. "Our volunteers have worked extremely hard on the coach. The community has a whole has really invested in this project."

Tomlinson says about $150,000 has gone into restoring the CN Coach Car, funded through grants and community donations.

A dusk-to-dawn light was installed by the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre in September to discourage vandalism after the other incidents.

Tomlinson says the organization will also meet with the city next week in efforts to have cameras installed in the area.

"The coach is in a public space, so there is a process to go through in order to put camera surveillance," she says. "It is something we've been working towards for a number of years."

Tomlinson says some of the concerns of putting cameras in a public space are who has access to viewing the footage, and general privacy laws.

She urges anyone in the community who notices suspicious activity near the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre to report it to Owen Sound Police.

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