‘Disgusting’: Penticton businesses horrified by graffiti calling for ‘gas chamber’ for BC’s top doctor – Penticton News

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Coyote Cruises in Penticton is working hard to remove ‘disgusting’ graffiti scrawled on both sides of their building condoning violence against BC provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry.

“Bonnie Henry belongs in a gas chamber!” and “The government is lying to you!!” were found spray-painted in foot-high black letters on the two west-facing walls of the floating business on Thursday, stark black against the terracotta color scheme.

“We were incredibly surprised and very disappointed,” said Diana Stirling, Coyote Cruises’ partner with the Penticton Indian Band and K’ul Group.

Stirling said the team immediately got to work trying to remove it, but were unable to paint over it effectively in part due to weather conditions, and instead had to source products designed to remove graffiti.

“It just takes a huge amount of elbow grease, so we’re moving slowly, trying to make it go away,” Stirling said.

“It’s disgusting, and we’re doing our best to remove it as quickly as possible, but it sure takes time.”

The graffiti is very visible from the popular walkway across the river channel from Coyote Cruises, and Stirling said he heard concerns. They are asking for the patience of the community as they work to remove it permanently.

“The other thing that’s so heartbreaking is that a local artist painted our buildings here. And it takes a lot of care. It’s not, you know, a coat of paint, it’s the job of an artist on our buildings. [graffiti] with such an awful statement is absolutely disheartening,” Stirling said.

Staff members have been scrubbed and will continue to do so. They mostly cleared the statement about Henry on Friday afternoon and will begin work on the other wall on Saturday.

All graffiti removal costs are borne by the company. The artist who originally painted the buildings will return in the spring for a final restoration.

Stirling hopes the community knows she is doing everything she can to remove the disturbing posts.

“We’re doing it as soon as possible. I appreciate the patience,” Stirling said.

“A lot of people are passing by. A lot of people have reached out to us to make sure we were aware of it and to express how upsetting the message was for them as well. And we understand that for sure.”

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