Numerous campaign signs for a Black MLA candidate have been vandalized and burned in Truro, about an hour’s drive north of Halifax.
Tamara Tynes Powell is the Liberal candidate for of Truro–Bible Hill–Millbrook–Salmon River. She is the sole Black candidate in the riding.
Sunday, on Facebook, Tynes Powell wrote:
Late Sunday night, about five hours after Tynes Powell's post, Lenore Zann, the area's MP and former NDP MLA, made a lengthy post accompanied with photos that seemed to shed further light on the signs.
Zann said she spent time canvassing with Tynes Powell and had spoken to her on Saturday after her campaign signs had arrived. Zann said she was driving at around 1:30am on Sunday, she noticed a large sign was missing near the entrance of Ford Street, off of Robie Street.
Ford Street, also known as "The Marsh," is one of three historical Black neighbourhoods in Truro's Black community, and is where Tynes Powell grew up.
Zann's post read, in part:
The Halifax Examiner reached out to Powell early Monday morning and is awaiting contact. We will update this article if she responds.
Matthew Byard, Local Journalism Initiative, Halifax Examiner