Whitehorse musicians attacked by four men
Mayor concerned about downtown street violence
Whitehorse mayor Dan Curtis says a recent downtown attack is more proof that street violence is a serious problem in the city.
Musicians Nick Leblanc and Guy Cormier say they were attacked and robbed a week ago after finishing up a night of entertaining people.
They had just left the bar after playing a gig at the 202 when four men attacked them. Leblanc's violin was taken during the assault.
Cormier, whose face was bruised and cut, said nothing like this has ever happened to him.
"It kind of breaks something inside because you're not as free and having a good time and naive," he said. "You have to watch for your back, and I think it's kind of sad, too. You're not able to take your instrument and walk home."
Leblanc and Cormier said the attack won't stop them from performing in bars but they may start taking cabs home instead of walking.
The RCMP say there's no evidence street assaults are on the increase.
But Mayor Dan Curtis said people in Whitehorse believe the numbers are already too high.
"I know from when I was a child, I see it as being different," he said.
"I know even as a young man I'd have no concern walking at any time in the day or night in the city of Whitehorse and quite frankly I'm not as easy as I was."
Curtis said substance abuse and street violence are not unique to Whitehorse but the community has pull together to find the solutions.