2 men charged after election signs burned in Ottawa South
Ottawa police have charged two young men with mischief after witnesses reported seeing provincial election signs lit on fire in the Southmore Drive and McCarthy Road area last week.
- Ottawa South still thought of as McGuinty's old riding
Police said two men were spotted Thursday morning at 1 a.m. lighting several political candidate signs.
A witness called police and fire services and the two men fled the scene. The two men arrested, age 18 and 19, both lived nearby.
Police spokesman Cst. Marc Sousy said most of the signs belonged to Ottawa South Liberal candidate John Fraser, but said it appeared to be a random act and there is no indication that any one candidate was targeted.
Fraser said earlier in the day that having a sign lit on fire was something he'd never seen before, but he too didn't think he was specifically targeted.
Both men were released with a promise to appear in court at a later date.
Green Party candidate Alex Hill also said he had a sign burned, while Ottawa West-Nepean Progressive Conservative candidate Randall Denley says he had more than 100 campaign signs cut up over the weekend.
On mobile? Click here to see a sample of some damaged signs in the Ottawa area and what's being done. You can also tweet @amkfoote (and the relevant candidate, please) if you see a damaged sign.