Toronto

Man who allegedly vandalized cenotaph at Old City Hall released on bail

A man has been released on bail in connection to an alleged vandalism incident at the Old City Hall cenotaph earlier this week.

The cenotaph was marked with graffiti the day after Remembrance Day

The cenotaph stands outside Old City Hall in downtown Toronto. (Nick Boisvert/CBC)

A man who allegedly vandalized the cenotaph at Old City Hall the day after Remembrance Day has been released on bail.

The 33-year-old from Toronto appeared in court on Friday. He faces charges of mischief under $5,000 and common nuisance.

Officers were initially called to the cenotaph, at Bay Street and Queen Street West, in the early morning of Nov. 12. Passersby reported that it had been spray-painted with the words, "Ye broke faith with us," in capital letters.

Fewer than 24 hours earlier, the city held its annual Remembrance Day service at the monument, which honours Canada's war dead.

It's possible the message referenced the well-known John McCrae poem In Flanders Fields.

"If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields," the poem reads.

Speaking to reporters that day, Mayor John Tory called the act "disgraceful" and "unacceptable," especially because of the timing.

"There's never any excuse for this kind of vandalism," he said.

With files from the Canadian Press

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