I’m not saying there was nothing sprayed on this memorial, and I’m not saying that 33 yos don’t commit crimes.However, the rant on Facebook (anyone have a link or screencap?) about Cherry added to all these components (and the contrived name) makes this look like a controlled spray, as I suspect most grafitti vandalism stories are.
Appears villain could be a LARPer, and not a sim.
The cenotaph at Old City Hall was vandalized with the words “ye broke faith” on Monday.GTA
Police arrest Toronto man over vandalism at Old City Hall cenotaph
By Ilya BañaresStaff Reporter
Fri., Nov. 15, 2019timer2 min. read
Police have arrested a Toronto man for allegedly vandalizing the Old City Hall cenotaph with spray paint hours after it was the site of a downtown Remembrance Day ceremony.The cenotaph, which honours those who died in both World Wars and the Korean War, was vandalized with dark blue spray-painted letters sometime between 10 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday, when police first received reports of the damage.The words “ye broke faith” could be seen written in capital letters across the bottom of the monument on Tuesday morning, behind wreaths that had been placed at the base for the previous day’s service. The words “with us” could be seen on the backside of the monument.ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOWThe vandalism was removed a few hours later after City spokesperson Bob Langmaid said the city arranged for cleaners.The words appeared to reference a line from John McCrae’s 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields,” written during the First World War. The poem’s last lines read:If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Thomas Christian Zaugg, 33, of Toronto, was arrested on charges of mischief under $5,000 and mischief interfering with lawful enjoyment of property.He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Friday at 10 a.m.A Toronto man named Thomas Zaugg posted a long, rambling statement to Facebook on Wednesday claiming he was “compelled to do this act” following Don Cherry’s firing over a Coach’s Corner segment in which he complained immigrants — whom he referred to as “you people” — weren’t wearing poppies honouring veterans.
If Thomas Zaugg was arrested why is the media not using his mugshot…
Here is his manifesto. Nothing much here that I disagree with.
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Mayors Tory and Crombie,
You are gutless cowards without conviction who will say anything you believe the public wants to hear. You could have just have easily stood up for Veterans and the forces by standing up for Don Cherry and clarifying what he was trying to say, instead of capitulating to a twitter mob. If you were stronger moral leaders for our cities, I would not have been compelled to do this act in order to make the political statement perfectly clear. I get that Doug Ford is basically illiterate, but what’s your excuse for not catching the refernce to John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields? For your information; the veterans and active duty personnel I have engaged in dialogue with about this act, have given it their blessing. You people are weak leaders and should resign.
Alex Li, the uniform of a cop, on the nations most corrupt police force I might add, is not the same thing as wearing the uniform of the Canadian military. Cops are janitors that mop up the messes when people break the law. Soliders are soliders and they knowingly put themselves in situations that are a risk to their lives. The toronto police services personnel conduct themselves in a manner that is unbecoming and would be reprehensible from a 16 year old cadet. Do not get it twisted janitor. Go back to Beijing, and bring your communist style social credit system with you.
To Whom it May Concern
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was correct when he insisted there was an identity crisis in Canada. While I personally was not fond of Mr. Harper or his government, divergent views and approaches to governing are a foundational element to the rich tapestry that creates our culture mosaic. Good and factual observations can come from people of all political stripes and walks of life. In the greater Toronto area we have a cultural identity problem. This problem has not a single thing to do with ethnicity, and everything to do with mentality. Many Canadians in the GTA are forgetting what Remembrance day is about.
Part of the social contract in this country is the draft. Growing up and learning about the bravery and valiant, honourable service embodied by Canadian soldiers throughout history, I felt a connection with them. Knowing that if I were alive then, I too would have been called to serve the nation, and would have likely died. Serving in the Air Cadets, learning how to march, polishing your boots, how to iron your tunic, standing at attention in a parade square for annual inspection while an officer from the air force takes the time to shake the flights hand. You stand there for an extended period of time, and you contemplate laying down your life for the country, and for the freedoms that sacrifice would be in the service of. In a world with escalating tensions, we ought to be paying a little more respect in our city to the military and its previous and ongoing service.
What Don Cherry said was not racist, hateful or directed at immigrants. “You people come here, OR WHATEVER IT IS” as in whatever your damn excuse is for not buying and wearing a poppy. “You love our milk, you love our honey. You love our way of life” as in you are standing on the soil they fought and died in honour of, enjoying the freedoms and the way of life they died in service to. We have gotten to a strange place in our society when a beloved sports broadcaster, known for making fiery yet thoughtful rants gets fired for encouraging the people in the GTA to celebrate and participate by reverencing a national day of remembrance of our fallen, and continue in the tradition of buying and wearing a poppy. People are free to refuse to buy poppy’s or free to wear them but why isn’t Don Cherry free to scold people for not buying them? The same way he scolds a player for a hit he doesn’t like?
Canada’s immigrants are mostly an agreeable an affable bunch. It falls on the people who are from here to do better at observing our tradition before we encourage others to so. Seeing municipal leadership capitulate out of fear of causing offence instead of clarifying Cherry’s comments is what is disgusting. I think in many peoples cases, it simply is just not something that’s on peoples radar of priorities. A greater collective somber reflection would help breed a stronger Canadian identity, one that is more in line with the country to which this region is the cultural leader of. An identity founded on the history of the sacrifices our forces made and the understanding that we too may be called to make that sacrifice. This will build a stronger unity between the divergent peoples who live here that transcends race and even language. Understanding that one day we could be standing shoulder to shoulder; both old and new Canadians in the service of our country if a major war were to break out, is how we foster the type of society the embodies and is aligned with our values as Canadians.
There is a small minority of people on the internet and in the media, who carry far too much power and sway in the minds of our politicians. People that are cheering on the implementation of the antithesis to the Canadian identity, draconian speech policing and a mass silencing of anything they deem objectionable. Why are we allowing this to happen? Are there even freedoms left to fight for in this country? This cancel culture has gotten out of hand and I fear it is the beachhead for a cultural shift into an authoritarian communist state. This is not the future the men who fought and died in the battles inscribed on that monument died for. We have broken faith with their noble sacrifices, and we need to acknowledge that in order to start correcting that as the people of the Greater Toronto Area.
National monuments are the public commons, and places that are fair targets in the cultural war. They are already tearing down statues of the father of confederation, how much longer before they decide the Cenotaph is a monument to the patriarchy and white supremacy? Nowadays graffiti is fairly easily removed. It does not disrespect a war memorial to momentarily affix a line from a poem written by a man whose grave is honoured, along with many others as a part of that stone. In the first world war, soldiers would write lines of poetry before going over the top. It honours their memory to make the comment. It brings the monument to life, with the words of the fallen, as if written on the walls of a trench. They did not die for us to become this type of mentally straight jacketed society, unable to speak freely or share ones view. You people, the perpetually offended hyper-sensitive adult children, are ruining our society. And that’s why I spray painted the Cenotaph.