The RCMP are investigating a car egging that may have targeted the victims based on their ethnicity.
A Meadow Lake resident of the Hope Centre reported to The Progress that their car was egged overnight during the first week of December. The resident did not want their name published.
At least three other residents allegedly had their cars egged, all who were of Filipino descent.
RCMP spokesperson Natasha Szpakowski said there is no proof the victims were specifically targeted based on their ethnicity.
“Right now it’s not being deemed a hate crime … it’s basically a mischief,” she said. “It may be a coincidence, because if there’s a certain group of people that live in a residence and they’re parked in a certain area, we’re not able to determine that.”
Szpakowski said an investigator did attend the scene, but currently has no leads because there was no physical evidence due to the snow being frozen and a lack of foot prints.
The force is unable to determine if the vandalism was targeted.
“A hate crime is quite difficult to prove,” Szpakowski said. “It’s usually quite intense … you would have to have someone say that was their specific motivation.”
The affected resident, who did not want to be quoted for fear of reprisal from whoever committed the act, expressed concern that they may be watching in order to determine the identity of the car owners.
The egging was met with dismay from the Hope Centre’s executive director, Unita Esau.
“I was shocked anyone would egg anyone’s vehicle in winter,” Esau said.
Although Esau is fairly new to the position, it was the first time she had heard of such an act occurring.
“To the best of my knowledge it’s not a recurring issue,” she said.
The Hope Centre is part of the Door of Hope, an organization that offers housing to struggling residents and also runs a youth integration program, a thrift store and a meal program.
Esau urged residents to be diligent, report any suspicious activity and said her staff will be keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary.
She also had a message for the culprits.
“I would say to anyone, whether it’s based on a certain group of people, think about who that would feel if someone did that to you,” Esau said. “Think before you cause someone stress and harm.”
The RCMP asks anyone with relevant information to call 306-265-2570.