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Strategy Encourages Preventing, Reporting and Removing Graffiti


April 26, 2012 – The City of Thunder Bay’s Graffiti Management Strategy, launched today at the East End Walking Tunnel, encourages everyone to prevent, report and remove graffiti in every part of the city. 

Councillor Andrew Foulds, Graffiti Advisory Committee Chair, said he’s excited to see the impact of this plan. “We don’t have a lot of graffiti in Thunder Bay, but it could become a larger issue if we don’t address it.”

The Lakehead Social Planning Council has partnered with the City to receive graffiti reports through the 211 information and referral service. “This strategy fits nicely with the goals of 211 and the LSPC,” said Marie Klassen, Director of Services – Lakehead Social Planning Council. “We are dedicated to building a better community through strategic alliances, social research and the provision of valid, reliable information.”

Studies have found that removal often prevents more graffiti from appearing. The Graffiti Advisory Committee discussed different ways to reduce the amount of graffiti in Thunder Bay and decided the best method is offering financial assistance.

“The City is offering a rebate for homeowners and small businesses to help defray the cost of removing graffiti,” said Charles Campbell, Acting General Manager – Infrastructure & Operations. “A full subsidy is available for low-income property owners who are seniors or have a disability and receive government support.”

Following an expression of interest process, the City has prequalified the following contractors for graffiti removal: AA Cleaning & Maintenance, NWO Master Blaster and Prestige Painting. The $50 rebate or 100 per cent subsidy are available by providing before and after photos along with receipts for the purchase of graffiti removal materials or receipts for graffiti removal service.

Councillors and neighbourhoods are invited to hold graffiti removal events from May 7 to 13 during Spring Up to Clean Up month.

Graffiti can be reported by calling 211 or visiting www.thunderbay.ca/graffiti.

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Contact: Councillor Andrew Foulds, 766-9914
              Charles Campbell, Acting General Manager – Infrastructure & Operations, 684-2890