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J.H. Tabaret statue at uOttawa vandalized

The statue of Joseph-Henri Tabaret at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) has been vandalized, as a picture taken by CTV News shows red paint all over it.

On the ground, right under the statue, there’s also the word “colonizer,” marked in black.

The statue is located directly across from the encampments. It is unclear whether the nearby demonstrators had anything to do with it. The Ottawa Police Service told CTV News they are not aware of the incident.

Earlier this month, a group of students launched an encampment at the university calling on the institution to cut financial ties with Israel, despite the school warning that such action would not be tolerated.

CTV News has reached out to the university for comments.

Tabaret was a French-born Roman Catholic Priest (1828-1886). He is best known for his remarkable academic contribution to uOttawa, serving for nearly 30 years. Generally, he is referred to as the builder of the university. 

His statue is one of the oldest monuments in Sandy Hill, which is “hidden today behind the conifers in front of Tabaret Hall,” reads uOttawa’s website. The plan to erect the statue was approved in 1886 at the general meeting of the Alumni Association of the College of Ottawa.

More details to come

With files from CTV News Ottawa’s William Eltherington

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