A wave of vandalism and fires at churches in Canada arose this summer in the wake of the confirmation of thousands of unmarked graves at former residential schools, including several locations in B.C.
Between July 2 and 20, there were 13 vandalism incidents on religious properties in Vancouver, according to the VPD.
Two women have now been charged in one of those incidents that took place at a church in East Vancouver.
On Canada Day (July 1), St. Jude’s Parish at 3078 Renfrew Street near Grandview Highway was discovered to have been covered in orange paint.
After an investigation, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) announced today (September 24) that the B.C. Prosecution Service approved one count of mischief against 27-year-olds Emily Luba and Zoe Luba.
On August 30, Surrey RCMP announced that a 35-year-old female suspect had been arrested and charged with two counts of arson after two fires occurred at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey.