Of vandalism and cemeteries.
Hamilton police are, at the moment, treating the destruction as "mischief" apparently it cannot be classified as a "hate-crime" until the perpetrators are caught and their motives ascertained. Meantime, the Society is making plans to rebuild (Catholic Register, Hamilton Spectator July 2003)
St. John, NB--Historic St. Mary's Cemetery in St. John, NB recently suffered vandalism twice (July 19 and Aug. 2, 2003). This summer, 88 headstones were overturned, leaving a damage total of $100,000. Many had been there for 100 to 150 years, as St. Mary's is the final resting place for hundreds of the 19th-century Catholic settlers in New Brunswick (mostly from Ireland).
This incident has caused great upset in the local community. St. John's Police Department indicated on August 21 that they had some suspects and were willing to initiate a "community policing project" to prevent further acts of vandalism. On Tuesday September 3, local military and trade union members joined forces with cemetery staff to restore the headstones to their positions. (New Freeman 5/9/03)