Billboard vandalism “hits hard” for ethnic candidates in this year’s local election, Times reports. At the Park, Arts, Community and Events Committee on September 22, a discussion with the ethnic people’s advisory panel and councillors raised issues around ethnic candidates having billboards defaced. Panel co-chair Mohamud Mohamed said, “I have seen candidates [signs] being defaced. It is disappointing in a diverse city like ours that this is happening,” Mohamed said. Panel co-chair Eva Chen said while it may not be a matter of racism it hit ethnic communities hard, and she hoped people would be more welcoming of diverse candidates in the future.