‘I just got that sick feeling’: Edmonton man lauded for covering anti-Muslim graffiti


It only took a couple of minutes for Tyler Johnstone to realize he had to turn around.

Driving on Highway 16 just outside the gates of Jasper National Park on Wednesday morning, the Edmonton resident spotted the word “Mosque” spray-painted in bright yellow on the side of a roadside outhouse.

“I saw it right away; it was really noticeable,” the 28-year-old said Thursday. “I drove maybe two or three minutes down the road and just got that sick feeling.”

Now, Johnstone is earning kudos for his decision to turn back and cover the anti-Muslim graffiti.

Johnstone, who works for an Edmonton laundry company, was driving home from servicing washers and dryers in the popular tourist town when he saw the washroom had been vandalized.

He felt he’d done something wrong by driving past.

“I turned around, and I knew I had something in my van I could scrape it off with or paint over it, something.”

Not wanting to damage the wooden building, he took a roll of vent tape out of his van and covered the graffiti before contacting Parks Canada. He also shot a video on his phone, which had been seen more than 13,000 times by Thursday morning.

Edmonton Resident Tyler Johnstone stopped to cover the word “mosque” scrawled on a Parks Canada outhouse near Jasper on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

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Edmonton Resident Tyler Johnstone stopped to cover the word “mosque” scrawled on a Parks Canada outhouse near Jasper on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

For Johnstone, the vandal’s message was clear.

“It was just them writing ‘Mosque’ on a public toilet,” he said. “It’s just embarrassing.”

Parks Canada confirmed similar graffiti had been found on the walls of two other washrooms.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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