The Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association is pleased paper posters proclaiming COVID-19 as being a lie have been removed from the South Kamloops neighbourhood.
Last week, an area resident spoke to KTW about approximately a dozen signs posted to power polls with the misinformation. The signs stated: "WAKE UP BC!! COVID-19 IS A LIE. WE LOVE YOU” and referenced the hashtag #WWG1WGA, connected to the extremest right wing conspiracy theory known as QAnon.
Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association past-president Chris Ortner said the posters were removed by May 24, shortly after they were reported to the City of Kamloops. He said community members removed the signs before bylaws officers even got to them, though the city had pledged to remove the signs.
In addition, the association also got word of additional signs downtown and removed those, too. Kamloops This Week has also learned similar signs were discovered in Westmount and Valleyview.
Ortner said the signs have not sprung up again in the Sagebrush neighbourhood since being taken down.
“If we do, you’ll see me out there with my ladder and my pliers,” he said.
The city deemed the signs as being illegal as posting them contravenes bylaws. It remains unclear who posted the signs. However, those who did put in the time as they were placed into laminated page protectors and stapled high atop the polls, likely requiring the use of a ladder.