The RCMP is confirming its involved in an investigation regarding the safety of Maple Ridge Maple Mayor Nicole Read, but isn’t saying much else.
The force says it recently became aware of allegations that raised concerns for Read, and while it can confirm no charges have been laid, it isn’t releasing any specifics about their investigation.
The police statement this morning follows one by the City of Maple Ridge last night, saying the Mayor has curtailed her public appearances due to online harassment and a threat to her personal safety.
Councillor Craig Speirs says Read had a police escort at a recent council meeting, and he suspects this all stems from increasing hate directed at her because she’s standing up for the homeless and the need for a shelter and supportive housing.
Says Speirs, “If she was a guy, I don’t think she would have got this kind of harassment.”
Homelessness has been a long-simmering issue in the community, with a tent city sparking clashes with residents and a proposed housing complex in a Quality Inn scrapped at the last minute by the province.
The city says its hopeful Read can return to her full duties soon.
With files from Gord MacDonald