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Latest white cross atop Mount Tzouhalem painted in rainbow colours

The mystery of the Mount Tzouhalem cross — taken down, then put back up, all without permission — has adopted an unexpected hue.

Rainbow colours — a potential reference to sexual and gender diversity — have been painted on the white cross in recent days. walked up the mountain Friday along with scores of other curious citizens for a first-hand look at the controversial new cross.

A CHEK TV news broadcast on Feb. 8 showed the face of the cross most commonly viewed by hikers to the site to be white. The side best viewed from the perspective of the valley bottom had colours, though the news story made no mention of it.


Now, both sides of the cross have been painted in rainbow colours.

According to Wikipedia: “The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer pride.…” The colours reflect the diversity of the community and the “spectrum of human sexuality and gender.”

The person or persons who removed the cross from the Nature Conservancy of Canada property in July 2021 are unknown — as are those who recently put the new cross up as well as those who painted it in colours.

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— Larry Pynn, Feb. 11/2022

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