The aftermath of Monday’s election continues as Toronto goes about fining former candidates for election signs city staff had to remove.
The worst offender was Doug Ford. City staff removed 478 signs that were placed by his campaign.
Of course, his campaign wasn’t the only one to place signs in places they weren’t supposed to be; both the Tory and Chow campaigns had their share of illegally placed signs, though in significantly fewer numbers. Respectively, they had 119 and 96 signs that were deemed in violation of the city’s election laws.
There’s a $25 charge for each sign the city removes. This means Ford is likely facing a $11,950 fine.
Anytime there’s a municipal election, candidates are allowed to place signs on private property—as long as they have permission from the owner—and—barring certain exceptions—on public property. Those exceptions are that they can’t place signs along the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway, as well as on civic buildings and parks. Additionally, candidates can’t place signs in places where they may pose health and safety risks to motorists and pedestrians.
Thankfully, we’ll soon free of the signs altogether, as candidates have until 8 p.m. Thursday to remove whatever ones they have remaining up. [Source: CP24]
Image via Flickr user Mary Crandall.
Igor Bonifacic is the managing editor of Toronto Standard. Follow him on Twitter.
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