Doug Ford team goes on illegal sign spree
Doug Ford's campaign team hasn't exactly played by the rules when it comes to the placement of election signs. A report from the Toronto Star reveals that Toronto by-law officers have removed 336 illegally placed "Ford for Mayor" signs since October 2nd when candidates were authorized to distribute and post their campaign materials in designated areas. That might not seem like an enormous number, but considering that both Olivia Chow and John Tory have had 25 and 21 signs removed respectively, it's difficult to be particularly sympathetic.
Signs are allowed on private property so long as permission is granted by the property owner or renter, while city property and the TTC is off limits. According to the Star, the Ford team blames the discrepancy on "untrained supporters," but one wonders how difficult it is to communicate to anyone requesting signs what the very basic rules are governing their placement. In fairness to the campaign team, however, it would be difficult to prevent overzealous fans from doing whatever it is that they want.
It's still an optics nightmare, though.
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