This week, the newly-launched No Ford Nation campaign (which includes a feature on other mayoral candidates in the civic election, including yours truly), put up spoof candidate posters in Trinity Bellwoods on Monday to raise awareness of other options for the civic election on October 27. Tongue-in-cheek, yes, but highlighting a fundamental message regarding the need for change in Toronto.
The photo above captures City workers removing the signs later in the same day.
Not just the removal of the signs, but their role in freedom of expression, harks back on the first time I beat Rob Ford — in court on postering charges with my band, Paint. Our argument was successful on precedent set by Ramsden v. Peterborough, in which the Supreme Court of Canada deemed blanket bans on postering without reasonable limitation an infringement of s.2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms with respect to freedom of expression.
The irony is that in 2011, Rob Ford’s campaign office had $13,000 in postering fines waived while our case against him was happening… and now the Mayor is using paid City workers to remove posters that challenge him on a basic political level — which, without prejudice, would be reinforced by Canadian federal law.
Do we need to call in the feds?