Sunday, September 7, 2014

Three months and still no response on illegal Working Families signs

The results of the 2014 Ontario election have been studied at discussed at length since that terrible day in June.

But what the City of Ottawa still hasn't responded to are the illegal Working Families signs that sprung up across the city just days before that election.

Ottawa residents were rightly upset that a third party interest group had strategically placed their illegal signs across the city outside of what the bylaws allow.  Even Mayor Jim Watson told Ottawa residents to phone in to 311 to have the signs taken down as soon as possible.

To their credit, city workers responded within a matter of hours, and got most of the signs down within a few hours.  But another round of signs went up, demonstrating that the WFC had plenty of signs in reserve - and they were going to use them in a secondary blitz as soon as the first illegal batch was removed.

But what the city has still failed to do is respond with what they intend to do to the WFC.  I have been contacting the city regularly via email and telephone since the illegal signs hit the streets on June 6.  311, bylaw enforcement, and contacting the chief of bylaw enforcement directly has gone nowhere - for over 90 days now.

With the municipal elections just around the corner in October, ask your potential candidates what they will do if elected to send a message to third party advertisers that post illegal signs in Ottawa.