St. Paul’s Councillor Josh Matlow has offered a temporary solution to residents in his ward concerned they may be targeted by vandals for showing their political preferences.
Matlow has spoken with 53 Division and Toronto police parking enforcement to ensure residents with lawn signs can park on the street without facing fines, which should add a layer of anonymity and prevent vandals from targeting their cars.
“Parking enforcement has consideration and can recognize individual circumstances,” he said. “If someone’s a resident of Ward 22 and they decide they want to continue posting a sign for any candidate and they’re concerned for their personal safety or the safety of their property, they can park on the street and contact my office if they get ticketed.”
Matlow said he brokered the agreement with parking enforcement in order to help keep political discourse flourishing in his ward.
“No one should be intimidated for expressing their support for any of the candidates running in the federal election,” he said. “In a democracy, intimidation should never be allowed to stand.”
Ward 22 residents looking to park on the street to protect their vehicles can do so until election day. While those who do so without a street parking permit may still receive a ticket, they can have the ticket withdrawn by contacting Matlow’s office at 416-392-7906.
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