Councillor Josh Matlow

Toronto Star: Josh Matlow suggests street parking after vandalism at homes with Liberal election signs

A councillor in Ward 22, has suggested that residents with election lawn signs park on the street to protect their cars with the anonymity of the road.

Vandals ransacked 16 cars parked in driveways at homes with Liberal party election signs posted on their lawns Thursday night. Many residents have since taken down their signs in fear of further damage.

Josh Matlow, councillor for Ward 22 said the vandalism threatens democracy by intimidating residents to hide their support for a given party during an election.

“The criminal activity is not only an affront to our democratic principles but endangers our residents,” Matlow said in a statement released Friday night.

Those without street permit parking should park on the street as well. This isn’t a dirty trick, according to Matlow.

“I invite you to park your car on your street overnight until 8 a.m., even if you do not have street permit parking, until election day on May 2, 2011,” Matlow said in a statement.

Residents who are ticketed for parking on the street following the councillor’s suggestion can call Matlow’s office at 416-392-7906 or email at and he will have the ticket destroyed.

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