Councillor Josh Matlow

Toronto Sun: Council orders signs removed for City Hall windows

October 2, 2015
Don Peat
Toronto Sun


Rob Ford signs

Rob Ford signs displayed in his office windows at Toronto City Hall Friday, October 2, 2015. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)


City Hall staff were ordered by council Friday to remove all signs from the exterior windows “immediately.”


The request, put forward by Councillor Josh Matlow, was a less-than-subtle bid to get rid of the two giant “Rob Ford Councillor” signs that have been displayed in the Etobicoke councillor’s office window for months.


Ford’s window is prime real estate — it looks out over Nathan Phillips Square and is just above the front doors to City Hall.




Council voted 30-2 to remove the signs — only Councillors John Filion and Anthony Perruzza voted no. Ford wasn’t in the council chamber at the time.


Shortly after the vote, Matlow tweeted about the victory and included a photo of Ford’s office window with its signs.


“Thanks to my colleagues for supporting my motion to bring some dignity to city hall, starting with our front windows,” Matlow said.


Speaker Frances Nunziata made it clear to councillors the order applies to all windows in the building.


Ford’s chief of staff Dan Jacobs pointed out other councillors have signs up in their windows about various things.


“He’s got no problem with (the vote) but he wasn’t violating any rules — we checked with city clerks, we checked with security,” Jacobs told the Toronto Sun. “The fact that there is now a rule, OK, we’ll take it down.”

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