Display of Graphic Images

I have been receiving a lot of communication from residents about groups and individuals displaying posters with graphic depictions of fetuses, as well as distributing flyers to mailboxes. I passed a motion in fall 2017 to request City Legal look into options to curb the display of these images. As it is a legally complex issue, I anticipate a response from City Staff as early as 2019. More recently, I put forward a Member's Motion at City Council on July 23, 2018, which passed, requesting Transportation Services review the sidewalk bylaws and consider enforcement options available. The motion can be viewed here.

If residents see banners affixed to city infrastructure or signs on sticks in the ground along the side of the road, my office can contact the City Transportation department to request they be immediately removed. We do ask that if residents witness these signs that they phone my office as the City's usual route for complaints, 311, is too slow for addressing this issue.

Regarding the distribution of the flyers in mailboxes, there is no recourse to individuals placing the flyers. These were originally being mailed through Canada Post, but they agreed to cease their distribution. I worked with our MPP, Bhutila Karpoche, and her colleague MPP Peter Tabuns, on a letter to the Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform about the literature they are distributing, informing them that we are working with constituents who may provide warnings that trespassing is not authorized on their private property for purpose of delivery their flyers. You can view instructions on how to complete a letter to the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform warning about trespassing on your property, should you wish to do so.

If individuals are gathered and holding signs, you may call the police to intervene if the group is engaged in harassing behaviour, blocking traffic, or blocking the sidewalk.

If you could please copy my office at Councillor_Doucette@Toronto.ca and Peter Tabuns at tabunsp-co@ndp.on.ca when you send in your letter. Please keep a copy of your signed letter for your record.

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