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Council defers debate on election sign rules
Councillors decided not to make changes yet on when candidates can put up election signs
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Council has decided not to make any changes to election sign rules before October 27th.

The licensing and standards committee recommended that candidates be given only 14 days before an election to put up signs. The current rule allows them to place signs on lawns 25 days earlier.  

Many councillors argued Monday that now is not the time to make changes.

"I submit to you that it is fundamentally wrong for incumbent councillors to be changing the rules of an election after an election has already begun," councillor Josh Matlow said Monday, during the last council meeting of the term.

Mayor Rob Ford agreed that the shortened timeline would be a disadvantage to non-incumbents.

"How do the people that are challenging the incumbents have any hope in trying to get their name out," Ford told reporters before the vote.

Council voted 36-3 to refer the matter back to committee for a debate in 2015.

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  1. AbbyW posted on 08/26/2014 07:03 AM
    Typical of councillors to focus on a tiny detail while ignoring the REAL issue, the completely absurd length of the mayoral race.
  2. AbbyW posted on 08/26/2014 07:03 AM
    Typical of councillors to focus on a tiny detail while ignoring the REAL issue, the completely absurd length of the mayoral race.
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Council has decided not to make any changes to election sign rules before October 27th.

The licensing and standards committee recommended that candidates be given only 14 days before an election to put up signs. The current rule allows them to place signs on lawns 25 days earlier.  

Many councillors argued Monday that now is not the time to make changes.

"I submit to you that it is fundamentally wrong for incumbent councillors to be changing the rules of an election after an election has already begun," councillor Josh Matlow said Monday, during the last council meeting of the term.

Mayor Rob Ford agreed that the shortened timeline would be a disadvantage to non-incumbents.

"How do the people that are challenging the incumbents have any hope in trying to get their name out," Ford told reporters before the vote.

Council voted 36-3 to refer the matter back to committee for a debate in 2015.

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  1. AbbyW posted on 08/26/2014 07:03 AM
    Typical of councillors to focus on a tiny detail while ignoring the REAL issue, the completely absurd length of the mayoral race.
  2. AbbyW posted on 08/26/2014 07:03 AM
    Typical of councillors to focus on a tiny detail while ignoring the REAL issue, the completely absurd length of the mayoral race.
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