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Councillor Joe Mihevc writes to Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca:


"I'd ask that you direct your Ministry to follow provincial policy and refuse the application in question."



On July 10th, a motion was moved at Toronto City Council, requesting that the Metrolinx digital billboard application be sent back to Committee for more public consultation and to allow staff to look into allegations that their own safety reports are flawed and misleading.


The motion lost on a tie, 18-18.  Councillor Joe Mihevc, who missed the vote by a few minutes, has now written a personal letter to Steve Del Duca, the Ontario Minister of Transportation.


Excerpts:


I am writing regarding a recent decision at Toronto City Council allowing for the installation of 8 digital LED billboards along highway 401 and 427.

The installation of these signs would violate Ministry of Transportation policies regarding billboards on 400 series highways. It is also against city policies. City staff have recommended against the installation of these signs.


They are not only an eye-sore, but a bad precedent and a notable safety risk.


I am writing to you because the vote at Council was extremely close. In fact, a motion to defer the approval of these applications lost on a tie. Unfortunately, I was not able to be present for that vote.

Therefore, I am writing to you to state my case and cast my vote.


I'd ask that you direct your Ministry to follow provincial policy and refuse the application in question.