Prepare to once again be inundated with campaign signs in 2022.
A notice of motion from former councillor Donovan Cavers to direct staff to research and present options on designated zones for election-related signage failed to grab traction this week.
Calling it “visual pollution,” Denis Walsh moved the notice of motion and Arjun Singh seconded it for discussion purposes. However, he later expressed discomfort with the way Cavers’ motions are rolling out.
Cavers filed 11 notices of motion on his last council meeting following a failed re-election bid in October. They will appear on council agendas until late next year.
“I think, ultimately, councillor Cavers was unsuccessful,” Singh said, noting he will no longer be supporting the notices of motions and wants the new council to have an opportunity to decide its strategy.
Bill Sarai took it one step further, calling out Cavers for flaunting signs during the campaign while calling for an end to them. Cavers told KTW at the time he had to use them in order to stay competitive, but would prefer to see nobody use them.
“I hate to use the word hypocritical,” Sarai said. “But you [Cavers] had just as many signs as the other candidates …. I can’t support that.”
Dale Bass said hundreds of people told her about a moustache drawn on one of her signs during the recent election campaign — an indication they drew attention — and said print, radio and television ads are expensive.
Mike O’Reilly said development will take care of the problem, due to densification and less available space.
Ultimately, the notice of motion was defeated, with Walsh the lone person to vote in favour.
Mayor Ken Christian and councillors Hunter, Bass, O’Reilly, Singh, Kathy Sinclair and Sarai were opposed.