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Saturday, November 26, 2022
Letter: Signs and freedom of expression in NOTL

Dear editor:

In recent weeks there have been at least two articles in The Lake Report relating to the NOTL sign bylaw.

The first involved signs in Chautauqua protesting the parking problems on the area's narrow laneways.

The second involved a sign in Virgil celebrating the couple's heterosexual marriage.

In both articles Lord Mayor Betty Disero was quoted as indicating that the signs contravened the town's sign bylaw and that they would have to be removed.

The breadth of the sign bylaw catches election-sized signs erected in residential areas encouraging passing motorists to “Please Slow Down” – unless a fee of $80 is paid for a permit under the bylaw.

Such is the price in Niagara-on-the-Lake for exercising your Charter-protected right to freedom of expression.

Beware. Big Mother is watching you.

Ron Fritz
Queenston