How big the mess is
"There have been a fair number of violations. As we get the complaints, we're removing the signs. But we've got 345 candidates. With 100,000 signs going up, you can imagine...."
Bill Blakes, city of Toronto urban development services
What the candidates say
"It's not unusual to have your sign appear magically somewhere. It's certainly a tactic, if you want to discredit someone, to take one of their signs and put it somewhere it's not supposed to be. Certainly, we would never tell anyone to put a sign in a park. We tell our volunteers where they can put them or can't put them."
Paul Oliver, campaign manager for Barbara Hall
"Did you see John Tory's sign on the Catholic church at Donlands and Cosburn? I doubt he had permission, but. that said, we obviously are taking advantage of some public space in a very limited way. We've had some errors on the weekend and we expect them to stop, but we've by no means been as excessive as others."
Paul Burns, director of organization for David Miller
"We got a legal opinion on the sign bylaw. The city has its own interpretation. And in the areas where that interpretation has been different, we've taken down our signs. We had a huge team of very enthusiastic volunteers who may have been a little bit overzealous."
Brendan Howe, campaign spokesperson for John Tory