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  1. I’ve often wondered: isn’t it a crime to cover a mailbox with a poster or otherwise deface it? Is anyone ever prosecuted for it? Of course, mailboxes have long been the focus of various kinds of protest, even on the part of postal workers themselves, but I wonder how many other countries tolerate this as a matter of course.

  2. It is illegal to poster mailboxes or any public property, but its the kind of law that gets applied sporadically. In a case like this, there’s no info to track down (and fine) the responsible party, so i doubt anything would be done.

    See this post by Christopher DeWolf for more info:

    In that article, he notes that the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 1993 that prohibiting all postering violates freedom of expression.

    BTW, the same rules would technically apply to missing pet posters and signs for garage sales…

  3. Lachine (and possibly TMR) is the most tightassed about that. I’ve routinely seen them remove even the sandwich-board signs which are up for 3 hours on a Sunday showing where an open house is.

  4. Given what things are like right now, sometimes the law needs to be broken. It’s a great poster. I hope that there’s another one on the way for Harel.

  5. Isn’t this illegal anyway as it’s in English-only? Remember that language called French they spoke here once?

  6. In this case, I would be inclined to say that the culprit is Photoshop… :) :) :) :) :)

  7. NEUmontréal – No, that only applies to commercial signs.

  8. So, my comment was that mean to montréalais that you needed to delete it ? I note that Fidel Fuentes made quite the same assertion than me… I must admit, though, that mine was a bit more sarcastic. French people are like that ;-)

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