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Toronto must use caution in banning graphic anti-abortion signs, says municipal lawyer

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 10:23 AM | By Terry Davidson

A Toronto councillor looking to ban “blood and gore” signs used by anti-abortion demonstrators on city streets could end up opening a constitutional can of worms down the road, says one prominent municipal lawyer.

John Mascarin, Aird & Berlis LLPCouncillor Sarah Doucette said she has been hearing from residents throughout the city, as well as from people in the Greater Toronto region, about the large graphic signs and banners used by anti-abortion advocates on the streets of Toronto and its surrounding area.

The councillor said she...