Downtown Toronto sees anti-Ford election signs surface

Posted Apr 1, 2014 by Megan Morreale
A series of campaign signs featuring outlandish promises popped up in Toronto on Monday morning in an effort to quell Mayor Rob Ford's reelection plans.
No Ford Nation anti-Ford campaign signs.
No Ford Nation anti-Ford campaign signs.
Chris Bateman
The campaign is run by No Ford Nation, a non-profit group that wants to unseat Mayor Ford. It placed signs with candidates promising to "only smoke pot, not crack," as well as another vowing to not be caught on camera peeing in public.
“The signs are to highlight that pretty much anyone in this city would be a better choice,” Christina Robins, who started the group three years ago told The Globe and Mail.
The organization's slogan, "Anyone's better than Rob Ford," supports the messages these signs bring to the electoral process.
“The current mayor threatens to kill people and gets publicly drunk. If elected, I promise I will just get publicly drunk. Vote Ray Faranzi,” one sign says, alluding to viral video where Mayor Ford uttered threats while intoxicated.
“When I urinate in public, I never get caught on camera. Vote Jim Tomkins,” the second series of signs says, a reference to a court-released police picture that showed Mr. Ford urinating on a tree.
The No Ford Nation website is featured on the front of the signs, dedicated to beating the mayor in the upcoming elections. The organization is non-partisan and relied on volunteer labor for support.
They hope to reach a growing population of people who are unhappy with Ford holding office. Ms. Robins, a volunteer for Ford Nation, feels that she is not being represented by his office.