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Public nuisance 

To the editor,

Have you noticed the large, full-colour advertisements pasted to the construction fences at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on George Street, outside the Lieutenant Governor's residence or on closed gas stations and other construction fences around town? These would be ads for Coke products, Axe boy's perfume, the Junos and other big corporate clients. The locations are both private and public property and the posters are plastered up at night, in secret, on waterproof paper. They are sneaky intrusions into the public eye space. They are in violation of municipal regulations, advertising business ethics and community standards. Can you guess where the home base of the rogue advertising agency? It's Toronto, of course.

Once upon a time it was just local musicians putting up posters to advertise gigs at bars. Now it's a bunch of business people attempting to whore our public spaces across Canada to corporate multinationals.

You know what to do when you see these corporate ads on a plywood wall. Ad jamming or spray bombing to obliterate the product, or just pull the whole thing down. They peel off easily in the rain. It's your duty.

By Bill Savary

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