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Calgary bylaw officers will wait until Monday to enforce fines for election signs that aren’t removed

Calgary election signs
Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra received complaints after early election signs were spotted in Calgary in August 2017. Gary Bobrovitz / Global News

Less than a week after Monday’s municipal election, Calgary boulevards and other public lands must already be free and clear of any election signs.

Calgary city bylaws state that candidates have 72 hours from when polls close to remove their election signs from public land.

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On Friday morning, several candidates still had signs in place but bylaw officials said it’s rare that enforcement is required to have signs removed.

“Obviously, if we receive complaints we will work with all the particular political [candidates] to make sure that those signs are removed,” said Damian Cole, superintendent for general bylaw for the north portion of Calgary.

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“I imagine by the end of Monday all of those signs will be gone. If they’re still there after that then, obviously, we can take some further action.”

Fines for failing to observe bylaws around election signs range from $75 to $1,000 but that only applies to signs on public land and not to election signs on private property.

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