Toronto: Notion of Photo Radar Rejected by Residents

Update: see previous posts – February 22, 2016 Toronto Mayor John Tory asks Ontario to allow Photo Radar in Toronto, December 30, 2015 Toronto: 49% of Torontonians Polled Support Photo-Radar

Nathan Philips Square which contains Toronto's City Hall. The parking ticket counter at Metro Hall at 55 John Street will close today and be temporarily re-located to the main floor at Toronto's City Hall at 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Toronto Mayor John Tory made a request to the Province of Ontario to allow Toronto (and by way of extension, other municipalities in Ontario) to implement photo radar. Torontonians are strongly opposed to the introduction of photo radar, according to an April 3/16 Mainstreet/Postmedia poll. photo by

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Torontonians are strongly opposed to the idea of introducing photo radar in the city, according to a new poll.

The Mainstreet/ Postmedia poll, which surveyed 2,032 Toronto residents, found that 57 per cent disapprove of bringing back the technology while only 28 per cent are in favour of it.

“Of course it is ironic that while Mayor Tory has made a request to the province to allow photo radar it was Mike Harris and the PC Party that scrapped it. Nevertheless, this has the potential to be an unpopular move, particularly outside downtown Toronto,” Quito Maggi, the president of Mainstreet Research, said in written analysis accompanying the poll.

According to the poll, 59 per cent of Scarborough residents and 55 per cent of Etobicoke residents surveyed said they “strongly disapprove” of photo radar. In Toronto, 44 per cent of respondents said they “strongly disapprove” of the technology.Queen’s Park.

Queen's Park. The Province has already come out and made it clear (at least for the time being) that they don't support "photo radar"
Queen’s Park. The Province has already come out and made it clear (at least for the time being) that they don’t support “photo radar”. photo by

The survey also gathered information on public support surrounding safe injection sites in the city.

The poll suggests that 57 per cent of Toronto residents support having safe injection sites in in the city while only 33 per cent disapprove.

“We’ve seen safe injection sites in the news as of late and these are much stronger numbers than we’ve found in Edmonton which suggests a solid base of public opinion in favour. While in Edmonton there was 44% support, here in Toronto, where several sites are being proposed, there is 57% support,” Maggi said.

The poll, which was conducted on April 3, is considered accurate plus or minus 2.17 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

A red-light camera. Torontonians don't want these and now Mayor Tory wants to install photo radar. photo by
A red-light camera. Torontonians don’t want these and now Mayor Tory wants to install photo radar, as did the former police chief, Bill Blair. This can’t happen without Provincial approval.  photo by
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