How ‘sustainable’ are the Green Party’s ugly plastic signs for Steve Filipovic, NDP’s signs for Marianne Alto?

Steve Filipovic





Big, ugly, green ink on white plastic signs for the Green Party’s Councillor Candidate Steve Filipovic are a real blight on the environment and they just started appearing on the streets of Victoria today.

I noticed a huge one, basically square in format and arranged diagonally, on the Fort Street boulevard near O’Bean’s Cafe today as I headed east to Oak Bay.

There was another smaller version of the same sign on the garden triangle opposite Freddie the Freeloader’s at Fort and Pandora, a little to the west of O’Bean’s.

I would love to hear how the Green Party spin doctors and the candidate himself attempt to explain to Victoria voters how these ugly campaign signs could possibly be somehow sustainably produced with green products and are not a complete visual assault, like most other such mass-produced ugly campaign signs which end up on our public property, because the parties print and pay for way too many of them… and most people don’t want them on their private property.

Can’t wait to see the ugly signs for Marianne Alto, funded by the New Democratic Party… ugh!

Will they be printed in orange, red and purple, as I think would be appropriate in terms of colour symbolism, or will she try to ‘green’ herself up by using that slightly washed out olive colour on her signs (the same colour with grey she used on her bookmark), thus trying to steal the green vote from the Green Party’s Steve Filipovic, the ‘Nature Boy’ George Sirk and Hugh Kruzel, the conservative conservationist?

I note with interest that Mr. Kruzel, like Rimas Toumasonis, is running an almost completely paperless anti-campaign, and I admire that.

I expect these candidates will not print any signs either, which is good.

The paperless and no plastic signs aspect is good, I mean, not that I would ever have much nice to say about Mr. Toumasonis in any other circumstance, but this is daring, futuristic and is to the credit of both of these elderly gentlemen with an independent libertarian streak, especially so in the case of Mr. T., who otherwise doesn’t seem to have many other policies or principles to recommend him.

The orange NDP – red CUPE – purple ladies backing up Marianne Alto will also have a lot of explaining to do because only the most foolish voters in Victoria will dare to publicly associate themselves with this sole eccentric radical feminist woman who wants to tear down our heritage bascule bridge at Johnson Street, and raise our taxes by up to 16% to do it.

That woman, whose NDP signs will no doubt clutter up our public boulevards even more than Filipovic’s Green Party signs, because the federal NDP has more money to play with than the Green Party ever will, is Marianne Alto.




5 Responses to How ‘sustainable’ are the Green Party’s ugly plastic signs for Steve Filipovic, NDP’s signs for Marianne Alto?

  1. Gregory, do you realize that under your article about ugly, unsustainable plastic election signs you have a Google Ads link to a manufacturer of ugly, unsustainable plastic election signs?

  2. goyodelarosa says:

    Really, Damien?
    I can’t see that on our MacBook.
    God knows I would not authorize such a nasty thing to befoul this commercial-free website!

  3. anon says:

    You are probably against brochures too… How do you expect people to learn about candidates? ESP?

  4. goyodelarosa says:

    Thanks for your comment.

    NO, I am not against paper political brochures, booklets or pamphlets…

    As an occasional Candidate for the Concerned Citizens’ Coalition in Victoria, I usually produce a 16 page number of LA ROSA when I stand for office, on recycled newsprint, of course, with a little logo on the front, encouraging others to recycle the paper when they have finished with it.

    A good letter appeared the other day in the TC which I will repost here, from a lady who also condemned the plastic signs on public property as an environmentally indefensible eyesore, visual pollution, etc., and I completely agree with her.

    Steve Filipovic is a ‘Green’ and a carpenter, and I am sure he is creative, intelligent and talented enough to know how to get his signs right next time, at least in terms of use of non-toxic ‘environmentally-friendly products’ is concerned.

    I am really only approaching this constructive criticism of signage in general in the Victoria Byelection 2010 campaign from the point of view of an artist, an aesthete and a conservative conservationist, and not really trying to make a political issue of it, believe it or not.

    I just think that as a so-called ‘Green’, though, shouldn’t Steve Filipovic have produced bio-degradable signs with serigraphs printed on them, printed with non-toxic inks?

    Instead, he appears to have used stiff plastic ones with the usual toxic inks.

    Can these signs be recycled, I wonder, at a certain point?

    I hope that Steve can answer these questions, because all the Candidates might be able to get really green with their signage next time.

    As for where to put them, I personally agree with the letter writer I referred to above, who suggested that the City of Victoria follow Oak Bay’s lead, where political signage is only allowed to be displayed on private property.

    That way, only the private property owner him- or herself is ultimately responsible for cluttering up their own private property with visual pollution, and the public boulevards, and parks and squares are left unmolested.

    Gregory Hartnell, Editor
    ccc blog

  5. Pamela Grant says:

    Anon, making an observation about the irony of using giant plastic signs when the basis of your platform screams environmental sensitivity is fair game in the political arena. It reminds me of an afternoon couple of federal elections back when I was out near Vic General and came across a Green party Burma Shave of 7 people –with a half a dozen SUVs parked behind them. If only I had brought a camera with me that day.

    It doesn’t automatically follow that someone who questions the use of landfill clogging signs would also be opposed to brochures, and as for your question about how people are supposed to learn about candidates, ummm, how about the internet? It costs absolutely nothing to create a blog and besides, Isn’t that what you were doing here in the first place?

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