TORONTO, ON, Feb 28, 2001 ( – Many Toronto transit users have been disturbed in recent months by the increasingly explicit, sexploitation ads that have been appearing on bus shelters, in subways cars and in subway and bus stations. A half-nude women holding her bare breast, another half-nude woman with only her long hair barely covering her breasts, a woman in revealing red lingerie, a bare-chested man with his pants well below his waste line and with his leg against a woman’s crotch – these and other explicit or highly suggestive, sexual, in-your-face, large graphic advertisements have been greeting Toronto students of all ages, women and all passengers on their way to school, work or shopping.

Joanne and Chris Douros of Scarborough have had enough and are attempting to convince the TTC and its advertising partners to responsibly cease displaying such ads and not subject TTC passengers to this commercial sexual abuse.

They are asking anyone in the Toronto region who also shares their view to express their concerns to the appropriate persons as listed below. The Douros’s have learned that there are a variety of persons and companies that must be contacted for proper action to be taken on the matter.

Concerns regarding Bus shelter advertisements can be made to: Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) – Janet Feasby (416) 961-6311 (ext 243) or web site and Ms. Kim VarBurton (Media Communications – places the bus shelter ads) (416) 255-1392

Concerns regarding advertisements directly on or in buses and subways can be made to:  T.T.C. complains (416) 393-3030 and   TDI Transportation Display Industries, Stephanie Guran (Marketing Manager on Board of Advertising)  (416) 487-8842 ext. 306 email [email protected] and   Can Standards (416) 961-6311 Web site:


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