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Toronto's Drake mural not going anywhere after 'shocking' letter from city

Licensing standards drops decision to take down the mural depicting Drake on a west end business property

The mural featuring Drake on this property near College and Bathurst is no longer subject to city’s graffiti violation policy.

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The mural featuring Drake on this property near College and Bathurst is no longer subject to city’s graffiti violation policy.

The 6ix God will continue to enjoy unobstructed views of Toronto after all.

The city’s municipal and licensing standards department is backing off a decision to take down a mural depicting Drake on a west-end property at 18 Croft St.

A spokeswoman from the department told Metro someone complained about the mural last week, calling it graffiti. The city then sent a letter to the business owner involved demanding it be removed.

The city has now decided “the mural is fine,” city spokeswoman Tammy Robbinson said in Wednesday email. “The file that was opened when the complaint was received has been closed.”

The city says it was just following the normal process by reaching out to the business owner.

Anytime someone complains about graffiti the owner of the building involved is automatically sent a letter asking that it be removed, Robbinson said.

It’s the most cost-effective process and in the majority of cases, owners do clean up the graffiti without an official attending, she said.

If the owner does not comply with the directive in the following two weeks, the city then sends an officer to inspect and, if necessary, issue a notice of violation. In this case the inspecting officer was sent sooner, after media started enquiring, she said.

Property owner Craig Small told Metro earlier this week it was “shocking” to receive the warning letter, knowing the mural was commissioned and contained no foul language or hate message.

The property will be hosting pop up galleries, starting this Saturday.

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