Ads promoting the new Lion King movie started appearing on NCC and City of Ottawa property this week. The painted ads were found on the Rideau Canal pathway, and along Elgin Street near the National Arts Centre. It’s not clear whether the ads were officially sanctioned by Disney or not.
The NCC replied to Tweets complaining about the adds by saying, “we’ve been informed of the issue yesterday and have asked that they be removed.” As far as the City of Ottawa is concerned, the City says proper protocols were not followed for the advertisements. In an emailed statement, Kevin Wylie, the General Manager of Public Works and Environmental Services Department says, “The City of Ottawa has a robust process in place in regards to advertising throughout the City. It would appear that the proper approvals were not sought for these advertisements. The City will be working with the organization in question to determine the next steps.”
According to a report on CTV-Ottawa, Disney did not respond to a request for comment. https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/lion-king-ads