Toronto: TTC removing controversial skin-lightening ads after outcry

The Toronto Transit Commission is removing subway ads that promote a skin-lightening treatment — at the advertiser’s request — following backlash from commuters.

The ads promote, the website for a naturopathic clinic that claims to offer a “safe and natural” treatment for a range of skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, discolouration and uneven tone.

Split images of a black woman and a woman of South Asian descent are employed in the ads to demonstrate the lightening effects of the treatment, with the implication that lighter skin is preferable…