For useful background on the G20, see the Munk Centre’s G20 Information site, a repository of their official communications and some largely uncritical scholarship. See also the G20′s website and the Toronto G20′s official site. Perhaps the evident slap in the face this represents to Toronto, its gay community, and the downtown core in general will bring out a few different messages in protest of the summit other than the largely exhausted messages the left and the faux-anarchist ‘Black Bloc’ is capable of providing. If it’s an ideological fight Harper wants, then Toronto’s diverse communities, spoken of so glowingly on G20 communications, will certainly be able to provide it. Perhaps it will even spark off the creation of Canada’s own, hopefully better thought out answer to the populist sentiments expressed by America’s tea parties. Let’s hear from gender activists, libertarians, real free-market advocates, economic justice groups and anti-globalists concerned by the global economic centralization of power and the corrupt ‘new world order‘ its adherents – like Mark Carney – are so fond of calling for. Feel free to discuss and organize around this issue in the StatismWatch forum group here, Organizing and Direct Action, or over at G20Central.com
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The Canadian Press
February 19, 2010
Despite concerns over traffic and street closures, downtown Toronto will play host to the world’s most powerful leaders on what’s shaping up to be one of the city’s busiest summer weekends.
The G20 will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, on the edge of the financial district, June 26-27, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said Friday.
“Toronto is a world-class city and is ideally suited to host this summit which will also raise the profile of the city, the province and of the country,” she said before unveiling the summit logo.
Arguably the event’s worst kept secret, the convention centre location was confirmed last week in a report by The Canadian Press.
The issue has raised the ire of city officials who’ve been pushing federal politicians to hold the huge summit at Exhibition Place. A few kilometres outside the downtown core, officials have said it would mean fewer disruptions for business and traffic.
The meeting of the world’s wealthiest nations will take place just as Toronto’s Pride week kicks off. The signature parade event was already pushed back a week to accommodate the summit.
Efforts are also underway to reschedule a Toronto Blue Jays weekend series.
Raitt said the event has won the support of Toronto Mayor David Miller and that efforts are being made to ensure the least amount of disruption.
“We’ve been working diligently throughout our planning process to minimize the impact that security arrangements might have on those who live and operate businesses in the area near the G20 summit venue,” she said.
The bulk of activity will take place on the Sunday, Raitt added.
“It’s not during the work week and that was a date specifically chosen by the prime minister to ensure little disruption to the ongoing working of day-to-day here in the core.”
Organizers said Ottawa will be on the hook for all security-related costs. RCMP Chief Supt. Alphonse MacNeil said the convention centre venue is the better option.
“By having it here in close proximity to major hotels and things of that nature, our overall [security] footprint will be minimized,” he said.
“That’s important for security and that’s also very important for the citizens of Toronto who want to see the least amount of disruption.”
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