Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Todd Howe, WeAreChangeToronto
October 14, 2010
It’s been three months since the Toronto G20 upended this city’s downtown core, and October has produced a promising crop of critical and artistic reactions to the summit. Local documentarian Adam Letalik released his new film Toronto G20 Exposed to a packed room at Ryerson University October 6th. The Hindsight’s G20/20 multimedia art retrospective of the summit was exhibited this past weekend at Studio 561. And on October the 20th, Steve Paikin is scheduled to interview TPS Chief Bill Blair on TVO’s The Agenda.
Yet while memories of June’s G20 summit may still be fresh to political pros, activists, and residents of Toronto’s metro core, for many Canadians this memory is already fading, becoming history. The leader’s big top is dismantled, the circus long since latched on to its next international host. And why not? For those that caught the weekend’s news at home, the coverage in the aggregate presented a simple morality play of clashes between black-garbed ‘anarchists’ and police, leading inevitably to the rain-drenched roundup of hundreds of protesters, passerby and media on Sunday evening. And maybe this is explanation enough. Maybe the largest mass arrest in Canadian history was a regrettable yet unavoidable business in a nation that prides itself on Peace, Order, and Good Government.