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G8/G20 security blunder

Firm hired to provide security is not licensed in Ontario

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The company that won a government contract to provide private security for the G8 and G20 summits in Huntsville and Toronto is not licensed in Ontario. Some 1,100 private security guards from Contemporary Security Canada were hired by the RCMP to keep the two G-localities safe by screening pedestrians in designated areas. But the security company is required by Ontario law to be licensed here, and the Globe and Mail reported that the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services said Contemporary Security Canada is not currently approved. A spokeswoman for Minister Rick Bartolucci said, “We are scrambling to do that due diligence with the aim of getting them licensed so they can proceed. So we’re kind of behind the eight-ball on this.” She added that the ministry found out about the issue after the company was hired, and that the company will only be able to operate at the summits with the appropriate approval.

The Globe and Mail

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