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Protests continue over G20 drama, plus what Belinda Stronach did before the G20


 

Large protests over civil rights violations at the G20 continue to happen in Toronto. Last week,  people “took back” the intersection of Queen and Spadina where riot police famously held people for hours in the rain. On July 17th, Canadians Advocating Political Participation (CAPP) have rallies planned in three cities – Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.


Ontario NDP MPP Cheri DiNova

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Ontario Federation of Labour president Sid Ryan.

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Playwright Brad Fraser (right).

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Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath.

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Judy Rebick.

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Prior to the G20, Former Liberal cabinet minister Belinda Stronach held a special G(irls)20 summit in Toronto as part of a warm-up to the G20 hitting Toronto. Twenty-one women from the G20 countries and African Union gathered to participate in workshops fostering ideas to tackle global challenges. Below is Stronach (left) with Christy Turlington-Burns who screened her film No Woman, No Cry for the group. The film deals with maternal and child health issues.

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Designer Tu Ly made the G(irls)20 T shirts

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Some of the participants at one of the receptions.

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Some of the food.


 

Protests continue over G20 drama, plus what Belinda Stronach did before the G20

  1. For them or against them, they aren't about to give this up.

  2. To all those who owns condos down there, don't expect a nice peaceful, quiet summer

  3. I live in downtown Toronto. I'd like some answers as to how $900+ million and months of training on security alone could result in a few dozen vandals trashing Yonge Street and Queen Street on the Saturday unabated (especially as so many of the black bloq activists had been under weeks of surveillance). I'd also like to know how 1,000+ people can be detained, 80% without charge, with many of them brutalized.

    There's also specific issues such as who gave the order for police to clear Queen's Park (quite suddenly and violently) when it had been touted for weeks as the place you were supposed to go to to demonstrate? What accountability do citizens have against the actions of officers imported from other provinces? What consequences will police face for stopping, searching and arresting people far from the protests or the security perimeter — in clear violation of the laws of Canada? What role did the Public Safety Minister play in terms of orders given to the ISU?

    There's lots of things to still shake out … and it's necessary. The Toronto Police Service have had a pretty good reputation for dealing with large gatherings (Pride, Caribana, Indy and major demonstrations) until the G20. They were subsumed into the ISU, and until questions are answered and consequences are meted out, the TPS will bear the brunt of public dissatisfaction with police tactics. And that's not good for anyone.

  4. I'd have loved to see protesters surround that group of cops on bikes and blow bubbles at them.

  5. Waterloo Region's CAPP is having a small celebration of our Civil Liberties on that same day. Not a protest, just a reminder that we are lucky to have them, and would like to keep them, thank you very much.

    12:00 at the Waterloo Public Square if anyone can make it.

    • CAPP?

      • Canadians Advocating Political Participation. (Like it says in the small paragraph before the pictures :) )

        • There was no link in your post….
          I googled it and got the Canadian Alliance of Petroleum Producers, but somehow that seemed unlikely.

          EDIT: oh, those pictures. I skipped right to comments.

      • Read the header above the pictures: "Canadians Advocating Political Participation (CAPP)."

  6. Did they smash anything this time?

    • Dude, get a grip. 10,000+ demonstrators DIDN'T smash anything last time.

      • Amateur Hour, Just curious…sooo who did the smashing then???

        • I hear they've pegged the Black Blockheads at around 300. I don't know how they come up with that figure (or who 'they' is, either) so this may not be the most solid of information.

        • I'm assuming you weren't following the news. There were between 50 and 100 people, variously called anarchist, professional protesters, black bloqistes, etc.(black bloq being a tactic rather than a specific group) — who, on the Saturday of the G20 demonstrations, vandalized storefronts, bank machines, smashed windows and set fire to police cruisers. Inexplicably (I mean, there's been no explanation yet provided), they were permitted to behave in this manner for several hours, despite thousands of police on the street and requests for the police to intervene by organizers of peaceful demonstrators, business owners and bystanders. Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun reported that his police sources say they were instructed to "stand down", though there's been no official word on this.

          Despite the attention (and free hand) granted to these morons, vandals and criminals, thousands of demonstrators managed to NOT smash anything during the G20 demonstrations. For their troubles, more than a thousand (including bystanders) were detained or arrested by police the following day, several quite brutally, with only 200 or so charges laid, mostly minor.

          Please note that in all of the subsequent demonstrations supporting civil rights like the right to demonstrate, they have also NOT smashed anything.

          • Thankyou for clarifying ,I suppose gone are the day's when protests could be held and there was really no concerns of outside interference, these groups and individuals that you discribe that attend these events should be punished to the full extent of the law.