posted on Jun, 26 2010 @ 03:00 AM
Ok...where to begin?
1st off, I live about 1.5 blocks away from the security zone in downtown Toronto.
I've never seen so many police / security forces, police vehicles (helicopters, ground patrols, etc), motorcades, protesters, anarchists, disaster
tourists (ie: those who can't wait for a good dust-up), etc. It's surreal.
For those of you who have never been to Toronto, let me just say that it's unsettling for those of us who live here. This is not the Canada we all
know and love. And before anybody points it out, yes - I know - summits like this require security. I'm not debating that. What I am debating is
the need to over-spend previous G8/20 security budgets by some 890 million dollars, the need to arrest people who refuse to show ID and/or submit to
a search without ANY probable cause or suspicion, or the need to shut down an entire city for days on end to facilitate a face-to-face meeting when
the entire outcome of this summit was known and pre-written MONTHS ago. This dog-&-pony show has done nothing but lay economic waste to Canada's
largest city for days on end with little, if any, up side.
As far as the newly enacted 'stealth-law', allowing police to arrest anybody within 30 meters of the security fence? Lets just say that as far as I
can tell, there will be a political price to be paid for this at the next election. I'm a regular listener to talk radio here in Toronto and, to the
best of my recollection, I've never seen such an across-the-board condemnation of a government action. Conservatives and liberals alike are very
disturbed at the implications of this law, passed in the middle of the night, with ZERO public input or consultation and, perhaps most disturbingly,
absolutely NO notification. This truly goes against everything we, as a free society believe in - conservative and liberal, left and right, alike.
Summit be damned; this isn't the Canada we know or want.