What The G20 Summit in Toronto is all About

UPDATE: As a TRAVIS correspondent is at the G20 Media Centre, make sure to follow twitter.com/travismag for up-to-date news on the happenings at the G20 Summit.

The G20 Summit in Toronto is a month away, and although I’ve heard it mentioned a lot, I have barely any idea what it is all about, so I decided to look into it.

What is the G20?
The G20 is the Group of Twenty Financial Ministers and Central Bank Governors. The G20 Summit is a meeting held by the group to address issues regarding the international financial system.

How does this affect Toronto?
The G20 meeting will be held in Toronto on June 26-27. Originally, it was planned at Huntsville, Ontario, but the decision to hold it in Toronto was made as the accommodations in Huntsville were inadequate. This requires accommodations for 10,000 people.

Heads of state will also be attending the G20 and thus security will be extremely tight surrounding the summit. The Toronto Star reports that there will be absolutely no access to the Metro Toronto Convention Center and surrounding hotels without some serious credentials. Other than that, the area from Spadina to Yonge, up to King St will be under heavy surveillance, and traffic is expected to be very limited.

Another facet of the G20 is protest. There’s allegedly a lot of protesting that ends up violent surrounding the G20. The designated protest zone is at Queen’s Park, a safe distance away from the Summit. All the news reports are saying its anarchists that are going to protest the G20, I can’t see how the government designating a place to protest is effective.

Why do people protest the G20?
Many NGOs are attending the Summit from the protest perspective. The goal is to put pressure on the Canadian government (among others) to boost foreign aid spending. Although many have good intentions for protest, others opposing the summit on anti-war and political platforms have already stirred up emotions that could lead to violence, both from police and protesters.

Unlike our French-Canadian pals next door, it won’t be one of those feel-good riots. The Leafs just haven’t earned it, and I don’t think anyone riots over baseball.

It might be best if on those two days Toronto reverts the early-liquor law back to normal, just because 10 AM drinking, World Cup, and G20 is a recipe for some serious disaster.

So that’s what the G20 is and how it affects Toronto. Personally, I’d like to check it out, see what all the noise is about. It IS kind of a big deal.

Bryan

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    • calvin
    • May 28th, 2010

    There are alot of reasons why people protest , but mainly its because they are tired of being robbed constantly by the international bankers. Taxes keep going higher , as does the never ending debt. People are pissed about the management. We suffer for financial collpase while the banks seem to be saved under the umbrella of more financial collapse. The same people who cause the mess are the ones who are saved while the mass population suffers. Enviromentalists got there own reasons to be pissed , unionists got there own issues , farmers there own . Everyone has good reason to be pissed. But violence should be a no no . “feel-good riots” is another no no . No matter what the event. Unaccetable. When the smoke clears and everyone gone home and the damage is done. The bill is again left for tax payers one way or another. But who cares right ? leafs win . thats excuse enough ? sorry.

  1. I was referring to the VERY recent riots after the playoff games in Montreal. There’s been a lot of talk about what drives the fans to loot and riot after a victory. And I agree violence and looting is definitely frowned upon, but it happens and we have to examine the reasons behind it. We have to take the world with a grain of salt.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJLGMMBuzhQ This is from 2008.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBmXsNSszI8&feature=related This is from 2010.

    We are fortunate enough to live in a city without riots over sports. However, it is understandable that there will be protestors, I only mentioned a few of the key reasons that I read about.

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