A blast from Toronto's summit pastby Pras Rajagopalan
Friday, Jun. 11, 2010
For those of us with short memories or were too young to remember, this summer's G20 in summit is not the first time Toronto has hosted a major meeting of world leaders.
The 1988 G7 summit ran from June 19-21 and was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the site of this year's summit meeting.
At the bottom of the page is a piece by then local Toronto reporter Havard Gould (now a national business reporter) previewing the 1988 summit.
In Havard's words, Canadian media were "obsessed" with interviewing members of the international media to see what they thought of our fair city.
He adds it was a coming out party of sorts for a city just beginning to emerge on the world stage.
Havard actually says he doesn't recall the 1988 summit being that disruptive to city life, which is interesting when you consider the extraordinary restrictions and security measures already in place for the June summit.
- Flashdance: G20 style
- Flash mob protests G20
- G20 conversations: No fixed address
- What one homeless man is experiencing ahead of the summit
- Saplings uprooted in the name of security
- Action taken to ward off attacks by rowdy protesters
- G20 conversations: working the crane
- The summit halts contruction
- G20 conversations: under the station
- Union Station dry cleaner plans to remain open ahead of summit
- Businesses around G20 'cannot afford to close'
- Businesses offer deals to entice customers
- G20 conversations: inside the fence
- A downtown resident talks about the summit
- A week of G20 preparation
- Security measures affecting city life.
- A blast from Toronto's summit past
- A look at a Toronto summit from 22 years ago
- No more G20 pass accreditation
- ISU not accepting any more G20 pass requests
- Excuse me sir, this is a no-kite zone
- Most flights OK during summits, but kites banned
- Talking G20 at the chip truck
- Street vendors asked to take a break
- (Most) bike rings will stay during summit
- (Most) bike rings here to stay during summit
- A little clarity for pedestrians and cyclists
- Pedestrians and cyclists will have to navigate police checkpoints
- The media descends on a G20 protest
- Press outnumber demonstrators at event
- Our G20 Blogger
- Pras Rajagopalan is interested in city politics, urban planning, and your used Krautrock LPs.
When the opportunity came to cover the impact of the G20 summit on everyday life in Toronto, he jumped at the chance.