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Man charged with impersonating police during G20

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A line of riot police surround a large street demonstration on the closing day of the G20 Summit. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo/Canadian Press)

By CBC News

A British man made a court appearance in Toronto on Wednesday, after being charged with impersonating a police officer during last weekend's G20 summit.

Police announced Tuesday evening they had charged Charlie Veitch, 29. He was taken into custody while boarding a plane for London.

Veitch is a satirist whose videos can be seen on YouTube, and he was in Toronto poking fun at the security preparations for the G20.

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Stories from G20 detainees

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G20 detention centre. (Amber Hildebrandt/CBC)

By Amber Hildebrandt

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgAs evidence of the G20 Summit's presence disappears from Toronto streets, stories continue to emerge online and in the media from those who participated in or were caught up in the mayhem.

An estimated 1,000 people were detained during the summit weekend, Canada's largest mass arrest.

Below are a few of the many stories from those who were arrested and spent time in the centre. 

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Replay live chat: What are your rights?

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A pair of protesters huddle amidst a line of riot police on Saturday, June 26, 2010. (Submitted by warphotographer)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

The G20 summit in Toronto may be over, but questions linger about police reaction to the protests that were at times peaceful, and on occasion, as a result of splinter groups, chaotic and violent.

Damage in parts of the city included burned police vehicles, smashed bank windows and vandalized storefronts. More than 900 people were arrested during the protests over the weekend.

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G20: Talking to people at Queen and Spadina

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A protester holds up a boom box on Queen and Spadina. (Rose D'Souza)

By Rose D'Souza, G20 citizen contributor

RoseDsouza2010.jpgI never thought that I would spend my last day as a Torontonian huddled with hundreds of other people at the northeast corner of Queen and Spadina, trying to keep warm from the heavy downpour of rain, while surrounded by police on the second day of the G20 summit.

Although I imagined other ways to spend my last day living downtown before moving back in with my parents, I do not regret becoming involved in the G20 protests.

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G20 detention centre: Photo gallery



By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgToronto police gave reporters a tour Tuesday afternoon of a controversial makeshift prison that held hundreds of G20 protesters but is now empty and being cleaned up.

The temporary facility on Eastern Avenue, set up in a former film studio in the city's east end, had a capacity for 500 prisoners.

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G20: Protesters, police, and civil rights

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Riot police surround G20 protesters in Toronto. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

Submitted by Paul Manly


Bio: Paul Manly is a filmmaker and community organizer based in Nanaimo, B.C.

My story: I started my trip to Toronto at the Peoples Summit, which brought together people from around the world to discuss their opposition to the G20 and their vision for a more just, sustainable and fair world. I attended as a representative of a new organization called Smart Change and was hosting a documentary film series I had programmed for the week between the Peoples Summit and the G20 Summit. I was also working as a freelance journalist, filing stories to a number of news outlets and packaging video programming from the Peoples Summit and the Shout Out for Global Justice to send to community organizations across Canada as part of a community cable initiative.

The key arguments against the G8 and G20 put forward at these events was that these summits are illegitimate and undemocratic, the $1.2-billion budget for a three-day summit could have been used to bolster the $1.9-billion annual budget of the United Nations, or pay for housing, transit, clean drinking water for First Nations communities, food for hungry people etc. The austerity summit was anything but austere, the budget was outrageous. People wanted the leaders to know that citizens shouldn't have to pay for the economic crisis that the bankers and the elite created first with a taxpayer-funded bailout and then through cuts to government services. They also thought a more legitimate forum to discuss world economics would be the G192 or the G6.7 billion so that all nations and people have input into world economic decision making, not just an elite few. 

All weekend the police presence in Toronto was very noticeable, with officers on foot and riding bikes throughout the downtown core. There were groups of police on almost every corner.

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Reporting from the fake lake

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The CBC's Rosemary Barton at the fake lake. (CBC)

By Rosemary Barton, CBC News

sbarton-rosemary-52.jpgThere were many times during the G20 that I didn't feel like I was in Toronto at all.

And not because of the violence on the streets or the police on every corner (although that didn't help), but rather because I was stuck in the Direct Energy media centre for most of the summits.

Up at the crack of dawn and into a cab with no traffic on the streets and then off to a large arena full of international reporters.

There was a reporter "feeding" schedule, a latte bar and, the now infamous "fake lake."

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G20 Photos: Scenes from the streets

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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(Dustin Rabin Photography)

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G20 police actions prompt call for inquiry

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By CBC News

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for a public inquiry into police response during the G20 summit in Toronto over the weekend, calling it "disproportionate," "arbitrary" and "excessive."

"We certainly acknowledge that the police faced a difficult task," Nathalie Des Rosiers, general counsel for the CCLA, told a press conference in Toronto Tuesday.

"Nonetheless, Canadians are entitled to policing that does not undermine their constitutional values."

Des Rosiers highlighted some of the situations that she said warrant an inquiry.

They include police tactics on Sunday evening, when about 500 people were hemmed in by riot police at the intersection of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue for several hours in the pouring rain.

Read more.

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G20: Well, that was interesting

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Line of riot police in downtown Toronto. (Submitted by dav photo corp via Flickr)

By Carmen Millet, G20 citizen blogger


carmen52.jpgAnd here I was complaining that there weren't any G20-related things to talk about. I guess it's true what they say: be careful what you wish for.

In my wildest dreams, I never imagined I'd see this beautiful city look like it was something that's normally beamed into my house from a war zone far, far away.

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Toronto police chief

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By Yours Voice Team, CBC News

Bill Blair speaks at a news conference about reviewing police law enforcement tactics used during the G20 summit and displays potential weapons confiscated from protesters.

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G20: There we have it

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A protester sits on the ground in front of a line of police on Saturday, June 26, 2010. (Submitted by warphotographer)

By Heather Morrison, G20 citizen blogger

heather52.jpgThe G20 wraps up in Toronto, the leaders are on their way back to their resident countries, taking with them hundreds of delegates and planners in Canada for the summit. Hopefully they are also taking with them a greater sense of what our world needs in order to make it through the next few years in one piece.

As we saw from the demonstrations that flooded Toronto's streets this past weekend, there are many issues to be addressed: Immigration, poverty, economic regulations and guidelines, women's and children's health, and the state of our environment, to name a few.

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The unforgettable G20

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A protester sits in front of line of police blocking a march by demonstrators attempting to march towards the security fence as the G20 Summit closes in Toronto on Sunday. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News


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It was a curtain of rain that served as the final scene of the G20 Summit weekend on the streets of downtown Toronto.

Perhaps it was fitting that a torrential downpour closed out the weekend, a cathartic symbol as the city begins cleaning up and reflecting on what went amiss.

While some boarded stores started replacing their shattered windows and workers began dismantling the kilometres-long security fence on Monday, it will take much longer for Torontonians to forget -- and possibly forgive -- the acts committed on both sides.

After a weekend spent cycling from protest to protest and weaving my way to the frontlines of the action, here are a few moments I will not soon forget:

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Summit clashes

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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CBC's Jennifer Hollett gives a taste of the front lines of G20 protests in Toronto.


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G20 protests continue

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Protesters gather at College and Bay Steets. (Nazima Walji/CBC)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Another large, noisy, traffic-stopping protest erupted in downtown Toronto on Monday afternoon, in reaction to what demonstrators called police overreaction during weekend G20 protests.

About 1,000 people gathered on College Street, outside the headquarters of the Toronto Police Service, chanting, drumming, and calling for the release of those protesters still being held in detention.

The protest has closed a section of the street over the dinner hour, affecting car and pedestrian traffic, as well as one of the city's busiest streetcar lines.

Here's a look at the protest, in photos:

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Police beat journalist covering G20: report

jesse-journalist.jpgJournalist Jesse Rosenfeld says he was detained for almost 20 hours. (CBC)

By CBC News

Freelance journalist Jesse Rosenfeld says police beat him Saturday night in Toronto as he covered a G20 demonstration.

A second journalist who witnessed the incident said it was "not a great night for democracy."

Steve Paikin, host of TVO's The Agenda public affairs show, was watching protesters on a downtown Toronto street, the Esplanade, on Saturday night.

In a message posted on Twitter, Paikin wrote that the demonstration was peaceful. "It was like an old sit-in. No one was aggressive, and yet riot squad officers moved in."

Police told him to leave, and "as I was escorted away from the demonstration, I saw two officers hold a journalist."

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G20 photo wrapup: The weekend in pictures

 Prime Minister Stephen Harper, centre, participates in a plenary session at the G20 summit as Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama look on, Sunday. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

By Kerry Wall, CBC News

kerrywall.jpgThere was no shortage of photos coming out of this weekend's G8 and G20 summits. From the leaders' gatherings to the protests on the streets of Toronto, professional and citizen photographers alike captured the goings-on from every angle.

A roundup of our photo galleries is in the full post.

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G20 fence: What should be done with it?

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A man smokes a cigarette in front of the security fence outside Union Station in Toronto on Monday as city life returns to normal. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

The three-metre high fence that snakes around the site of the G20 summit in Toronto is to be dismantled in the coming weeks, but its fate is unknown.

The fence, which runs some six kilometres around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and part of the city's financial district, was constructed in the weeks leading up to the meeting of world leaders.

On Monday, crews began the process of taking down the fine-mesh "expanded metal" and chain-link barrier, which is reinforced by concrete blocks and metal tubing.

The Integrated Security Unit, which oversaw all security issues related to the summit, couldn't say whether materials used in the fence would be reused, recycled or destroyed. The ISU wouldn't say when it expects the fence to be completely gone, but has said it expects it will be dismantled quicker than it was put up.

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What do you think should happen to the fence once it has been dismantled? Should it be reused or destroyed?

(This poll is not scientific. It is based on readers' votes.)

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G20 fence's fate unknown

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People sit on park benches in front of the security fence as city life returns to normal following the weekend's G20 demonstrations. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By CBC News

The three-metre high fence that snakes around the site of the G20 summit in Toronto is to be dismantled in the coming weeks, but its fate is unknown.

The fence, which runs some six kilometres around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and part of the city's financial district, was constructed in the weeks leading up to the meeting of world leaders.

On Monday, crews began the process of taking down the chain-link barrier, which is reinforced by concrete blocks and metal tubing.

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G20: A glimpse at the summit

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A protester holds a sign with a sentiment most were hoping for throughout the weekend. (Submitted by Jackman Chiu via Flickr)

By Amil Niazi, CBC News


amil-niazi-52.jpgMost Torontonians were unsure of what to expect during the G20 summit held in the city from June 26-27. Residents watched as a fence went up, dividing parts of the downtown core into security zones, and a heavy police presence began marking the area around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Many businesses in the financial district took precautions in the week leading up to the event and set up satellite offices or kept workers at home. Stores began boarding up their windows, preparing for the worst.

And right here, our team of CBC reporters and citizen bloggers relayed on-the-ground reports showing a city transforming and transformed.

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G20: What a weekend

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The Bike Bloc protest passes through downtown Toronto. (Bob Dunkin)

By Bob Dunkin, G20 citizen blogger


bob52.jpgThis was quite the experience for me. I'd first like to give big thanks to CBC for allowing me to do this this week. The week saw everything. We had an earthquake and the G20 summit. It truly was seven days of ups and down, both physically and emotionally. I was "lucky," I never experienced any of the violence that was seen throughout the weekend on Toronto streets. I did experience the aftermath, but nothing more than that.

There were a few moments from this weekend that I'd like to highlight.

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Toronto G20 damage bill goes to Ottawa: mayor

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A police car burns along the streets of downtown Toronto. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

By CBC News

Toronto Mayor David Miller said Monday that he's sending the bill for damages and compensation from the G20 summit to the federal government.

Police vehicles were burned, bank windows smashed and storefronts vandalized Saturday as a small band of militant protesters ran riot in the downtown core.

As the city that resembled a police state on the weekend resumed business as usual Monday, Mayor David Miller called on Ottawa to assume financial responsibility for the mess.

"This is a federal responsibility. It's their conference," Miller said at a news conference.

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G20: Thank God it's Monday!

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By Zach Bussey, G20 citizen blogger

zach52.jpgThe G20 in Toronto was an eye-opening experience I honestly hope we never have to be put through again. I was scared for the city, for the general public and my own safety. I watched enough videos from other G8/G20s, talked to enough reporters who were in Pittsburgh and London, and read enough about what could and/or would happen to be prepared.

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G20: Looking back

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A protester flashes a peace sign during a demonstration on Sunday, June 27, 2010. It was just one of the many scenes witnessed in downtown Toronto during the G20 summit. (Submitted by Jackman Chiu via Flickr)

By Dale Boyer, G20 citizen blogger

daleboyer52.jpgAs I look back at my first blog post about the three things I thought would be disrupted, two predictions came true.

My beautiful city was cut up and I had to zigzag my way through the streets to avoid police lines and potential violence. My comfortable lifestyle became uneasy, I was unnerved and upset ... even my quirky and humorous outlook on the summit was tested while I witnessed first-hand what it feels like not be trusted while I walked down Toronto streets I frequent every day.

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Editorial roundup: A photo-op, a failure, a brutal spectacle?

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This word cloud includes text from the editorials below. Words including 'G20' and 'police' were used frequently in the editorials and accordingly figure largely in the graphic. Words that weren't used often, such as 'aid' and 'climate,' appear tiny in the image. (wordle.net)

By CBC News

The leaders have left and the fences are being torn down, so journalists and writers around the globe now cast a critical eye on the outcome of the G8 and G20 summits.

Among the questions being posed: Were the summits worth the cost and the disruption? What did the leaders actually accomplish? Were the people of Toronto failed?

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Montreal protesters arrested during G20: activist

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Police in Toronto arrested nearly 900 people over the G20 summmit weekend. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

By CBC News

At least 100 members of a Montreal-based protest group were arrested during the G20 summit in Toronto, a spokeswoman for the Anti-Capitalist Convergence group said.

Danie Royer, who was among the hundreds of people who travelled from Montreal to Toronto ahead of the G20 summit, said she believes roughly 100 group members were arrested, and she is still waiting for word from another 200 others.

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McGuinty mum on expanded G20 police powers

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Under the regulation, people within five metres of the security area can be asked to identify themselves to police and state the purpose of their visit on request. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

By The Canadian Press

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will not explain why his cabinet passed a secret law giving police more power to arrest people during the G20 summit in Toronto.

Opposition critics and civil libertarians are outraged the Liberal cabinet not only gave police extra powers to question, search and detain people in the week leading up to the summit, but that they also kept it secret.

The regulation, which took effect June 28 and expires Monday, effectively expands the jurisdiction of the existing Public Works Act to apply to high-security areas around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where the summit was held this weekend. It does so by designating the security fence that encircles a large chunk of downtown around the convention centre as a public work.

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G20 sees arts events cancelled, seats empty

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Dutch violinist André Rieu, seen here performing on NBC's "Today" show, cancelled his Toronto concert. (Peter Kramer/NBC/AP Photo/Canadian Press)

By CBC News

G20 closures and disruptions left little room for fun in the Toronto area this weekend, with last-minute cancellations affecting some arts events and others rendered inaccessible because of transit woes.

Dutch violinist André Rieu and his orchestra nixed a concert at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday on the advice of police.

"What a sad moment! We all [were] ready for a concert in Toronto," Rieu wrote on his Twitter account. "The police closed all roads so nobody could come to the hall. We had to leave."

He has rescheduled the concert for December.

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G20 peaceful protests

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Women took the lead in the Justice For Our Communities march. (Jason To)

By Jason To, G20 citizen contributor


I thought these images from June 25 at the Justice For Our Communities rally and march in Toronto in relation to the G8 and G20 would help to show an alternative portrayal of the protests. In contrast to the violent images of protesters like the Black Bloc, these were civil and polite.

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G20 cleanup in Toronto begins

yonge-street.jpgWorkers remove broken glass at a store on Toronto's Yonge Street. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By CBC News

Toronto is slowly returning to normal after the conclusion of the weekend G20 summit, which prompted violent protests that resulted in hundreds of arrests.

As the world leaders headed home, shopkeepers on Monday were cleaning up the mess left by Black Bloc protesters and police officers were standing down.

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G20: As it happened

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A camera captures crowds on the streets in downtown Toronto during the G20 summit. (Submitted by picturenarrative via Flickr)


By Kady O'Malley, CBC News

omalley-kady-52.jpgSummit weekend may be over, but you can relive all the excitement with the archived version of our weekend-long, as it happened liveblog.

The CBC G20 street team, which included reporters, citizen bloggers and commentary from people watching the action unfold on Twitter, was delivering wall-to-wall coverage all weekend - from the media centre to the streets and everywhere in between.

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Everyone is the media

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Protesters, many with a camera in hand, march in the streets of Toronto during an anti G20 demonstration on Sunday. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgAt one of the G20 protests over the weekend, I looked around and started counting. About one in three people had a camera of some sort, be it a cell phone, digital camera or video camera.

With the cost of cameras dropping, and Flickr and YouTube just a mouse click away, crowds are powering the media. Last night I filed a story for The National on a flip camera, to illustrate that point. Despite almost 70 new police security cameras in downtown Toronto for the G20, one could argue flip cameras have become the new security cameras.

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G20 vandalism: Who should pay for it?

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Pedestrians walk by a store which had its windows broken by anti-G20 protesters on Yonge Street. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Dozens of store owners are cleaning up broken glass in downtown Toronto after "thugs," as described by the mayor, caused widespread damage several blocks from the G20 summit venue during the weekend.

A march that drew thousands of people -- estimates ranged from 4,000 to 10,000 -- carried on peacefully before up to 300 militant members in the crowd began to vandalize storefronts and vehicles in mid-afternoon, including setting fire to police cruisers.

Who should pay for the lost revenue and damages that Toronto businesses suffered during the G20? Should the government reimburse store owners?

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A tale of 2 cafes

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Broken glass needed to be picked up in front of the Starbucks at John and Queen streets in Toronto. (Showwei Chu/CBC)

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

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Benny Banipal says he wasn't worried about keeping his store open on Queen Street West over the G20 weekend.

Owner of the Second Cup on the southwest corner of Queen and John streets, Banipal says, "I knew they wouldn't touch Canadian companies."

Kitty-corner to the coffee shop is Starbuck's, the Starbucks outlet that appeared in, no doubt, hundreds of TwitPics and "protest tourist" photographs with its smashed windows, which were later boarded up.


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Hoping for a glimpse of President Hu Jintao

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Chinese President Hu Jintao, right, waves as he arrives for the official family photo at the G20 Summit Sunday. (Christophe Ena/AP Photo/Canadian Press)

By Amina Zafar, CBC News

I saw a gathering of about 150 people, some holding Chinese flags, outside the CIBC at Spadina and Bremner around 6 p.m. this evening. Several of them told me they were hoping to see China's President Hu Jintao and his motorcade.

The larger group held a red banner with yellow lettering for a Chinese-Canadian group in Hamilton, and Chinese and Canadian flags. There was also a drummer.

A group of seven people stood in front holding up a yellow Falun Dafa banner with red lettering. One of them told me they wanted the Chinese leader to respect human rights and stop the persecution of Falun Gong.

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An officer's summit view

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By Your Voice Team, CBC News

CBC video journalist Peter Wall follows a Toronto police officer on G20 summit security duty. Continue reading to see the video.

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12 searches, 1 day

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Police search the backpacks of pedestrians near Queen's Park Sunday. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgTwelve. That's the number of times Mike and James say they've been stopped by police in the streets of downtown Toronto today.

When I caught up with them, as a gaggle of police officers surrounded James north of the corner of Queen Street West and Soho, he was stuffing items back into his bag just as the latest round of cops asked to see his bag. "I just got searched!" he said.

Among the streets where they've been searched: University, King, Adelaide, Bay and Wellington. "Just every time we run into a group of officers," said James.

The police, they said, have told them why they are being searched: both of them are wearing black clothing, the uniform of choice for the Black Bloc.

"It's definitely no fun," said Mike, who didn't want to give his name. "I personally think it's an invasion of privacy."

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Running around

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Police charge on Queen St. W Saturday. (Nick Kozak/Torontoist)

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

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As the G20 Summit weekend draws to a close, I must say I've done a lot of running around. Photographer Nick Kozak from Torontoist.com snapped a great photo of me running away from the police charge yesterday, after I shot this video.

Some have told me it's very "Run Lola Run." My face says it all. To quote my face directly, "Ughhh!?!"

The $1 billion price tag on the summits is proof that the country was prepared for anything, but I must say I didn't expect this. What happened is new and shocking for the city of Toronto, for residents and business owners, police and protesters.
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Trapped at work at Queen and Spadina

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By Eva Nikitova, citizen contributor

Eva Nikitova owns a store at Queen and Spadina and sent us an update.

The scene at Queen and Spadina is pretty ridiculous right now. There are two rows of riot police trapping about 150 or so people. Some of them are kicking a soccer ball around and police are just looking on. Some are pointed at and told they can leave after being searched. Some are getting arrested. From a crowd of about (I think) 400 there's only about 150 left and the crazy formations and standoff positions are still put on but I'm not sure why. There are more police than protesters.

Watch Eva's video footage - Police block in and arrest protesters and bystanders

For the 2½ hours since this started, I did not witness any violence or provocation from the protesters. I'd like to go home and have dinner and relax but instead I'm trapped at work watching police in riot gear "guard" a hundred people.

I can't believe my tax dollars are funding this.

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17 hours in detention

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Hendrik Bruyn says he spent the last 17 hours in the detention centre at the former Toronto Film Studios. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgBy Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

Hendrik Bruyn, 23, of Toronto has had a "pretty dreadful day."

"I'm really glad it's over," he said as he reached into his plastic bag of possessions to grab a cigarette.

Bruyn says he spent the last 17 hours in the detention centre at the former Toronto Film Studios, located in the city's east end.

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Queen and Spadina protests

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Police in riot gear move in on protesters. (Dan Cronin/CBC News: G20 Flickr Pool)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Hundreds of riot police moved in on protesters at Queen Street and Spadina Avenue on Sunday. 
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Citizen video: Protesters smash police car

By Your Voice Team, News

Ron Dubuc captures footage of protesters dressed in black attacking a police car in Toronto on Saturday.

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Queen and Spadina crowd footage

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Ron Dubuc submitted video of G20 demonstrators gathered at Queen and Spadina on Saturday afternoon.

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Peaceful protest?

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Cyclists attend a bike protest on Sunday, June 27, 2010. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgThe Bike Bloc began at Bloor and Spadina, on the southeast corner, where so many bicycle meetups have gathered before. It is, after all, where the monthly Critical Mass meets.

And that is how many people knew about the 1 p.m. Bike Bloc protest on the second day of the G20 weekend.

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Black Bloc radicals will be caught: police

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An activist wearing black clothing breaks a window with a chair in Toronto's financial district during a protest against the G20 summit on Saturday. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

By CBC News


When police launched a raid Sunday at the University of Toronto, the items they seized included materials that have become symbolic of the G20 summit's violent underbelly: black clothing.

The Integrated Security Unit said officers found "street-type weaponry," including bricks, while officers who were combing through bushes and garbage cans found items of black clothing.

Read more.

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G20 field reports: Amber Hildebrandt

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgThe Bike Bloc crowd, stopped at the detention centre on Eastern Avenue where protesters are being detained, is getting angry.

The chants have changed from "peaceful protest" to "Shame shame shame" as people in the crowd hold their fingers in peace signs and gesture at the police.

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Sit-in protest at King and Bay

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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People gather for a sit-in protest around Toronto's King and Bay intersection. (Kim Fox/CBC)

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G20 update: Arrests now tally 562




Police and anti-G20 protesters engaged in tense -- and at times violent -- confrontations and standoffs in several parts of downtown Toronto for a second day on Sunday, with 562 people now under arrest.

READ MORE: G20 arrest tally hits 562

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Update from G20 media centre

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By Your Voice Team, CBC News

G20 Street Level blogger Amal Ga'al gives CBC News an update from the G20 international media centre.



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Cameron and Merkel catch the World Cup match

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(Stefan Rousseau/Associated Press)

The above shot says it all.

In between the morning working sessions of Sunday's G20 summit, British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel found some time to watch the England-Germany World Cup soccer match.

Cameron, no doubt, wishes they hadn't. England were trounced 4-1 by a vastly superior German side that shredded the Three Lions' back four and crushed a nation's hopes and dreams -- again.

The match also featured potentially one of the worst calls in the tournament's history after the Uruguayan officiating team incorrectly ruled a clear goal by Frank Lampard did not cross the line.

But that's now history, as is England's World Cup experience.
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Searches, searches everywhere

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Police search a vehicle in downtown Toronto. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgAs I bike through the city, one thing is clear. There's a new police tactic in town.

Look almost anywhere and you'll spot a gaggle of officers stopping someone and asking to see inside their backpack.

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Black bloc: group or tactic?

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Black bloc flags left on Spadina Ave. on Saturday. (Jennifer Hollett/CBC)

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgThe Black Bloc, the Black Bloc, the Black Bloc.

G20 is the trop trend on Twitter in Canada right now, followed by the Black Bloc.

@oliviachow Black Bloc pp have nothing in common with the peaceful rally. All they are doing is to justify huge security spending. #G20

@cody_dodd In an instant, a few dozen in the 'black bloc' delegitimize every real message & legitimize police authoritarianism. Professional thugs 

@mcleangreaves

on behalf of African-Canadians everywhere I would like to point out not one member of the Black Bloc who trashed #G20 is actually black.

And it is being stressed the Black Bloc is a tactic, not a group. I'd say it's fair to say it's both.

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G20 field reports: Timothy Neesam

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By Timothy Neesam, CBC News

Police search a car at Beverly, south of Dundas in these photos from CBC's Tim Neesam.
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Toronto's tarnished image

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This photograph of a protester kicking a burning a police car in downtown Toronto on Saturday has appeared on news websites around the world, including Britain's The Guardian and The Australian. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

By Lianne Elliott, CBC News

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Toronto the Good risks losing its squeaky clean image.

While Canadian government and tourism officials hoped the G20 and G8 summits would boost Toronto's image as a vibrant, urbane city, the 3,000 journalists who have converged on the city are instead sending home pictures of protest violence, putting images of burning police cars, smashed windows and angry mobs in newspapers and on TV newscasts around the world.

Here's a look at some of the online coverage:
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Police force protesters back

CBC's Jennifer Hollett captured footage of police forcing back a crowd of demonstrators in Toronto's east end. Police released smoke at protesters and arrested several people.

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Bike protest

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Amrita Singh submitted footage of police making an arrest at a bike protest on Sunday during the G20 summit in Toronto.

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G20 field reports: Amber Hildebrandt

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Bike protesters make their way downtown on Sunday, June 27, 2010. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

Update 1:59 p.m.:
The Bike Bloc protest is now headed down Bay Street, passing St. Joseph. Still noisy, but no confrontations with police.

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgI'm following the Bike Bloc demonstration that started at Bloor and Spadina. It got off to a rocky start, heading south on Spadina until police turned the bikes back, their riders chanting "Let us bike" and "Whose streets? Our Streets!"

The protesters were then allowed to head east along a side street. The procession of hundreds of cyclists is now headed east on Cumberland, and is very noisy.

I spoke to Tim Middleton and his wife, who were towing their children Emeth, 3, and Istra, 5, in carts behind their bikes. Middleton says a police officer warned him to "stay back" in case of tear gas, but he and his wife thought the situation was safe and have decided to ride on.
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Halifax activist supports G20 protesters

By CBC News

A Halifax environmental activist taking part in the G20 protests in Toronto plans to visit the detention centre where fellow protesters are being held.

"I think I'll go down to the jail and do some solidarity," David Bush of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition said Sunday. "I'll just sit outside, be pretty relaxed, and if people are being released, then just say 'Hi' and offer them coffee and things like that."

Bush said many of the people arrested Saturday were not responsible for the violent outbreak that happened blocks from where the summit of world leaders was being held.

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G20: The streets of Toronto

Watch raw camera feeds from various CBC reporting units.

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Manholes welded shut

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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Mike Boyle welds a manhole shut along Bay Street in downtown Toronto, Sunday, as an additional security measure in the wake of riots in downtown Toronto the night before during the G20 Summit. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

Earlier this morning, we
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G20 field reports: Timothy Neesam

Sights from Toronto's downtown core the morning of Sunday, June 27, 2010.

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G20 field reports: Jennifer Hollett

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Police officers watch a group of protesters sitting on the street near a temporary detention centre on Sunday. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgOutside the city's east end Toronto Film Studios everyone plays their part. Protesters sing and chant "let them go" to live music. Media capture the moment. Police stand on guard.

Protesters organized at 10 a.m. this morning at Jimmie Simpson park. After assuring police, media and other protesters they'd protest peacefully, they marched east to the temporary detention centre where their "comrades" are.

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G20: What do you think of the violence?

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A police car burns after activists and protesters set it on fire along the streets of downtown Toronto. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Violence marked the first day of the G20 summit in downtown Toronto as a group of protesters broke off from other demonstrators, creating havoc in parts of the city. The so-called Black Bloc anarchists -- who promote violent confrontation with authorities -- tried repeatedly to break into the secure zone where leaders of the G20 are meeting.

Those unsuccessful attempts eventually led to smashed windows and spray-painted walls. Four police cars were set alight, 480 people were arrested, and hospitals and the Eaton Centre shopping mall were locked down.

The violence prompted police to ramp up their security tactics. Toronto police Chief Bill Blair confirmed that tear gas was deployed once -- for the first time in Canada's largest city -- "after a warning was given to the public about its impending use." But he denied that rubber bullets were used.

What do you think about the G20 violence in Toronto? We want to hear from you.

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G20 field reports: Amber Hildebrandt

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By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgA fake daisy in the grass, an anti-capitalism brochure mashed into the sidewalk and the packaging from a poncho are among the few signs at Queen's Park of the thousands who massed here yesterday before taking to the streets.
 
By now, the trodden water bottles and most of the other garbage that littered the road around the legislature and University Avenue last night are all cleaned up. The city in this area seems back to normal - save for the sirens screaming in the distance and the continuing sight of packs of cops.
 
The garbage cleanup here was likely easy in comparison with the one facing the Queen Street strip and the financial district, where buildings were heavily vandalized yesterday. 
 
Then there's the security perimeter cleanup once the world leaders leave. It took days to set it up but will reportedly take only a day or so to tear down.  
 
But the costs of it all? It may be a bit before we find that out. 

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G20 protest photos


By Jean-Michel Gariepy, citizen contributor

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Anti-G20 demonstrators gather around Queen Street and Spadina Avenue. (Submitted by Jean-Michel Gariepy)

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G20: 'I never imagined I'd see my city like I did'

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Protesters gathered in downtown Toronto on Saturday, June 26. (Carmen Millet)

By Carmen Millet, G20 citizen blogger

carmen52.jpgI never imagined I'd see my city like I did yesterday.

Day 1 of the G20 summit in Toronto started peacefully but ended, sadly, in what seemed like complete and utter chaos.

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G20: A day of chaos

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Smoke rises from burning cars as protests turns violent in the Queen and Spadina area. (Zach Bussey)

By Zach Bussey, G20 citizen blogger

zach52.jpgGood Morning Toronto! How are you feeling? A little hung over from yesterday's chaos I bet.

But ultimately, I think it's what we all wanted. We wanted the chaos, we wanted the violence, we wanted the destruction, and we can breathe a sigh of relief that it all came without any major injuries.

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G20 field reports: Timothy Neesam

10:52 AM: Group of protesters gathering at Jimmy Simpson park in the city's east end.

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Maryam Adrangi (Cimate activist), right, and Claudia Calabro (Toronto Community Mobilization Network) speak with press about arrested detainees (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

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Update: G20 arrests continue

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Protest supporter Jen Stewart is arrested Sunday outside the temporary jail east of downtown Toronto where police are holding hundreds of people taken into custody during G20 demonstrations. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

Dozens of people were arrested at the University of Toronto on Sunday, a day after militant activists caused widespread damage on the opening day of the G20 summit.

About 50 people were rounded up after police found street-type weapons and black clothing hidden in bushes. It's believed the bricks were to be used by anarchists who caused widespread damage on Saturday.

A heavy police presence continued, a day after dozens of storefronts were damaged, as well as police cars and other vehicles.


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G20 photo essay: A look at Saturday's protests

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CBC News' Timothy Neesam was on the streets during Saturday's G20 protests in downtown Toronto. From burning police cars to smashed windows, this series of images captures a day marked by escalating tensions and ultimately, violence.

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Update: TTC resumes service after G20 protests

By CBC News

Subway and buses in Toronto will be operating on regular schedules Sunday morning, a day after service was suspended in the downtown area during the G20 summit protests, the Toronto Transit Commission said.

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G20: A sobering look at the aid numbers

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President Barack Obama of the United States and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Toronto. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

By Takumo Yamada, G20 citizen blogger

takumo52.jpgApology for the long silence - it's been hectic with everything you need to do as an NGO advocate at a G8 summit, plus my PC broke down on the eve of the summit, meaning I had to spend half a day running around the city looking for a solution to allow me to type in Japanese with an English computer.
 
But I managed to get through that with minimum stress because the people of the city of Toronto are so kind and helpful. Everywhere I went, they gave me the maximum support, whether my colleagues at Oxfam Canada, taxi drivers, the IT technicians at the media centre or the guys at the computer repair shop.

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G20: An amazing thing happens at the theatre

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A protester crawls as he gets away from police officers during G20 demos in Toronto on Saturday, June 26, 2010. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By Dale Boyer, G20 citizen blogger

daleboyer52.jpgAs if! Where do I start? What a day.  Apart from warnings from every news outlet telling me not to go downtown... I did. I went to work.  I went and did two shows at The Second City, which is so close to the action you could smell the burning police cars.

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Footage of police car aflame

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Oliver Lavery submitted this video of a police cruiser burning in downtown Toronto.

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G20 field reports: Amber Hildebrandt

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

CBC's Amber Hildebrandt is on the the streets of Toronto and will be filing updates during the G20 summit. Here's the latest.

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgIt was a pink VW bug -- spotted from their hotel window -- that drew Art and Cathy Romack down into Toronto's streets and into the thick of the protest.

The couple from Dallas came to Toronto without realizing the G20 summit was on -- until it took them five hours to get from Pearson International Airport to their downtown hotel.

"We came for the cooler weather, " said Art, noting they booked the three-day vacation a month earlier.

The two followed the convertible, pink VW bug as it wound its way down Queen Street, west of John Street, into the downtown's outdoor shopping heartland.

The VW -- decorated inside and out in plastic flowers and butterflies -- pulled up directly in front of the riot police. It quickly helped dissipate tension after the latest charge by riot police, an attempt to keep crowds from a burning police car farther up on the street.

As the bug drove away, Stacy Myers, the driver, said she and her three friends from Kitchener, Ont., were just "trying to go for dinner" in their "peace and love"-mobile. And off she drove, back through the crowds, crowds that were largely curious sightseers towards the later evening. At least until the police began a concentrated charge, periodically pushing and chasing the protesters out of the area.

The Romacks eventually left their hangout near Second Cup on John and Queen, forced out by police, but not before giving this summary of their impressions:

"Everybody's very friendly and it's exciting," said Cathy. "This is the nicest riot we've come to."

Amber reports from @CBCReporter

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Citizen video: CBC van attack footage

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Adam Charney captured this video of anti-G20 demonstrators smashing the windows of a CBC News van in Toronto.

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Police officer smiles despite protest

Despite all the G20 protest chaos, Adam Charney recorded video of a police officer smiling for the camera.

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Police chase crowd

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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CBC's Jennifer Hollett captures footage of police chasing protesters away from a blazing police vehicle in Toronto.

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Citizen video: Police clash with protesters

Adam Charney submitted videos of the G20 protests in downtown Toronto on Saturday.

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Citizen video: Protesters spray-paint graffiti

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Adam Charney submitted footage of masked protesters spray-painting graffiti on building walls around Queen Street in Toronto.

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Citizen video: ATM machine attacks

Adam Charney submitted footage of anti-G20 demonstrators striking at ATM machines.

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Following the protest

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgToday was a day of extremes. At the beginning of the protest, it felt like a well organized parade. Hours later, a chaotic riot.

This afternoon I stood in front of two vandelized police cars taken over by activists. One dreadlocked protester in a fake police shirt got into the vehicle, turned on the siren and started making announcements on the PA. No police in site. Many wondered if the cars were decoys. Hours later, one of those cars was set on fire and police chased all onlookers (including me) away with batons.

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Smoke rises from the police car on fire, Queen St. W, Toronto. (Jennifer Hollett/CBC)

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Standoff at Queen and Spadina

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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Police officers try to block off protesters. Some people tossed bottles at the police line-up. (Cheryl Krawchuk/CBC)

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G20 field reports: Amber Hildebrandt

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

CBC's Amber Hildebrandt is on the the streets of Toronto and will be filing hourly updates during the G20 summit.

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Viola Baker will have a lot to tell her friends on Monday morning.

The nine-year-old got to watch the action on Queen St. as riot police rushed to cordon off the streets leading north.

Standing on Beverley St., with her dad, Jeff, who brought her out, she said, "it's kinda scary but exciting at the same time."

Her dad, who works in film post-production, says he wanted to bring her out to show what a protest was really like. They live nearby on Grange Ave. and were just leaving a birthday party when they decided to drop by.

Amber is reporting from @CBCReporters

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Another burning police car

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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A police vehicle was set ablaze near Queen and John in downtown Toronto. (Pat Morrell/CBC)

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G20 field reports: Amber Hildebrandt

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By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

CBC's Amber Hildebrandt is on the the streets of Toronto and will be filing hourly updates during the G20 summit.


amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgBeyond the masses of protesters and police and media, there is the contingent of curious onlookers, both citizens and tourists alike, who either get caught up in the madness or seek it out.

Finding it is not hard. Not only because following Twitter makes it exceedingly easy to track down the hot zones, but also because the entire downtown core has become a demonstration or standoff waiting to happen. Listen closely and you will hear the cop walkie-talkies screech the latest news or you'll see a protester waving people in the "right" direction.

Among the people I have met are a 16-year-old who secretly came down to the protest by the security fence and an 80-year-old woman on Bay who asked the riot police to let her through to go to the pharmacy (the answer was no). She simply sat down on her walker to wait it out, unperturbed by the protesters shouting expletives at the riot police in front of her. She mumbled something about them not having money, but having too much time.

I also met a trio of tourists from Cincinnati in Toronto for three days, who had no idea the G20 was here. Until they arrived this afternoon and noticed Pearson was abuzz with unusual activity.

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Standoff at John and Wellington

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

kim-g20-706-crop.jpg Police have protester in plastic handcuffs. Received at 7:06 p.m. (Kim Fox/CBC)

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Footage of smashed Toronto police vehicle

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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Two Toronto police vehicles smashed and defaced by protesters at Queen and Spadina in downtown Toronto. Some activists say the cars are decoys. CBC's Jennifer Hollett captured this footage.


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Toronto protests

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

King-bay-riot-carmen-g20.jpgMan sits in front of police in riot gear and masks at King and Bay. Received at 6:05 p.m. (Carmen Millet)

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Tension at Bay and Adelaide

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By Carmen Millet, G20 citizen blogger

carmen52.jpgI've just left Bay and Adelaide.

There were like one hundred police officers from Montreal and they were blocking the street (near Bay and Adelaide).

It feels like it's getting a little more tense and that's why I was starting to head home, I was starting to feel a little weird out here.

People are milling around, walking west on Adelaide towards University, carrying flags, they're yelling at police.

The police are being pretty peaceful, they're not inciting anything, they're just standing there. The protesters are standing around and yelling at them.

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Protest at Bay and Adelaide

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Protesters have gathered around Bay and Adelaide in downtown Toronto. G20 Street Level citizen blogger Carmen Millet says the protest seems peaceful, with people chanting "this is a democracy!" and "whose streets? our streets!"

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Protesters gathered at Bay and Adelaide in Toronto on Saturday afternoon. (Carmen Millet)



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Protesters take over police car

By Your Voice team, CBC News

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Police car taken over by protesters on Queen, near Spadina. Received at 5:04 p.m. (Submitted by Mark Fucella)

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Burnt police car towed

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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A burnt cop car, being towed on King Street. Received at 5:00 p.m. (Kady O'Malley/CBC News)

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G20 protest turns violent

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A police car burns after G20 summit protesters set fire to it in downtown Toronto on Saturday. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By CBC News

Police used tear gas to disperse protesters during a massive and violent anti-G20 protest march Saturday afternoon through downtown Toronto that saw at least two police vehicles set ablaze, store and bank windows damaged, and much of the area put under security lockdowns.

The police cruisers were set on fire at the corner of King and Bay streets in the heart of the city's financial district. At one point when one vehicle was on fire, protesters surrounded police officers who were trying to protect the burning car, CBC reporter Amber Hildebrandt reported on Twitter.

Tear gas was also fired not far away at the corner of Adelaide and Bay streets.

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G20 field reports: Amber Hildebrandt

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A Starbucks on Queen Street, near Beverly. (Kady O'Malley/CBC)

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgCBC's Amber Hildebrandt is on the the streets of Toronto and will be filing hourly updates during the G20 summit. Here's the latest.

Walking down Queen Street, you can't help but notice what has become protest tourist points.
 
At Queen and John, person after person pose in front of the police lined up in riot gear. Across the street, a Starbucks with its windows smashed in is constantly circled with snapping cameras. CNN is among them, but also other media -- and the protesters, too.

A bit west, two mailboxes tipped on their sides and strategically placed to interrupt traffic also attract attention. One man marches up and drops his pamphlet in one.

Farther west, crowds of protesters encircle a circle of police standing around a cruiser with its windshield and rear window smashed.

And now we continue east. Stay tuned.

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G20 weekend liveblog

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A protester takes pictures of riot police. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

By Kady O'Malley, CBC News

omalley-kady-52.jpgThe  CBC G20 street team -- including reportersand citizen bloggers  -- will be filing to our liveblog throughout the summit. It's posted in multiple locations around the site, but here it is again for your convenience.

Mobile-friendly feed available here. Or you can read the whole post for the whole live blog.

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G20 field reports: Jennifer Hollett

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

CBC's Jennifer Hollett is on the the streets of Toronto and will be filing hourly updates during the G20 summit. Here's the latest.

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgI blog to you sitting down on the sidewalk of Spadina Ave. To my left, riot police in gas masks. To my right, people leaving as a result of the rain. The drummers are keeping the spirit alive as the chants begin to fade. Helicopter flying over. Since I'm locked out of the CBC, I expect to be here for awhile.

Jennifer is reporting from @CBCReporters

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CBC van caught in violence

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

smashed2-CBC-van-g20.jpgG20 summit protesters smash the CBC van. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

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Smashed police car

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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Police surround a cruiser with a smashed windshield and rear window. (Amber Hildebrandt/CBC)

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Reporter caught in violence

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By Lianne Elliott, CBC News

Peaceful protest marches can quickly turn violent, without warning.

CBC reporter Jasmin Seputis witnessed this first-hand while covering the large protest march that wove through downtown Toronto on Friday, in advance of today's G20 summit. Without a moment's notice, Seputis, who was doing radio reports for Here and Now, found herself caught between a violent skirmish involving protesters and police. She was pushed and shoved, and punched in the arm.

"One officer was pushing me one way, one was pushing me the other way. It was an out-of-control situation," she recalled. "They didn't know where to put me and the protesters were coming at me."

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Police don gas masks

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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(Nazima Walji/CBC News)

A few people have seen some smoke, possibly from the flare, though there are no reports of tear gas being used. But police are donning masks, reported Ian Johnson. 

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G20 leaders begin arriving for summit

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U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron arrive in Toronto. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

By CBC News

G8 leaders have begun their trip south from Ontario's Muskoka region to gather with their counterparts in the G20 in a heavily fortified and protest-filled downtown Toronto.

The leaders of the eight top industrialized nations who attended this week's G8 summit in Huntsville will be joined in Toronto by leaders from emerging economies such as China, India and Brazil, as well as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.



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Police standoff on Spadina

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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Police standoff on Spadina. Received 3:18 p.m. (Patrick Morrell/CBC News)


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Flares at Queen and Spadina

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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Flares set off at Queen and Spadina. Received at 3:08 p.m.(Philip Lee-Shanok/CBC)

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G20 field reports: Amber Hildebrandt

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

CBC's Amber Hildebrandt is on the the streets of Toronto and will be filing hourly updates during the G20 summit. Here's the latest.

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpg"This is what a police state looks like," marchers chant at the multiple lines of police in riot gear on Spadina.

The road is packed with marchers who diverted from the planned route back to Queens Park, following behind the black Bloc.

Media are congregated in the median, straining to see both sides of the action.

The drumming band Rhythms of Resistance, a staple of many of this week's protests, are in the middle, setting the tone.

White smoke is rising behind us. There are calls for people to don their lemon juice or vinegar soaked kerchiefs, intended to protect against tear gas. In front, the rows of riot police and mounted police.

One child sits atop a man's shoulders in the thick of it all.
 

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G20 field reports: Jennifer Hollett

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

CBC's Jennifer Hollett is on the the streets of Toronto and will be filing hourly updates during the G20 summit. Here's the latest.

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgI can't get any closer. At Spadina and Richmond in between the riot police and Black Block protesters. A flare was just set off at Spadina and Queen. Protesters are provoking police, heckling them, climbing in trees, throwing flowers.

Jennifer is reporting from @CBCReporters

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CBCNews.ca livestreaming G20 protest march

Want to check out the action on the streets of Toronto from the comfort of home? You can watch the march live on our livestream here.
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Scenes from the Tibet protest

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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Scenes from the Tibet protest group. Received at 2:57 p.m. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

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G20 protesters test police resolve

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At least 10,000 anti-G20 protesters are braving wet, humid weather to march in the heart of downtown Toronto on Saturday amid a massive police presence, before the official start of the meeting of world leaders.

The protesters danced, clapped and chanted while carrying signs, flags and umbrellas as the march began at the provincial legislature. They moved from Queen's Park down one of the city's main thoroughfares, University Avenue, with little incident, although at least one man had been detained after jumping over a barrier.

Read more: G20 protesters test police resolve

Related video: Police view of G20 protests

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Black bloc protesters

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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Black bloc, as reported by Kady O'Malley. Received at 2:37 p.m. (Kady O'Malley/CBC)

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G20 field reports: Jennifer Hollett

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By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgToday's big protest feels as organized as a parade from the front. Women lead the march with a giant coat hanger chanting "We will not shut the fuck up." The main attraction for local residents and citizen/ mainstream media are the lines of riot cops a street over from the protest route. They appear a bit more iconic than the front line police in raincoats on their bikes.


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Chopper lands

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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A helicopter lands at the foot of Toronto's CN Tower. (Sean Rombough/CBC)
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Protesters march on Queen Street

By Your Voice team, CBC News

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Protesters on Queen Street at Beverly. Received at 2:16 p.m.(Nazima Walji/CBC)

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Queen's Park protest pictures

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Protesters representing a variety of causes gathered at Toronto's Queen's Park on Saturday.


584-G20-rally-envmt.jpg  An environmental group protests at Queen's Park in Toronto. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)


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Protest update

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Your Voice Team, CBC News

G20 Street Level blogger Carmen Millet gives an update to CBC News.

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Officers in riot gear on Toronto streets

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Officers in full riot gear blocking Peter at Richmond. Received at 2:03 p.m. (Nazima Walji/CBC)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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G8 communiqué released

g8-wordle.jpgThe most commonly used words in the G8 communiqué (ranked by frequency of use). (Wordle.net)

The full communiqué of the 2010 G8 summit has been released. All 7,795 words are available for your reading pleasure after the jump.

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G20 field reports: Amber Hildebrandt

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News


CBC's Amber Hildebrandt is on the the streets of Toronto and will be filing hourly updates during the G20 summit. Here's the latest.

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgCheck out the Twitpic about cake. I asked why she's eating cake. No response. She just quietly stuffed another piece in her mouth, so clearly enjoying every bite, even as, or in spite of, the multiple video and still cameras in her face.

After a few minutes of watching, the crowd moved on, on to the next event in what will likely be an eventful day.

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Marchers stop to watch protester at table in middle of street dining quietly on chocolate cake. (Amber Hildebrandt/CBC)

Amber is reporting from @CBCReporters

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G8 closes as Huntsville, Ont., expresses relief

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G-8 leaders attend a working session at the G-8 Summit at the Deerhurst Resort on Saturday. (Francis Vachon/G-8/G-20 Host Photo/Canadian Press)

By CBC News

Huntsville residents are breathing a sigh of relief as the G8 summit wraps up, after two years spent preparing and bracing for major protests.

"I know people really expected a lot more. It never really came and it's probably for the best," resident Randy Pielsticker told CBC News on Saturday.

"Many left town. I decided to stay to see what I could see," Pielsticker said.

But Pielsticker and other residents are a little disappointed.

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Police blockade on University Avenue

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Police line blocks University Avenue at Queen Street. Received at 1:31 p.m. (Cheryl Krawchuk/CBC)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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G20 field reports: Amber Hildebrandt

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

CBC's Amber Hildebrandt is on the the streets of Toronto and will be filing hourly updates during the G20 summit. Here's the latest.

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgThe Queen's Park grounds are a sea of colourful umbrellas and placards as diverse as the causes represented here today.

Among them: Free Tibet, There is no Planet B, Capitalism is the Crisis, End occupation of Kashmir -- and perhaps the most all-encompassing, " Environmental Economic Political Social Justice."

Before the speeches began, a guitarist strummed a little ditty, singing " burn it down burn it down we're going to burn it down."

A sign of things to come?

Amber is reporting from @CBCreporters 


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Feeding the G20 vultures

food-g20-kennedy-584.jpgCelebrated Canadian chef Jamie Kennedy serves up wild Huron white fish to the reporters at the G20 media centre in Toronto. (Lianne Elliott/CBC)

By Lianne Elliott, CBC News

lianne-elliott-52.jpgIf there's one thing us journalists love, it's eating. Put food in front of us, and we'll gobble it up like a pack of hungry vultures.

So that's why it was a stroke of marketing genius to bring Ontario celebrity chefs and their home-grown Ontario foods to the G20 media centre to feed the international masses, and promote Ontario's food industry along the way.

Three thousand hungry journalists eating your food can't be bad for business.

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G20: Live web cam

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By Bob Dunkin, G20 citizen blogger

bob52.jpgAs I'm a resident within the G20 security perimeter in downtown Toronto, I've been able to set up a live web cam facing Wellington Street between John Street and Blue Jays Way, just spitting distance of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Watch now to see what's happening on the street!
 
(Go to entry to watch the live cam)
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Zanzibar welcomes the world leaders

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Zanzibar, a strip club in downtown Toronto, offers an alternate spot for world leaders to discuss G20 issues. (Ian Kalushner/CBC)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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G20 Summit soundtrack: police vs. protesters

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By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgEach protest this week has featured its own soundtrack of sorts.

The sounds of an aboriginal drumming circle thrummed through the crowds at Queen's Park on Thursday as they prepared for their lengthy march. Strains of a jazzy voice over a speaker system thickened the air at the makeshift tent city set up at Allan Gardens Friday evening.

Listening to it, I wondered what should be the soundtrack of the summit? I decided to ask both the police and the protesters. Here are their picks:

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G20 security braces for main protest

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A protester confronts a police officer during a demonstration. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

By CBC News

About 10,000 protesters were expected to march in Toronto on Saturday after rallies throughout the week ahead of the G20 summit.

Demonstrators said they want the main march from the grounds of the Ontario legislature to be peaceful, but there were worries a splinter group will break away and head to the security fence to confront police.

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Bob Dunkin, G20 Street Level blogger

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The security fence in front of Union Station in Toronto. (Bob Dunkin)

Bob Dunkin talks to CBC's Dianne Buckner about some of his posts for the G20 Street Level blog.


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Summit Saturday

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Protest protection for journalists. (Jennifer Hollett/CBC)

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgAs the G8 leaders discuss Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan this morning and the G20 politicians come together, protesters and the journalists covering the protesters are gearing up.

Prepared for the worst, the pic above is a look at what the G20: Street Level team is equipped with. Despite the rain, we know many of you in the local area will also be out and about. Stay in touch. We're looking for your tips, photos, videos and reports on the G8 and G20 summits, from the fence to the protests. Here's how to submit your work.

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Youth protesters

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A man plays a guitar during a Block Party in Allan Gardens. (Gerry Broome/AP photo/Canadian Press)

By Amal Ga'al, G20 citizen blogger

Amal Gaal52.jpgOn the walk to Allan Gardens yesterday, I found myself wondering how many youths would be participating in the protest. When I got there, I noticed that there were many young people brandishing homemade signs, strumming on acoustic guitars, and making their voices heard. Some were affiliated with organizations such as PETA, while others came individually or as part of university groups. The issues they wanted to address were just as varied, ranging from school fees to women's rights to homophobia.

With the multitude of new, electronic ways of showing our support for a certain cause, I wasn't expecting to see many young people at the protest.

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Dale Boyer, G20 Street Level blogger

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By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Dale Boyer, a G20 Street Level citizen blogger, talks about what she's encountered in the lead-up to the G20 summit.


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Real summit deals happen at dinner

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G-8 leaders make their way to a group photo at the G8 Summit in Huntsville, Ont. on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Peter Bregg/Host photo)

By Lianne Elliott, CBC News

lianne-elliott-52.jpgG8 and G20 leaders will sit down for hours in Toronto and Huntsville this weekend, discussing pressing issues during long formal meetings.

But often the most important conversations at these types of summits happen outside the board room, during dinners, coffee runs, sessions at the gym and even bathroom breaks.

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Protests at Queen's Park

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

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People dressed as animals protest against meat eaters at Queen's Park. Received at 8:35 a.m. (Marie Morrissey/CBC)

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Toronto's tent city

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Early morning tent city at Allan Gardens. Received at 8:32 a.m. (Cheryl Krawchuk/CBC)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Related: Toronto protest pictures

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Covering the G20

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Kim Fox, CBC News senior producer of social media, explains the G20 Street Level team's unique coverage strategy.


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The G20 Street Level blog

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The G20 summit in Toronto begins today and CBC's G20 citizen bloggers and reporters will be out on the streets, keeping an eye on developments. Kim Fox, CBC News senior producer of social media, talks about the project.

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A stroll along Queen Street

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The intersection of Yonge and Queen Streets. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By Dale Boyer, G20 citizen blogger

daleboyer52.jpgToday on break I took a walk up to Queen Street to eat at one of my favourite places and to do some shopping. I'm telling you, this G20 thing is great for the shopping. The businesses that have stayed open are friendly, not crowded and everything is on sale. All of these things might be a coincidence, but nevertheless, today was an ideal day out on Queen Street.

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Boarded up city

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By Dean Bradley, CBC

deanbradley.jpgWalking around downtown today, near the "secure zone," I was amazed at the number of businesses that have been boarded up. It seems like Toronto is bracing for a hurricane.


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G20 video: Security tour

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By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgCBC happens to have a front row view of the security fence. This afternoon I walked around the Metro Convention Centre with a video camera to bring you a web exclusive, billion dollar tour of the "yellow zone."

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Toronto protest pictures

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CBC reporters and citizen bloggers were in downtown Toronto tracking the G20 protests.
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A tale of two meals

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(Timothy Neesam/CBC News)

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

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Protesting is hard work. Out in the sun. Walking for long periods. Waving placards. Shouting, chanting, singing.

Then again, so is reporting. Forced to stay in a virtual cave (aka the media centre). Typing madly to meet deadlines. Listening to official after official drone on.


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Allan Gardens protest


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CBC G20: Street Level blogger Heather Morrison speaks to News Now from Allan Gardens in Toronto, where anti-G20 demonstrators gathered.

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Covering the fake summits

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A reporter questions a larger-than-life Dimitri Soudas, whose image is beamed from Huntsville, Ont. into the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. (Lianne Elliott/CBC)

By Lianne Elliott, CBC News

lianne-elliott-52.jpgSome 3,000 journalists from around the world have arrived in Ontario to cover the G8/G20 summits, but most of us will never get anywhere close to the leaders' meetings at the Deerhurst Resort near Huntsville or the Metro Convention Centre in downtown Toronto.

Instead, we're holed up at the Direct Energy Centre, a cavernous concrete convention centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto, several kilometres west of downtown, and several hundred kilometres south of Huntsville.

For us, this is a fake summit.
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Secret documents and what they mean for democracy

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By Bob Dunkin, G20 citizen blogger

bob52.jpgLast night we all found out about the sweeping new powers of arrest granted to police officers, security guards and the military. These were apparently given during a secret cabinet meeting in early June, became enforceable June 21 and will finish by June 28. It won't be 'public knowledge' until July 3, when the new regulations are published provincewide.

This is an end run around our rights, and NO ONE should stand for it.

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G20 video: How is your business being affected?

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A pedestrian crosses Yonge Street in Toronto. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By Althea Manasan, CBC News

althea-manasan-52.jpgWith several blocks in Toronto's downtown core a virtual ghost town, business owners seem to be the ones bearing the brunt of G20 preparations.

I spoke with a few local merchants and restaurateurs in the area on Friday to find out how the summit - and the lack of customers - has affected their livelihoods. Despite the grim short-term business outlook, many of them seemed to be excited by the prospect of meeting one particular world leader.

Watch the video.

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Behind the banners: Protester profiles

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A protester going by the name Mother Earth. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

In the week leading up to Toronto's G20 Summit, the city has been thick with the sights and sounds of protests and rallies and marches. But who are the people behind the placards?

CBC's Amber Hildebrandt and Timothy Neesam hit the streets with the protesters to get a glimpse of the individuals in the crowd.


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G20: Tim Burrows answers your traffic and security questions

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Police officers stand watch over a crosswalk on Front Street in Toronto (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

As G20 preparations are completed and the city of Toronto begins to play host to world leaders, some local residents are still wondering what precautions are necessary to avoid traffic jams, security blocks and other inconveniences.

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Rethinking police stereotypes

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A Calgary police officer stands watch in downtown Toronto. (Carmen Millet)

By Carmen Millet, G20 citizen blogger

carmen52.jpgYou've already heard it, but I'll say it again. Downtown Toronto is officially a ghost town.

The only people still downtown are the diehard inhabitants crazy enough not to partake in the Great Toronto Exodus of 2010 and the 5,000 or so police officers imported from across the country.

There's been a lot written about the G20 - about the mighty, mighty price tag, the fence, the disruptions, the issues, and the protests, to name a few - but I hadn't seen anything written about these officers. Patches from places I've visited such as Niagara, Peel, Halton, Peterborough and Stratford, to ones I haven't, like Waterloo, Calgary, and Winnipeg, piqued my curiosity and I wanted to know who these people were.

I wanted to know what they thought. I wanted to know what they were feeling. I wanted to know how this was affecting them, and whether they were scared to death or as happy as a lark.

So I asked.

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Van Loan plays video games

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Trade Minister Peter Van Loan tries his hand at some video games in the international media centre on Friday. (Lianne Elliott/CBC)

By Lianne Elliott, CBC News

lianne-elliott-52.jpgBefore all the serious business of the G8/G20 summits got underway today, Trade Minister Peter Van Loan took a short play break at the international media centre in Toronto.

As reporters hovered around him with their cameras, microphones and BlackBerries, the minister explored the Experience Canada exhibit, which promotes all things Canadian.

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G20 protester on Front Street

loneprotester.jpgLone protester Abdul Addams at the corner of Front Street and Simcoe. (Kim Fox/CBC)

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Limited G20 sound cannon use approved

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A police officer stands with an LRAD-X 100 Acoustic Communication Device (sound cannon) during a demonstration of G20 security and crowd control measures. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

By CBC News

A judge has dismissed a motion against the Ontario Provincial Police that sought to ban the use of so-called sound cannons during the G20 summit in Toronto.

While Friday's decision allows the OPP to use the devices, it also places some limits on how the Toronto police force can use them.
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G20 summit: What's the biggest issue?

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A protest banner hung by Oxfam activists is displayed in Huntsville, Ontario ahead of the G8. A variety of groups are championing their causes leading up the G8 and G20 summits. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

While the issue of maternal health seems to be getting the most attention in Canada, other nations have different priorities for the G8/G20 summit.

CBC reporter Lianne Elliott spoke with a few foreign reporters at the international media centre this week and found that they all had a different view of what will matter most at the talks.

We want to know what matters to you. Take our poll.
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Championing change

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Dorothy Ngoma being interviewed by a camera crew. (Ian Williams/Oxfam Canada)

By Dorothy Ngoma, G20 citizen contributor

dorothy52.jpgSixteen women die in my country each day due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth.
 
They die because of post-birth infections, because of a lack of drugs, because they can't get to a midwife in time.

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Empty streets downtown

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A reporter stands in the middle of an oddly deserted Adelaide Street. (Scott Sutherland)

By Scott Sutherland, G20 citizen blogger

scottsutherland.jpgNormally Thursdays are very busy around Crocodile Rock; we get the after-work crowd in starting around 5 p.m. There are usually about 300 people here from 5-8 p.m. The rooftop patio is always full and there is a wait to get up there.

Yesterday our house count at 6 p.m. was 14 people.

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The power of Timbits

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The coveted box of Timbits. (Kim Fox/CBC)

By Carolyn Ryan, CBC News

I had to walk through about 40 officers congregated on the corner of John and Wellington streets to get to the Toronto Broadcast Centre. I was waiting at the light for a few minutes, holding Timbits, surrounded by uniforms.

Awkward silence.

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G8/20 Summitacular Liveblog: Day Two

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A police officer patrols outside Royal Bank Plaza in Toronto's financial district on Thursday. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Kady O'Malley, CBC News

omalley-kady-52.jpg Previously on the G8/20 Summitacular liveblog: We came, we saw and ... yes, I think it's safe to say we conquered the international media centre. We gazed in unexpectedly affectionate at the now iconic fake lake, partook of the seemingly endless buffets and, in general, settled into our new -- if temporary -- digs at the International Broadcast Centre. By the end of the day, it felt like we'd been there forever. 

 Today, however, the G8 portion of the much-anticipated summitacular gets underway for real. Delegate/NGO press conferences! Official briefings! A visit by International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan! Pool footage of President Obama's arrival! Karl Rove! 

Check back at 9am for full coverage from the IBC and beyond.

Berry-friendly text feed available here or hit the jump for the full CoverItLive experience. 

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A G20 parking tip

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Security fences line the intersection of Simcoe Street and Bremner Boulevard. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By Dale Boyer, G20 citizen blogger

daleboyer52.jpgMercer Street is located only one block north of the fence. Normally this street is lined with motorcycles and scooters, all lovingly parked there as a safe haven from busy traffic. I am familiar with the two-wheelers there as I often play the "if I owned a motorcycle it would be this one" game as I walk along Mercer.

Today I played a different game, today I played the "what is the most unlikely car to be a government car" game.

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To our valued customers...sorry for the inconvenience

deansigns1.jpgThe TTC has created new routes for Friday-Sunday. I read it several time and I'm still not sure what route I will be taking to get to the building on Saturday. (Dean Bradley)

By Dean Bradley, CBC contributor

deanbradley.jpgWith the growing fear in the downtown of violence this weekend, many businesses have decided that it would be safer to be closed.

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Some protest art

By Jessica Wong, CBC News

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An ice sculpture of a polar bear with a metal skeleton that will be left behind when the outer 'flesh' melts. A symbol to G20 leaders to pay attention to climate change. (Jessica Wong/CBC)
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Indigenous day of action, June 24

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Over 1,000 activists marched south down University Avenue, peacefully winding its way through the downtown. (Dean Bradley)

By Dean Bradley, G20 contributor

deanbradley.jpgClose to 2,500 marchers went from Queens' Park to Allan Gardens on June 24, 2010 to protest leaders who they believe are ignoring native rights.

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Elder criticizes native omission from summit

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Garry Sault said he attended Thursday's protest not only to drawn attention to problems facing First Nations communities, but also to call for action on environmental issues. (Pras Rajagopalan/CBC)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpg A senior member of a First Nations band near Toronto is criticizing the federal government for failing to involve his band in the G20 summit.

Garry Sault, an elder with the Mississaugas of the Port Credit First Nations, was among about 1,000 people who took part in a peaceful demonstration that started at Queen's Park on Thursday and wound its way through downtown Toronto before concluding at Allan Gardens.

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Condo-dwellers' guide for surviving the summit

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A property management company in downtown Toronto has issued this G20 survival guide to residents in its buildings.

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpg The minor earthquake that rattled Toronto earlier this week caused quite a stir, although damage was minimal and no one was deserting the city or running to wholesale stores to stock up on supplies.

But that's what one property management company is telling residents in its buildings to do to prepare for this weekend's G20 summit.

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Patrolling for business

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(Fred Luk)

By Fred Luk, G20 citizen blogger

Fred-52.jpgI took this shot of Darcie Kennedy from the Entertainment District Business Improvement Area (BIA) and a police officer patrol the King Street West area. The BIA office is assisting restaurant members in distributing menus and special offers to the hundreds of police and security personnel working and living in nearby hotels.

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Biggest G20 issue? Depends on who you ask

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A reporter makes his way into the international media centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto on Wednesday. (Lianne Elliott/CBC)

By Lianne Elliott, CBC News


lianne-elliott-52.jpgMaternal health, maternal health, maternal health. That's all we've been hearing about in Canada for the last few months. If there's one big issue at the G8/G20 summits, it must be maternal health.

Or so we Canadians would think.

I've spent the last two days milling around the international media centre, asking journalists from around the world what they think the biggest G8/G20 issue is.

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G(irls) 20 Summit rumbles

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G(irls) 20 Summit delegates from left, Alexandra Rose Rieger and Kartika Nurhayati learn how to blog. (Jennifer Hollett/CBC)

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgThe girls of the G(irls) 20 Summit are still in Canada, networking, attending workshops, running out of the Senate during an earthquake.

I had a chance to catch up with delegates, who come from all countries represented in the G20, before they head home this weekend. Yesterday, the young leaders met with Canada's senators in Ottawa. Tanvi Girotra from India told me that while the visitors were being officially introduced in the Senate, they heard rumbling.

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G20 road

g20-beatles-cp-8930929.jpg A police officer and two pedestrians walk across a deserted downtown street in the security zone in Toronto, Thursday. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

The Canadian Press's Ryan Remiorz snapped this photo of a police officer and two pedestrians walking across Front Street on Thursday.

It's remarkably reminiscent of the cover of a certain Beatles album -- but with more security fences.

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Arrest near G20 summit site

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By CBC News

A person has been arrested near the site of the G20 summit in Toronto after police stopped a car containing "possible dangerous material."
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Porter to fly 'regular schedule'

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By Your Voice Team, CBC News

Porter Airlines insists it's moving ahead with its "regular schedule" on Saturday and Sunday despite "extraordinary security measures" being implemented downtown for the G20 summit.

The airline has warned of some "minor delays" and that "new information" could cause some plans to be "adjusted."

Porter spokesman Brad Cicero says the airline, which flies in and out of the Toronto Island airport, has not been told it might have to cancel flights as part of the security plan.

"Our instructions are the commercial service will operate as normal," he said. 

Cicero says the only change is that the airline is not operating its shuttle buses because their regular route  to and from the Royal York hotel goes right through the security zone.

The airline is asking passengers to allow more time than usual for getting to and from the island airport and to continue to check its website for flight information.
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G8 'Big Heads' -- this year, they're naked and pregnant

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Oxfam's pregnant and naked "Big Heads" are unveiled in Huntsville, Ont., ahead of the G8 summit. From left to right, British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. (Dave Seglins/CBC)
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G20 photos: Transforming Toronto

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Union Station. (Ramya Jegatheesan/CBC)

By Your Voice team, CBC News

As the G20 summit approaches, the streets of Toronto have undergone a transformation with barricades and fences being erected downtown in the area around  the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where the gathering of world leaders is being held.

Newspaper boxes, small trees and garbage containers have disappeared, while portable bathrooms, protest posters and hundreds of police officers have appeared. The CBC Your Voice Team is asking citizens to help document the changes in the days leading up to the main event.

We've picked out a few key locations that we expect will see the most activity and changes in the days ahead, and we're asking you to photograph these spots and send in your pictures. You can upload your images here or go to our G20 Flickr pool or email them with the words "G20 transformation" in the subject line.

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Focus on good: Save the Children

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A young girl takes part in Save the Children's Every One campaign, which advocates for children's rights around the world. (Save the Children)

By Heather Morrison, G20 citizen blogger

heather52.jpgA lot of G8 and G20 discussion has been focused on security budgets and disruption to people's daily lives. One thing to keep in mind, as we complain and gripe about the fencing and closures of Toronto's streets, is that there ARE good, charitable causes being fought for and pushed through at some of these closed-door meetings.

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World Vision sends a message

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(Britt Hamilton/World Vision)

To send a message to G8 leaders heading to Huntsville today, World Vision has unfurled a giant 80 x 20 ft banner today along the side of Hwy 400 just outside the town of Innisfil, just south of Barrie.


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And still we march

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Dorothy Ngoma, centre, participates in an International Women's Day march in Toronto during a previous visit to Canada to advocate for the rights of nurses in Malawi. (Allan Lissner/Oxfam Canada)

By Dorothy Ngoma, G20 citizen contributor


dorothy52.jpgWhat happens when G8 leaders fail to keep their promises? Let me share a story from my country, Malawi, where the economy is supplemented by foreign aid. It helps pay for essential services, such as education and health care.

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Boarding up Toronto

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Boards are used to cover windows in anticipation of the G20 summit in Toronto. (Carmen Millet)

By Carmen Millet, G20 citizen blogger

carmen52.jpgI was listening to CBC Radio One on my way home from work yesterday and, not surprisingly, talk continued to be about preparations for the G20. Even an earthquake in Toronto wasn't able to knock conversation of the G20 out of the news, but I digress.

Chatting about the continued lockdown of Toronto, including additional security measures implemented in the downtown core, one of the hosts referenced the boarding up of a particular building she'd witnessed on a walk. She mentioned the address and I thought "that sure sounds close to my building". Sure enough, when I drove up, there it was -- the entire facade was covered in plywood.

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McDonald's boards up

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McDonald's boards up their restaurant on Bathurst Street and King Street in Toronto. (Patrick Morrell/CBC)

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G8/20 Summitacular Liveblog: Day One

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A security guard patrols the security fence erected underneath the CN Tower in Toronto. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Kady O'Malley, CBC News

omalley-kady-52.jpgIt's here! It's here! Okay, technically, there's still one day to go, but that's not going to stop me from liveblogging the rest of the countdown on location -- or, in this case, locations, plural.

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Commuters stay home

Empty TTC train during rush hour(John McGrath)

By Dwight Friesen, CBC News

dwight-friesen-52.jpgJohn McGrath was CBC's Queens' Park reporter for years. He's used to the bustle of downtown Toronto. This morning he noticed a distinct difference in his morning commute. There were empty seats on his subway train at 8:35 a.m.

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Bad for business

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A mounted police officer rides past the restaurant "Fred's Not Here" in Toronto. Owner Fred Luk complains the restaurant has been empty leading up to the G20. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Fred Luk, G20 citizen blogger

Fred-52.jpgFrom the business standpoint, it is becoming clearer that there are winners and losers in this Toronto G20 summit.

So far the clear winners are the hotels and Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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The sheer scope of it all

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A police officer watches as a police motorcyclist drives past in Toronto during final preparations before the G20 summit. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Dale Boyer, G20 citizen blogger

daleboyer52.jpgWe are currently in rehearsals for our 66th revue at Second City, and today our director suggested we all go for a walk around the red zone fence for some observational inspiration for our improv and writing.
 
We touched the fences, looked at boarded-up windows and even saw what looked like a highly secure hotdog cart ¾ super safe hotdogs are a priority, I guess.

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Bright light, big mystery

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(Carmen Millet)

By Carmen Millet, G20 citizen blogger

carmen52.jpgIf you've spent any time the G20 security zone in the last 36 hours, you've probably spotted these balloon-like devices atop the G20 fence. They looked really interesting to me, so I tried to figure out what they were: maybe some kind of communication device? A contraption that would pop and make an insanely loud noise so as to disperse boisterous crowds?

A stealthily hidden camera that would take clandestine photos of errant protesters? Some kind of homing device? Surely it was something covert and secretive that the public absolutely couldn't know about, right?

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Toxic Tour of Toronto

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A police cyclist keeps a close eye on a pair of protesters dressed as clowns. When the protest procession stopped at the College and Bathurst streets intersection, the clowns danced, sang improvised ditties and joked with the officers who surrounded the protest line. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgWith only two days until back-to-back summits descend on Canada's largest city and nearby cottage country, Toronto streets are rife with demonstrations. Every day, activists pound the pavement in the bustling city's downtown as they take part in protests and other activities. On Wednesday, the theme was the environment, with a so-called "Toxic Tour of Toronto" taking demonstrators down Bathurst Street. Here's a photographic look at the colourful and largely peaceful event.

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Quiet at the Croc

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Crocodile Rock pub. (Rod Beattie)

By Rod Beattie, G20 citizen blogger

robbeattie.jpgWhile we had a great group of off duty G20 police in for our 911 night last night, the groups of 10 to 15 on-duty police officers on every corner made for interesting street traffic.

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Toronto's 'toxic tour'

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(Dean Bradley/CBC)

By Dean Bradley, CBC contributor

deanbradley.jpgI joined a  group of over one hundred people at Alexandra Park on the corner of Dundas and Bathurst.

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G20 swag

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By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgEven before I opened the bright red shoulder bag, I was prepared to find humour in it. A minute before I picked up my media swag bag, the journalist in front of me in the accreditation line at the Allstream Centre had guffawed loudly as he peered in.

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Experience Canada

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Visitors photograph themselves in front of the canoes at the fake lake display. The boats were shipped in from cottage country for authenticity. (Lianne Elliott/CBC)

By Lianne Elliott, CBC News

lianne-elliott-52.jpgThe much-anticipated fake lake is finally welcoming visitors to its shores.

The $57,000 display offers journalists from around the world a taste of cottage country living right in downtown Toronto at the main G20 media centre in the Direct Energy convention centre at Exhibition Place.

Visitors can roam on the cedar deck, sit in wooden Muskoka chairs and even dip their toes in the shallow water, should they be so inspired. And if they tire of the lake, there's a technology display showcasing Canadian innovation, and a buffet offering the latest Canadian foods and drinks.

Here's a peek at the display, called Experience Canada:

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The G20 shakes

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By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgIt's been tense in CBC's Toronto newsroom ever since police found a suspicious package in the Queen's Park subway station this morning.

So it was no surprise that they feared the worst when the tables and chairs began shaking this afternoon.

"A bomb," was the first thought of one colleague when the earthquake struck. And she wasn't alone.

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G8/G20 world media coverage scant so far

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One of the photos provided through the welcomeworldmedia.com G8 website. (Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation)

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgwelcomeworldmedia.com is the official web resource for international media covering the G8 and G20 summits. At the moment, it doesn't offer much beyond postcards of Canadiana, like the one featured above.

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G20: A view of the fake lake

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Journalists take in the view at the fake lake at the Direct Energy Centre. (Lianne Elliott/CBC)

By Lianne Elliott, CBC News

 
lianne-elliott-52.jpgThe so-called fake lake opened its doors to journalists in Toronto on Wednesday in advance of the G8/G20 summits, with little fanfare.

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G20: Boat patrol

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Police patrol boats beside the Harbourcastle Hotel, where delegates are to stay for the G20. (Patrick Morrell/CBC)

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G20: Workers remove bank signage

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Workers remove lettering off the side of the Bank of Nova Scotia in preparation for the G-20. (Patrick Morrell/CBC)

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Big bang, big bucks

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(Bruce Reeve/CBC)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpg We're getting bombarded with hundreds of photographs chronicling the extraordinary scene around downtown Toronto as G20 security preparations ramp up.

But I thought I would be remiss in my duties as a G20 blogger if I did not single out this great shot taken by my CBCNews.ca colleague Bruce Reeve

It was taken at the corner of John and Wellington, just outside a police rest area that has been set up at the Canadian Broadcast Centre. Got to love Bruce's pithy caption, too.
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Eating through the G20

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(Timothy Neesam/CBC)

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpg"A lot of things are revealed over food," says Ron Wood.

The OCAD University professor is intrigued by what world leaders will be chatting about when they gather for the G20 Summit in Toronto this weekend. And he's even more intrigued by what a culture's food says about its economic situation.

To that end, he decided to take this week off work and blog his way through meals representing the major economies who are part of the Group of 20, which includes 19 countries and the European Union.

Each blog entry contains a lesson learned - or an idea worth pondering - when the leaders congregate for their semi-annual meeting. He thought the blog would be a nice, lighthearted counter to all the serious news coming out of the G20.

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In uniform

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Police outside the CBC Broadcast Centre. (Amil Niazi/CBC)

By Dale Boyer, G20 citizen blogger


daleboyer52.jpgThis is a vast generalization, but it is not an uncommon thing for people, specifically women, to enjoy men in uniform. Firefighters and policemen are often the focus of bachelorette parties, calendars and late-night movies. So you can imagine my feelings when, as I was walking out of a drugstore within spitting distance of the fence, I found myself in a crowd of police officers decked out in all their police-y gear.
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What a difference a day makes

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A security camera peers down outside the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto on Tuesday  where world leaders are due to meet for the G20 summit. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Kim Fox, CBC News

fim-fox-52.jpgMonday left me feeling like I had moved to a different country.

My commute had never before involved checkpoints, or seeing people whip out their ID just to get to work, bags being checked or throngs of police milling about - this wasn't the Toronto I know.

After yesterday's culture shock - today seemed strangely quiet in comparison.

I left my apartment - Blackberry in hand - declaring by tweet that I'd document what I expected to be the escalating chaos around me.


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Business is slow

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A woman walks past the security fence outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. (Chris Young/CBC)

By Naomi Ikonomou, G20 citizen blogger

naomi-52.jpgSo as we expected, we were very quiet today. Business slow.
I spoke to one of the ladies who works just next to us. She said the store is so quiet, so she is forced to take a holiday from tomorrow.
We may have to give one of our employees time off, too, if tomorrow is slow too.
Police was everywhere downtown: All the streets. But someone told me that there will be even more on Thursday. Doesn't feel like Toronto, it's like a different country.


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Toronto's downtown more like a ghost town

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(Dean Bradley/CBC)

By Dean Bradley, CBC contributor

deanbradley.jpgOn weekdays, downtown Toronto is usually a mass of cars crammed bumper to bumper along Front Street while bike couriers weave between them. The sidewalks are congested with people rushing to catch their train. This week, however, Front Street feels more like a ghost town.

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G20: Why protest?

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Police confront G20 protesters during a demonstration on Monday, June 21. (Pras Rajagopalan/CBC)

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgBefore I reported on protests, I attended protests. Back in high school, I remember standing with a sign at a polite Marineland demonstration protesting the captivity of animals, when someone drove by and yelled "Get a job!" This confused me. I had a job, on top of being a full-time student. With a delayed comeback, I weakly mumbled "Get a cause."

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Community contribution: Photos from the downtown core

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Helicopters flying through downtown Toronto. (Julie Wildman)

By Julie Wildman, G20 citizen contributor

wildman_julie_025.jpgFor me, preparations for the G20 include my company's downtown office relocating our entire team to other GTA offices or working from home. This has led to both my husband and me working in our condo across the street from the Rogers Centre this week.

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Poor No More

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A still from the documentary Poor No More. (Deveaux Babin Productions)


By Taylor Lew, G20 citizen blogger

I waTaylo Lew52.jpgsn't quite sure what to expect as I walked downstairs into the Toronto Underground Cinema at 186 Spadina. There was a very somber mood in the theatre and only about 15 people were there to see the film. I most certainly did not expect this film to move me the way it did.

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Holding police surveillance to account on Flickr

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Andrew Clement's Flickr group has so far captured 17 of the 67 security cameras installed in preparation for the G20 summit. (Flickr)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpgAs part of the security preparations for this weekend's G20 summit, Toronto police have installed 67 closed circuit security cameras downtown.

Police have said they will take down the cameras after the summit.

But Andrew Clement, a University of Toronto professor, is disturbed by the increased surveillance, and is trying to hold police to that pledge - with a Flickr group.

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Long trek to retrieve seized bikes ahead of G20

g20-bike-rings.jpg Some bike rings from within the security perimeter are being removed ahead of the G20 summit. (Pras Rajagopalan/CBC)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpgOver the last 24 hours, crews have begun removing some bicycle parking rings within the security perimeter.

Any bikes attached to those rings will also be taken by officers as a precautionary measure.

Police will then check if any seized bikes are registered and then attempt to contact the owners.

If they are unsuccessful, the bikes will be taken to the Toronto police property and evidence holding centre, located at 799 Islington Avenue near the Gardiner Expressway.
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Financial strip: A trickle down effect on Bay Street?

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Toronto's financial district. (Heather Morrison)

heather52.jpgBy Heather Morrison, G20 citizen blogger

Last week's CBC article G20 spending offers trickle down benefits featured Simon Tucker, who argued that Toronto businesses stood to benefit from the G20. His theory was that the public money paid to companies hired to do work for the summit would trickle down into the rest of the city's economy.
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G20: A voice from Malawi

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Dorothy Ngoma at Oxfam's Gender Justice Summit. (Allan Lissner/Oxfam Canada)

By Dorothy Ngoma, G20 citizen contributor

Dorothy Ngoma is the Executive Director of the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi and a member of the W8, a parallel organization to the G8 featuring women community leaders from developing countries.

In Malawi, we nurses see many women and children who are living marginal lives, in places where they feel little hope, and where they are surrounded by death and disease. That is part of the reason I joined the W8, a group of powerful women who represent the world's poor at the highest political level. We are strong women, strong leaders and strong campaigners from places like India, Thailand and Nicaragua who believe that education and health care must be accessible by all.
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G20 security fence: A close-up view

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Security fence in front of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. (Cathy Perry/CBC)

carmen52.jpgBy Carmen Millet, G20 citizen blogger

G20 citizen blogger Carmen Millet takes a look at the completed G20 fence at Front and Simcoe streets just days before the summit begins in Toronto.

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Get your protest on

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Window of Green Shag boutique in Toronto (Kim Fox/CBC News)

By Kim Fox, CBC News


fim-fox-52.jpgWalking along Queen Street West last night, I passed Green Shag, a boutique that currently features a "protest wear" window.

The boutique was shut, but according to the Globe and Mail the shirts were designed by creative director Victoria McPhedran to commemorate the G20.

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G20: Daily round up

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A construction worker puts the finishing touches on part of the security fence outside the Toronto Metro Convention Centre for the G20 summit. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

By Kim Fox, CBC News

fim-fox-52.jpgWe'll be rounding up local stories every day leading up to the G20.

Here are some for Monday, June 21:

G20 fence gets finishing touches

Police are telling motorists to exercise caution when driving in Toronto's downtown core now that workers have completed the final stages of the G20 security fence.

Motorists on the streets at the start of Monday morning rush hour discovered a number of road closures that began Sunday evening.

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Sunblock

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A demonstrator covered in cocoa and vegetable oil to resemble a human oil slick walks through Toronto's financial district. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Dale Boyer, G20 citizen blogger

daleboyer52.jpgHey protestors!

I've noticed some of you like to wear bandanas around your face while you are walking around downtown, which I can only imagine is for protection against whatever inhalant you think you may encounter during your protest (or you don't want to be identified by CSIS ... but that is another blog topic).

In any case, I want to urge all of you this week to wear sunblock as well. The sun can cause premature aging of the skin!

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This is Not My City

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A view through the fence. (Ryan Coleman)

By Heather Morrison, G20 citizen blogger

heather52.jpgSince the security fence went up around the G20 summit zone, many pictures have surfaced to provide a taste of reality to those living outside of Toronto's core. Today, I came across Ryan Coleman's G20 photo essay on Flickr, entitled This Is Not My City. His pictures really capture the mood of the security zone, highlighting the abrasive fencing, concrete dividers and swarms of police units serving to divide Torontonians from Toronto. When asked what compelled him to put together a photo essay of this nature, he explained, "I've always loved walking in and around Toronto taking photos and have always enjoyed the vibe the city has. When I came downtown last week I was shocked at just how much the tone of the city had changed -- it really made me sad. It wasn't the Toronto I knew, thus the name Not My City."

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G20 security: Detained

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Security fence in downtown Toronto. (Zach Bussey)

zach52.jpgBy Zach Bussey, G20 citizen blogger

Monday, June 21 commenced the first day of police security operations. Naturally, as a resident of Toronto, I was curious to see the full scope of the fences and police force. When I got down there, I wasn't disappointed. Police were on every street corner, in cruisers, on horses, on bikes and on foot.

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Protest clogs downtown

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Protesters begin their march through downtown Toronto. (Pras Rajagopalan/CBC)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpgBetween 150 and 200 protesters gathered at Allan Gardens in Toronto's east end Monday at 2:00 p.m. for what I thought was an anti-G20 protest.

It turns out that they had gathered to protest not only the G20 summit, but also a litany of other causes including, but not limited to:
  • Animal rights
  • Poverty issues
  • Maternal health
  • Native rights
  • Women's rights

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A word with a lawyer

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By Bob Dunkin, G20 citizen blogger

bob52.jpgNote: This is not to be taken as legal advice.

In the past, summits have involved clashes between protesters and police, some because of violence by the protesters and some for other reasons. Since these incidents did not happen in Canada, I asked a lawyer about the laws and regulations within Canada and what powers the police do and do not have. This is not to be taken as legal advice. If you find yourself under arrest, call a lawyer. There are plenty who will be available all week.

I spoke to a Jeff Hershberg, a lawyer from Pinkofskys. Specifically, I wanted to know about identification, when or where you need to produce it, and when you do not have to. Below is my correspondence with Mr. Hershberg:

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G20: Your experience

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(Gary Wood)

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgRange. It's one of social media's finest attributes. I just took a quick look at Facebook and Twitter to discover:

The fake lake made it to The Economist.

Activists are busy organizing, looking for help hosting visiting protesters. Donations of cash, food or cooking skills are welcome.

And a Naked News reporter was spotted covering the G20 barriers on Eastern Avenue, naked of course. And reportedly, no one cared. Probably best not to provide a link with this one.

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Anti-G20 media centre opens its doors

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Writers congregate at the Alternative Media Centre at Harbord and Jersey. (Pras Rajagopalan/CBC)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpgA group of writers opposed to the G20 have set up "The Alternative Media Centre" in Toronto's west end to provide coverage of the demonstrations and activist voices in the run-up to the summit.

Located in a modest space on Jersey Avenue off Harbord Street, the centre is a networking hub that provides writers with computers, wi-fi access and other technology.
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The African women revolution

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International Development Consultant Betty Plewes, Swaziland MP Hon Nonhlanhla Dlamini and Program Coordinator for the Girl Child Network Shuvai Mandingo discuss issues facing women and girls in Africa at a Peoples Summit workshop. (Amal Ga'al)

By Amal Ga'al, G20 citizen blogger

Amal Gaal52.jpgAfrica is often stereotyped as a miserable place devoid of hope and abandoned by good fortune. For many people, exposure to this continent consists of NGO commercials featuring orphaned children and news articles of people living in abject poverty. Many African nations are struggling with problems such as poverty and HIV/AIDS, but that doesn't mean that the citizens of these countries are simply passive recipients of these ills.

There are countless individuals devoting themselves to tackling the issues in their societies. Women are playing a significant role in pushing their countries forward despite all the resistance they face due to their gender. When I attended a People's Summit workshop titled "African Women and Girls Demand a Seat at the Table," hosted by Canadian Crossroads International, I had the opportunity to meet two remarkable women from southern Africa and learn about the improvements they have been making in their countries.

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Film studio turned police centre

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By Your Voice team, CBC News

Across the city from the tightly controlled downtown Toronto security perimeter, police have been busy setting up a facility that will reportedly be used as a temporary detention centre for protesters.

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Doing business during the G20

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Union Station. (Naomi Ikonomou)

By Naomi Ikonomou, G20 citizen blogger

naomi-52.jpgMy name is Naomi Ikonomou. I own a dry cleaning business in Union Station with Louis, my husband. We are here 25 years. Our son is running the business now; my husband is mostly retired. We have two daughters they also helped at the store on and off since their teenage years. We clean our clothes at the plant down the hall so we offer same-day service. Our customers are business people who work downtown. Many commute into the station, drop off clothes in the morningtime and pick them up in the evening to go home. Many of them don't want to be downtown during preparations for the summit and extra security, so we're expecting that our business will slow down a lot.


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Holding the leaders accountable

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Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) hosts a free "At the Table" lunch. (Takumo Yamada)

By Takumo Yamada, G20 citizen blogger


takumo52.jpgHaving arrived in Toronto from Japan late Saturday night, I'm writing this blogpost completely jetlagged. And I'm still wearing what I was wearing on the plane, because my suitcase is stuck in Chicago, where I transited. I really hope it will make it to my hotel by tomorrow morning!

I spent Sunday attending two events organized by the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), the biggest global anti-poverty coalition, of which Make Poverty History is the Canadian national coalition, and to which Oxfam is a member organization.

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Police claim corner of CBC building

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A row of port-a-potties line the northwest corner of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre on Wellington Street next to a Toronto Police Service facility. (Pras Rajagopalan/CBC)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpgSometime over the last three days, the Toronto police force set up shop in a space at the northwest corner of the CBC building, just to the right of the phalanx of port-a-potties pictured above.

It's just another reminder of the ramped-up security presence ahead of the G20 summit, which gets underway Saturday.
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Photos: Chinatown graffiti and the Hocky Hall of Fame

Carmen_G20-066.jpg The exterior sculptures known as "Our Game" and "Team Canada '72" at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto have been covered with plywood to protect them from any damage that may occur during the G20 Summit. (Carmen Millet)

By Carmen Millet, G20 citizen blogger

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G20 Summit Resident Information Guide

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By Carmen Millet, G20 citizen blogger

carmen52.jpgWhen I walked into my house on Friday night, I nearly broke my neck.

"Darn cat!" I squealed. But when I looked down to see what had caused me to slip and fall, all I saw was a piece of paper.

The culprit? A four-page "G20 Summit Resident Information Guide" my building had slid under my door. I picked it up and tossed it to the side because, really, what could it possibly tell me that I hadn't already heard?

Apparently a lot.

When I sat down to read the guide, all the angst over the summit I felt last week slowly crept back.


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A Wedding Day

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(Bob Dunkin)

By Bob Dunkin, G20 citizen blogger

bob52.jpgSaturday I went to a good friend's wedding. It turned into a beautiful day. There was a picnic in the afternoon at Jean Sibelius Square. We were supposed to have been at Christie Pits (it was even booked for them) until Monday when they up and cancelled the reservation, because the park was double-booked. They booked it on the first day you could book (January 4th), so the calendar says they were first ...  But that's beside the point. The day still turned out great!

That is, except for the traffic. By now, you probably know that streets are shut down everywhere in the downtown core, both for the G20 and the MMVAs, the MuchMusic Video Awards. I left myself an extra 30 minutes to get there, and did I need it. The walk to the subway station took more than twice as much time as usual, maybe even three times. There was no point taking the streetcar because the streets were blocked off, forcing people to find their way around. The police were not offering any help whatsoever that I saw, even though there were many of them out there. There was a two-hour gap between the picnic and the ceremony, which was JUST enough time to get from Dupont station to home (Wellington and John), grab a quick shower, change into a suit and head back. And I almost didn't make it. One of the bridesmaids was also stuck in traffic, and didn't make it for the ceremony.

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Worrying is a good thing!

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Volunteers from Oxfam Quebec, Canadians Advocating Political Participation and Plan Canada at the drawing board at a People's Summit workshop on youth engagement. (Taylor Lew)

By Talor Lew, G20 citizen blogger

Taylo Lew52.jpgI woke up this morning looking for inspiration.

I'm 19 years old, but sometimes I can feel so cynical. I'll read the newspaper and end up feeling stressed out thinking about all of the problems in the world.

What makes me feel more at ease is the knowledge that there are many people who are just as concerned as I am about the future of our world. The only thing left to worry about is where to start getting involved.

The inspiration I was looking for today came from a People's Summit workshop on youth engagement led by Oxfam Quebec. I met some incredible people who all added energy and passion to the discussions.

I learned that I had already accomplished a great deal just by feeling worried. I know, worrying doesn't sound very productive, right? But feeling worried and getting upset about the state of our world is a good first step to becoming an engaged citizen.

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DJ sticks it to the man

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The artwork for DJ B#'s version of Dance Dance Dance. (DJ B#)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News


pras-52.jpgLess then a week before the G20 summit is set to take place, it looks like we've got our first anti- G20 protest song, courtesy of one DJ B# of Maynooth, Ont.

Woody Guthrie it ain't - it's actually a rendering of a remix of Dance Dance Dance by Swedish indie-pop darling Lykke Li.

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A message to the security fence

g20smallfence.jpgThe CN Tower, as seen through the fence. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By Dale Boyer, G20 citizen blogger

daleboyer52.jpgI see you, unscaleable fence ... acting all unclimbable.... I see you taunting me, egging me on. I see you, fence, all challenging me on my way to work. Your chain link is so tiny, if I could only get my fingers in there. Your reputation precedes you. Your ego is present in every metre of your length. You took my parking space I sometimes use, you know. You are like that bully kid in school who sits on the game she wants to play with so no one else can play with it ... but while you are sitting on that game you can't play with it, either. I want to play with my parking spot sometimes, too, you know. Oh, great! Now you're sitting on the streetcars' toys, too! Hey, fence! I see you watching me walk to work, I see you lookin' at me. You should know that there are more people looking at you than you can look at the people.

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Jack Astor's stays open for G20

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Jack Astor's at Front and University will keep its doors open during the G20. (Heather Morrison)

By Heather Morrison, G20 citizen blogger

heather52.jpgLooking for somewhere to grab a meal or a drink inside the G20 Security Zone? Look no further. While many of the Front and King Street restaurants will close their doors for the G20 Summit, Jack Astor's at Front and University will keep its doors open to the public and delegates.

The hostess working Sunday said it would remain open unless there was good reason to close. When asked if she was concerned about getting through the fenced zones and working on the restaurant's outside patio during the protests she replied, "Not really, I think we are all just taking it one day at a time and see how it goes from there." Other restaurants that will remain open include Fred's Not Here, Red Tomato and Lone Star. 

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Police presence in the Entertainment District

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A line of police stand with riot gear in Toronto. Increased security is in preparation for the the upcoming G8 and G20 Summits. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

By Rod Beattie, G20 citizen blogger


robbeattie.jpgBusy Saturday night!  Heavy police presence on the street, but if you stood at our door a few years ago when the clubs were in greater numbers their presence in the Entertainment District was increased.

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G20 online

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By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgA quick Google search for the G20 brings up protest videos and an ad for the Stratford Festival. Hidden underneath these results is a link to the offical G20 Toronto website - g20.gc.ca

While wandering through the typical government site, I discovered a few tidbits:

The back-to-back G8 and G20 Summits are history making for Canada. No other country has ever held two global events of this scale together.

The CN Tower will feature a G20 light show from Tuesday, June 22 to Sunday, June 27, with the national flags of the G20 countries.

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No rental bonanza

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Several homeowners in downtown Toronto are asking for several hundreds of dollars in daily rent for their apartments. (Pras Rajagopalan/CBC)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpgWould-be landlords in downtown Toronto who were looking to make a killing by renting out their pads to foreign correspondents during the G20 summit appear to be sorely disappointed.

Forums like Kijiji and Craigslist are riddled with entries by people looking to rent their apartments for hundreds of dollars a day - but apparently few are successful in finding a taker.

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Saturday June 19

motorcade.jpgToronto police officers ride in a motorcade meant to escort dignitaries. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By Dale Boyer, G20 citizen blogger

daleboyer52.jpgHave you ever had that conversation about, "If the world went crazy, where would you go?"

Seems like a lot of people in the city are partaking in that conversation this week.

I always imagined trying to make my way to one of my families' homes in the outskirts of the city -- as if the riots and pillaging wouldn't happen up there. Truth is, there's like one cop for the whole township of King, so who would really come to save my butt if it was being robbed?

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Super role models

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The G(irls) 20 delegates(Photo provided by the G(irls) 20 Summit)

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgSo the other day I was hanging out with a supermodel. Indulge me, this doesn't happen often. And we're talking one of the original supermodels: Christy Turlington Burns.

OK, we weren't really hanging out. I was moderating a Q&A discussion around her documentary on maternal health for the G(irls) 20 Summit. "No Woman, No Cry" follows women in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the U.S, exploring the challenges mothers face in receiving adequate health care.

Lately, at times, be it with the Gulf oil spill or Haiti, I question if the world is actually coming to an end. Being surrounded by the G(irls) 20 delegates brought me peace. Watching them work together, and agree on a spectrum of issues, I felt all is right in the world. All is possible.

Now only if that could happen at the G20. Maybe in the future it can, if these women run for office.

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Where the streets have no people

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By Heather Morrison, G20 citizen blogger

heather52.jpgThe streets of downtown Toronto felt like a ghost town today. In my nine years living in this city, I have never witnessed University Avenue and Front Street to be so dead. The odd tourist and soccer fan wandered the streets, while police teams guarded the fence enclosing the billion-dollar G20 security zone.

One officer I spoke with said they were tasked with ensuring no one damaged or spray-painted the fence over the weekend. Come Monday, when full security measures will be rolled out, normal citizens won't be able to come anywhere close to the fence or the zone without good reason to do so, he guessed.

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Protesters: my view

oilprotest.jpg Mother and daughter protesters are covered in a cocoa and vegetable oil to resemble a human oil slick during a G8 protest organised by Oxfam Canada. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Bob Dunkin, G20 citizen blogger

bob52.jpgI do a lot of reading online, including comment forums. One thing I haven't quite been able to grasp is why most people do not differentiate between violent protesters and regular protesters. I'm really not sure why this is. There isn't really any reason why those who follow the law should be lumped in with those whose sole purpose appears to be to defy the law.

While it can be said that both groups of protesters disrupt travel through the city, it should be noted that doing it legally is... well... legal. There are rules that have to be followed, and some groups are quite good at making sure everyone knows what the rules are. It's like driving. Everyone has the same sets of rules and follows them. Red lights disrupt the flow of traffic too, but we have to abide by them. By and far, the vast majority of the protesters are going to be peaceful. Sure, they may yell and scream, but so long as no violence follows (or is incited), there is nothing wrong with enjoying this right as a Canadian citizen. 

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The view at Union Station

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Union Station. (Naomi Ikonomou)

By Naomi Ikonomou, G20 citizen blogger


naomi-52.jpgThe fence in front of Union Station is now up, but open to let people through in some places. The hot dog stands are gone. Also, the taxi stand is moved back and there's only one lane open for drivers. Foot traffic in the station seems like that of a regular Friday. Since most of our customers commute by GO train or bus, it would be nice if our business is the same next week, but most of them are talking about not coming in to work to avoid the hassles. We'll see.

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G20: Security gates go up on Front Street

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Security gates go up on Front Street on Friday, June 18, across from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where the G20 summit will take place. (Cathy Perry/CBC)
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21 new friends and a loud voice

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Canadian delegate Leah Clare Stuart-Sheppard, 19, German delegate Alexandra Rieger, 18, South African delegate Nomathemba Sibanyoni, 19, and Indian delegate Tanvi Girotra, 19, take questions Friday at a news conference. (Amber Hildebrandt/CBC)

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgEach young woman at the G(irls)20 Summit has something different that she plans to bring home with her after the conference wraps up.

For Turkey's delegate, Irem Tumer, it's 21 new friends.

For China's representative, Xinyun Zhang, it's "the passion and the confidence of believing that I can make a difference."

But for Anwar Islem Basunbul of Saudi Arabia, she simply hopes to give women a voice.

"Speaking out in my country is very dangerous," the 20-year-old says. "People tend not to speak out."

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G20 security zone: Will you pass the test?

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A construction worker puts up a three metre high steel security fence outside the Toronto Metro Convention Centre. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

By Heather Morrison, G20 citizen blogger

heather52.jpgInside the security zone, employees and residents have been issued passes which must be accompanied by a government-issued ID. The fences and blockades are up, and the countdown is on. Rumour has it that commuters could be required to show their passes as soon as Monday if a suspicious situation unfolds at one of the entry points. Many people are planning to leave early for their Monday commutes in preparation for potential protests and chaos.

Speaking to employees in the security zone Friday morning, many are scared for their safety and are uncertain of the extent of the protests. Thursday's protests featured oil-slicked women and a giant papier mâché head of Steven Harper.
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Grad residence to stay open because students 'more mature'?

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Woodsworth College is one of four University of Toronto residences that will close ahead of the G20 summit. (Pras Rajagopalan/CBC News)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpgThere has already been much bluster over the University of Toronto's decision to close large parts of its downtown St. George campus as a precautionary measure ahead of the G20 summit.

But little has been made about why at least one residence (The Grad House, home to 424 predominantly graduate students) will be open, while four others (New, Innis, University and Woodsworth colleges) will stay shut from June 23-27.

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Rock of Ages: Actor Aaron Walpole on the G20

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Rock of Ages actor Aaron Walpole. (Bob Dunkin)

By Bob Dunkin, G20 citizen blogger

bob52.jpgI sat down Tuesday night after a performance of the musical Rock of Ages with the actor who plays "Lonny," Aaron Walpole. I went to Sheridan College with Aaron about 10 years ago. He was in the acting course and I was a technician.

Like most people in Toronto, Aaron is not a fan of having the G20 in the downtown core.

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Overdressed for security?

security.jpgPolice on bicycles, horseback and in riot gear will be at the ready in Toronto during the G20 summits -- and those will just be the ones you can see. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By Dale Boyer, G20 citizen blogger

daleboyer52.jpgI was walking out of an upper-scale restaurant in downtown Toronto yesterday when I saw a gaggle of men - well, boys really -  in blue shirts looking at us through the glass doors.  One of the man-boys had a walkie-talkie and was pointing quite specifically at us.

At first I assumed it was because of our fancy dresses and remarkable shoes, but their attention toward us was more officious than flattering.

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Flashdance: G20 style

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Anti-G20 Protesters congregate outside Union Station. (Pras Rajagopalan/CBC)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpgA group of around 30 protesters snaked their way through downtown Thursday morning and congregated outside Union Station. They were calling for more action by world leaders on dealing with climate change. Many were covered in fake oil to illustrate their outrage at the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


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Toronto G20: Summit flyover

The airspace may be restricted, but that can't stop you from taking a virtual tour of the area around the summit with help of Google Earth.

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An international view

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By Takumo Yamada, G20 citizen blogger

takumo52.jpgI work as advocacy manager at Oxfam Japan, and I'll be in Toronto as part of Oxfam's international team for the G20 summit.

I will be mainly at the International Media Centre, talking to journalists about our analyses of what the leaders' discussions and agreements will mean for women and men living in poverty in poor countries.

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Tempered excitement

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Anti-G20 graffiti in Toronto. (Carmen Millet)

By Carmen Millet, G20 citizen blogger


carmen52.jpgWhen I learned the G20 was coming to Toronto, I was practically giddy. I thought, "Wow, I'm going to be 200 metres from 20 of the world's most powerful leaders. This will be fantastic!"

I couldn't whip my day-planner out fast enough to mark off the dates. I wanted to make absolutely sure I'd be in town to catch all the pomp and circumstance that an event as important as the G20 would surely garner.

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My corner of the summit

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The security fence in front of Union Station in Toronto. (Bob Dunkin)

By Bob Dunkin, G20 citizen blogger

bob52.jpgWelcome to my little corner of the G20 summit.  Make sure you have your coffee, snacks and water ... we're gonna be here for a while.

My name is Bob Dunkin and I live in the area surrounding the primary security zone for the G20 Summit here in Toronto.  I work in the entertainment field primarily in the City of Toronto, but also out in Mississauga. I use public transit for most of my day-to-day travels. Going to Mississauga, I usually take a GO bus from Union Station.  I walked by Union Station today, it's a mess down there.  Not one fence, but two. Even as a pedestrian, the area isn't that easy to navigate. As it is there are two officers down there to assist people crossing the street to the Royal York hotel and also in and outbound passengers for Via Rail and GO Transit.  

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Running a business during the G20

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The Red Tomato restaurant at 321 King Street. (Althea Manasan/CBC)

By Fred Luk, G20 citizen blogger

I agree that Toronto is ideally suited to host the G20 summit. Toronto is a diverse and multicultural city, the largest city in Canada and the centre of finance and commerce. We also have a tolerant and very competent police force that protects this very beautiful, functional and livable city.

However, I believe the sacrifice and cost to host this summit is not a sound business decision.

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Working through G20: Preparing for a week behind the fence

fence.jpg Demonstrators, one wearing a papier mache head of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, march past a security fence during a protest. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Dale Boyer, G20 citizen blogger

daleboyer52.jpgAs I prepare for the storm of G20 I'm reminded of the things I take for granted -- a beautiful city, a comfortable lifestyle and unrestricted cellphone usage.

You could sort of say that all this talk of the G20 conference reminds me of Thanksgiving weekend.

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21 Delegates, 21 Reasons Why Girls Matter

Girls20.jpgDelegates from the G20 and the African Union attend the inaugural G(irls)20 Summit in Toronto. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By Amal Ga'al, G20 citizen blogger


Amal Gaal52.jpgAttending the opening ceremony of the G(irls) 20 Summit on June 16 was an eye-opening experience.

While I was already aware of many of the challenges facing women and girls today, I still found myself shocked and outraged by the injustice crushing the aspirations and futures of 60 million girls who are not given a primary education. Most of the panellists spoke of education as a means to improve the state of the world's women and girls and I agree wholeheartedly. If women and girls are educated, they will be more likely to secure jobs, marry later and have fewer children, thereby reducing poverty.

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A World Cup alternative

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A demonstrator covered in a cocoa and vegetable oil to resemble a human oil slick walks through Toronto's financial district during a protest organized by Oxfam Canada. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Zach Bussey, G20 citizen blogger

zach52.jpgWhile vuvuzelas around the city blare and fans cheer their home countries to World Cup victory, a different international event is about to take place in Toronto, one with far fewer fans and where the only "cheers" will be chants condemning the participating states' leaders. I'm of course speaking about the G20 summit.

For the next 10 days, I'll be providing my voice here as a resident of Toronto. I'll be offering opinions, perspective and experiences leading up to and during these meetings. I will post stories, photos, tweets and videos for you to experience what I experience and see what I see.

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Preparing for the impact: Anticipating the G20

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By Heather Morrison, G20 citizen blogger

heather52.jpgI am really excited to be a part of CBC's G20 Citizen Blogger team. I have lived in downtown Toronto since my University of Toronto days (about nine years) and have witnessed a number of events and issues play out in Toronto. Some of the most memorable that come to mind include Youth Day 2002 which brought Pope John Paul II and over 200,000 of his worshippers to Toronto, two garbage strikes in 2002 and 2009 (yes, 2002 was a hectic year), and multiple political protests lining University Avenue and Queen's Park.

These events definitely had a huge impact on the daily lives of Torontonians. However, I have a feeling they won't even compare to those the G20 has in store.  

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G20: Map of Restrictions

View a Google map of the traffic, transit and pedestrian restrictions and checkpoints during the G20 summit.

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A Week of G20 Preparation

Follow our photo gallery through a week of preparations as Toronto gears up for the G20 Summit.

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It's going to be a heck of week

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Anti-G20 protesters - including one wearing a Stephen Harper mask and several doused in fake oil - rally outside Union Station on Thursday. (Pras Rajagopalan/CBC)

By Prasanna Rajagopalan, CBC News

pras-52.jpgThe G20 summit only runs for two days, but as I've found talking to people in and around the security zone, its impact on Toronto is already being felt acutely.

Over the last two weeks, we've seen young trees uprooted in the name of security, learned that street vendors will no longer be allowed to hawk their salty wares, and witnessed the construction of a three-metre high chain link fence around a large chunk of downtown.

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Welcome to the G20 Street Level blog!

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(Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

By Jennifer Hollett, CBC News

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgI think we too often forget they work for us. As we inch closer to the G8 and G20 meetings, it should not be overlooked that these global leaders represent the people of their nations. These multimillion-dollar summits aren't just for the bobbleheads, they're for us.

The G20 Street Level blog will take you outside of the summit and into the streets. We have an eclectic bunch of local residents, students and journalists blogging about the summit from their unique point of view. Plus, we have you! Yes, you're on assignment. This blog is your
blog, and we encourage you to share your thoughts and experiences, be it through comments, photos or video.

As your online host, I will share my first-hand experiences inside the fence, as well as highlight the buzz on the street. My most important job will be listening and reporting on what
people are saying.

Right now the talk on the streets of Toronto is about security, and how it will ruin our day-to-day. CBCNews.ca Toronto's Pras Rajagopalan has already been blogging about G20 preparations, and he can share some insight on what's already happened.

Welcome!

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