Welcome to the G20 Street Level blog!

(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.