G20 Street Level: Meet the team

G20_Street.jpgDemonstrators make their way through Toronto's financial district on Thurs., June 18 during a G8/G20 protest organized by Oxfam Canada. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

By Your Voice Team, CBC News

To cover the G20 summit that took place in Toronto's downtown core on June 26 and 27, CBC News Your Voice assembled a team of citizen bloggers and CBC staff to bring you a street level view of the city during the global conference.

From residents inside the security perimeter to business owners and students eager to share their perspectives, the G20: Street Level team brought you a 360-degree view of the summit's impact.

Read through to see photos, video and observations from the ground.

Citizen bloggers:

robbeattie.jpgRod Beattie is one of the co-managers of Crocodile Rock in downtown Toronto and lives in the Entertainment district. He enjoys the fast paced world of the nightclub, the interactions with people from all walks of life, and the constant challenge of managing a large-scale bar.

daleboyer52.jpgDale Boyer is a member of the Second City Mainstage cast, where she has co-written and performed in the shows 0% Down, 100% Screwed, Shut Up and Show Us Your Tweets, and Second City for Mayor. She also spent two years as a member of the Second City Touring Company as well as an understudy on four mainstage revues. 

zach52.jpgZach Bussey is a self-described social media addict, soccer fan and avid writer. He lives and blogs in Toronto.

bob52.jpgBob Dunkin is an avid photographer and videographer who has lived in Toronto for 10 years. He currently works at the Rogers Centre and Metro Toronto Convention Centre as a lighting and sound technician.

RoseDsouza2010.jpgRose D'Souza is 23 years old and just graduated from the University of Toronto, specializing in American foreign policy and the Middle East. She is interested in gender rights, world issues and plans to do her master's degree in journalism next year. 

Amal Gaal52.jpgAmal Ga'al is a grade 12 student who will be attending Yale University in the fall, planning to major in Economics and International Studies. Amal is on Plan Canada's Youth Action Council, a group dedicated to raising awareness about global issues and engaging youth to take action.

naomi-52.jpgNaomi Ikonomou runs Go-go Dry Cleaners at Union Station with her husband. She emigrated to Canada 40 years ago from Tokyo, Japan, and opened up her dry cleaning business in 1986. Naomi and her husband live in Toronto and have three grown children.

Taylo Lew52.jpgTaylor Lew feels that the G20 summit is an incredible teaching and learning opportunity for young people.  He has been volunteering with Plan Canada for the past two years. Last October, he participated in the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.  

Fred-52.jpgFred Luk has operated restaurants in the Toronto Entertainment District since 1984. Fred's Not Here and The Red Tomato restaurants, both located in the G20 traffic zone, opened for business in 1988. Fred and his wife reside in downtown Toronto.

carmen52.jpgCarmen Millet is a transplanted Texan living in Toronto who writes about her Canadian adventures and discovering the world around her. She's an unabashed fan of Toronto and loves stepping outside her comfort zone to learn what makes people tick.

heather52.jpgHeather Morrison has been living in Toronto for nearly nine years. She currently works as a digital strategist and project manager at Sequentia Environics and blogs at Toronto Uncovered and Blog Campaigning about various issues and events in and around the city.

scottsutherland.jpgScott Sutherland is one of the co-managers of Crocodile Rock in downtown Toronto and lives in the Entertainment district. 

takumo52.jpgTakumo Yamada is advocacy manager at Oxfam Japan. As part of Oxfam's global team, he lobbies and campaigns in Japan for health and education in developing countries, and for more and better aid from rich countries to help realize people's rights to those services. He also leads the policy advocacy team for Japan in the coalition Global Call to Action against Poverty.

CBC News team

G20 Street Level blog host:

jennifer-hollett-52.jpgJennifer Hollett's work as a broadcast journalist has taken her around the world, winning awards for a documentary on youth in Afghanistan and a report on Israeli conscientious objectors. Jenn is best know for being a MuchMusic VJ and was a host for Talk TV. At present, she is excited to be both online and on-air on Connect with Mark Kelley as a cross-platform contributor.

G20 Street Level live blogger:

omalley-kady-52.jpgKady O'Malley has been covering the Hill for more than a decade (yes, really) for a variety of publications. She has a passion for politics that borders on the unhealthy, and has liveblogged her way through hundreds of committee meetings, press conferences, judicial inquiries, budget launches, cabinet shuffles, and even the odd constitutional crisis.

G20 Street Level reporters:

Rosemary BartonnRosemary Barton started her television career reporting from Quebec City where she covered the ins and outs of Quebec politics. She moved to the CBC Parliamentary Bureau in 2007. She also stood on the side of road awaiting U.S. President Barack Obama's motorcade for hours in the cold. When she finally spotted him, all of Canada heard her shriek, "I saw him!"

deanbradley.jpgDean Bradley works for the CBC in TV Master Control and is also a freelance photographer. He and his wife Vicki recently returned from traveling around the world for a year where they captured their memories through the eyes of a lens.

davidson-andrew52.jpgAndrew Davidson is a producer for the CBC politics page in Toronto. He joined CBCNews.ca's national desk in 2006 and was the lead news writer for the website's 2008 federal election coverage.

lianne-elliott-52.jpgLianne Elliott is a producer at CBCNews.ca, overseeing the news website in the afternoon and evening. Before joining the CBC in 2006, she was a reporter at the Record in Kitchener, Ont. She's also done reporting stints at the Montreal Gazette and Kingston Whig-Standard.

natashafatah.jpgNatasha Fatah is the host of Promised Land, a documentary show about escape stories to Canada, and she is a producer with CBC Radio's current affairs show As It Happens. Natasha writes a column for CBC.ca's viewpoint page called "Minority Report." Prior to that, she was a television and radio reporter in Windsor, Ontario.

amber-hilderbrandt-52.jpgAmber Hildebrandt is an assignment producer with CBC News, where she began working five years ago as an online reporter in Ottawa. Since then, she's worked as a national writer and a features producer. She now works on CBC's centralized news coverage desk.

timothy-neesam-52.jpgTimothy Neesam has worked as a producer and director on a wide range of news, current affairs and arts and entertainment projects for CBC Radio, Radio 3 and CBC.ca. Timothy's fine art and documentary photography is published in a variety of magazines and newspapers. He is currently the photo editor for CBCNews.ca.

pras-52.jpgPras Rajagopalan first joined CBCNews.ca as a writer in the summer of 2008. He started writing specifically for the CBC News Toronto site last September. He's particularly interested in city politics and urban planning issues, so when he was given the opportunity to cover the impact of the G20 summit on everyday life in Toronto, he jumped at the chance.

G20 Street Level production team:

Senior producer:

fim-fox-52.jpgKim Fox is a CBC News senior producer of social media, aiding in the development and execution of social media, community management and user engagement strategies. Before joining CBC, Kim worked and consulted as a multi-platform producer for many media companies including Maclean's, Canadian Business, Second City, Sirius, MTV, Fox, Sony, and Clear Channel.


adrian-ma-52.jpgAdrian Ma is an associate producer with CBCNews.ca working in social media and user-generated content. He has also written news and feature articles for numerous publications, including the Toronto Star, Hamilton Magazine, the Echo Weekly and the Waterloo Chronicle. Adrian received his master's in journalism from Ryerson University in 2009.

amil-niazi-52.jpgAmil Niazi is an associate producer with CBCNews.ca working in social media and user-generated content. Before joining CBC she was the host of a global music show on CityTV and editor of Only Magazine, a weekly arts and culture publication in Vancouver. Her freelance work has appeared in Vancouver Magazine, Bad Day, the Westender and CBC Radio 3.


althea-manasan-52.jpgAlthea Manasan is a summer intern with CBC's social media desk. During the school year, she is a master's student in the journalism program at Ryerson University, where she is specializing in new media. Althea graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2007 with a BA in sociology and media, information and technoculture.