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G20 Summit Toronto

A blast from Toronto's summit past

For those of us with short memories or were too young to remember, this summer's G20 in summit is not the first time Toronto has hosted a major meeting of world leaders.

The 1988 G7 summit ran from June 19-21 and was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the site of this year's summit meeting.

At the bottom of the page is a piece by then local Toronto reporter Havard Gould (now a national business reporter) previewing the 1988 summit.

In Havard's words, Canadian media were "obsessed" with interviewing members of the international media to see what they thought of our fair city.

He adds it was a coming out party of sorts for a city just beginning to emerge on the world stage.

Havard actually says he doesn't recall the 1988 summit being that disruptive to city life, which is interesting when you consider the extraordinary restrictions and security measures already in place for the June summit.