Oh! G8/G20 Summit Madness

A post script to yesterday’s “Oh Canada” singing peaceful protesters: Oh! Toronto

Mother and child at Caribana a few years back
I have fond memories 0f living in Toronto.

Because Toronto is such a great city, this year’s summit madness bothers me so much.

Here is the other G8/G20 video that really got to me.

It bothers me deeply, partly because my sister lives nearby, partly because it’s Toronto, and partly because I’m a citizen.

Why is this happening here?

Canadian citizens, Toronto residents, have been confined to their homes and terrorized by a legal repressive regime.

This is Canada 2010

Canadians being intimidated by faceless black clad cops armed to the teeth. Tear gas. Ordered inside their own homes. Threatened for recording these government instigated breaches of the peace. This is madness. It sure as heck doesn’t look like anything that I recognize as democracy.

Canadian taxpayers… the same Canadian taxpayers and citizens being harassed and threatened and arrested on the streets of Toronto… are footing the bill.

Why? Did anyone ask citizens if we wanted to host these summit meetings? Did anyone ask if we wanted to foot the bill?

And what IS the bill?

Canadian Flag

The number being talked about for hosting the twin G8/G20 summits is

One billion dollars

$1,000,000,000.

That is a very large bite during a recession.

A lot of money a country with a total population of 34 million.

The thing to remember is:

the Billion Dollar price tag is
ONLY
for the security.

How much are they we spending wining and dining these world leaders.

At a time when many Canadians are unemployed or underemployed.
A time when many Canadians are homeless.
A time when poverty is such that food banks are feeding a great many hungry Canadian citizens:
because our government is not.

Surely this isn’t my Canada.

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[Thanks to Liana Russwurm for passing the video along, and Zack Gilbert taking the risks involved to record this terrible scene from the front porch.]

Oh! Toronto

I was sad about the way the Olympics turned Vancouver into an armed camp. Absurdly expensive too.

But that was nothing but a warm up act for the debacle in Toronto.

Peaceful G20 protest at Queen & Spadina

Click on this link to see the full version if you really want to get a feeling for the happenings there.

Queen & Spadina Protest (original file/unedited) from Meghann Millard on Vimeo.

I am not proud of the people who are running my country today. I rather liked the idea of democracy.

The G8/G20 is absurdly expensive.     And very sad.

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[thanks to @russellmcormond]

G8/G20: Coming Soon

black and white graphic showing the CN tower being wielded by citizens as a lance to skewer G20

Toronto will be hosting the G8 conference shortly. It seems that a few citizens groups area bit unhappy about this. Find out more from G8/G20 Toronto Community Mobilization

Isn’t it interesting how much public money can be spent for something like this while our government begrudges assistance to the weakest members of our society?

June 2010 poster: Toronto Resist G8/20

[Thanks Sameena!]
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