Category Archives: G20 Toronto

Liberals kept G20 law secret for weeks before summit

December 09, 2010–liberals-kept-g20-law-secret-for-weeks-before-summit

Robert Benzie

Premier Dalton McGuinty’s officials plotted to keep the G20 law secret weeks before the Star revealed that Toronto police believed they had the power to arrest anyone near the summit site.

That extraordinary disclosure, which dominated Thursday’s debate at Queen’s Park, is buried in Ombudsman André Marin’s 125-page report, Caught in the Act, on what he called “the most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history.” Continue reading

DiManno: Make it right, Chief Blair

December 08, 2010–dimanno-make-it-right-chief-blair

Rosie DiManno

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}This officer, identified as J. McIntyre, was in the company of the officer who beat Adam Nobody.

Vincenzo D’Alto

There are recognizable faces. There are identifiable names.

And that should make quick work of holding at least a few brutalizing police officers to account for their despicable conduct during the G20 Summit protests. Continue reading

Ombudsman to investigate Ontario’s ‘secret’ G20 law

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July 09, 2010

Robert Benzie

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}Ontario’s ombudsman says he received 22 complaints relating to the G20, which raise “serious concerns.”

Spurred by complaints from the public, Ombudsman Andre Marin will investigate controversial security regulations secretly changed by Premier Dalton McGuinty’s government before the G20 summit.

As first disclosed by the Star on June 25, McGuinty’s cabinet quietly designated some areas within the security zone around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre a “public work” under the 1939 Public Works Protection Act. Continue reading

Council commends ‘outstanding’ police G20 work

July 07, 2010

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After an emotional morning-long debate, city council voted 36-0 to “commend the outstanding work” of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, his officers and other police forces working during the G20 summit in Toronto.

Two amendments — lauding Blair for supporting a civilian review planned by the Toronto Police Services board, and the board itself for “exercising its appropriate oversight role” — passed 35-1, with Councillor Rob Ford, a candidate for mayor, the nay on both votes. Continue reading

Civilian body, SIU to probe G20 role of police

July 06, 2010

Henry Stancu

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}Police arrest a pair of G20 Summit protesters on College Street near Queen’s Park on June 26, 2010. An impartial overseer will be chosen to lead a probe of police conduct during the summit.–civilian-body-siu-to-probe-g20-role-of-police


The province’s special investigations unit has begun probing five allegations that police caused serious injury to civilians during the summit. Continue reading

CCLA Releases A Preliminary Report of Observations during the G20 Summit


The CCLA released its preliminary report on the G20 Summit policing and security today, entitled “A Breach of the Peace”. The report is based on the first-hand observations of over 50 human rights monitors that CCLA dispatched to observe the police presence at G20-related demonstrations throughout the week. Continue reading

Calls for G20 inquiry ratchet up

June 29, 2010

David Rider

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}Police rush as protesters scatter after a second police car was set on fire during G20 Summit protests on June 26, 2010.


Pressure for an independent probe of Toronto’s traumatic G20 weekend is ratcheting up, with calls from international human rights groups, opposition parties in Ottawa and a Facebook group that has grown to more than 18,000 members.

NDP Leader Jack Layton on Tuesday called for the Commons public safety committee to be “seized with this matter and require an accountability report on both the spending side and on the operations side” of the billion-dollar-plus meeting of world leaders. Continue reading

Cabinet secrecy opens door to legal challenge

June 28, 2010

Tracey Tyler

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}Patrolling the security fence on June 25: Police had power to arrest anyone within five metres of the fence during the G20 summit.


As crews dismantle the massive security fence from the G20 summit, questions are piling up about a secret cabinet decision giving police immense power to search and arrest anyone within five metres of the barrier.

Legal experts say a regulation authorizing the searches could be vulnerable to attack not just for potentially violating Charter protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Continue reading

No arrests made under G20 rule change, Ontario says

June 29, 2010

A pedestrian walks through a fenced off area on Front St. in Toronto, Thursday, June 24, 2010. The perimeter of the G20 summit security zone was designated under Ontario’s Public Works Protection Act, meaning police officers had the power to search and detain people near the security zone during the summit.

Tara Walton/Toronto Star File Photo

The Ontario government is now insisting “no extra powers” were granted to Toronto Police for the G20 summit. Continue reading

G20 editorial: Brutal spectacle failed a city and its people

June 28, 2010

John Cruickshank

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The G20 security strategy has been spectacularly successful at cocooning the world’s leading politicians and staggeringly ineffective at protecting the property and peace of mind of Torontonians. And the one, inevitably, led to the other.

By bringing in thousands of heavily armed strangers and throwing up barricades everywhere to regular traffic, frightening off good and decent citizens, Canadian authorities created a ghost town in the heart of our city. Continue reading