Lived all my life in Toronto and love it, but that doesn't stop me from complaining.
Toronto is almost 3 million people but within an hours drive of the city there are probably 10 million. Toronto is Canada's biggest city and within the Toronto area we probably have half of the Canadian population.
Toronto is North America's fifth largest city.
The Olympic torch run came through our city recently and I got of few pictures of the event. The torch run is going across Canada from east to west 45,000 miles and will be there in February 2010 in Vancouver for the Olympics.
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After all the talk in the last few days, I suspect no-one really cares, but I often wonder what many of these young officers from small towns across Ontario and CANADA are coping with being in Toronto for this G20 summit. What would they say about Torontonomo Bay (Detention Centre)
I never noticed it before but this RCMP officer does not have any name tag on his uniform, it was brought to my attention by an article in the Toronto Star.
Some of them I saw from Kitchener/Waterloo-York-Durham-Halton-Peel Regional Services, Barrie, London, Newfoundland, Cape Breton and several Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) looked like they were in their early 20’s and amazed by what they had got involved in.
If any of them were able to answer, would they say that the treatment of the public was a little heavy handed? I’m sure they were told by their superior officers when to rush the crowd, when to assault the people and I doubt they wanted to do it.
Here’s one of the TPSsergeants that I saw at many of the protests prior to the summit weekend. I wondered if he was one of them that made those decisions. I heard many different things from Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers, not the other police services that were in Toronto during the G20 summit. “If you cross the line you will be arrested” and this was well away from the infamous fence. Another TPS officer said “Get on the sidewalk or you will be arrested” Who was making these decisions to order our citizens to follow these instructions and WHY? In all fairness these officers had to put up with a lot of abuse from the public but people like the protester below holding horse droppings waiting to throw it at police was uncalled for. I had seen him earlier in the day with the bucket where he “scooped” up the horse droppings and several police were looking at him but they let him get away. At Richmond/Bay he did throw some at the police lines and nothing happened. Several of the protesters yelled at him but nothing happened and he moved on to another location without incident, however I suspect he was eventually “scooped” up in the sweep.
How about this one, “This isn’t CANADA, it’s G20 land?” and he was a sergeant from York Regional Police. It appears to me that the police are the aggressors here, they keep going after the protesters as they walk away, and we now know the 5 metre fence rule was hooey and didn’t exist, yet they were doing searches a long way away from the fenced area?
As you can see the police were moved around from place to place by these buses and vans everywhere downtown. But where were they going, it was just a cat/mouse game and seemed to be no order. (confirmed by anonymous officers) Some of my G20 pictures - Random searches were conducted all over the downtown core on Sunday and the methodology of it all seemed to be if you were young, long hair, had a bandanna, (which they confiscated), carried a back pack, dressed in black or, for any reason, the officer wanted, you were required to show ID and submit to a full search (maybe they should have done that Saturday night). Saturday night was a disaster as anarchist protesters “BLACK BLOC” marched up Yonge St. from Queen to College breaking windows, with hundreds up photographers in tow compiling the destruction. From what I heard no one was physically injured. All of this to “protect” these leaders, and look what happened to Toronto or as many are calling it now, Torontonomo Bay. It’s a sad day and we must get past it but we shall never ever forget how our rights were taken away from us and this will not end until we get answers from those in charge instead of the “stock answers”, we seem to keep getting from them.