The pre-G20 Summit action has already started. There have been a few small protests already although I didn’t catch any of that action.
Here are some more pictures ahead of the G-20 Summit to be held on June 26-27. Today’s pictures fall into three categories that show how each of these are preparing for the Summit:
1) The Government of Canada
2) The City of Toronto
Riot police walk around the security fence to make sure everything’s peaceful
Police are also stationed at particular locations (this is the corner of Bay-Front)
Toronto Police on bikes (seen on Bay St.)
This is what has become of some downtown Toronto streets
The CN Tower – one of the city’s top tourist attraction – will be closed due to the Summit
Closer to the convention center, the security fence is stronger than else where – it is impossible to even get your finger through the 3m high fence, let alone climb it
Seen here is InterContinental Hotel on the left and the Metro Toronto Convention Center next to it
Seen here is a light pole with a couple of plastic bags tied to it for garbage collection (check-out the G-20 banner on top – hah). The City of Toronto has removed garbage bins, bus shelters, newspaper stands – anything that can potentially get vandalized.
The Bank of Montreal has removed the big TV screen that showed the latest business news and stock quotes
The Harry Rosen store has covered up it’s glass display in front of Bay St.
Brookfield Properties that leases buildings to CIBC and TD Canada Trust has covered by it’s logo (center-right)
The Commerce Court lobby (on Bay St.) looks barren after all furniture was removed (probably so nobody can hide anything)
Toronto is all set to become a ghost town as all major banks in Toronto’s Financial District, which is very close to the convention center where the G-20 Summit will be held, have asked their employees to either work from home or an alternate site on June 24th and 25th when things are expected to heat up. Up to 75% of the Bank employees are expected to be away those two days.
Anyway, I’ve to go to work, which is good because I get to catch all the action!
Stay tuned for Part 4 for more pictures as we get closer to the Summit date (June 26-27, 2010).
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