Ali de Bold
on Jun 08, 2010 @ 02:53 pm

Those of you in Toronto, will you stick around the G20 weekend or do you plan to leave town?

I'm seriously considering going somewhere for a few days.  Our place is too close to the venue and I don't think that would be much fun.


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I work nearby.. on Jun 09, 2010 @ 08:44 am

And I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't come in. It all sounds pretty scary. Our office has been giving us security updates frequently and it sounds like it would be worth it to stay far far away.

Part of me wonders if we're all be over cautious, but I don't really care. I think its better to be safe than sorry.


A little worried... on Jun 10, 2010 @ 02:39 am

My sister's company told her to work from home for the entire week before the summit actually takes place. They said it was a safety concern because they think protesters will be targeting people on the street that look like they are part of "corporate canada". This all just sounds so crazy to me!

I'm hoping it will just be a lot of traffic delays and protesters with signs. I'm really hoping there's no violence, especially not against people just trying to get to work.

staying away.... on Jun 10, 2010 @ 05:54 pm

I am doing some organizing for my company during the G20 summit and let me tell you....there are so many things going on in so many places. The fencing is already up and there is an increased police presence. Traffic is going to be a nightmare!

I am staying as far away as I can!

Woah on Jun 10, 2010 @ 06:16 pm

Wow that's crazy! I'm glad I don't live in Toronto :\
Will it effect us? We're a few hours from Toronto..

better safe than sorry... on Jun 12, 2010 @ 09:14 pm

Yep...I would be grateful ton stay away... with all those high-profile people around there, you never know what might happen

How to get to/fom Mississauga? on Jun 13, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

I live in DT Toronto, outside of the "zone" but very close to it. I commute to Mississauga everyday and I don't know how I'm supposed to get to work and back. Normally I drive on the Gardiner to the 427 to the 401 but there'll be periodic or full closures and they don't even know when it'll be. I also can't take the 401 straight there for the same reason. Then there's getting back. All during rush hour.

Does anyone have any ideas of what to do? I work at a school and it's the end of the school year so I can't exactly "work from home".

public transportation on Jun 13, 2010 @ 02:28 pm

getting around during G20 especially if you have to travel on the Gardiner will be quite difficult...as inconvenient as it is....it may be your 'best' option.

Maybe a co-worker could pick you up at a GO station in Miss?

or..... on Jun 13, 2010 @ 02:29 pm

or maybe you have a co-worker you could stay with for a couple of days?

Ali de Bold
How you will be affected by G20 on Jun 13, 2010 @ 09:17 pm

We just got a notice from our condo board about how this is going to affect us since we're right in the zone. I'd suggest anyone living downtown consider the following even if you're not right in that area:

- Police presence will be on every street corner and as you pass through those areas you will be stopped and questioned. Carry ID with you. Your travel time to and from work (even on foot) will be greatly increased.

- Union Station will have restrictions to normal pedestrian flow in and out. Planned impacts to service include the 6 Bay, 72A Pape and 320 Yonge bus routs, which will include diversions in the downtown core. The 97B Yonge bus and 503 Streetcar routes will be on diversion on June 25 only. As well, both the 509 and 510 streetcars will not be stopping at Queens Quay station; it will be closed June 25-27.

- Local streets and highway closings - expect traffic delays between Friday June 25-Sunday June 27. There will be temporary traffic stoppages as dignitaries arrive and leave the city. You can get traffic updates at www.g8-g20isu.ca and at 680 News.

- Personal shopping - Do NOT purchase items, groceries, etc the weekend of the summit. Police could search your packages as you pass through each security checkpoint area.

- Cell phone use - you may experience problems with cell phones as air waive signals will be blocked periodically.

In the case of my building we can't access the parking garage without a security pass and they are even draining the water fountains, etc.

Bottom line: It's not going to be fun for anyone in the city during this time so if you can, use this as an excuse for a weekend getaway!

how was it? on Jul 08, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

So how did you ladies find the G20? I live and work downtown and I was one of the VERY few who was designated to come into the office (heart of G20 area) to hold down the fort. Our security staff were exceptionally good! We had a big meeting before the summit week to prepare us on what to expect. They took the cell #'s down for all those working in the Toronto office and kept text messaging us updating us every hour with whats going on outside.

I didn't find it too bad at all, but then again I was very sheltered. My work security made sure we was kept safe (my manager's boss who was in the office with us most of the days used to call me after my working hours to make sure I'd left the office because I have a tendency to lose track of time and stay back!! lol).

On a more serious note though, I've heard a LOT about the police brutality and random arrests that were happening throughout that week

Police Brutality Video
Toronto Police Questioned
More Police Brutality

What do you guys think?

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