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More Halifax update
« Reply #50 on: April 26, 2010, 12:15:45 »
1)  More of the same expected today, according to the Canadian Press.

2)  Here's an indication of how much control protest organizers have over "the masked ones" (highlights mine):
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Protesters at a Halifax rally who cover their faces will be asked to take the masks off, says an organizer of the event on the eve of a meeting of G8 development ministers.

"When people conceal their identities, media attention focuses on them rather than on the point of the protest itself," said Kyle Buott, president of the Halifax-Dartmouth and District Labour Council and a key organizer of the rally.

"Anyone showing up at [Sunday's] demonstration wearing a mask or bandana covering their face will be asked to take it off."

According to the Criminal Code, wearing a mask is a crime only during the commission of another crime.

"This is the decision that the organizing committee has taken — we are going to be engaging with folks who show up at the rally to make a political argument about why that's not an appropriate tactic," said Buott, who wants to make sure the group's critique of G8 policies in the developing world is heard. The ministers from the G8 countries open a three-day meeting in Halifax on Monday ....
I guess a few people didn't seem to get the memo:


3)  After where said CUPW ed/org O appears to have spent New Year's Eve, via zcommunications.org - the Gaza Freedom March in Cairo - you'd think there'd be some understanding re:  policing and gatherings:
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.... Christian Martel, of Quebec and a union leader representing Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes, penned in on the sidewalk by police at his hotel said ":This is an illogical situation.. There is no credible reason to keep us here. We ask the authorities why they are doing this and no one can answer. They only say it is for your protection. What are they protecting us from?' The 54,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers -Syndicat de travialleurs de travailleuses des postes (CUPW-STTP) was the first national union in Canada to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign (BDS) against Israeli "apartheid".

At hotel Lotus where I was permitted to speak with demonstrators another postal worker told me she had been in contact with her embassy. Toni MacAfee asked by a consular official whether she was part of the Gaza Freedom March and whether she would be demonstrating any more if released. Given the Canadian governments behavior towards Canadians in foreign custody, MacAfee reported asking bluntly "are you going to help me or not?" ....

- edited to include protests expected today (26 Apr 10) -

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Some protesters talking to cops, some not so much
« Reply #51 on: April 26, 2010, 21:48:56 »
This, from CP24:
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While arrests are made at the G8 meeting protests in Halifax, Toronto police say this city should brace for major demonstrations and disruptions during the G20 in the downtown core this summer.

Police say they're tapping social media for tips on major protests to prepare for the meeting of major world leaders in June.

Const. Wendy Drummond says police have dealt with protests organized through social media in the past, and they're taking steps to prepare for the June 26/27 weekend.

"(Social media) allows people to communicate in a lot more different ways. It's just another tool," she says. "The way we police our protests hasn't changed."

Thousands of officers are expected to be out in full force as protesters descend on the downtown core at the end of June.

Drummond says they have met with some protest groups to talk about how they plan to express themselves in a peaceful manner.

But others have not talked to law enforcement officials.

"There are some groups that don't wish to participate in these advanced conversations," she says ....

Meanwhile, Big Finance is preparing:
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Two of Canada's biggest banks, the Royal Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, are considering moving their day traders to locations off of Bay Street during the G20 meetings in June, CTV has learned.

Other businesses in the financial district are asking their employees to consider taking vacation time during the meetings, with concerns that protesters may make business difficult.

"We got a notice a few days ago saying . . . you might not want to come in," a businessman told CTV Toronto, referring to the week of the G20 meetings.

Officials at the TSX say primary trading is already done off-site at an undisclosed location, but know the stock exchange could be a symbolic target for protesters, and security will be tight ....
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Specifically, Mounties in Barrie have got to eat, right?
« Reply #52 on: April 27, 2010, 09:25:54 »
This from MERX:
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.... The intent of this letter of interest (LOI) is to provide potential suppliers with the opportunity to express their interest in Canada's requirement for Food Services (Catering) in support of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) operation in the province of Ontario during the operational phase of the G8 summit to be held in Huntsville, Ontario.

The requirement involves the provision of Food Services (Catering) for the RCMP Barrie Unit Command Centre (UCC). For security reasons we cannot identify the locations or numbers of meals require in this LOI, as it would give an indication of the size of the security force. The requirement is significant during the period of June 18th through June 28th 2010 ....
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"Police State" story line propagated
« Reply #53 on: April 27, 2010, 21:19:39 »
This, from prisonplanet.com:
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.... More than anything, it is protests and the threat of terrorism which are used to justify these huge security operations. The deployment of the military alongside police is increasing with their roles seemingly interchangeable. Police tactics and training have become more militarized. New weapons and technology first developed for the military are often being incorporated into police departments. At last year’s G20 summit in Pittsburgh, the LRAD which is capable of emitting painfully loud blasts of sound was turned against protesters. This illustrates a more aggressive approach in trying to control public dissent. Events such as the G20 have become a testing ground for new police state measures and a trial run for a military style occupation ....
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Re: G8/G20 June 2010 Protest Watch
« Reply #54 on: April 27, 2010, 21:47:35 »
You have GOT to be ******** me...
So, there I was....

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Re: G8/G20 June 2010 Protest Watch
« Reply #55 on: April 28, 2010, 07:43:29 »
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Re: G8/G20 June 2010 Protest Watch
« Reply #56 on: April 29, 2010, 21:38:09 »
You have GOT to be ******** me...
Just a taste of what  some of the "protesters" seem to think (or believe enough to write with their name attached).

Meanwhile, think of it as "distributed protest" - this from the Globe & Mail:
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Anti-globalization protestors will have their voices heard by world leaders in Toronto this summer -- by video link.

Security agencies are routing dissenters to Trinity Bellwoods park on Queen Street West, three kilometres from the G20 meeting at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

An RCMP spokeswoman, Sergeant Michele Paradis, said a video link at the park will pipe the protestors' grievances in to the high-security bubble surrounding the centre where world leaders will gather during the June weekend.

"I don't know if it will be closed circuit, but there will be a feed in," she said.

Portable toilets will also be provided to the public in the park.

A protest zone will also be set up for the earlier G8 summit in Gravenhurst, Ont., but no venue has been decided as yet.

A coalition of labour and activist groups are planning a three-hour march from Queen's Park to Trinity Bellwoods on June 25. Organizers hope 5,000 people will march ....
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Mounties Ordeing Up ~600 Porta-potties
« Reply #57 on: May 01, 2010, 20:49:27 »
This, from the Canadian Press (highlights mine):
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The RCMP is looking for some essential equipment to help flush out problems at this summer's G8 summit near Huntsville, Ont. — almost 600 outhouses.

The Mounties want to have 596 porta-potties, each with minimum two-ply toilet paper, distributed around the posh Deerhurst Lodge resort, where leaders of the world's biggest economies gather for talks June 25-26.

But the single-seaters, which include disposable seat covers, are not for any of the world's leaders. Instead, they're reserved for the thousands of government workers who will need washroom breaks as they prepare for the event throughout June.

And in a gesture of conciliation, 10 of the comfort stations have been set aside for the anti-G8 protesters expected to gather in the designated "free speech area" near the meeting site.

The official, cordoned-off location for such protests has not yet been chosen, and RCMP won't say how many demonstrators they expect ....

According to the attached Statement of Work (since Canadian Press doesn't seem to want to share), I don't see anything saying the 10 in the "Free Speech Area" will be for the protesters - I'm guessing that they'll be for the security staff there.  Maybe we'll see a MERX posting for the protesters to take care of their own logistics?  ;)

Here's the links to the calls for shuttle flights to TO Island and for "Utility Terrain Vehicles" also mentioned in the CP story.
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Re: G8/G20 June 2010 Protest Watch
« Reply #58 on: May 02, 2010, 23:13:25 »
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This illustrates a more aggressive approach in trying to control public dissent. Events such as the G20 have become a testing ground for new police state measures and a trial run for a military style occupation ....

Well there you go.  At least they know they are assisting in field testing public order tactics and are volunteering to be UoF subjects.  How very community minded of them to take a direct interest in making their local police the best they can possibly be!  I think we have these guys all wrong. 

Maybe the military can help out with the port-o-john situation and send over some used ones from KAF.  The Afghan style ones...  >:D
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Re: G8/G20 June 2010 Protest Watch
« Reply #59 on: May 02, 2010, 23:16:40 »
Uh, I am so out of the loop that I did not realize that was happening this past weekend. Then again, have not been paying attention to those emails much lately.

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"Expect traffic headaches during G20"
« Reply #60 on: May 03, 2010, 06:55:37 »
From the Toronto Sun/QMI:
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TTC riders are in for lengthy delays and traffic chaos next month in the downtown core as police install fences and shut down streets to protect leaders attending the G20 Summit, officials say.

Three rings of security, incorporating miles of fencing, will be created around the Metro Convention Centre when the leaders meet June 26-27.

Some of the leaders will attend a G8 summit in Huntsville on June 25-26.

Police said there will be less parking and it will be harder to get around downtown as the meeting draws near.

“Our riders will be greatly affected,” added TTC chief general manager Gary Webster. “This will have a significant impact on the City of Toronto.”

Webster said the TTC will be working overtime to ensure riders know about road closures or route changes around the convention centre ....
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More Mountie Prep
« Reply #61 on: May 05, 2010, 09:28:15 »
RCMP seeking tents & tables to work, flights to go back & forth and tow trucks.

Edited to add:  Looking for fuel as well.
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Re: G8/G20 June 2010 Protest Watch
« Reply #63 on: May 06, 2010, 08:51:35 »
"Take our G20 ... please!":
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/lorrie_goldstein/2010/05/05/13838526.html

"How about Montreal? Quebec City? Trois-Rivieres?"

Gahh, not Montreal, not Montreal! Or even Ottawa! Actually, keep it out of Canada!

Is it even worth the cost of having half of the G8 and G20 meetings in Canada? Since the public has no access, can they not just privately keep to themselves when and where they will have the meetings, and then spring ot upon that location in the last minute. That way, they have their meeting and do not need to spend so much on security as protesters would be totally caught off guard.

As is now, advertising the meetings some time ahead and planning for huge security measures is just asking for it, also making the natural rallying point for all protests against...whatever related to the meeting somehow.


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NORAD EX Amalgam Virgo this week
« Reply #64 on: May 06, 2010, 10:17:06 »
NORAD exercise planned for South-Central Ontario Region
NORAD news release, May 5, 2010
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The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Canadian NORAD Region (CANR) will conduct Exercise Amalgam Virgo this week in the south-central Ontario region in support of preparations for the G8 and G20 Summits.

The exercise, which will be conducted May 6-7, will involve Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet fighter jets and CH-124 Sea King and CH-146 Griffon helicopters flying at low altitudes. Residents in the exercise area may hear aircraft noise and perhaps see aircraft flying at various times throughout the day.

NORAD maintains aircraft assets throughout North America in order to support its bi-national mission of aerospace warning and control for North America. As the Canadian geographical component of NORAD, CANR provides airspace surveillance and control, and directs all air sovereignty activities for the Canadian NORAD Region.

Training is conducted in a disciplined manner and in a professional environment to ensure NORAD’s rapid response capability.  To maintain the integrity of its air defense mission, NORAD will not discuss specific details of the exercises.

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A bit more from CanWest here.
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Moving TO's Trinity Bellwoods Park "Designated Speech Area"
« Reply #65 on: May 06, 2010, 14:17:55 »
This from the National Post:
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Toronto police say the G20 summit’s Designated Protest Area will not be in Trinity Bellwoods Park as planned because of local residents’ discomfort with it.

“Following discussions with the community in and around the Trinity-Bellwoods area, a decision was made to find an alternate location for the Designated Speech Area. We are currently considering options,” police said in a release this afternoon.

The decision was made together by the City of Toronto and the G8-G20 Integrated Security Unit, which includes several police forces and the Canadian Forces ....

TPS news release attached.
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Some Toronto Businesses Underwhelmed
« Reply #66 on: May 07, 2010, 07:09:28 »
This from CTV.ca:
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Downtown restaurant owners are upset they'll have to shut down their patios for two weeks before the G20 summit begins on June 26.

"It's not affecting us for two days of the summer, it's affecting us for the entire month," said David Bagley, owner of Cora's Restaurant on Blue Jays Way.

The restaurant is just a few hundred metres from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where leaders of the world's 20 largest economies will gather this summer.

"With good weather, which June usually is, weekdays you're probably looking at $2,000 a day. On the weekends, especially on the weekend of the summit, it'll add up to … close to $20,000," he said.

A meeting last week didn't inform businesses about the patio restriction.

Coun. Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) said shotgun weddings have been planned better than the G20 summit.

"When it comes to getting the details as to how businesses, residents and local parks and even things as simple as restaurant patios will be affected, every day it's a different idea," he said.

Vaughan thought the rationale might be that violent protesters could use the patio furniture to damage other property ....
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Protesters Say "Don't Fence Me In," offering "Street Medic" Course
« Reply #67 on: May 07, 2010, 13:21:05 »
This from the Canadian Press:
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Activists are vowing to defy police and take their protest of next month's G20 summit in Toronto to the city's streets.

The Toronto Community Mobilization Network says it won't stand for having protesters penned-in at designated demonstration areas.

The warning today comes after the city and the G20 security team backed off on a plan to designate a city park as a protest zone following community complaints.

The Integrated Security Unit says it would announce another designated demonstration zone as early as today ....

Meanwhile, this from the Toronto Community Mobilization Network page:
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Street Medic Orientation and Training - One
Start: 05/09/2010 10:00
End: 05/09/2010 14:00
Timezone: Canada/Eastern

Want to demystify MOFIBA?
Unclear how such a seemingly benign antacid like Maalox/TUMS will help to overthrow capitalism?
Want to discuss radical health and care while resisting the powers that be?
Interested in beefing up your first aid skills while theorizing beyond the fences?

Join Toronto Street Medics for the G20.... and beyond!

Street Medics 101
Location:  Centre for Social Justice- 489 College Street, Suite 303

Introduction:
Toronto Street Medics was established in the 90s as a collective of persons with various types of health care experience who used their skills to support their communities in protest for many different convergences. Dormant for the last few years, the arrival of the G20 in Toronto is inspiring a second coming and cause for questions about what the G8/G20 means for the health of people in this city and around the world,  what radical health(and care) is and could be,  and what the role of street medics could be during and beyond the G20.
 
We view the G20 as an opportunity for interested street medics to:

    * Use our skills/build skills to support our communities in protest
    * Build and strengthen radical health care networks across this city, to discuss health and politics, and to discuss/work to dismantle hierarchies/structures in health care provision

This training/workshop will serve the following purposes:
1)      An orientation to what/who street medics are
2)      Provide some basic training on street medic skills (eye flushing, kit packing, wounds)
3)      Discussion on the connections between the G8/G20 and health, health care provision
4)      Discuss issues related to diversity of tactics and street medics
5)      Collectively assess available community resources
6)      Help us to collectively decide on what kind of further training is necessary  for the G20 and when this training will take place
What we hope to come out of it:
1)         Better idea of persons interested in being street medics during G20 and their training needs
2)         Understanding of resources available to street medics G20
3)         Ideas related to health and resistance to G20, ideas related to how to integrate and work with other collectives coming from beyond Toronto, ideas about how to sustain a street medic project/radical health community beyond G20
4)         Dates for more specific medical trainings in June
5)         Identification of persons/organizations who can assist with support Dissemination of essential information (CPR/First Aid books) street medicine references/resources for people to read before the next trainings ....

And what is MOFIBA?  Link here for more details.

Interested in "health & safety for acivists"?  Link here.
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Re: G8/G20 June 2010 Protest Watch
« Reply #68 on: May 07, 2010, 22:41:11 »
Please oh please issue us  the taser-claymore

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Re: G8/G20 June 2010 Protest Watch
« Reply #69 on: May 07, 2010, 22:43:34 »
You've been watching GSG-9 vs SWAT again haven't you :nod:...

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Re: G8/G20 June 2010 Protest Watch
« Reply #70 on: May 07, 2010, 23:06:04 »
Yea we had a marathon at our Mess the other night.

I hate the show but the claymore taser seems pretty awesome for ruining a protesters day.
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Re: G8/G20 June 2010 Protest Watch
« Reply #71 on: May 07, 2010, 23:11:52 »
I agree whole heartedly - pity there aren't rapidly deployable electric cattle fences that could be similarly...

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More on where the protests are happening (or not)
« Reply #72 on: May 09, 2010, 18:02:33 »
This from CanWest:
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Activists planning to protest next month's G20 Summit said yesterday they will continue to organize demonstrations at various locations throughout the city, despite plans by officials to confine protests to one "designated speech area" in downtown Toronto.

"The demonstrations are about issues and we will talk about these issues where it makes sense," said Syed Hussan, a spokesman for the Toronto Community Mobilization Network. "It cannot be limited to any kind of one action or one place for action."

The group said it expects thousands of people to participate in protests, forums and panel discussions during the G20 Summit from June 26 to 27 at the Metro Convention Centre.

(....)

Hussan said the idea of setting up a designated "free speech" zone is "undemocratic and authoritarian," the same ideals activists will be picketing against.

"We have a government that is hiding. They want to sell Toronto as this amazing place," he said. "They want these leaders to see the quality in our communities but obviously they want to hide us, push us out of where we live and work. This is our struggle." ....

"No," says the neighbourhood "we really, really DON'T want the protest, thanks":
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The Ontario Federation of Labour has bowed to objections from residents living near Trinity Bellwoods Park and has cancelled plans to hold a G20 demonstration there.

“The OFL has listened to the residents,” president Sid Ryan said Friday.

G20 summit security officials announced Thursday that, in the face of strong community opposition, they would not use the west-end park as a “designated speech area” for demonstrators against the international meeting of finance leaders being held in Toronto in June.

However, the OFL, in conjunction with the Canadian Labour Congress, Council of Canadians, Greenpeace and Oxfam, was still going ahead with a planned rally at the park after its G20 march on June 26.

This sparked continued neighbourhood protest, especially since some estimated attendance at the OFL march as high as 20,000.

These objections prompted the OFL to change its plans Friday. The rally will now begin and end at Queen’s Park, Ryan said ....
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MP (Trinity-Spadina) Olivia Chow's office has compiled a list of websites, contact numbers and information for Toronto residents living in and around the convention centre where the G20 summit will be held:

Access to your home or work: G8-G20 Integrated Security Unit

The G8-G20 Integrated Security Unit is in charge of security, traffic and access for the event. For information about access to your homes or offices, please visit www.G8-G20isu.ca or call 1-888-446-4047.

Security zone

There will be two fenced-off perimeters. The inner area is a "red zone" which will be secured by the RCMP. This will encompass the summit site, the Metro Convention Centre, and hotels where officials will be staying. The outer area will be secured by the Toronto Police. The exact boundaries will not be released until approximately two weeks prior to the summit.

Superintendent Tom Russell, is the planning lead from the Toronto Police Service. Constable George Tucker is the primary spokesperson and Meghan Gray from community relations and public affairs is also available.

Traffic zone

There will be an outer "traffic zone" which will cover the area between Yonge St. and Spadina Ave., King St. and Lake Ontario. This zone will remain open to pedestrians and vehicles. However, expect delays as passage will be temporarily restricted at times due to the passage of motorcades. It is highly encouraged that alternative transportation be used during the summit weekend.

Union station will remain open. TTC and GO service are not expected to be affected.

There will not be any access to the Ward's Island ferry as of June 24.

Accreditation - for easy access to the Toronto Police Security Zone

Accreditation is the voluntary process of obtaining an access card to allow residents or people who work within the outer security zone access to the secure areas of the summit.

This is intended to help people enter the zone as efficiently as possible via an express line. People will not be subjected to security checks when entering the zone with the access card but will be asked to show a piece of photo identification.

The Community Relations Group will be contacting local businesses and condominium property managers inside the outer security area in the coming weeks. Employers and property managers will then relay the information to their residents and employees.

For those who choose not to be accredited, there will be a general public entrance gate where admittance will be at the discretion of the Toronto Police. The security gates to the outer security zone will remain open as long as possible. In the case of a potential security threat, the gates will be shut and no one will be permitted to enter or exit.

Ex Gratia Payments

A dedicated line has been set up to answer your questions about compensation to potential damages or lost business opportunities. Call 1-877-750-6042 for inquiries regarding compensation applications or visit http://g20.gc.ca/important-notices/#payments

The Canadian Government has also set up a general inquiries line. Please call 1-877-G20CAN1 (1-877-420-2261) to leave a message. We have been assured by the Summit Management Office that all queries will be responded to within 48 hours ....


This from rabble.ca:
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challenges of running an independent media website.
Call for submissions: Gearing up for the G8, G20 summits
By rabble staff | May 6, 2010

rabble.ca is gearing up to cover the G8 and G20 summits in Huntsville and Toronto from June 25 to 27 and related events. We are currently seeking submissions from contributors (writers, bloggers, photographers and videographers) interested in examining both local and global impacts of the G8 and G20 on indigenous sovereignty, migrant justice, women's health, climate debt, the economy among other pressing issues. We are also looking for writers to consider the local effect of the security measures for the meetings.

Here are some of the events we plan to cover:

• June 16: This Magazine and rabble.ca will co-sponsor an event on maternal health initiatives (speakers to be announced soon)
• June 18-20: People's Summit
• June 25: Shout Out for Global Justice (organized by the Council of Canadians, media sponsor and to be livestreamed by rabble.ca)
• June 26: People First! We Deserve Better! G8 and G20 public rally and march ....


This from the Edmonton Journal/CanWest:
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The recent news from Halifax was drearily predictable: a peaceful protest last month aimed at a meeting of G8 ministers ended in a small scuffle between police and 30 black-clad anarchists and the arrest of a labour organizer.

There's a good chance this sterile choreography, magnified several times, will disrupt, perhaps even dominate, the massive G8 and G20 summits scheduled for Huntsville and Toronto at the end of June. Since the battle in Seattle in 1999, any meeting of heads of states is invariably accompanied by an army of media, police and protesters, each faithfully playing their part in an increasingly shopworn drama.

It raises the question: Is the whole show -- the summit and the protests -- worth the exorbitant security costs, the injuries, the disruption to traffic, travel and life in the unfortunate host city?

(....)

As for protests, one veteran leftist laments the "crisis in creativity" when it comes to tactics. Some activists continue to justify violence under the rubric "diversity of tactics." But violence only emboldens police to retaliate; they now confine demonstrators to "free speech zones" -- protester petting zoos, far from the action.

There are countless peaceful events, too -- workshops, parties, speeches and culture-fests -- planned for the People's Summit in Toronto in the week preceding the leaders' arrival. Claudia Calabro, of the Toronto Community Mobilization Network, says her group wants to emphasize "not only what's wrong, but what's good" -- notably, the successes of community organizations helping welfare recipients.

But what the movement needs, too, is joy -- the insouciance and sense of play that fuelled the striking, mostly peaceful, rise of gay power. Teddybear catapults, Code Pink feminists, satirical street theatre -- anything to distract sensation-hungry media from the set-piece violence ....

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Re: G8/G20 June 2010 Protest Watch
« Reply #74 on: May 10, 2010, 11:22:25 »
Pardon my use of the Anglo-Saxon, but frig them.  I believe in freedom of expression, but that does not include teddy bear catapults and crap like that.
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