June 8, 2010
Tear Down the Wall
This part of Toronto will become a virtual ghost town in the days leading up to the Summit. Workers are being asked to take the Friday as a holiday. Union Station, apparently Canada's largest transportation hub, will be closed. Blue Jays games have been shifted to Philly. Theatres on King Street will cease production for the week leading up to the meetings. The "Path" linking 28 kilometres of underground shopping will be shut. Queen's Park, our Provincial Legislature, will be closed and boarded up. The University of Toronto will be closed for a week.
The CN Tower, a virtual roman candle just waiting for trouble and attached to the Convention Centre on Front Street will be closed.
Back whenever our helmet-haired Prime Minister decided it was Canada's turn to host the G8, he offered up Huntsville as a venue; small bucolic tourist destination. It must have slipped his mind that the G20 would follow and the subsequent need for more hotel and meeting space. Therefore downtown Toronto at the start of the tourist season was the (logical?) choice.
What about the United Nations in New York, Geneva, Vienna or Nairobi? Isn't this sort of what it's for? What about G192 instead of G8 or G20?
Top image: The Globe and Mail
2nd image: Mark Blinch/Reuters
3rd image: Peter Power/ Globe and Mail