Here’s an update on the traffic and transport (including pedestrian experiences) situation downtown, as of Wednesday. I’ll update it throughout the day.
- Trains between Montreal and Toronto are postponed until work-crews can check the tracks for earthquake damage.
- G20 Mobilize (protester group) holding 4pm press conference at 40 College St (The Bay Police Station) on “illegal detentions” and “police harassment”.
- The “Toxic Tour of Toronto” is as of 12:30pm, according to Twitter, just beginning to move from their Bathurst/Dundas starting point. They are aiming for a “three hour” march protesting various corporate polluters, aiming to end up on Ryerson Campus (so moving roughly east across the city). Presently at College/Bathurst and streetcars are backed up along the streets in both directions. Police have the protesters on one side of the street. Car traffic is moving, but slowly.
- The Yonge-University-Spadina line between Union and St. George was closed between 8am and around 9:30am due to a “police investigation” into a suitcase left at Queen’s Park station. This was determined to be harmless and the line is now open.
- CTV has a helpful set of information including maps and lists showing points where road travel will be interrupted.
- Blogger Zach Bussey was “detained” for thirty minutes down by the security fencing for taking photos. He thinks this is due to erratic behaviour while taking photos rather than the act of taking photos alone. If you’re heading down there to be a tourist, keep what your actions look like in mind. Remember they cannot ask you to delete your photos.
Th-th-that’s all for now, folks.