And here it is! Friday marks the beginning of serious protests to take over Toronto’s streets, although Saturday and Sunday bear the brunt. Leaders and delegates will continue to arrive and roads may experience delays. Car drivers have so far been amazed at how quiet the Toronto streets are but the reality is that it’s clear until it’s blocked completely. Know your side streets, stay out of the Traffic Zone and you’ll be fine.
If you are a protester or an onlooker, please familiarize yourself with special police powers afforded by the Public Works Protection Act which applies with five metres of the fence as well as within it. Carry ID and know what is expected of you to avoid arrest.
- June 25 – AW@L – Allan Gardens (Carlton/Sherbourne east of Yonge) at 12:30pm and 2:30 –Feminism/Justice for Communities respectively – March, likely to be blocked streets, sit-in-type activities (2:30+ especially). As with other marches, there is no published route for this march but Yonge, Bay, College, University (US Embassy), Front Street, Queen and Spadina have all been used. The G20 Mobilize Schedule marks this event off as being 2 stars of interest (of three) to the police, which I think translates as being confrontational.
- June 25 – Council of Canadians – Massey Hall (Yonge/Queen) 6pm – Forum with various speakers (at Massey until let out at 9pm)
As with the last three days, I will be updating and adding to this list throughout the day as marches begin to move and more events are added to/announced by the organizers.
And please, guys, don’t carry chainsaws, lasers, rocks, long wooden poles or anything that could be construed as a weapon if you wish to avoid police interest. If things get iffy, even if you do not plan to use your stick as a weapon, somebody else may decide they will. This is the reality of how the police have to think this weekend.
It’s not what your intent is, it is what you look like.
Good Luck, Toronto! Looks like a sunny, clear day tomorrow.