Torontonians– I woke up to the normal sound of birds this morning before remembering the bizarro world alternate reality we’re living in right now.
Here’s the situation:
- Union station is now open as of 10pm and regular Go Train and bus service will be resumed (until further notice– don’t count on it.)
- Downtown normal Sunday TTC service resumes at 9:00am this morning.
- Main artery-wise we’re likely to see lots of 427, 401, Gardiner and QEW closures as the G20 leaders– hurrah– leave the city towards the end of the day.
- We do have some protests occurring today which may will take over the downtown streets between Parliament and Bathurst, possibly shutting down roads. If violence like yesterday occurs, we may see the entire downtown core south of Bloor closed to TTC and motorists. At 1pm, there is a Bike protest which starts at Spadina and Bloor, at 3:30pm there is a little money-burning planned for Queen Street West. Expect at least road closures in these areas, moving and radiating as the protest moves or changes.
Over 400 people have been arrested. That’s a lot. I guess that Eastern Ave. detention centre is now full whereas its emptiness over this week had been a bit of a joke. People who are not released without charge will be bailed this afternoon.
Stores downtown who got their windows broken or not have now boarded up against further window-smashing violence. Hopefully this won’t be necessary, but I expect at least some drama to occur as those outside the jail, and possibly those bailed, will likely be a little angry at “the man” for imprisoning them.
What I recommend is you stay away from a bad situation. This includes police. They are likely not in their genial, advice-giving mood. Standing close to them, asking them for directions while they’re facing off against unpredictable protesters– these are things that are not good ideas. You will get yelled at, moved and possibly even arrested. These officers are on edge and whether you feel they should be more calm than they are or not the fact remains that they are not in a forgiving mood.
Stay out of their way.
I want Toronto to be safe and I wish fervently that today is a more peaceful day that yesterday.