In addition to the link to MSN videos posted yesterday, links to CBC podcasts below, already posted, or – hopefully – coming up.


In the period leading up to the two summits, between levels of gov’t:
Toronto municipal civil servants/authorities were not consulted or listened to. According to Mayor David Miller (interview Mon, June 28), if they’d been “treated as equals” (I’d say, CO-HOSTS with the Fed Gov’t), PM Harper would have heard/trusted advice not to hold G20 downtown, thus avoiding property damage in the millions, and making the police’s job easier (Toronto, Calgary, Montreal police deployed).

Crucially, the right of voters to express their concerns, and feel safe, was not taken into account adequately. Provisions were not made to protect property in the vicinity of the G20 summit site, or compensate for possible damage – per documents made public.

Within the police force, evident especially during the protests:
Judging by what the story of Sergeant McLeod and her 15 officers (An officer’s summit view) revealed, from the point of view of a civilian, units were deployed, (re)directed by HQ with minimal if any instructions (could “extensive training” have covered “everything”?), on one occasion, in compliance with orders, they waited in vain for protesters to show up.

Small wonder policemen went too softly/too forcefully at times, in the absence of access to timely intelligence, or a mandate to adjust options/techniques practiced “in training”, depending on what they themselves see on site.

Between police/government and Toronto residents
(already noted yesterday, in Mobilis in mobili Episode 4)
There would have been more than enough counterproductive dissonance (epistemic gaps, self-defensive reactions, downright mistrust, and thus off-the-mark decisions and (non)action…) between municipal authorities and TO police, judging by how little – let’s call them – “mobilizing”/”pep talk” official statements were given for the sake of the public in the weeks, even days leading up to the summit.

Torontonians were unaware of any pending danger beyond a theoretical possibility. AND they/we were NOT MADE PART OF HOSTING THE G20. The police must have received an explicit assignment to protect the G20, leaving the Serve and Protect (all citizens) constitutional imperative unaddressed (?) BTW, the police deployed (from Toronto, and additional units from Calgary and Montreal) were federally generously funded to the explicit guidelines of PM Harper.

Closing down the University of Toronto; building a 3 m fence around the Toronto Convention Centre, increasing the number of police patrol; unofficial! revelations, after start of summits about “legal enhancements of police powers” (the adopted G20 Act allowing searches/arrests of people within 5 m of the fence…)

Knowing about the billions of dollars spent, including on an artificial lake at the G8 site in Huntsville !???, in one of the most lakes-endowed region, the 1 billion toward security seemed like one of a longish line of unjustified (and let’s face it, show-off-y) gestures of overspending.

It all worked toward alienating residents and creating mistrust. A recurring rhetorical question by residents prior to the event and by demonstrators, “Why are they treating me like a criminal?”. Thus police – demonstrators encounters were replete with sarcastic barbs flying from the side of the demonstrators, warnings and forceful measures applied by the police against ANYone in the crowd, lest they be a Black Bloc tactician (policeman’s voice on record), including a number of journalists, some of whom held for a period of time, one also brutally handled (freelance (?) reporter (working on artticle for British Guardian) Jesse Rosenfeld, confirmed by CBC journalist who witnessed the incident)

More seriously, the unprecedented security measures were not given anywhere close to adequate justification in the public eye, leaving citizens with the bitter taste of being manipulated to the detriment of their legal/constitutional rights.

Silver lining?
No reports of deaths or injuries requiring hospital treatment – per mayor Miller interview, Mon June 28. He also stated that, even though it is not part of federal regulations currently to compensate store owners et al. for damage to their business and property, it would be totally in order to make adjustments for their accommodation.

7:22 pm update: Silver shabbily oxydized?
Several times today CBC Radio aired statements by “nonmainstream journalists” newly let out of custody, and reported on a post-event protest.

  • Amy Miller, kept for 13 (hrs), shockingly says the police threatened to rape her, gang bang her, and make sure she never ever again wants to be a reporter. Then adds she witnessed young women being strip-searched by male officers, “completely!”, one of whom was extremely traumatized when she came out.
    [a bit too far for “intimidation tactics”, even if this, by the sound of it sufficiently “young&green” woman, acted “mouthy”/”cheeky”]
  • the already familiar Jesse Rosenfeld about whom we heard he was but 5 ft 4 in, 130 lb, with one kidney, asthmatic. But dared to vocally protest against the police behaviour, so was pushed, ankle twisted, hit in chest… Consulting with lawyers about starting proceedings.
  • Adam McIsaac (confirm spelling) was grabbed, threatened with a stungun, in his words, he kept repeating “I have a pacemaker”, officer lifted his top, saw no scar, accused him of lying; Adam only got a paramedic when he managed to show his pacemaker card [confirm: WAS he actually tasered?]
  • As of mid-afternoon, reports about new protests picking up momentum in front of Police Headquarters on College St. Very loud shouting, protesting against police behaviour, qualified as “peaceful”, police described as “not taking action”.

In addition to the link to MSN videos posted yesterday, CBC podcasts below, already posted, or – hopefully – coming up.


    Monday, June 28

  • Podcasts of several good interviews, Metro Morning host Matt Galloway with with Toronto Mayor David Miller, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, reporter Lorenda Reddekopp on protests, Sergeant Tim Burrows, G8/G20 Integrated Security Unit, John Kirton, co-director of the G20 Research Group at the University of Toronto.
  • Podcast would be great of The Current’s guest host Piya Chattopadhay in G8/G20 discussion with Alan Alexandroff, co-director of the G-20 Research Group; Liberal MP and former Finance Minister Ralph Goodale; Daniel Price, former economic advisor in the Bush Administration.
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    Sunday, June 27

  • Metro Morning-the Sunday Edition with Michael Enright
    No announcement re podcast coming up; he had very good interviews about the G8 with a couple of former ministers, UT’s G20 research group co-director Professor John Kirton; with McMaster’s Assistant Prof Jean Chamberlain, founder of Save the Mothers, spends 8 months in Uganda and elsewhere.