G20 will allow Torontonians all the dignity of airport security without even travelling to Pearson
According to city leaders, the security planners in Ottawa aren’t listening to Toronto’s logistical concerns. Case in point: the summit—which will bring thousands of dignitaries (including Barack Obama), media and protestors to the downtown core—is going to collide head-on with a huge Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre, one where Roy Halladay faces his old teammates for the first time as a Philly. While no one expects the summit to be cancelled because of a sporting event, we can’t help but be reminded of the city’s push to hold the summit at the Ex to avoid the crushing congestion.
Part of the problem is that Ottawa’s security planning seems to be based more on Google Maps than Google Streetview. Trinity-Spadina Councillor Adam Vaughan told the Post:
I’ve seen one transportation plan that involves walking people from Union Station, down Bay Street, along Lake Shore Boulevard and up Rees Street to the SkyDome… This was suggested by the folks up in Ottawa as being the easiest way to handle a crowd of 50,000 people. We had to explain to them that they would have to build a sidewalk on those streets, that there actually isn’t a sidewalk on Lake Shore Boulevard.
As it stands now, baseball fans, concert-goers and the thousands of other people who live downtown can expect individual searches if they plan to be in the summit security zone. To make things easier on the Integrated Security Unit, which is handling the security for the summit, all affected residents will be asked to fill out a voluntary accreditation document to prove they’re not spies.
Isn’t there some kind of bar code we could tattoo on our foreheads to make this process easier?
• Squeeze play as Jays, G20 to overlap [National Post]