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article imageToronto Police announce G20 summit security zone Special

By KJ Mullins     May 28, 2010 in World
Alphonse MacNeil, head of the Integrated Security Unit RCMP and Superintendent Tom Russell of Toronto Police Service told reporters on Friday the traffic perimeter plans for Toronto during the G20 summit.
A security zone will be in an area around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre controlling both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Security fencing will be in place in this area.
The fence will be erected in the weeks leading up to the summit by the Toronto Police Service. The TPS hopes that up until June 25, members of the public will be able to freely move in the area. However if a security concern comes to light in the days leading up to the event security measures could lead to limiting the area. The fence will have a concrete base and chain length fencing above.
Toronto citizens who work and live within the security zone have been offered a Registration Card to obtain quick passage through security checkpoints. Those who wish to gain entry without the card will have to have a valid reason and photo identification. This process will be time consuming.
Traffic is expected to be extremely affected by the summit. There will be intermittent restrictions on Highway 427 and the Gardiner Expressway because of motorcade traffic.
The exits to York, Yonge and Bay Streets eastbound on the Gardiner Highway will be closed on June 25-26. The York Street ramp westbound Gardiner Expressway will be closed on June 27. Road closures could change due to security reasons.
Union Station will remain open, however the exits to Front Street will be closed from June 25 until the summit ends. There will be no vehicle traffic on Front Street west of Bay Street.
The TTC will continue to operate as usual during the summit. There are likely to be hold-ups. The 509 and 510 Streetcars will not stop at the Queen's Quay station stop during the summit.
VIA Rail will operate as normal. GO Transit will also be operating on their normal schedule.
Parts of Toronto's underground PATH system will be closed during the summit. They will close on Friday and reopen on Monday.
Parking enforcement will be strict during the summit. There will be no parking in areas in the areas of Queen Street, Yonge Street, Lakeshore Boulevard and Spadina Avenue. In addition parking near the planned protest area will be extremely limited. Toronto Police are recommending that residents use public transit in the downtown core to avoid parking issues.
Canadians are guaranteed the right to protest in peaceful assembly. For this reason protests could spout up anywhere in the city during the summit. The Designated Speech Area has been identified as North Queen's Park.
The Toronto Island Ferry will not run from Friday to Monday morning for the Onigara Ferry. Vehicles going to the Island must use the Toronto Island Airport ferry.
There will be an increased police presence on Lake Ontario.
The police have been working with the city regarding homeless people. Efforts are underway to met these residents needs. During the summit homeless persons are not permitted access the security perimeter once it has been secured.
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