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article imageToronto's city Councilor Adam Vaughan hosts meeting about G20 Special

By KJ Mullins     Jun 10, 2010 in World
Toronto - Toronto city councillor Adam Vaughan hosted a meeting for area residents to provide information about the G20 and how the summit will affect them.
The meeting was held Thursday night at St. Andrew's Church on King Street West.
The meeting was to update residents and to approve a letter that would be sent to Ottawa about compensation for residents of Toronto if things are not peaceful during the summit.
Vaughan said that Ottawa is not acting concerned when it comes to compensation for any expenses residents and businesses of Toronto.
Vaughan stressed the importance of the media to getting the "right information is gotten to the community."
Toronto Police Staff Superintendent Jeff McGuire spoke to the audience giving an overview of what is current for security measures that will take place during the summit.
"The G20 was established in 1999 and is coming here to Toronto," McGuire stated.
McGuire said that there were two types of fence, the RCMP fence that is unscaleable and the one that Toronto is in charge of, which encompasses a greater area.
"The Toronto Police is doing everything that we can to reduce the impact of your day to day life," McGuire assured, noting that for those closest to the convention centre's lives will be impacted to a degree.
McGuire said that the Toronto Police have been in the area trying to assure the public about what will happen during June 26-27.
"There are some things that we can not commit because of the security. Some of this is in the best interest and security of everyone."
People needing to get into the fenced area will have to provide ID and a reason to be in the area. Without this information a person will not be allowed to enter the security zone.
McGuire suggested that those who do not have to should not drive on the highway if at all possible. Union Station will be open during the event. Other than the front doors that open onto Front Street, the station will operate as it generally does. The doors that open onto Front Street will be closed to the public during the summit.
"If there is a security concern this could all change in a moment. We will do our best not to inconvenience you but also provide security to the city."
The Toronto police believe in the right for citizens to demonstrate.
"Any stepping of the rights of other citizens or damaging property will not be tolerated. We will have a balanced and measured reaction." McGuire said.
Staff Sergeant Eddie Nootny spoke about the traffic concerns.
"The traffic flow will be effected significantly."
Traffic will be deferred once the fences close on Friday June 25. Attention will be paid to keep traffic flowing east and west on King Street. There will be detours on Queen's Quay from York to Freeland Street.
"I encourage you to use public transit. The city is open for business."
Many of those in attendance had concerns about how they would get into the zone to their homes. Those issues were addressed one by one.
Street food vendors are concerned because they have to leave the area tonight for the next 19 days, even those outside the security zone. Relocation is an impossible step and the federal government is stalling on helping the vendors. Vaughan did say that the city is working to help the vendors out.
Vaughan said that in Pittsburgh the most dangerous demonstrations happened after the summit. There will be security measures in place for this possibility.
Residents in the area want to be kept informed on the plans that will affect their lives as the G20 nears for Toronto. Questions about parking, getting to one's home and staying safe during this worldwide event are important and City Councilor Adam Vaughan is working to keep an open line of communication with his riding, as is MP Olivia Chow.
Chow was present at the meeting, arriving in the middle of the talks directly from a flight from Ottawa where she was working with Parliament. Chow wanted to know how to help those in Toronto while she was in Ottawa. She and her staff are urging those with concerns to get in touch with the office and voice them so that she can make sure those in Ottawa know how residents in Toronto feel about the event.
Adam Vaughan hosted a meeting for Toronto residents to provide information about the G20 and how the...
Adam Vaughan hosted a meeting for Toronto residents to provide information about the G20 and how the summit will affect them.
Adam Vaughan hosted a meeting for Toronto residents to provide information about the G20 and how the...
Adam Vaughan hosted a meeting for Toronto residents to provide information about the G20 and how the summit will affect them.
Adam Vaughan hosted a meeting for Toronto residents to provide information about the G20 and how the...
Adam Vaughan hosted a meeting for Toronto residents to provide information about the G20 and how the summit will affect them.
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