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article imageUniversity of Toronto student groups staying open during G20

By KJ Mullins     Jun 17, 2010 in World
Toronto - The St George campus at the University of Toronto may be closed for the G20, but students' unions and other campus and labour groups announced Thursday they will continue to operate.
This announcement comes despite the University's refusal to rescind the closure.
University organizations have decided messaging the school used around "safety" is not consistent with its plans for student residents, academic programs and some of the on-campus organizations.
Child care, healthcare for international students, the student-run food and clothing bank and sales for the discounted TTC Metropass will all be interrupted to accommodate the security requests for the G20. The U of T Students' Union has pledged to provide these services and advocacy for students in the campus community as best it can in face of security restrictions.
"The Administration has been in constant communication with law enforcement", said Maria Galvez, University of Toronto Students' Union Vice-President University Affairs in a press release. "But did not formally communicate to any student group at any time leading up to the decision or after the announcement".
The students union is allowing staff with concerns to remain at home. Some staff concerned about police aggression and surveillance have opted to stay home.
At other major events in Canada universities hosted visitors with no reports of violence incited by protesters.
A press release issued to media indicated U of T administration have admitted injuries at G20-related events in Pittsburgh were the result of police violence, not protesters, and yet they continue to work in cooperation with the police.
"Some student residents are being forced out and placed closer to the security zone" said Daniel Vandervoort, External Commissioner of the U of T Graduate Students' Union. "We hope that the University is at least negotiating with police to minimize aggressive and violent tactics such as the misuse of sonic cannons".
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