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article imageOp-Ed: Toronto's downtown is looking like a war zone for the G20 Special

By KJ Mullins     Jun 19, 2010 in World
Toronto - Welcome to the war zone. That's the look of parts of downtown Toronto the weekend prior to the G20. Road checkpoints are already in place with some of the roads closed down.
For some workers the G20 means losing Father's Day in order to make up time that they are losing next weekend. Others are happy that they will be working during the event, hopeful of large tips from diplomats. For everyone though in the downtown core the G20 will affect their lives until it is over.
Fences are almost completely up in the security zone. The doubled sided heavy fences give an eerie look to the area. For some it felt like being on a movie set that won't go away.
Streets that are generally filled have thinned out as people start to avoid the core.
Trash is piling up since there are no trashcans in the area. Many of the pieces of street art that Toronto is known for have vanished.
There is a heavy police presence already in the zone. On every block there are several uniformed officers and some military.
The G20 is a week away. How much more like a war zone will the downtown become?
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
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