G20 to turn city into no-man’s land

In four months, downtown Toronto will be transformed from cosmopolitan high life to a barricaded no-man’s land.

In four months, downtown Toronto will be transformed from cosmopolitan high life to a barricaded no-man’s land.

On June 26 and 27, when the G20 summit will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, razor-wire fences will line the streets, helicopters will clatter overhead and throngs of screaming protesters may crash against police officers in riot gear.

Although the RCMP-led Integrated Security Unit says it will strive to maintain a “business as usual” atmosphere for Torontonians, barricades are likely to be necessary and several security zones will be established around the downtown core.

Security perimeters are still being mapped out, but the Waterfront Business Improvement Area says police have told them zones could stretch as far north as Queen Street and Spadina Avenue.

 
 
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