G20 Dispatches: Journalists Are Filthy People
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G20 Dispatches: Journalists Are Filthy People

Christopher Bird and Christopher Drost are Torontoist’s staffers accredited for the G20. They will be reporting on the inside for the duration of the summit; Torontoist’s complete G20 coverage, including reporting from the streets, is here.
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Top: “Still Life With Pizza Box Stain.” Bottom: “Plastics Execute Organic Traitor.” Photos by Christopher Drost/Torontoist.


Sad fact: journalists never, ever pick up after themselves. Here in the International Media Centre, all the assorted journos leave their garbage all over the place. It’s omnipresent and starting to smell. Nobody seems to care; they just shove the garbage along the table to make room for their laptop and get back to work. A half-eaten chocolate volcano cake congeals three tables away from us; coffee cups, granola bar wrappers, half-eaten fruit, and unread briefing dossiers are on every flat surface. The janitors are doing their best, but they are like children trying to stem the incoming tide with their sandcastle.
We have dropped a single sliver of red pepper on the floor near us. We have a standing bet to see how long it stays there.

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