Photos by Michael Chrisman/Torontoist.
In anticipation of the upcoming G20 conference, assembly has begun along Lakeshore Boulevard of a security fence slated to seal off four square blocks around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The scene surrounding the construction is happily remarkably mellow. We dropped by late this morning and found police officers calmly redirecting southbound traffic at the intersection of Bremner and Lower Simcoe. Across the street a group of elderly tourists posed for photo ops in the landscaped courtyard of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s south building, oblivious—or, perhaps, indifferent—to the goings-on behind them. And, in fact, an unassuming passerby might interpret the blocked-off road and bleeping construction vehicles as spillover from yet another waterfront condo development or seasonal road repair, save for an unusually visible police presence and the occasional camera crew.
A member of the construction crew told us that as of right now, very little actual fencing has been installed; so far, they’re still setting up the row of concrete bases from which the ten-foot-high chainlink fences will rise. But, he pointed out that construction crews will be working on the fence twenty-four hours a day, every day, until the end of the week. It’s a bit of an undertaking, but it seems to be unfolding smoothly.
For now, it’s business as usual in downtown Toronto.