Things the G20 is Ruining Now
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Things the G20 is Ruining Now

Last week, Torontoist explored how the G20 would affect everyone, from cyclists to tourists. In the days leading up to this weekend’s summit, we’re collecting the ways in which it’s ruining everything for everyone.

One photo from “This is Not My City,” by Ryan Coleman.

We thought it would stop with saplings, but no: minute-by-minute, the G20 persists in making a mess of anything and everything that makes Toronto what it is. The latest victims, with five days left to go:

  • Civic pride. “This is Not My City,” by Ryan Coleman, is “a photo-essay on the feelings evoked when I was up close to the #g20 fence in downtown Toronto.” The fence, meanwhile, is “95%” done, reports the Post.
  • Alcohol dependence. Seven downtown LCBOs are shutting down between June 25 and June 27 “to minimize risks to customers and staff and reduce traffic congestion in the downtown core.”
  • St. Lawrence Market. Our own Jamie Bradburn says that “while browsing the north side of St. Lawrence Market on Saturday, I noticed a substantial number of the farmers’ market vendors posted signs indicating they weren’t going to be there on June 26 (though at least one of the outside vendors had a sign indicating they would be there no matter what happened).”
  • Horoscopes. The Star is reporting that the G20 is coinciding with a partial lunar eclipse, “which some astrologers are taking as a very bad sign.”
  • Water. Protesters, who would be wise to stay well-hydrated, would likely rather it not be by means of a “water cannon,” the latest “crowd-control device” ready for them this weekend.
  • Optimism. In the Globe, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette executive editor David M. Shribman says that the few good things we expect to come from the G20 won’t happen.