G8 & G20 SUMMITS
People First! We Deserve Better!
May 26, 2010 The G8 and G20 Summits taking place in
Huntsville and Toronto will last only three days, but will come at great cost to
all of us. While official events will exclude labour groups, grass roots
organizations and community activists, OPSEU will be participating in having
these crucial voices heard through a rally, events such as an open forum and a
Close to 20,000 attendees are expected at the
G8 and G20 Summits as well as 5,000 media personnel and 15,000 police and
security officers. The cost to Canada of hosting this massive event now stands
at 1.1 billion dollars, significantly more of our tax dollars than the 933
million dollar security bill revealed by the Conservative party.
The security measures being taken for the
Summits are unprecedented in Ontario. A huge portion of Toronto's downtown core
will be sealed off by a three meter fence and five-tier system of security.
There will be untold disruption to traffic, businesses and residents.
Safety of protestors is a concern and all
participants in the G20 events should take precautions. Most recently, ‘Sound
cannons’ also known as long range acoustic devices (LRADs) have been purchased
by police for the event. These can be used as weapons, and are known to cause
permanent hearing damage if used improperly.
While economic policies are being formed
behind closed doors, protest events are being held simultaneously to
democratically address the real issues such as good jobs, poverty and climate
change. Join OPSEU members and other activists at these planned G8 and G20
protests. See more information below.
The G20 Summit
Finance ministers and central bank governors
from 19 countries plus the European Union have been invited along with
representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to
gather in Toronto on June 26 and 27 for the fourth G20 Summit.
The Group of Twenty (G20) was formally
established in Berlin at the 1999 G7 meeting of Finance Ministers, and the first
G20 Summit was held in Washington in 2008. The primary focus of G20 dialogue is
economic and financial policy issues.
The G8 Summit
The 2010 G8 Summit will be held on June 25,
in Huntsville, Ontario at the Deerhurst Resort. The G8 includes representatives
of Canada, France, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Japan,
and Italy. While at first the G8 originally largely addressed macroeconomic
issues it now has a broader agenda, including dialogue about international
economic, political, and social issues.
The 2010 People’s Summit
The 2010 People’s Summit is civil society’s
alternative “counter Summit” to the G8 and G20 Summits. Diverse local and
international movements will democratically organize to advocate and educate for
For more information about the People’s
Summit taking place from June 18 to June 20, please visit
For more information about the G8 and G20:
Labour’s response to the G20
Summit, please visit the Canadian Labour Congress site at
People’s Summit taking place
from June 18 to June 20, please visit
Robin Hood Tax, please visit
G20 Summit updates in the alternative press:
Council of Canadians
The Media Co-op
g20.this.org by This Magazine
Toronto Community Mobilization Network
Download OPSEU G20
Download poster of
transit shelter graphic