Montreal Simon: The G20 Summit and the Police State in Toronto

It's been almost six years, but I'll never forget that weekend. The weekend of the G20 Summit in Toronto.When they turned my neighbourhood into an armed camp, more than 1,000 people were arrested.And I felt like I was living in a police state.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Toronto’s G20 Victims Win the Right to Sue the Police

They turned my neighbourhood and much of downtown Toronto into a police state.They arrested more than a thousand people most of them peaceful protesters.They kettled them for no reason.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The G20 Summit and the Day of Reckoning

It's hard to believe that it's been more than four years since the G20 Summit in Toronto, and my neighbourhood became a police state.A dark sinister place where more than a thousand people were arrested, and caged like animals. For no good reason.And yes, the wheels of justice grind slowly.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Vladimir Putin, and the Great G20 Showdown

OMG. I see Stephen Harper has stolen the spotlight at the G20 summit, by going dictator to dictator, with Vladimir Putin.Stephen Harper told Russian President Vladimir Putin flatly that he needs "to get out of Ukraine," when the two met at a Group of 20 summit of major economies in Brisbane.Or mano a mano.The Russian ...

Montreal Simon: One Day in the Darkness of Harperland

It was cold and dark tonight by the lake where I live. Like it usually is in late November, in Canada. But at least for the first time there was a sprinkling of snow on the ground to brighten up the gloom.Which is more than I can say about Harperland, where it just keeps getting darker and more ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Pipeline Crusade

Well he may be losing his battle to convince Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, but I see nothing will stop Stephen Harper from launching yet another oily crusade. First he will conquer or bribe British Columbia.A parade of cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats will head to British Columbia starting next week as part ...

Montreal Simon: The Syrian Apocalypse and the Con Klowns

I see it's going to be an apocalyptic weekend. The unofficial end of the northern summer that is never long enough. The sound of fighter jets flying low over my tree house.And of course this ghastly nightmare. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Made in Canada Recession

Holy Acropolis Now. As if what was happening at the G20 summit wasn’t enough of a nightmare of naked panic, piggy squeals, and vomit.  As if these figures weren’t frightening enough. Canada’s jobs market suffered its biggest loss in 2 ½ years last month, driving the unemployment rate up two notches to 7.3 per cent ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Tax on Financial Transactions

The Globe and Mail has an online story reporting Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan’s adamant opposition to any consideration of a tax on financial transactions at the G20. Although the article doesn’t provide details, most of what I have read about such a measure would involve the following: 0.1 per cent tax on transactions of ...

Politics and its Discontents: Two Sunday Morning Links

Echoing some of the sentiments I expressed the other day, this morning’s Star editorial endorses the Toronto Police Services Board’s decision to deny promotions to nine officers recommended by Police Chief Bill Blair. Is it possible that these officers, who behaved illegally by removing their name tags during last year’s G20 Summit, were chosen by ...

Politics and its Discontents: Vindication For Those Abused By G20 Police Forces

The vast majority of the 1100 people abused, assaulted and arrested as a result of the thuggish actions of the G20 police forces, apparently intent on suppressing Canadians’ Charter Rights last June in Toronto, must be feeling a deep measure of vindication today, this despite the fact that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Prime Minister Stephen ...

Politics and its Discontents: the Real News Asks Some Important Questions About The G20 Secret Law

Although hardly the best interview I have seen, the following is worth viewing inasmuch it raises real questions about credibility regarding who the driving force was behind requesting the Public Works Protection Act invoked during the G20 Summit. Was Bill Blair acting on his own initiative, or was it at the behest of the RCMP? ...

Politics and its Discontents: Chief Bill Blair: No Apology, No Resignation

Having released a self-serving 70 page report reviewing the G20 Summit debacle, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has concluded he has nothing to apologize for and will not consider resigning. As reported in today’s Star, despite a public opinion poll showing a dramatic drop in public support for police actions at the Summit, (2010- 72%) ...

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Quasi-Police state

While the Premier of Ontario continues to blithely and glibly disavow any responsibility for the horrendous abuses of Charter Rights that took place during last June’s G20 Summit, admitting only that he “could have done a better job of communicating,” evidence continues to mount that we are living in a quasi-police state. Thanks to the ...

Politics and its Discontents: With Powers Beyond Those of Mortal Men (And Women)

Loathsome worm that I am, I have spent the past year regularly criticizing the police for their mass suspension of our Charter rights during last June’s G20 Summit in Toronto. I saw them as a force gone wild, intoxicated by their own power, emboldened by a police chief (Bill Blair) who withheld from the public ...

Politics and its Discontents: Finally, a G20 Police Arrest

There is little doubt in my mind that the relentless efforts of the Toronto Star played a major role in the arrest of Toronto police officer Glen Weddell in the G20 beating of Dorian Barton, the Toronto baker whose only crime was to take some pictures of police horses at Queens Park during the G20 ...

Politics and its Discontents: And The Two Chief Culprits Remain silent

Today’s story in The Toronto Star shows how the search for the identity of the officer who allegedly beat Dorian Barton is reaching absurdist levels. Yet despite the increasing evidence of flagrant police obstructionism, Toronto Chief Bill Blair and Premier Dalton McGuinty, the main architects of the massive deprivation of Charter Rights that occurred during ...

Politics and its Discontents: Despite Police and SIU Obstruction, G20 Lawsuit Moving Ahead

I have already written extensively about the G20 police abuses of our Charter Rights and have cited the McGuinty Government’s collusion in those abuses as the main reason I cannot vote for the Ontario Liberals in October. However, a story in today’s Star is well-worth reading to remind ourselves of how hard the authorities are ...

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Questions for the Cons: Do you understand now why holding the G20 summit in downtown Toronto was a huge fucking mistake? Did you really think these summits would boost Ontario tourism? Really? Care to comment on how at least 3 cop cars were torched after apparently being left unattended? How about the report about a ...

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Questions for the Cons: Do you understand now why holding the G20 summit in downtown Toronto was a huge fucking mistake? Did you really think these summits would boost Ontario tourism? Really? Care to comment on how at least 3 cop cars were torched after apparently being left unattended? How about the report about a ...

Prime Minister: "Toronto can go screw themselves, but they’ll have to do it somewhere else"

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Cowboy Steve vented his anger with Toronto today on the eve of the G8 and G20 summits. “These are the same bastards who laughed at me in high school, stuffed me into a locker and called me names, like ‘Pencil Neck Geek’. Then they don’t vote for us. Not one goddamned ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Seasick or Seachange: The G8 and G20 Summits

Only when the last tree has been cut down;Only when the last river has been poisoned;Only when the last fish has been caught;Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.– Cree Prophecy, oft-quoted as the rallying cry for the environmental movement A belated happy World Oceans’ Day. A plume of oil 228 km ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Seasick or Seachange: The G8 and G20 Summits

Only when the last tree has been cut down;Only when the last river has been poisoned;Only when the last fish has been caught;Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.– Cree Prophecy, oft-quoted as the rallying cry for the environmental movement A belated happy World Oceans’ Day. A plume of oil 228 km ...

All Hail the Oligarchy

Yes, of course it’s obscene that the minority Conservative government is going to spend an estimated $1 billion for security for the upcoming G8 and G20 summits as a result of political grandstanding (remember 9/11?!) and in the shallowest attempt to highlight one of the Cons’ ridings (which those attending the summit won’t see anyway ...