Ugly Night

Yeah, the whole night was ugly. We watched the live stream, crowded around computer terminals. Not the least of the ugliness was the patient we had to send 400 km away for specialized emergency treatment because, as I predicted, the Big Downtown Hospitals were in lockdown and weren’t accepting patient transfers.

As for what we witnessed last night: rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray, nearly five hundred people arrested; mass vandalism and police brutality suppressing lawful dissent. A billion dollars gone, and what did we get for it? Smashed shops on Yonge Street and police state tactics.

A great day for Toronto and this country.

I am so angry I could spit.

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  1. #1 by Fazeeleh on Tuesday 29 June 2010 - 2142

    Long time reader, first time commentor. I worked during the g20 protests in hospital row and it was disgusting how the windows of toronto gneral hospital were smashed. What did that accomplish? University avenue was blocked by a line of police so long that it was impossible to get to work without walking a long distance and having to face some questionably dangerous crowds. Where was the safety of the nurses and doctors who had to get through that mess? And not to mention the throngs of photojournalists and civilians who came to emergency after being needlessly beaten by the police. Next time the g20 leaders can use a wonderful thing called skype. For all of Harper’s talk about fiscal conservatism, he likes spending money whenever it suits him. That $1 billion could have been used for education, healthcare, infrastructure and a whole lot of other things besides security.

  2. #2 by Lindsay on Tuesday 27 July 2010 - 1635

    I was born and lived 22 years in Ontario before moving to British Columbia and I always talk about how much I love Ontario and all of its beauty….unfortunately the events of this summit were beyond “embarrassing” for lack of a better word. So sad.

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