Canada Unveils Security Preparations for G8/G20 Summits

June 4, 2010

by AQ Online

In advance of world leaders coming to Toronto and Huntsville, Ontario, on June 25, Canadian police have displayed the security measures that will be used to deter protesters, which will include thousands of federal, provincial and municipal police officers on horseback and motorcycles as well as officers in riot gear with SWAT and police snipers on high alert. 

Police also have purchased Long Range Acoustic Devices, also known as sound cannons, to control the anticipated crowds. These are similar to those used at the last G20 summit held in Pittsburgh last year.  Preparations in Toronto—the site of this month’s G20 summit—have included adding 77 closed circuit security cameras in downtown Toronto as an additional safety measure. 

Some members of the Liberal party as well as of the New Democratic Party have called for an investigation into thee cost of security for the G20 summit.  Slated to be the most expensive security operation in Canadian history, Auditor General Sheila Fraser will investigate the $800 million and rising price tag for the summit. Costs are estimated to reach nearly $1 billion at the summit’s conclusion.

Previous G20 meetings have each been expensive but have varied widely in cost depending on location.  Security for last year’s summit held in London cost $30 million while the summit held in Japan two years ago cost closer to $300 million.  Security expenses for this year’s summit increased when Canada agreed to host both the G20 and the G8 summit (in Huntsville).

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Canada Won't Change Climate Goals

July 10, 2009

by AQ Online

G8 leaders meeting in Italyagreed this week that average global temperatures should not rise more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times. But Group of Eight member Canada said it will not adjust its plan to combat global warming, despite the fact that it falls short of the new commitment.

Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice called his country’s planned reduction of 70 percent by 2050 “realistic,” in contrast to the G8’s number of 80 percent, given “the climate we have, the industrial base we have, our population growth.”

Data collected in 2007 placed Canada as the seventh largest annual emitter of CO2 gases, and a recent study by the German insurer Allianz has found that among major economies they, along with Russia, are making the least progress in combating climate change. In light of this, and the United States’ newfound commitment to reducing emissions, Canada has assumed “bad boy” status among the G8 countries, according to Bloomberg.

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Tags: Canada, Climate change, Daily Focus, G8