Tuesday, July 6, 2010


There is a Facebook page called Canadians Demanding a Public Inquiry Into Toronto G20 that I encourage people to check out: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=135629036463012

When there are almost 50,000 people demanding answers about how authorities handled the G20 in Toronto (June 25-28) and serious questions about infringements of constitutional charter rights by police.... When there are frequent protests drawing several hundreds and sometimes thousands of people to protest on our streets... When there is a media story every day about new revelations of distressing incidents from the G20...

There is an obvious need for a full public inquiry. I believe it should at a minium be a full public inquiry at the Toronto municipal government level, preferably at the provincial legislature level and most appropriately at the federal parliamentary level, since it involves numerous alleged infractions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

For those that were not there and might doubt the need, please check out the many videos and photos taken on those days that reveal almost a contempt for charter rights by some police. Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjVtsuoPlzk Just one of many on the internet, this shows a police officer at the 3 min 50 sec mark saying "This isn't Canada anymore" to someone really very far away from security fencing, The officer refused him the right to walk the streets unless he consented to illegal search and identified himself - both actions not required by law, even during the G20.
I hope other candidates for political office will raise the G20 issue during the campaign and clearly state their positions on it. We should demnd no less, because...