Salut babblers, just stating to push through important activist information for those attenting the People's Summit (June 18 -20) and the Community Mobilize Network facilitated protests (June 25-27).
the Community Mobilization Network: http://www.attacktheroots.net
the People's Summit: http://peoplessummit2010.ca/section/2
Facebook where i'm posting a lot of information about the upcoming G8/G20 Summit: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=284064558762
peace and carrots,
Critical Security Information - All should read
Memo from a downtown property management group on the upcoming G20 summit.
[Original file attached]
From: Rostie Group Management
SUBJECT: G20 Summit
Date: April 16th, 2010
As many of you are aware, the G20 Summit will be taking place from Friday, June 25th until Sunday, June 27th at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which is located at 220 Front Street. This Summit is likely to attract many, potentially violent, protesters to the area surrounding our 20 Bay Street offices. Due to our close proximity to the MTCC, Island Airport, and The Westin Harbour Castle (which will be hosting delegates), we are expecting heightened security measures and possible work disruptions June 21st thru June 28th.
To ensure the safety of tenants and employees, our 20 Bay St. offices will be CLOSED on Friday, June 25th. Tenants will still have access to their offices via security card and all calls will be answered from our off-site location. For your convenience, we will be offering temporary office space at our Airport Executive Offices during the week of the summit.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the possible impact of the G20 Summit in June, please attend our lunch time Information Session on Monday, May 3rd at 12:00pm.
Attached is a memo from Oxford Properties (WaterPark Place Management) outlining some of the key issues surrounding the summit.
Important G8 & G20 Summit Information
G8 Summit will take place on Friday June 25, and Saturday June 26th at Deerhurst in Muskoka. Although the location is north of Toronto - most leaders will be flying into Pearson Airport and many may arrive earlier or stay later to see the city sites.
G20 Summit will be in Toronto on Saturday June 26, and Sunday June 27 at the Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street.
It will not be business as usual from June 21-June 28th or longer
10,000 Delegates will be attending and the estimated cost is $280,000,000.
There will be 2 fenced off areas - the outer will encompass from Queen Street south to the Lakeshore and from Spadina east to Yonge Street. 3 kilometer, jersey barriers (cement dividers used on highways) and 10 feet chain link fence three weeks before the event. (INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
There will also be an interior fenced area - but the exact whereabouts will remain confidential until the last moment. 4 meter high chain link fence .
All Hotels have been pre-booked. The Royal York and the Westin Harbour Castle will have very high security during the entire week beginning June 21st, 2010. Tenants with Westin Harbour Castle health club memberships will be unable to access the gym facilities from June 21st until June 28th.
The PATH will be closed for a large portion of that time.
Expect major traffic disruptions due to the number of IPP (Internationally Protected People) attending the event.
There will be approx. 83 motorcades (from 10-50 cars each) - including some several decoy motorcades.
Expect major demonstrations peaceful and otherwise. While most will not be harmful or dangerous, even peaceful lawful protestors are disruptive to traffic and business at the best of times. The first scheduled protest is planned for June 21st. Police are looking at most recent summits in Pittsburg and London where property was damaged- and expecting the same here. There will likely be damage to building and properties which is a risk to public safety.
Tenants should ensure they have appropriate individual insurance protection for their businesses and personal property. It is your responsibility to arrange insurance for your own property, which you bring into the Centre and for your own liability to your employees and to third parties.
Police expect to use tear gas and even rubber bullets at some point. Anyone wearing a gas mask or disguise of any kind will be arrested.
15,000 Police and Military Officers will be in Toronto during that time period- all vacations and days off have been cancelled during the month of June for security staff. Toronto is arranging for additional security resources. The RCMP alone has booked over 7,500 rooms
50,000 Global Accredited Media will be situated at the Exhibition.
Pedestrian and vehicle traffic will be affected before, during and after the summit. Pre-screen accreditation for people driving/working within the fenced zone will be required.
Public transit will be running, but not on its typical schedule. Union Station will be open - with limited access
From Bay Street and West - PATH to Royal York will be closed.
Some subway stations will be closed at certain times
Go Trains will experience some interruptions- but there is no way of knowing when they will be or how long they will last.
The Gardiner Expressway will be affected.
USMC - Marine will have planes at the Island airport. Banks are planning for no in/out traffic for their staff that entire week.
Bottom line: IT WILL NOT BE BUSINESS AS USUAL
There will be difficulty accessing or exiting buildings in the downtown core. Access Cards will be essential for limited access to building.
Police may lock down buildings from time to time. Some companies are providing cots for their staff.
Underground parking will likely only be accessible to monthly pass/transponder holders. Random searches will take place. Cars may be damaged by protestors, as they have been in other cities.
WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO START?
This a great opportunity for every business to make a response and recovery plan, to ensure continuity in case of disruption.
Make a list - consider facts and what can be expected?
Arrange for advance delivery of office and operational supplies - loading docks open but not smooth.
Early office closures, Limited hours, restrictive hours, flex hours, work from home
Delay Construction projects if at all possible
Cancellation of meetings, external parties will not be able to get to meetings.
Employee communications- make sure that your staff understand that police and emergency response teams are ready - planning for the worst and expecting the best!
There will be times when buildings are completely locked down, police will advise tenants to stay in building for their own safety. They will not be forcing you to stay but highly recommending that you stay inside.
Toronto Police will be on Facebook & Twitter sites giving real time information regarding the protests, so that you can expect delays for your staff coming and going. Critical information will be provided to us even at 3:00 AM
PLAN for the WORST & HOPE for the BEST