The G20 are coming to Toronto and it’s costing Canadian’s more than $1 billion in security costs, plus even more in lost productivity and wages. As a contrast to that, there are a series of events happening during the G20 conference that cost a heck of a lot less that brings together leaders of the world.
These leaders are getting together to ensure that at least on some level, people’s concerns are put ahead of corporate concerns.
Take, for example, the Council of Canadians (COC) public Shout-out for Global Justice on June 25.
Relocated to Massey Hall from the University of Toronto because the latter will be shut down for security reasons, it gathers prominent international speakers such as COC chair Maude Barlow, author-activist Naomi Klein and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman who will call for climate, water, economic and social justice.
â€œThese really are world leaders coming together â€” and weâ€™re doing it for less than a billion dollars,â€ says Mark Calzavara, COCâ€™s regional organizer for Ontario and Quebec.
As a bonus, these alternative summits don’t need fences!