Toronto police announce G20 security perimeter, road disruptions

TORONTO – A significant portion of Toronto’s downtown core will be affected by the G20 summit on June 26-27, police said Friday.

"Never before have the two summits (the G8 – which will be held in Huntsville, Ont. on June 25-26 – and the G20) been held in one weekend, this has presented unique challenges for security partners. However, ones that I know we can meet," said Chief Supt Alphonse MacNeil, head of the Integrated Security Unit for the RCMP. "These summits will put Canada on the world stage for three days in June and we will endeavour to ensure that security will not be the overarching theme."

The security details were announced Friday by Toronto Police and the RCMP.

Toronto Police have designated an area bound by Yonge Street, Spadina Street, Queens Quay and King Street as a security perimeter. A smaller area around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the site of the meeting, will be fenced in.

A security fence will go up starting June 7th.

Police also warned there will be "significant" traffic disruption on the Saturday and Sunday specifically on the 400 series highways, the Gardiner Expressway, the QEW and Lakeshore Boulevard, as well as Highway 427.

In addition, the York, Bay and Yonge Street exits on the Gardiner Expressway will be closed on Friday and Saturday.

Police qualified their statement by saying that some of these plans may change.

Union Station – a Toronto transportation hub – will remain open during the weekend of the summit however the Front St. exit will not be in use from Friday to Sunday.

In addition, no vehicles will be permitted on Front Street west of Bay Street during this time.

Portions of the PATH system – a series of underground walkways in the city’s downtown – will be closed from Friday evening to Sunday and will reopen on Monday.

Members of the public will not be able to exit the PATH into the security perimeter nor will they be able to enter the PATH system from within the perimeter.

"Traffic disruption will be significant in this area and members of the public are encouraged to use public transit or the pedestrian walkways to go into or leave Union Station," said Supt. Tom Russell, head of G20 planning for the Toronto Police Service.

Police warn there will be enhanced parking enforcement throughout the downtown core during the summit.

The homeless will not be allowed into the perimeter once it has been secured.

Police say staff from the city’s Shelter, Support and Housing Administration will be working with the streets to home program to urge homeless people to access services before the larger security perimeter goes into effect.


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