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The folly of Harper’s fences

And the sign said anybody caught trespassing would be shot on sight
So I jumped on the fence and yelled at the house, Hey! what gives you the right
To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in
Signs – 5 Man Electrical Band

Almost complete are the conversions of two different Ontario communities into armed fortresses that would make even Kim Il Jong blush.

Huntsville and Toronto are very, very different types of communities – aside from the fact that many from the latter like to spend their summers in and around the former – the two are as different as night and day. Small town Ontario versus the Big Smoke. Urban versus rural. Natural environment versus built environment.

But over the next little while, these two communities have something very much in common. Something that up until recently, would have been unthinkable in the country.

They are full-fledged, razor wired, jack-booted police states.

I mean, what else can you call them?

Both are ringed with a 3 metre high fence that will be defended by fully armed and outfitted police officers recruited from the RCMP, OPP and the Metre Toronto boyz and girlz in blue. They have been specially trained in the use of anti-riot weapons like water cannons, sonic cannons, tasers, whips, batons, big guns, small guns, tear gas and effective noogy giving.

At first, the chattering was all about the threat of terrorism and hence the need for massive security.  Since terrorism is no longer a “threat”, we should not be too surprised that Day and the other Harperites are now characterizing all protesters as “anarchists and thugs”.  Thus the reason for this incredible and unprecedented armed presence on the streets of T.O. and in the bush around Huntsville. The ReformCons have to say something to warrant the ONE BEEL-LEE-ON dollars being spent on the establishment of the police state.

Sure, there will be some protesters in Toronto (there may be some in Huntsville too, but the main throng will be where they can garner the most media coverage) who are not there to exercise their democratic rights of free expression and assembly in a peaceful and meaningful way. There will be those who are there simply to cause trouble, mayhem and madness and to damage property.

But surely they can be identified fairly quickly and dealt with in an appropriate way? There are, like, thousands of cops and other security personnel, after all! They don’t do advance reconnaissance to identify individuals who may pose a threat? There isn’t a list somewhere?

I find that hard to believe.

Nope – the powers-that-be WANT disruption so they can point to it and say:

“We told you so! All of that money spent on fences, cops, cannons and razor wire was so WORTH it!”

The folks that I do feel sorry for are those in Huntsville and T.O. for whom this whole thing is a nightmare of epic proportions. I even feel sorry for the Bay Street lawyers!

Naw. That’s going too far.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the Torontoist – which is keeping a running tab on what the Gee-Score is ruining or making a mess of.

I’m sure everyone is thanking you, Stevo! From the tourism operators in Muskoka to the LCBO employees in downtown Toronto. Thanks a BILLION!

And all for a photo op…

Well, how is this for a photo op?


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  1. Slinger says:

    Ya this is a total joke, I live near the US consulate and there are almost as many police as people on the street. I can’t visit my parents because they’re live on the other side of the secure zone, its ridiculous.

    If only there were some place in Toronto that were already enclosed and easy to secure for this kind of conference so that Harper wouldn’t have to spend $1B on security, inconvenience citizens, and cost small and large businesses much needed revenues during an economic slowdown!!!!

    Oh wait there is… The CNE grounds… which are already fenced in… and virtually empty at this time of year… and have nice modern conference facilities… and could have been secured for way less…

    Oh well I guess that’s just how fiscal conservativeness works… by costing more.

    I’m sure that Torontonians are all going to love to vote Neo-Con during the next election…

  2. XUP says:

    Snap! I wrote about this today, too. Oh and don’t forget the armed forces are included, too — in numbers too big too ignore. Snipers yet. The city is actually under martial law. Cell phone signals have been jammed – so no communication. Smart tour agencies are offering Escape the Summit getaways so locals can get the hell away from the insanity. But it’s all gonna be totally worth it, right? When those 20 really important people solve the financial woes of the entire world…in 2 days or so.

  3. ck says:

    Great song: Too bad you couldn’t post a video from Youtube with it.

    “To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in” Well, that’s actually debatable; they did chop all the trees inside the perimeter. So they pretty much booted mother nature out. Or were you talking about indoor fake lake? Yesh!

    I’m not happy about this police state the folks of TO are living in right now. My father is in hospital in TO in only a semi-lucid state. I am worried they will turf him to parts unknown without bothering to call my mother.

    These folks all pay their taxes, why should they be deprived of the basic needs of life?

    I read on a CBC blog the new rules: can’t order out food, not allowed to bring any parcels (imagine, not even a grocery order), (in certain buildings) No guests, unless registered before June 24, not allowed to talk to protesters; I mean, REALLY! What if one of the protesters was their family member or friend or neighbour? And if not, how is anyone supposed to know exactly who the protesters are without their placards and such?

    All this plus the expense for glorified photo op to feed Steve’s ego? And folks are still willing to entertain a Harpercon majority. Imagine that!

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