Sunday, August 8, 2010

Weekly Updates - August 8, 2010


Wednesday, August 25th from 7pm to 9pm
What:  Toronto Chapter Monthly Meeting
Where:  TBA (Either City Hall or Metro Hall)
Movie:  TBA

Wednesday, September 29th from 7pm to 9pm
What:  Toronto Chapter Monthly Meeting
Where:  TBA (Either City Hall or Metro Hall)
Movie:  A Question of Sovereignty by Kevin P. Miller – Kevin will be joining us to discuss his film and talk about his film and answer questions.  We will also be discussing the Mayoral Election, and where the candidates stand on various issues.

In this patriotic and sentimental film, international award winning Writer/Director Kevin P. Miller GENERATION RX, WE BECOME SILENT) exposes how Canadians are being stripped of their dsdfs personal sovereignty by government agencies — and how free trade deals and other international agreements imperil Canadian democracy. 
Quietly, over a period of many years, unconstitutional legislation encompassed in Bills C-51, C-6, and the current Bill C-36 have placed not only basic civil liberties and freedoms at risk, but Canada's national sovereignty as well. The film shares how entangling alliances with groups like the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, Codex Alimentarius, the United States
 and even multinational corporate interests have become so powerful that they literally threaten to make elected officials in Parliament irrelevant. 
A QUESTION OF SOVEREIGNTY discusses why this dramatic shift in the balance of power puts the nation and its people at a vital crossroad early in the 21st century — and why some of the past giants of Canadian politics may hold the answers to Canada's future.


October 23 & 24th
What:  Council of Canadians, Annual General Meeting
Where:  Ottawa, ON
When:  October 23rd – all day workshops, October 24th – AGM in the morning.
The Saturday and Sunday events are open to everyone, so if anyone would like to attend, please let us know as the Toronto Chapter Core Team will be driving up either on Thursday or Friday.   More details to follow.  Please email back with AGM in the subject line if you would like to attend, and be part of our car pool.


Wednesday, October 27th from 7pm to 9pm
What:  Toronto Chapter Monthly Meeting
Where:  TBA (Either City Hall or Metro Hall)
Guest Speaker:  Martha Rafuse with The Climate Project Canada.


Volunteer & Outreach Co-ordinators Needed!
The Toronto Chapter would like to take advantage of our many tabling and outreach opportunities, and we are looking for a few motivated volunteers who would like to take charge and get more involved.  If you are interested in attending events, organizing volunteers for information tables and even finding new tabling and outreach opportunities, please contact us.  We can match you to your campaign area of interest (Water, Food, Climate Change, or Trade).  Tabling is a great way to meet new people, and greatly helps bring the Toronto Chapter Campaigns into the awareness of the public.  The more active members we have, the bigger difference we can make together.  If you are interested in tabling, or taking charge of tabling and outreach  events for one of our campaign areas, please email us back with VOLUNTEER & OUTREACH COORDINATOR in the subject line, and specify in the email what area you would like to participate in.


Volunteer Opportunities
In an effort to only email our members once a week, we thought we should create a separate group for those who want to be notified of volunteer and direct action opportunities.  Quite often we receive very little notice of rallies, protests and tabling events, and cannot inform our membership unless we send out additional emails.  Therefore, we would like to ask anyone interested in being put on our Volunteer List, to email us back with VOLUNTEER in the subject line Putting yourself on this list will not mean we expect you to participate in any of the events that happen; it simply means you will receive emails of these events as we receive them.  Whenever possible, we will group events into one email so you will not be bombarded.  At any point, you can email us and let us know if you want to be removed from this separate email group, and we will remove your name.  We hope to see many more of you out participating in active citizenry in the months ahead! 

Toronto Chapter Facebook Group
*  Check-out the Toronto Chapter’s photos from the G20 and related events.  They take a LONG time to upload, so keep checking back as we will keep adding more.
Please join our local chapter Facebook Group to stay updated, discuss ideas and view photos of the events we are involved in.  Search for us:  Council of Canadians – Toronto Chapter, or use the link below.

Information on past guest speakers at our monthly meetings:
Mini Alakkatusery:  Manager, Programs, Toronto Community Foundation, 
ž    -  Toronto ’s Vital Signs 2009 Report (as released in the Toronto Star; contains about 65 indicators):
ž     - Full Report (about 200 indicators with links to all the source materials; it’s a PDF of a word doc):
Erin Weir: Trade Justice Network,
John O’Leary Director of Major Gifts, Amnesty International,
Roy Brady: Peterborough - Kawarthas Chapter contact,
Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg: Executive Producer of Toxic Trespass,
Nick Fillmore:
Clean Train Coalition: (they also have a Facebook group and Twitter account you can join).
Elizabeth Littlejohn’s Blog:
Stop the Stink:

Join us in active citizenry.  Get involved and make a difference.

Contact us at:


August 11

Wednesday August 11 • Metro Hall  
55 John Street • 6pm • Room 309

Better Ballots has been exploring fourteen options for voting reform during the past seven months. We've hosted four Town Hall meetings as well as a Mayoral Forum. Now is your chance to get more involved by joining the advocacy campaign of your choice.
We'll be directing people to existing campaigns such as VoteTorontoFair Vote and iVote Toronto where they already exist, and we'll be creating new groups for options like term limits, lower voting age, online voting, ranked ballots (instant runoff), weekend voting, etc. where they don’t already exist.
Better Ballots does not advocate for any particular reform, but rather encourages discussion, debate and engagement on the topic of democratic renewal in Toronto.
Join us as we activate our supporters, and connect people with projects!

August 13-15

When: August 13-15, 2010
Where: Hart House, Toronto

Want to take an unflinching look at the world’s climate challenges as explained by climate scientists? Find out about the boldest initiatives to meet our emissions targets. Hear the latest directions in global negotiations. Explore some ethically challenging solutions with potentially extreme side effects.
Climate Change Conference 2010 is three full days (August 13-15) of climate challenges, questions and solutions, with no spin and no sugar-coating.
Our Friday night reception outlining The Challenges features Bill McKibben, Andrew Weaver and Elizabeth May.
Saturday evening's panel on Working Together is devoted to bridging divides between various groups working on the issue.
And throughout Saturday and Sunday, we'll have scientists and experts speaking on specific challenges, impacts, and solutions.
Climate Change Conference 2010 is presented jointly by University of Toronto Greens and the Toronto-Danforth Federal Green Party. The conference is non-profit, non-partisan and open to all.
Tickets for the workshops, reception and dinner can be purchased via PayPal or at the door.  You should register now to guarantee your spot at a discounted rate.

August 15
Film Festival Series

An invitation to join us at M.U.C.K.
Sunday August 15th
See the instructions below to get your complimentary tickets - Pass this note around and help spread the word!

Check out our August line up on War, Peace and the rule of international law.
Use the Promocode ‘ichannel’ at to print off your tickets or email to be put on the Guest list.
Day Pass  - Click link:
The Royal - 608 College Street
Sunday August 15

3:00 pm Pray the Devil Back to Hell
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A story of great courage of Muslim and Christian women in Liberia who decide to work together to end the country’s bloody civil war and bring peace back to a country in ruins. Through long-term non-violence combined with emphatic protests, women from different backgrounds demonstrate that spontaneous activism can change the history of a nation.

A commanding, inspiring, and emotionally stirring documentary about the futility of war and the splendors of peace.

5:00 pm MUCK Shorts
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Featuring - Justice without Borders
-Dir. Pamela Yates
37 min
"We're in the midst of what could really be called a revolution in the area of human rights and international justice... Already we have seen people come to justice who I'm sure never expected that they would ever be brought before a court of law, who thought that they could murder not just tens but hundreds of thousands of people and live to retire in some luxurious palace somewhere. We have shown that this can be stopped."– Larry Cox, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA
This film focuses on the work of Amnesty International and the role of the International Court in helping to stop human rights atrocities from occurring around the globe.  Narrated by Tim Robbins this film shows what is possible if the world comes together in the name of justice.

Featuring - Eviction
Q&A to follow with Director Steven Schnoor
Directed by Steven Schnoor
9 min
Filmmaker Steven Schnoor made a short film on a Canadian Mine’s alleged human rights abuses in Guatemala and upon returning to Canada he was immediately disparaged by the Canadian ambassador to Guatemala Steven has just won a court case against the ambassador but this event has proven how far government officials will go to prevent knowledge of such crimes from reaching the Canadian people.

7:30 pm Ungrateful Dead: In Search of International Justice
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"I am amazed by the atrocities that we are capable of committing against each other. I am convinced that the International Criminal Court can play a leading role, throughout the world, in bringing Justice for millions of victims who would otherwise be ignored".
Peter Gabriel
This is the first film about a crucial new international commitment to International Rule of Law and Justice, so victims will no long suffer without being heard, and war criminals will not go unpunished. 

The voices of victims have echoed down through the decades, refusing to be silent, even in death. Joined by relatives who are unable to move on, until they know how their loved ones died. Different languages from different places, but with the same universal theme; begging to be delivered from the torment of living somewhere between life and death.

It is because of these voices that International Justice has been reborn. In 2002 the International Criminal Court was established in The Hague. So far 100 countries have signed on to the Court's mandate. However, the world's remaining superpower, the United States remains strongly opposed.

Check out the M.U.C.K. catalogue, movie trailers, show times, dates and more at …

Tickets $10 per screening or $20 for all 3 screenings
Tickets are available at the door or at


August 20
PLEASE buy tickets and help us promote this exciting event, in support of RESULTS Canada’s advocacy efforts to end extreme poverty in development countries (printable flyer attached). Also let us know if you think you can help us SELL tickets.

If you are unable to attend, secure online donations to support us can be made at

All proceeds and donations help us build the power of everyday people to advocate proven, cost-effective solutions for developing countries, including our recent success leveraging $1.1 billion from Canada and $7.3 billion total to date for maternal and child health at the G8.  As an advocacy organization, we receive no government funds and rely entirely on the generosity of individuals to help us raise our voice. 
 "Culture Vibe Fundraiser" features:

Congolese Gospel Group (Génération Des Vrais Adorateurs)
Spoken Word Artist (Yusra Khogali)
Jazz Singer (Luwam)
Silent Auction featuring art, tickets to local attractions
Hors d'oeuvres will be served & Cash Bar
Door prize draw - Two tickets to Toronto City Lights Cruises
Tickets just $25
Friday, August 20, 2010 - Starts at 8 pm
Peridot resto/lounge -  81 Bloor Street East 

To secure your ticket please contact:
Tel: 416-693-3999 or email Elizabeth at

Ontario Health Coalition
What: Oakville Town Hall Meeting
To address community concerns over the proposed P3 hospital
When: Monday, September 20th, 7pm
Where: Oakville Public Library,120 Navy Street
Who:  Hosted by: Oakville Health Coalition

Hospital Fight-back Reduces Cuts
Some communities’ campaigns have worked to reduce proposed hospital downsizing and service cuts. But big cuts still underway in Niagara, proposed for Peterborough.  Small town ERs at renewed risk in Southwestern Ontario.

Community campaigns have led to the stall or roll-back of proposed hospital cuts in a number of communities in recent months. Cornwall’s MPP Jim Brownell proudly announced a funding reprieve of $5 million towards the hospital deficit and a recent announcement of new long term care beds. In  Northumberland Hills, the local coalition has succeeded in overturning a LHIN decision to close dozens of hospital beds, but the diabetes education clinic and outpatient physiotherapy cuts have gone ahead.  To date, the closure of the Wallaceburg Emergency Department has been stopped, along with the ER closure on  St. Joseph Island. But these proposals can be revived at any time and we are cautioning our members to stay vigilant.

Large funding increases have been given to hospitals such as the Niagara Health System, Lakeridge Health, Brampton’s William Osler Health Centre and others to offset deficits.
 However, a number of serious new hospital cuts and ER closures are proposed.

Ontario Health Coalition
High-Level Briefing and Summit
on Changes to Hospital Funding
We will provide a briefing from experts in the U.K. and an update regarding plans of the Ontario government. What do the changes to fee-for-service hospital funding mean? What can we do about it?

Toronto Tues, September 28, 10:30am-3:30pm, Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St

Send in your registration form to:
Ontario Health Coalition, 15 Gervais Drive, Suite 305, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Y8
tel: 416-441-2502 fax: 416-441-4073

Ontario Health Coalition
Health Action Assembly & Conference on Health Funding and Sustainability

Saturday, November 6 & Sunday, November 7, 2010
The Bond Place Hotel, 55 Dundas St. E, Toronto M5B 2G8

Send in your registration form to:
Ontario Health Coalition, 15 Gervais Drive, Suite 305, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Y8
tel: 416-441-2502 fax: 416-441-4073

Each year, the OHC invites our members and supporters to come together to plan strategy to deal with upcoming issues. Each local coalition is strongly encouraged to send one or two representatives at minimum. All our member groups and individual members are also encouraged to attend.

Health Action Assembly
Updates on key issues including hospital cuts and restructuring, protecting rural access to care, long term care funding/inspections/regulations changes, retirement homes, homecare, primary health care, P3s and privatization. Participate in strategy-setting session. This year will lead into the provincial election, so it is particularly important.

Conference on Health Funding and Sustainability
The newswaves reverberate with repeated stories about out-of-control health costs. Cuts, endless restructuring and delisting are justified using the funding crisis. But a closer look at the numbers shows a different story. It is time that those who want to protect our local public health care services fight back. This conference will provide the information and we will set a strategy to topple the myth of health care unsustainability.

I had put together a massive resource list over a year ago, and although I don’t update it as often as I used to, I thought I’d start sharing it with our membership, one topic at a time.  I would love to get great book, video, website and organization resource suggestions from you, so if I’ve missed anything, please let me know.  Also, if you’ve read a book and didn’t think it was very good, let me know that too.  Please note, TPL indicates how many books are available at the Toronto Public Library.  I haven’t had the chance to search most of them.  Enjoy!

Quality of Life:  Cosmetics & Toiletries: 

ž     A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients: Complete Information About the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients Found in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals (2005) by Ruth Winter (TPL/32)

ž     A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients: Complete Information About the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients Found in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals (2009) by Ruth Winter (TPL/On Order)

ž     Beauty to Die For: The Cosmetic Consequence (1999) by Judi Vance (TPL/1)

ž     Cosmetics Unmasked:  Your Family Guide to Safe Cosmetics and Allergy-Free (TPL/14)

ž     Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, 7th Edition by Paula Begoun and Bryan Barron

ž     Dying to Look Good by Christine Hoza Farlow
ž     Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie Uliano
ž     Green Chic by Christie Matheson
ž     Natural Beauty Basics by Dorie Byers
ž     Natural Beauty Recipe Book:  How to make your own organic cosmetics and beauty products (2006) by Gill Farrer-Hills (TPL/16)
ž     Not Just a Pretty Face:  The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (2007) by Stacy Malkan (TPL/20)
ž     Toiletries by Dr. Stephen Antczak

Quality of Life:  General:  
ž     A Consumers Dictionary of Household, Yard and Office Chemicals (1992) (TPL/2)
ž     Community Quality-of-Life Indicators:  Best Cases IV by M. Joseph Sirgy (2009)
ž     Gross National Happiness (2008) by Arthur Brooks
ž     Happiness: Lessons from a New Science (2005) by Richard Layard
ž     Slow Death by Rubber Duck  By: Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
ž     (Movie - Documentary) The Business of Being Born
ž     (Movie - Documentary) The Disappearing Male
ž - (Publisher- Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition).  This site is about the prevention of cancer, especially cancers that are linked to man-made carcinogens in our workplaces and the environment-at-large. Contains much of the information presented at a recent conference called "Everyday Carcinogens: Stopping Cancer Before it Starts."
ž - The Good Life


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Article:  Conditions at G20 Detention Centre Were Illegal, Immoral and Dangerous

            STORY  POLICE/PRISONS  JUNE 28, 2010  MAYA

                   Conditions at G20 Dentention Centre are illegal, immoral and dangerous

                        Detainees forced in cages with little food and water for up to 35 hours

We (i.e., Justin Giovannetti and Lex Gill) are both able and willing to testify in front of a court of law, tribunal or hearing to attest to the validity of these statements. Much of this is now recorded on video and we have some contact information for the victims. We will NOT consent to contact with any police representatives (municipal, provincial, or federal) nor will we consent to speaking to other security agencies (CSIS, Canadian Forces, etc.). We can be contacted at lex.gill [at] gmail [dot] com, or jackgiovannetti [at] gmail [dot] com.
We just got back to our computers and are frantically writing this message. It is 4:45 a.m. on Monday morning. We are the only people who seem to know the extent of this story. Coffee and adrenaline keeping us going. When we got to Queen and Spadina after leaving the Convergence Centre raid today, we had already been blocked off by police lines. It was pouring rain, and we could hear a confrontation taking place further down the street. The cops didn't care whether or not we were media -- in fact, we heard that media was forced to leave before we arrived. Police acted violently and with sheer disregard for the law, attacking peaceful protesters and civilians unrelated to the protest. Tired, frantic, and feeling defeated, we came home and posted the message before this one.
We then did the only thing left to do, and headed to 629 Eastern Avenue (the G20 Detention Centre, a converted film studio), where detainees from the demonstrations were being taken. We knew people were being released sporadically so we grabbed as many juice boxes and granola bars as we could afford and set off with medical supplies. Journalists were basically absent, showed up only to take a few seconds of video, or simply arrived far too late to be effective.
It is next to impossible to set the scene of what happened at the Detention Centre. Between the two of us we estimate that we spoke to over 120 people, most of whom were released between 9:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. Despite not knowing each other, the story they tell is the same. It goes like this. Most were arrested at three locations: the Novotel on Saturday evening where the police arrested hundreds of peaceful protesters (look @spaikan on Twitter); Spadina/Queen's Park all day Saturday and early Sunday, as people were arrested all over the downtown for many different (and often bogus) reasons; and the University of Toronto, where hundreds of Quebecers and others were woken up and arrested at gun point early Saturday morning.
What follows is a list, as detailed as we can make it in a blog post, of what we saw and heard.
People were held for up to 35 hours with a single meal. None seemed to have received food more than twice daily, the meal they did receive was a hamburger bun with processed cheese and margarine described as a centimeter thick. Detainees had to create loud noises for hours to receive any food at all. All reported feeling more ill and dehydrated after eating than before. Some vomited and received no medical attention when they did. Water was not provided with the meal.
Inadequate water, as little as an ounce every 12 hours. Although some people reported receiving approximately an ounce (a small Dixie cup) of water every three hours, most seemed to have received far less than that. They had to create loud noises and continuously demand water, only to receive it up to an hour and a half later. Sometimes rooms with over a dozen people were only given a handful (four or five) cups of water and forced to share. Some reported the water as yellow-coloured and smelling of urine, which they didn't drink.
Facilities over-capacity. There were many reports of "cages" filled with 40 people, though a police officer told one detainee that they were intended for groups of no more than 15 to 20. Each cage had a single bench, with only enough seating for five people. There was only one toilet in each cage and it was without a door. Women were creating barriers with their bodies for others to create some semblance of privacy.
Major delays in processing. Many detainees were told that the only reason they remained at the Centre was due to unexplained delays in processing. Most detainees seemed to go through a three step system whereby they were put in an initial holding cell, only to be moved to a second cell after meeting a Staff Sergeant in a board room. This is where they were told what they were arrested for. Eventually they were moved to a third cell before release. This process seemed to take no less than 10 hours. Others were never told why they were arrested and never signed any documents. A few were released immediately upon arriving at the Centre and were never processed. Some were never brought to a cell, only made to wait in a line to be let out.
Inconsistent charges. Groups arrested at the same time and for the same behaviour were given different charges, with some let out and others given court dates. Many felt the police simply assigned a charge or did not know why they were being arrested. Some charges were changed or dropped before the detainees were released.
People put in solitary confinement. Most of the openly queer detainees reported to have been transferred to a "Segregated Zone." In cages built for one, couples of men and women were held. A lesbian is reported to have spent nearly 10 hours alone. Another woman said she was kept alone in a large cell for hours, asking to be moved the whole time.
No pillows or mattresses to sleep. No bedding was ever provided for detainees, who were told to sleep on bare concrete floors. Detainees were stripped of all but a single shirt and legwear. Many said they could not sleep during their day long detentions.
Unsanitary and unsafe living conditions. Many of the floors of the cages were covered with dirt and the residue from green paintballs used to identify suspects in crowds. Vomit was also on the floor and no cleaning of the cages took place.
Police intimidation of released detainees. With many of the detainees released and standing across the street from the detention centre, getting food and water from community volunteers while waiting for friends, police stood menacingly across the road. Almost all the detainees were frightened by the police presence and feared an attack. The police used the headlights of rental Dodge Caravans to light up the crowd, citing a need to "keep them visible."
Non-stop light exposure/loss of natural light rhythm/sensory deprivation. Detainees emerged with a broken day/night cycle, being deprived of all connection to the outside world or any other time-based events (ie. set eating times). While in their cages, detainees were subject to constant light.

Exposure to extreme cold. Detainees complained of the air conditioning in the building being very high. Many of them said that they were frozen and asked for blankets, a request which was always refused. Due to having only a single layer of shirt and sleeping on concrete floors, the cages were extremely cold.
Sexual harassment of women and Queer people. We heard many first-hand accounts of cat-calls and crude sexual comments directed at women from police officers at the Centre. Some women faced inappropriate sexual contact (including one girl who was forced to endure a police officer covering her body with detainee number stickers in order to touch her), and rough handling from police officers. Openly Queer boys were told to "straighten up," and there was at least one completely nude strip search preformed on a young woman with no reasonable explanation. It is unclear whether the strip searches that took place were consistently conducted by members of the same gender. It is also unclear as to whether any Transpeople, if detained, were put in cells of a gender of their own determination or in cells of a police gender assignment.
Youth as young as 15 in adult cells. Youth (under 18) detainees were held in the same cells as adults, some of whom had not been charged at all (and thus it could not be justified that they were being held on adult charges). A 16-year-old was held in an adult cell for at least 12 hours, the police were fully aware of his age, and his parents were at no point contacted.
Denial of legal counsel. When detainees asked to see lawyers they were told that they would receive legal counsel at a later time or at the time of processing. Often, these times went by and no legal counsel was provided. Those released without charge were told to avoid contacting lawyers. Most detainees said they were never informed of their rights.
No phone call. About only one in ten of the detainees we spoke to had been given access to a phone. Others were promised access at a later time and never received it. There was a father waiting outside for his 20-year old son who had been arrested Saturday afternoon or evening, and had yet to receive a call. Many of the detainees were told that only 20 phones were available in the building, holding over 500 detainees at the time. The offices of legal counsel also had no landlines.
Belongings stolen/damaged. Most detainees reported that at least some of their confiscated belongings were not returned to them, including passports, wallets, credit and debit cards, money, cell phones and clothing. When detainees were escorted outside the Centre, many were made to walk on the street without access to their shoes (sealed in thick plastic bags only returned at the limit of the Centre's property). Some shoes were missing entirely. At least one extremely visually impaired detainee's glasses were put with his belongings and were severely damaged when he recovered them (ie. broken in half).
Threats of assault/harassment. Many detainees, but especially French Canadian detainees (who were not served in French), were taunted and threatened with assault. Homophobic slurs were used by guards and one was told that if he was ever seen again in Toronto the cop would attack him. Other degrading comments were made, including telling detainees that they "looked like dogs."
Obviously illegal civilian arrests. Some civilians who were completely uninvolved in the demonstrations were arrested while exiting subway stations in the downtown core. Some were arrested after illegal searches of cars turned up "dangerous goods" (like books about activism and lemon juice). One fully-uniformed TTC streetcar driver was arrested for hours. He had been ordered out of his streetcar by riot police and was immediately arrested. We wish we were kidding.
No access to medication or medical treatment. While doing medical support, Lex met at least two people who had been denied medication. The first was a woman who said that she was pre-diabetic and needed medication for nausea and dizziness. She was denied access to medical treatment, despite the fact that by the time Lex found her she was extremely faint, barely conscious, and had difficulty sitting up. The second was a young man who was prescribed anti-psychotics and had missed several doses (he did not, however, have an episode at the time Lex met him). We heard stories of at least one person with Type 2 diabetes inside the Centre who had been deprived of insulin and fell unconscious. Many stories of a man handcuffed to a wheelchair, missing a leg (and his prosthetic) came from the released detainees. One recently-released detainee had four extremely poorly done stitches on his chin and was uncertain as to what shots (whether tetanus or anesthetic, or both) he was given. He was given the stitches at the time of his arrest and the wound was still bleeding badly (we had to sterilize it and applied gauze).
Abandonment. Despite all of the above mentioned crimes against detainees, most notably including medical issues, the Toronto Police had no plan for the detainees after they were released. They were simply escorted off the property and told to leave. Many had no idea where they were, had no access to a phone, had not eaten in a day, had no identification or money on their person, and were nowhere near mass transit. Had community volunteers and fellow released detainees not been present to assist them, we fear that some could have faced life-threatening medical emergencies or death.
We will be continually updating this blog over the next few weeks. Please share this with everyone you possibly can. People must know what has happened in Toronto. For those of you attending the Jail Solidarity rally tomorrow, please distribute this link widely.
Thank you.
For Justice,
Justin Giovannetti and Lex Gill


Quick Guide:
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Government Sites:
Korea’s 2010 G20 Site:
Toronto’s G20 Site:
Muskoka 2010 G8:
Canada’s Economic Action Plan:


Options for Taking Post-g8/g20 LEGAL ACTION
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