G8/G20 Summits: Accountability In Policing & Governance



Between June 25 and 27 2010, downtown Toronto hosted the G20 summit, the largest political meeting in Canada’s history. Thousands of international dignitaries gathered in the heart of the city to discuss key questions of international importance. Their presence attracted hundreds of journalists and reporters, as well as large numbers of individuals wanting to express their points of view regarding government policy.

In spite of a massive security budget of nearly 1 billion dollars, policing during the G20 summit took an ugly turn as more than 1,000 people were arrested in what turned out to be the biggest mass arrest in Canadian history. It is CCLA’s opinion that Canadians deserve to know why the security apparatus failed to adequately fulfill its role to protect the public’s freedom of expression and assembly, in addition to ensuring the safety of G20 delegates.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has been actively involved in ensuring accountability in policing and governance before, during, and especially after the G20 summit:



CCLA Reports

Reviews and Inquiries
Office of the Independet Police Review Director

Independent Civilian Review into Matters Relating to the G20 Summit (“Morden review”, initiated by the Toronto Police Services Board)

G20 Class Action Lawsuit

Toronto Police Service After-Action Report

Public Works Protection Act

LRAD Regulation/lawsuit





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