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 Asks that G8/G20 Security Measures Be Planned And Executed In The Context Of Respect For And Protection Of Fundamental Rights.
- CCLA’s “Breach of the Peace”: A Preliminary Report of Observations During the 2010 G20 Summit.
- Looking Back, Moving Forward: Two Months After the G20
- Breach of the Peace: A report into the G20 by CCLA and NUPGE
- CCLA Complaint to the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP
- Final Report from the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP
- CCLA response to Final Report from the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP
- Systemic Review
- Individual Complaints
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
- CCLA Welcomes Repeal Of Abusive G20 Statute But Remains Concerned About Proposed Courthouse Security Measures
- A selection of the most important correspondence and submissions to elected officials regarding G8/G20 governance and policing (updated: January 2011)
- Toronto, Nov. 10/11 and Montreal, Nov. 12: Breach of the Peace – G20 Summit: Accountability in Policing & Governance – Public hearings co-hosted by the National Union of General and Public Employees and CCLA
- Sign the petition
- Filing a complaint and other resources
- List of CCLA correspondence and submissions related to G8/G20 governance
- Podcast: CCLA counsel discusses key legal questions around G20
- G20 mass arrest: by the numbers