The G8/G20 Toronto Summit

17Jun10

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Political leaders and economic experts of the world’s largest economies will meet in Canada on June 26 and 27 to discuss the state of the world’s economy and hopefully find ways to address the problems member countries are expected to bring up.

The larger G20 gathering will be held in downtown Toronto while picturesque Huntsville, an idyllic retreat in Ontario’s cottage country, will host the G8 meeting of the heads of government of the United States, Japan, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia and Canada, the host country.

INTERACTIVE: NOT A TIME FOR DICTATORS

As in any gathering of world leaders, security is always a big concern. So big that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Toronto Police have taken major steps to control expected protests and other mass actions. City blocks surrounding the Toronto International Convention Centre, where the G20 leaders will meet, have been enclosed by a security fence, shutting out vehicular traffic. Stretches of dowtown’s underground pedestrian paths will also be closed for the duration of the summit.

It is going to be an interesting summit weekend. First, the World Cup, now this. With World Cup games in progress, Toronto has lately been awash with flags of all countries you can think of, borne by horn-tooting cars of the city’s ethnically diverse population. The G8 and G20 leaders hope to do a little flag-waving of their own.

INTERACTIVE: HOME OF THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER

Graphic by Alfred Elicierto
Photo credits: Wikipedia; enjoyfrance.com; scrapetv.com; operationblackvote.files.wordpress.com; greek.ruvr.ru; bundesregierung.de; zimbio.com; accessclarkcounty.com
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The war in Afghanistan
The Haiti earthquake
Why cities are spreading to the countryside
Fixing Toyota’s sticky pedal
Exploiting holes in the drug approval process

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