G20 security fence toronto

Toronto's G20 fence in photos

There's been much made of the recent start of construction on the G20 security fence in Toronto. But, lacking a good conception of its size and breadth, I decided to mosey on down to the area around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to see what I could find out about this thing. As it turns out, I got a pretty good idea for how intense the police and security presence will be.

Police officers were on every corner and already a certain tension is palpable downtown. Though the police and construction crews were happy to let me snap pictures, I was being eyed by countless cops throughout the duration of my visit.

While looking at the massive fence I couldn't help feeling that I was in some sort of war zone. And, judging by the height and extent of the whole thing, it's clear that a lot of people seem very afraid. But not just the security forces tasked with protecting the world leaders coming to visit -- residents of this city aren't used to such drastic security measures on such a wide scale.

Detailed information about the preparations for the summit, along with a map of the security perimeter, can be found here.

Photos (captions underneath):

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Bye, bye bike racks.

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Construction crews work on fencing south of Bremner on Simcoe.

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Try getting a shot from here once the summit begins.

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A small indication of the growing police presence in the area.

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One of the many entry and exit points along the fence on Windsor Street (which one will require ID to pass through in the coming weeks).


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