G20 Security firm not licensed to work in Ontario

In today's G20 "oopsies," the private security firm contracted by the government for the G8 and G20 summits is not licensed to work in the province of Ontario.

Well, isn't your face red, federal government!

Contemporary Security Canada, the company that provided private security for the Vancouver Olympic Games, was hired by the RCMP to provide approximately 1,100 guards for Toronto and Huntsville during the summits. However, according to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the firm is not currently licensed to work in the province.

"We are scrambling to do that due diligence with the aim of getting them licensed so they can proceed. So we're kind of behind the eight-ball on this," said Laura Blondeau, spokeswoman for Minister Rick Bartolucci.

The private security guards will screen pedestrians at entrances to the downtown Toronto security perimeter. So keep in mind - when you're trying to cross the fence and asked if you're allowed to be there, you can be a cheeky bastard and ask them the same thing. (Although really, you'll be making your life a whole lot more difficult.)

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