I don’t do a lot of architectural photography. This shot is perhaps more significant for what you don’t see than for what’s in the image. This capture of the RBC building in downtown Toronto was made on July 28th of this year, the day after the G20 summit ended. What’s missing from this shot is the famed security fence that was erected to protect the world’s leaders from the people they serve. Another thing you’re not seeing is the dozens of police officers with riot helmets and night sticks affixed to their belts still milling around the financial district even though the politicians and their aides had left the city.
Some two months later, the G20 saga is far from over. On Friday of this week, Police arrested activist Alex Hundert for breaching his bail conditions by speaking about the impact of the G20 on the progressive movement at a Ryerson University panel discussion. Law enforcement officials contend that this violates the interdiction against Mr. Hundert’s participation in any public protests while awaiting trial. Toronto’s progressive community feels that the Crown, the RCMP and Toronto Police are interpreting the terms of his parole far too broadly and are violating basic tenets of free speech. You can read more about the case here and here.