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Over the top G20 security in Toronto, and more questions

When The Toronto Star broke the sensational story during the G20 summit held two weeks ago that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's Cabinet had secretly passed an obscure and temporary wartime regulation of a law now expired, called the Public Works Protection Act, that allowed police to conduct searches and demand identification from anyone five metres outside the massive security fence erected for the G20 summit, mass confusion erupted for days in the media. It's still confusing. It turns out the temporary law, which was anti-democratic and should never have been passed in the first place, didn't actually ever give police these powers and wasn't actually ever used at all by the police to make arrests. This is confusing because upon reading the law, The Hill Times' interpretation is that police did in fact have the power to arrest and search without warrant civilians who were within five meters inside or outside of the designated perimeter. The Hill Times published an editorial based on this earlier information last week.

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Over the top G20 security in Toronto, and more questions

When The Toronto Star broke the sensational story during the G20 summit held two weeks ago that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's Cabinet had secretly passed an obscure and temporary wartime regulation of a law now expired, called the Public Works Protection Act, that allowed police to conduct searches and demand identification from anyone five metres outside the massive security fence erected for the G20 summit, mass confusion erupted for days in the media. It's still confusing. It turns out the temporary law, which was anti-democratic and should never have been passed in the first place, didn't actually ever give police these powers and wasn't actually ever used at all by the police to make arrests. This is confusing because upon reading the law, The Hill Times' interpretation is that police did in fact have the power to arrest and search without warrant civilians who were within five meters inside or outside of the designated perimeter. The Hill Times published an editorial based on this earlier information last week.

  

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Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

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