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What is supposed to be a forum for deliberation and the development of agreements on global economic governance was an utter failure. In the end, over a billion dollars was spent to build a temporary system of apartheid in Toronto to keep protesters out so that the twenty most wealthy countries in the world could agree to disagree on what to do about the state of the global economy.
Somewhere between a billion and two billion dollars was spent in the end on the G20 in Toronto (and the G8 meeting in Huntsville). It was used to create a fake lake, a fence around the city (a veritable apartheid wall) to keep protesters out, and it was used to enforce a regulation that gave police secret arrest powers that never went through the legislature.
The Toronto Star reported:
"the regulation kicked in Monday and will expire June 28, the day after the summit ends. While the new regulation appeared without notice on the province's e-Laws online database last week, it won't be officially published in The Ontario Gazette until July 3 -- one week after the regulation expires.