Update: see prior related posts August 1, 2010 Damage$ Flowing from Charter Breaches, July 21, 2010 Stay of Proceeding (as a result of Police Brutality)
The G20 was held in Toronto between June 26–27, 2010. Over 10,000 law enforcement officers (Integrated Security Unit) and 1000 security guards were utitilized for this event at a cost in excess of 1 billion dollars. This was the most expensive G20 ever held, paid for by Canadian taxpayers.
A fence was built around the Metro-Toronto Convention Centre (where the leaders were to meet) and an old movie studio (Toronto Film Studios on 629 Eastern Avenue Toronto, ON M4M 1E4) was turned into a temporary prison.
It was reported by the Toronto Star that on Thursday, August 5, 2010 a class-action lawsuit was filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The suit seeks $45 million in damages for all those wrongfully arrested, detained, imprisoned or held by police during the G20 summit at locations across the city.
1,105 people were detained by police during the G20 Summit in Toronto. 800 of these people were subsequently released without being charged by police. It is these 800 people that the class-action lawsuit seeks to represent.
The highest court of the land (the Supreme Court of Canada) agreed that Mr. Ward should have received damages ($5000) as a result of the breach (due to the strip search) of his section 8 Charter rights but disagreed that about the $100 for the unreasonable seizure of his car. The $5000 Mr. Ward received for his 4.5 hour wrongful imprisonment was not appealed to the Supreme Court.
In the United States of America, according to the The Washington Post:
“A federal judge gave final approval Wednesday to a $13.7 million settlement between the District and people who were picked up in a mass arrest during a 2000 protest near the World Bank and International Monetary Fund buildings.
U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman said the class-action lawsuit, which has wended its way through the court for about a decade, will benefit “future generations” who want to speak out and air their grievances. He said it sparked a 2004 D.C. law that set out policies for police to follow at demonstrations, including a prohibition against encircling protesters without probable cause to arrest them.
Under the settlement, each person arrested and found eligible for compensation will be awarded $18,000, and the record of that arrest will be expunged. It also requires additional training for police officers. “It is an important settlement. It’s an historic settlement,” Friedman said. “This is a fair settlement to the plaintiffs and in the interest of the First Amendment.”
Other American organizations are rejoicing about this settlement.
The class-action lawsuit may have taken about ten (10) years in the State of Washington, U.S.A, but in Ontario, Canada it should take about a year for the class-action lawsuit to be approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
If you want to participate in this class-action lawsuit, you can find the website, referred to as “G20 Class Action” at the following link.
Update: June 17, 2010 – Not just G8 millions pour into Clement’s riding
Update: August 17, 2010 – Ottawa Enlarges G20 Compensation Area. The deadline for claims has been extended from late September to November 17, 2010. Business owners must provide three years of proof of revenue, as well as evidence that their profits suffered during the summit. Do these same rules apply to Banks as well?
Update: August 20, 2010 – The total number (1,105) of arrests by Sunday, June 27, 2010 in Toronto, is believed by some to be the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Over 800 people were released without charge and numerous allegations have since emerged of police brutality, arbitrary detentions and trampled civil rights.
Update: August 22, 2010 – Toronto G20 court cases exceed 300 on Monday, August 23, 2010. Most of the defendants are scheduled to have a 9:00 a.m. appearance at the Ontario Court of Justice at 2201 Finch Ave. W.
Update: August 24, 2010 – G20 charges withdrawn against 58
Update: September 2, 2010 – A $115-million class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of more than 1,100 people who were arrested or detained or whose business was vandalized during the G20 summit in June. The class action suit filed on behalf of 1,150 people, against the Toronto Police Services Board, the Peel Regional Police and the Attorney General of Canada asks the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in a 41-page brief, to declare that these people’s Constitutional and Civil rights have been breached during the G20 Summit.
David Midanik of the legal firm David Midanik & Associates is located at 34 Shaftesbury Ave in Toronto has created a website dedicated to this suit (named “G20 Defence.ca”).
Now the “David versus Goliath” conflict begins. The first step is the filing, now the matter must be scheduled and certified by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. This is the beginning of a long journey and will take a considerable amount of time before it is resolved and comes to a final conclusion.
Update: September 3, 2010 – Toronto policed by out-of-towners
Update: September 7, 2010 – Natalie Gray of Maple Ridge, B.C., a 20-year-old environmental activist is suing the Toronto Police Services Board and unnamed individual police officers, claiming that her arm and stomach (painful injuries to her elbow and sternum) were injured as a result of being shot with two (2) rubber bullets by police, on Eastern Avenue in Toronto, during the G20 summit protest on June 27, 2010. Initially police denied using rubber bullets during the G20 summit, but subsequently admitted to using them. In her Statement of Claim, Ms. Gray is claiming assault, unlawful arrest, malicious prosecution, and violations of her rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Ms. Gray has retained Toronto lawyers Clayton Ruby and Brian Shiller (of the law firm Ruby & Shiller) to represent her in this matter. In addition to filing the lawsuit today, seeking more than $1.6 million dollars in damages, Ms. Gray’s lawyers are requesting that a criminal investigation be immediately initiated against the police officer believed to have shot the rubber bullets.
Update: September 13, 2010 – Judge dismisses Crown appeal to deny G20 ‘ringleaders’ bail.
A judge has decided two alleged ringleaders of G20 protest violence will remain free on bail.
Alex Hundert and Leah Henderson were released July 19 on $100,000 bail each.
Shortly after their release, the Crown filed an appeal to review the terms of bail.
Justice Todd Ducharme said today he agrees with the Crown that the justice of the peace made several errors in his written decision.
But, he said he was dismissing the Crown’s applications and Hundert and Henderson will stay free on bail.
Hundert and Henderson’s bail conditions include living under house arrest, being under direct supervision of their sureties and not communicating with co-accused.
Update: September 14, 2010 – Police summit tactics to be probed
Update: September 18, 2010 – Alleged G20 ringleader arrested after taking part in university panel
Update: September 22, 2010 – G20 ‘secret law’ to undergo independent review . McGuinty agrees to hold an inquiry on the changes to the law designed for the G20, but has refused to hold an inquiry with respect to the handling of security at G20 Summit, as has his HST buddy, PM Stephen Harper.
The Laws that Harper, McGuinty and Bill Blair (Chief of Toronto Police) relied upon to curtail and deny rights conferred upon the public by the Charter: ONTARIO REGULATION 233/10 (created June 2, 2010 under the 1939 Public Works Protection Act, filed on e-laws on June 16, 2010 and printed in The Ontario Gazette on Saturday, July 3, 2010 – see pages 1029-1031). It was ONTARIO REGULATION 233/10 that Toronto Police later misused to mislead the public, by erroneously claiming that anyone coming within 5 metres of the summit fence would be required to provide identification or submit to a search.
Update: September 22, 2010 – McMurtry’s Probe of ‘secret’ G20 law should be public: critics
Update: September 23, 2010 – McMurtry’s probe: Bad law needs changing
Update: September 23, 2010 – Ex-judge Morden to head G20 policing review
Update: September 23, 2010 – G8/G20 costs include $80M for food, lodging $80 million was spent on food and accommodation, more than $34 million on telecommunications and electronics, almost $17 million for vehicle rentals and transportation, $85,000 for spent for snacks and $14,000 for glow sticks. An $85,000 tab is listed for snacks at the exclusive Park Hyatt hotel in downtown Toronto and $68,340 was spent on Nikon cameras and there was $45,000 was spent on binoculars.
Update: September 24, 2010 – Tories Make no Apology for High Cost of Summits
Conservative Government House Leader John Baird does not understand and cannot explain why $14,000.00 worth of “glow sticks”, purchased by Public Works, were necessary for summit security.
Glow Stick breakdown: based on 25 glow sticks for $12.99
$12.99 X 13% HST =$1.6887 $12.99 + HST = $14.678
$ 14,000.00 divided by $ 14.678 = 953.808
25 Glow Sticks X 953.808 = 23, 845 Glow Sticks
Taxpayers also forked out more than $60,000 for binoculars, more than $600,000 for computer equipment and more than $250,000 for cameras and video recorders. During this orgy of spending with the money from the deep pockets of the public purse, safeguards such as a detailed inventory of items purchased and who currently possesses these items is not conducted. Which police force(s) and which station or location is currently in possession of all items which were purchased?
Where are all of the Binoculars now? ($60,000.00 worth)
Where is all the computer equipment now? ($600,000.00 worth)
Where are all the cameras and video recorders now? ($250,000.00 worth)
Update: October 5, 2010 – Lawyers, politicians demand public inquiry into G20, 100 days after summit
Ontario dismissed calls Tuesday for a public inquiry into the controversial G20 summit in Toronto, saying it’s up to the federal government to decide if the probe is needed.
A group of lawyers and civil libertarians joined the Ontario New Democrats on Tuesday to demand an inquiry 100 days after the gathering of world leaders and the accompanying protests that saw more than 1,000 people detained by police.
However, Public Safety Minister Jim Bradley said there are already several different investigations into the G20 and the so-called secret law the province passed governing police powers during the summit.
The G8 and G20 summits were federal events, said Bradley, so it’s up to Ottawa to decide if a public inquiry is needed in addition to all the other probes.
Update: October 6, 2010 – A Canadian Parliamentary committee will probe G8, G20 summits
Other reviews under way include a look at complaints by Ontario’s independent police review director, two reviews of the Ontario government’s decision to amend a law prior to the summit to give police added powers and a review by the province’s Special Investigations Unit into five incidents of serious injury in police custody. Several class-action suits are also under way.
Update: October 9, 2010 – Ombudsman to release G20 secret law report in days.
Ontario’s Ombudsman says he is done investigating a secret law that sparked confusion about police powers during Toronto’s G20 summit.
In a Twitter update Saturday, Andre Marin said he has reviewed all the evidence and will give a draft report to the Ontario government within the next 10 days.
“Once finalized, the G20 report will be made public in its entirety,” Marin wrote on Twitter, adding it will be made public before the end of the year.
Marin’s 90-day probe looked at why the province passed the secret law, which many thought gave police powers to arrest people who came within five metres of a security fence at the summit site if they didn’t show identification.
Update: October 14, 2010 – G20-related charges against nearly 100 protesters dropped.
Crown prosecutors have dropped charges against nearly 100 people arrested during the G20 summit, due to a lack of evidence.
Most of them were Quebeckers who travelled to Toronto for the summit and were billeted at a gymnasium in a University of Toronto building. Early on the morning of Sunday, June 27, police raided the building and rounded up roughly 90 people. They were charged with conspiracy to commit a criminal act.
Activists said the dropping of the charges showed police didn’t have any grounds to make the arrests.
Update: October 19, 2010 – Government officials defend summit spending as efficient and necessary.
Government officials say the G8 and G20 summits in June were a bargain at $1.3 billion.
The “overarching consideration” in putting together the summits was “finding economies of scale,” chief organizer Peter McGovern told MPs at a committee hearing Tuesday.
The $930 million that was earmarked for security was necessary to assure the world that the summits would go off without a hitch, said former spy chief Ward Elcock, who oversaw security at the meetings.
Update: October 20, 2010 – G20 protester appeals ban on media, Internet communication bail condition.
One of the alleged ringleaders of G20 protests in Toronto plans to file an application for a review of his bail conditions.
Supporters say in a release that Alex Hundert will submit the application today in Ontario Superior Court.
Hundert was released on $100,000 bail following his arrest in June on three counts of conspiracy related to G20 activities.
He was arrested again Sept. 17, after taking part in a panel discussion at Ryerson University, for allegedly violating his bail conditions.
Hundert was released last week after agreeing to new bail conditions, which included a ban on him speaking to the media, no association with certain people or posting on the Internet.
Groups including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Association of Journalists have said the bail conditions go too far.
Update: October 22, 2010 – Crown drops arson charge against G20 protester
The Crown has dropped arson charges against a G20 protester accused of setting a police cruiser alight.
On Friday, a prosecutor also withdrew charges of mischief endangering life and conveying a false message against Kirk Warrington, 26.
“The Crown determined there was no reasonable prospect of conviction and withdrew these charges,” said attorney general’s spokesperson Brendan Crawley.
Warrington still faces charges of mischief over $5,000 and mischief under $5,000.
His next court date is Oct. 29.
Warrington always maintained he tried to douse the fire engulfing a cruiser in front of 415 Queen St. W. during protests surrounding the G20 summit in June.
“There is clear video footage of him trying to put it out and calling for water,” his lawyer, Bernadette Saad, said in an interview
“He’s insisted all along that he didn’t start it. In fact, when he saw it, he was trying to put it out with no help from anyone.”
Update: October 23, 2010 – Alex Hundert, an accused ringleader of G20 violence, was arrested for a third time on Saturday.
Alex Hundert, an accused G20 violence ringleader, has been arrested — again.
This is the third time the 30-year-old activist has been arrested in the past five months. The Crown has been appealing to have his bail revoked.
Hundert was released from jail just over a week ago on more stringent bail conditions, which included a ban on speaking to the media.
Hundert’s lawyer, John Norris, would not comment Saturday but did confirm that his client had been arrested on a “new charge.”
“I also understand that he is not alleged to have breached the terms of the new bail, although I have not seen the actual new charge(s),” he said.
A statement released by the Toronto Community Mobilization Network, an activist group, said the arrest took place Saturday morning at Hundert’s surety’s home. It added his rearrest is “yet another attempt to intimidate and harass Alex and other anti-G20 organizers.”
Update: October 24, 2010 – Why so much attention for G20 protester?
Alex Hundert, a G20 protester who seems to be getting a disproportionate amount of police attention, was arrested again on Saturday.
This is the third time Hundert has been arrested since the G20. His family and lawyer didn’t wish to discuss the charges before a court date this week and police would not give out the charge information.
Hundert is currently under bail conditions labelled “astonishing” by Osgoode Hall law professor Alan Young. He can’t speak to the media, see his girlfriend without supervision or participate in any public demonstrations. He’s facing three counts of conspiracy pertaining to G20 activities surrounding the June summit.
So who is this guy?
Hundert, 30, is described by his friends as a serious, committed activist who works full time for social justice. Bearded and bespectacled, he wears his hair long and puts most of his energy into campaigning for indigenous land rights and environmental protection.
“He’s really most passionate about doing work in indigenous communities that are struggling for their sovereignty,” says friend Rachel Avery who is currently on a non-association order with Hundert, so her comments come from their history together and not any recent conversations. “He really believes firmly in social and environmental justice.”
He was first arrested June 25, ahead of the violent protests surrounding the summit. Police accused him of being a “ringleader” responsible for planning violent and destructive demonstrations. He was arrested again Sept. 17 for participating in a panel discussion at Ryerson University, and was held in jail for more than a month before being released Oct. 13.
Update: October 25, 2010 – Final G8/G20 bills due by December: Toews
The government will have a clearer picture of security costs for the G20 and G8 summits once security agencies submit their final claims for reimbursement at the start of December, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Monday.
“All claims for reimbursement are to be submitted by Dec. 1, 2010,” Toews told a committee of parliamentarians probing costs at the G8 and G20 summits in Ontario during the summer. “Once they are received the final audits will be done, with the aim to be completed by March 31 of next year.”
Update: October 26, 2010 – Activist back in jail after Crown attorneys allegedly threatened
Update: October 27, 2010 – G20 security response worrying for democracy: Rights group
Update: November 1, 2010 – G20 summit: Public inquiry still required
Update: November 1, 2010 – Charges against G20 activist dropped
Update: November 4, 2010 – Why was it necessary for 90 Toronto Police Officers to hide during the G20? Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said Wednesday “I have a rule with the Toronto Police Service — it’s my rule — it’s in accordance with the policy of my police services board that our officers will wear their names displayed on their uniforms,”. About 90 Toronto police officers are facing disciplinary action for removing the name badges from their uniforms during the G20 summit, they are losing “a day’s pay” (is that for one of those day’s pay or for a regular (no overtime) day’s pay?) For a first class constable, a regular day’s pay (this doesn’t include all of the overtime incurred during the days leading up, during and after the G20) is about $300.00. Why were the police so afraid of being identified if they weren’t doing anything wrong? It is surprising to know that the police officer’s who disobeyed the rules weren’t identified doing so by their superiors until four (4) months later, only after complaints from the public emerged.
Update: November 4, 2010 – Toronto restaurants still waiting for G20 compensationa>
Update: November 5, 2010 – Coyle: Shining a light on G20, but we’re not seeing answers
Update: November 5, 2010 – RCMP watchdog launches G8, G20 probe
Update: November 6, 2010 – Final G20 security tab expected to hit $676 million
Update: November 8, 2010 – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the 340,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) are holding public hearings into the unlawful police activities during the G20 Summit and the resulting violations of Canadians’ basic human rights and civil liberties. The hearings will take place Wednesday November 10 and Thursday November 11 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, and Friday November 12 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal.
Update: November 8, 2010 – Toronto hearings put spotlight on G20 policing
Update: November 10, 2010 – Stories from hearings show G20 still haunts residents
Update: November 11, 2010 – Staggering G20 bill blamed on timing according to Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair
Update: November 11, 2010 – Hume: G20 destroying democracy in order to save it
Update: November 12, 2010 – Porter: Tales of horror from a police state — ours The hearings by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and National Union of Public and General Employees were focused on the summit this past summer in Toronto. But it often felt like a history lesson on 1935 Germany.
Update: November 12, 2010 – Your G20 table for 66 is waiting
Update: November 15, 2010 – Anti-G20 protester launches constitutional challenge
Update: November 15, 2010 – Global Voices: Time to end G20’s travelling circus
Update: November 19, 2010 – Toronto shut out of G8, G20 spending spree
Update: November 24, 2010 – O.P.P. relents and releases Fantino’s spending records for the G20 Summit
Update: November 26, 2010 – SIU clears officers in G20 probe
Update: November 26, 2010 – When police are guilty of FIDO — forget it, drive on
Update: November 28, 2010 – Justice denied in G20 police brutality cases
Update: November 29, 2010 – Blair blasts SIU over findings of ‘probable’ excessive force
Update: November 29, 2010 – Police take a Nobody to the ground
Update: November 30, 2010 – SIU reopens investigation into G20 arrest
Update: December 2, 2010 – Chief Blair: Aiming at wrong target
Update: December 3, 2010 – Three Americans extradited to Canada to face G20 charges
Update: December 3, 2010 – Chief Blair apologizes to G20 protester in YouTube video
Update: December 3, 2010 – Ottawa won’t say what it paid Deerhurst Resort to host G8 summit
Update: December 4, 2010 – Restaurateur furious about wait for G20 compensation
Update: December 5, 2010 – DiManno: G20 Youtube video a sorry affair indeed
Update: December 6, 2010 – Toronto journalist witnessed police brutality’ at Toronto G20
Update: December 7, 2010 – Ontario Ombudsman releases a scathing report on the actions of authorities with respect to the G20 in a 127 page report called “Caught in the Act”.
Update: December 7, 2010 – Ombudsman charges G20 secret law was ‘illegal’
Update: December 8, 2010 – Feds on secret G20 fence law: Wasn’t us!
Update: December 8, 2010 – Unlike Toronto, Ottawa cops admit there’s a problem
Update: December 8, 2010 – No rush to fix G20 law, says McGuinty
Update: December 8, 2010 – The buck stops here, Chief Blair says
Update: December 9, 2010 – 14 Toronto Police Officers identified in G20 takedown
Update: December 11, 2010 – Worth repeating: The ‘sorry legacy’ of G20 policing
Update: December 18, 2010 – G20 case studies: 400 official complaints, little satisfaction
Update: December 18, 2010 – G20 Case Studies: How complaints are handled
Update: December 19, 2010 – Reining in the Unaccountable Toronto Police Chief, Bill Blair
Update: December 20, 2010 – Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty, does get it on G20
Update: December 20, 2010 – Conspiracy charges dropped against G20 protester
Update: December 20, 2010 – G20 spurred officer to make weapons arrest, trial hears
Update: December 21, 2010 – Police officer charged in G20 beating
Toronto Police Constable Babak “Bobby” or “Bob” Andalib-Goortani was charged Tuesday morning with assault with a weapon. He is scheduled to appear in court on January 24, 2011.
Update: December 21, 2010 – DiManno: Public take a bow on G20 police charges
Update: December 22, 2010 – G20 protests: Don’t let charge be end of story
Update: December 22, 2010 – G20 Toronto Police Officer, Constable Babak “Bobby” or “Bob” Andalib-Goortani, tight-lipped at SIU appearance
Update: December 23, 2010 – Accused G20 officer went on humanitarian mission
Update: December 24, 2010 – Keep up the pressure, readers urge
Update: December 24, 2010 – The City of Toronto: Touted as an event to put Toronto on the geopolitical map, the G20 summit proved a nightmare. A secret 5-metre rule appeared to give police sweeping powers. The Black Bloc ran amok. The city appeared briefly to have become a police state, with “kettling” of protestors and the largest mass arrests in Canadian history — all during a heated mayoral campaign that divided the city. With a cop recently charged with assaulting a demonstrator, this story is far from over.
Update: December 27, 2010 – Photos: The Star’s picks from the G20
Update: January 7, 2011 – SIU report on plainclothes officers in Nobody case to be released
Update: January 7, 2011 – Judge orders police, SIU to hand over Adam Nobody records
Update: January 12, 2011 – G20 Take Victim Down
Update: January 14, 2011 – SIU reopens G20 case after photos surface
Update: January 24, 2011 – Hearing for Toronto police Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani officer charged in G20 assault postponed to February 28, 2011, by request of his publicly paid for defence lawyer, Harry Black
Update: January 26, 2011 –G20 charges dropped against visual artist
Update: January 27, 2011 – SIU reopens third G20 case
Update: February 2, 2011 – DiManno: Charged G20 officer stands alone
Update: February 2, 2011 – Publicly paid lawyer for G20 police defendant, Harry Black, opposes release of Adam Nobody notes
Update: February 5, 2011 – G20 abuse: What about the others?
Update: February 13, 2011 – Police response ‘scummy’, lawyer says over G20 investigation
Update: February 27, 2011 – Report slams ‘shocking’ abuses at G20 summit
Update: February 28, 2011 – No public inquiry on G20, McGuinty says
Update: February 28, 2011 – Civil rights trampled in police response to G20 protests: Report
Update: March 3, 2011 – Police services review of G20 moves to next phase
Update: March 9, 2011 – SIU reopens G20 case after video emerges
Update: March 16, 2011 – Man accused of lighting police cruiser on fire during G20 protest fires lawyer
Update: March 24, 2011 – Crossbow seized near G20 fence meant to repel break-in, court told
Update: April 1, 2011 – G20 private security firm charged
Update: April 1, 2011 – Police cleared of wrongdoing in G20 injury case
Update: April 28, 2011 – Exclusive: Province to scrap secret G20 law
Update: May 6, 2011 – Jane’s Walk recalls G20 violence in Toronto
Update: May 6, 2011 No apology from McGuinty for G20 secret law
Update: May 11, 2011 – Filmmaker suing province, police over G20 arrest
Update: May 12, 2011 – Montreal man arrested in G20 investigation
Update: May 12, 2011 – Judge acquits G20 ‘jester’ of carrying Molotov cocktails
Update: May 16, 2011 G20 ‘geek’ Byron Sonne granted bail
Update: May 16, 2011 Evidence leaves officers unidentified in G20 takedown
Update: May 26, 2011 – Witness to G20 beating was suspect officer’s roommate, SIU says
Update: May 26, 2011 – Police service probes G20 ‘witness’ officers
Update: May 27, 2011 – DiManno: G20 policing black eye isn’t fading away
Update: May 27, 2011 – The Big Deal: Will a civilian review of G20 allow us to move forward?
Update: June 9, 2011 – Ministers didn’t follow own policies for G8 spending