Post 654 G20 – More government and police L.O.A.D.

It now appears that the G20 security fence, five-metre law, never existed…. That it was yet another L.O.A.D., fabricated to instill fear in anyone that dare challenge the authority of the police or the government.

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G20 security fence five-metre rule never existed…
By Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The expiration of the five-metre rule that had Toronto residents fearing arrest if they strayed too close to the G20 security perimeter came with a startling revelation Tuesday — it never existed.

The rule seemed straight forward when the news broke last Friday that the Ontario government made a regulatory change to a little-known act in secret.

Come within five metres of the summit security fence and you'd better have some identification or risk arrest.

The temporary regulation, which was passed in secret June 2, did decree that all streets and sidewalks inside the fence were a public work until 11:59 p.m. Monday. Under the Ontario Public Works Protection Act, that allowed police to search people trying to enter that area.

But there was no power to search people coming within five metres of the fence, said ministry spokeswoman Laura Blondeau.

"The area designated by the regulation as a public work does not extend outside the boundary of the fence," Blondeau said.

Asked Tuesday if there actually was a five-metre rule given the ministry's clarification, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair smiled and said, "No, but I was trying to keep the criminals out."

Update:McGuinty blamed for confusion on secret law By The Canadian Press

2010 June 30 1:30 pm TORONTO – Ontario's opposition parties say Premier Dalton McGuinty is to blame for confusion surrounding police powers to stop, search and detain people during the G20 summit.

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says he was wrongly led to believe officers could stop anyone within five metres of the security zone, inside or outside the fences.

Blair decided not to tell the public after he learned last Friday that the five-metre rule applied only inside the security fence.

Opposition Leader Tim Hudak say McGuinty must shoulder the blame for passing the regulation change in secret and keeping it secret.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says McGuinty needs to shoulder responsibility for what she calls a fiasco that infringed on people's civil liberties.

McGuinty has refused to say why cabinet kept the law secret, and his staff says he won't be available before the middle of next week.

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