G20 and Civil Rights

June 26, 2010

The New York Times has an article about the apparent erosion of civil liberties in Toronto during the G20 summit:

Canadians discovered Friday that the Group of 20 summit meeting in Toronto has brought not only world leaders but also a temporary suspension of some of their own civil rights, at least in the core of downtown Toronto.

This post is not about whether the police powers have gone too far. Unfortunately, whenever I hear about the protests all I can think about is the patients and their families at the hospitals just south of Queen’s Park (Princess Margaret, Toronto General, Mount Sinai, and Sick Kids) and the impact the protests have on them:

As a precaution, UHN has cancelled many of our outpatient clinics on Friday, June 25, 2010, except for the following: dialysis at Toronto General Hospital; radiation therapy and chemotherapy at Princess Margaret Hospital; medical imaging at all UHN sites. These clinics will remain open for our patients on Friday, June 25, 2010

For me, civil liberties is all about the Golden Rule and they only extend to the point where your rights begin to impinge on the rights of others.

This is a fine balance but it seems like modern-day protestors are no longer just trying to have their voice heard but they are also trying to force their message on an unwilling audience.


One Response to “G20 and Civil Rights”

  1. Rinus Says:

    Ya learn somnthieg new everyday. It’s true I guess!

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