Security, more security and pizza

Robin Rowland 

(I took early retirement from CBC News on March 31, 2010 and embarked on an new career as an independent visual journalist.  But I haven’t been blogging as I should. I was caught up in last minute renovations and now, so far, I haven’t been able to sell my house in Toronto, which means my life has largely been on hold. Now I am starting up again)

So Toronto is now on G8/G20  security lockdown  And since I am not really working at the moment, because I can’t make any commitments until  the house sells, I didn’t look for any G8/G20 related assignments.

It’s a beautiful June afternoon, so a friend and I decide to get away from it, as far as way as possible, without leaving the city. We went to Humber Bay Park West to enjoy the sun and photograph the birds and flowers.

But security was evident in the park as well.  A Canadian Coast  Guard boat went by first.


Sometime later it was a Toronto Police Service Marine Unit rescue boat.


After  a couple more hours of of nature photography (more on that later) we were driving back downtown, a downtown that despite news tweets about demonstrations and TTC tweets about streetcar service disruption, seemed relatively quiet.

Until we got to Dundas and Yonge.

Stopped at the traffic light we heard loud whistles, and weren’t sure where they came from. Ahead at the intersection maybe?  No they were behind us as a group of police officers on bicycles sped by.  We wondered where they were going in such a hurry.

124-bikesdundas.jpg(Note the officers are wearing their riot helmets.  The bicycle helmets they normally wear in the pouch at the back of the bicycles.)

It wasn’t long before we spotted the police again. Stopped at the Pizza Pizza at Dundas and Church.


I guess they were hungry after a long, hard day.  And why not? After all the newsrooms of Toronto keep Pizza Pizza in business during crisis periods and summits.  These guys, of course, apparently got to stop for a pizza.  Just wondering for all those journalists who are locked into the security zones. Is it delivery (e.g Pizza Pizza) or Deliciso?

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