It pains me to have to take the precious few moments I have to write, to bother with this but I was sick and tired of the media coverage, money spent and sheer insanity of the recent G-20 and G-8 meetings in Toronto and Huntsville respectively.
Here are the facts as I know them to be:
1. Millions of non-recoverable dollars were spent on hosting the combined meetings
2. Businesses, schools and public transportation were shut down for days leading up to the events
3. Residents in downtown Toronto were asked to lock themselves in their buildings for the weekend or leave town and only return when the dust had settled
4. Over 700 arrests were made
5. A bunch of world leaders met
Here are my suggestions on how to solve the nonsensical violence, the unnecessary vandalism and the absurdity of protestors traveling en masse whose group effort destroyed a Starbucks in downtown Toronto. Were they protesting the inconsistency of the tazo chai latte with soy? A strongly worded letter would probably score you a $10 gift card.
1. Teleconference the leaders in. Modern technology has created such sophisticated phone systems, it is as if you are in the same room with the people you are speaking to, sitting at the same boardroom table and it can be done for a fraction of the price as meeting in person.
2. Don’t announce to anyone in the world, other than your leaders where the meetings will be held. If the protestors and angry mobs don’t know where or when you are meeting, how can they show up?
3. Host the events outside of major centres. I may be out of line but if you host your elite in an obscure, off-site location, there might be an argument that the protestors (lovely though they may be) aside from a bicycle and their tattered shoes, have no means of transportation and therefore will not smash any buildings in their quest for a good cup of coffee.