Toronto, Ontario – It’s not every day you see a travel alert issued for one of the safest cities in one of the safest countries in the world, but that is what the United States State Department did and the Canadians are none too happy about the designation.
Toronto is hosting the G-20 Economic Summit later this week, and there are expected to be the usual bombardment of protests from such groups as Greenpeace, Oxfam, and others. But Canadians are already reeling from the $1 billion price tag to turn the city of Toronto into an armored fortress and believe the travel alert just adds insult to injury.
Said one Canadian official “What really frosts the Canadians’ arses is the fact that the trouble makers expected to appear at the G-20 summit are primarily Americans. So in essence, the U.S. is issuing travel alerts to our country to protect themselves from, well, themselves. Not only are we footing the tab for the security, but Toronto now has a black mark on it as being a dangerous place to travel.”
Ironically, no travel alerts were issued last year for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the site of the 2009 G-20 Summit; however, the reason could be that no one really wants to travel to Pittsburgh to protest or otherwise.