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06/07/2010

G20 means long weekend for Legislative staff

The G20 is giving the staff at Ontario’s legislative building a break — and it’s in the form of a day off.

In a letter sent to staff, the assembly clerk announced the building will be closed from June 25 to 27 for safety reasons.

“The designation of the north section of Queen's Park as protest site has had a greater impact on the security measures for the Legislative Building than we might have otherwise expected. As a result, during the month of June, you may notice an increase in security and police presence as part of continuing efforts to ensure the security and safety of all occupants of the Legislative Building and the building itself,” the memo said.

“All occupants are strongly discouraged from accessing the building during this period. Should access be absolutely necessary, you are reminded to carry your security access card at all times for ease of identification. Parking in all areas of the Legislative precinct will be prohibited.”

The legislative building will be business as usual in the weeks leading up to the Summit, but the letter warns staff to report anything that seems off or worrisome.

“While we have no information at this time to suggest that this building is at risk, we believe it is practical and in everyone's best interest to exercise a high degree of preparedness. We ask for your patience and cooperation as well as an enhanced awareness of your surroundings during this time. As the month progresses, should you note anything that you think is unusual, please notify Legislative Security Service immediately.”

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