"There were toys – tanks, helicopters and gadgets. The Integrated Security Unit put on a show on Sunday at the Canada Summit Centre (in Huntsville).
The national media was out in full force and everyone from young families to senior citizens were cruising the parking lot adjacent to the centre to check out the security hardware that will be on the streets of Huntsville, in the air and on guard in case of emergencies during the G8 Summit.
The crowd was then treated to a motorcade demonstration; motorcycles, their lights flashing led in a succession of vehicles.
“We know this has been an area of concern for local residents,” said Chamberland as he introduced the demonstration of how roadside checkpoints will work. OPP officers set up their checkpoints and waited.
And waited. Delays continued throughout the demonstration which in the end amounted to little more than officers poking their heads toward the driver of the car, asking a question and waving them on.
“If travelling with proper accreditation (you will) first be met by a member of the OPP or RCMP who will ask a few questions. A couple of minutes and you will be on your way,” said Chamberland (OPP Sgt. Pierre Chamberland).
If you are travelling without proper accreditation you will be asked more questions and if a valid reason is provided you will be able to proceed through, he said. But, you will be escorted.
The closer you get to more secure areas the more checkpoints there will be, there will be more dogs and you will be engaged by officers in a more robust search of your vehicle.
This was going to be demonstrated, but the plan seemed to fall apart and it just didn’t happen...
Next came guys in space suits. Or suits meant to be worn to protect the security personnel inside the suit from things like chemical, biological and radioactive fallout. Worst-case scenario stuff.
“And the rest of my speech is missing….” said Chamberland at this point.
The crowd chuckled along with the hapless act of the security team leader. Nothing was going as planned."
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