That unguarded tunnel between the World Trade Centre and Scotia Square was always under control, G-7 security officials insisted yesterday.
For most of Friday, one could stroll through the tunnel, bypassing the elaborate security above ground. By late in the afternoon, a guard was posted.
All part of our “ops plan,” officials said, to leave things as business as usual for as long as possible.
When you don’t know someone, you talk about innocous things such as weather. And finance ministers apparently are no different.
According to nameless officials, Canada’s John Manley and his U.S. counterpart Paul O’Neill walked together yesterday morning from their hotel to the meetings in the World Trade Centre, hoping for more of Friday’s glorious weather.
Alas, it was not to be, leaving the two men to complain to each other about the overcast skies.
Missing from this summit’s news briefings were detailed accounts from bureaucrats about the mundane events of the dinner meetings, when they sometimes report who sneezed in the middle of the second course.
G-8 meeting veterans recalled with humour a meeting in the mid-’90s in Naples, when the Japanese went so far as to report that their minister had had to leave the dinner the evening before because he was suffering from a “soft poo” problem.
The Naples affair was thereafter dubbed the “Soft Poo” summit.
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