Lengthy lawsuits have concluded that in Canada, police do not have the right to keep protesters far from international summits and heads of state; the public has a right to be “seen and heard”. So when Harper, Bush, and Calderón attend next week’s Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America meeting, demonstrators will be a kilometre down the road, but shown live via telecast in the hotel’s lobby.
I expect that five years from now some judge will rule that TV doesn’t cut it, but in the interim, I doubt the militant left is going to take this sitting down. I mean, the police may as well have just told people to stay home submit a video of their complaints via YouTube. It’s really not the same.