The G-20 has come to Toronto! And with it, the threat of potentially angry protesters! Guess what though? The Canadians aren't scared. Not at all, actually. They're not gonna be pushed around and in fact, if you must know, they've got a plan, for how they're gonna deal with these bullies. Several in fact. The first is to go home, lock the doors, get under the covers and not come out until it's safe. The second is to tell anyone listening to piss off-- they're not going anywhere. This is their house (office) and they will defend it. And you wanna know something else? They're not afraid anymore.
While most of Toronto's companies in the financial district are sending employees home to avoid run-ins with G-20 demonstrators, workers at the StatPro North America, a provider of asset management software based there, will hunker down. The company's office is on the border of the "red zone" -- the two-block radius around the Metro Toronto Convention Center, where G-20 summit is being held. The city strongly recommended those in the area to leave. Andrew Peddar, chief operating officer of StatPro North America, said that the firm wanted to ensure that its clients, which include asset managers and hedge funds, could be assured of uninterrupted service during the week. The campout was the employees' suggestion. That way, they'll avoid potential disasters on the client front and also sidestep protestors. "We have sleeping bags, lot of food and lots of liquid," said Peddar. The axes? "In case we need to break out."
Not sure if he's in the minority but at least one guy thinks the whole thing is aces. Let's do it again!
Junaid Zia, a risk analyst at Deloitte, had most of the week off. When he left the office Monday night, he said he didn't see any protestors, only a lot of policemen. He has been updating his resume and taking courses on the Deloitte website. "They should just do G-20 every year," he said.
Also, this is neither here nor there, but a word to the wise: this chick is watching you.
Debbie Kiladze, an underwriter at Swiss Re Toronto, worked at home Thursday and Friday because her office closed, although it isn't in the red zone. While Kiladze seemed to have followed the rules nearly to a T, some of her colleagues may not have been as diligent. "When I logged on this morning, having slept in, a few people still weren't on," said a pajama-clad Kiladze.