As we mentioned in an earlier post today, journalists from G20 countries arrived in Toronto this week to attend a government-funded junket.
This morning, the journalists stopped at the Distillery District for a “question and answer” period with Rob Moore, the minister of state for tourism and small business. Star reporter Katie Daubs tagged along and below is a sampling of questions* posed to Moore by the cadre of international reporters, as well as Katie's experience being on the other side of an interview for a change.
Are police prepared for violent protestors?
Moore: They are up for the challenge
What is the personality of Toronto?
Moore: Friendly, cosmopolitan, diverse and safe. (Fun fact: if you Google image these words, a Toronto skyline actually pops up, in addition to this).
And a question from the local contingent:
What was your reaction to the recent firebombing in Ottawa? When you saw it, were you like, Oh S—t?
Moore: I wouldn’t use those words exactly.
Afterwards, members of the international press were kind enough to indulge local media with their impressions of Canada and Toronto.
"I don’t like being interviewed. It’s weird” said one reporter who escaped to a bench in the shade.
While talking to an Italian journalist, I understood what she meant. The reporter asked me what Canadians are hoping to get out of the world spotlight of the G20 experience.
Half way through a casual reply, I started to worry my name might appear in Corriere della Sera. It was an irrational fear since my opinions on the matter were inconsequential and very poorly composed, but I started backtracking. Changing my words. Getting nervous.
When an Indonesian reporter asked me what the Canadian public thinks about journalists, I mumbled something wishy-washy, like a politician.
I think it was off the record, but keep an eye on the Jakarta Post.
*Note: questions and answers have been condensed for length.