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Babar Too Co.'s Huntsville - gets the G8 Summit

With a minimum of 5,000 journalists set to attend, 15,000 police, military and security personel, and protesters estimated in the 1000's, it's been big news to the Huntsville community that we're hosting this year's G8 Summit.

It's been estimated that the summit will cost in excess of 50 million on town improvements. Yet somewhat still unreal to us, is the fact that Air Force One is scheduled to be landing in North Bay. Exciting, but as a locals somewhat unexpected!

The most peaceful summit was held in Japan in 2008, it was also the most recent. Topics to be discussed include biodiversity, climate change, the world economy, energy, Iran, Africa, fragile and vulnerable states, crime, terrorism, and peace to name a few. On Harper's agenda, children's health in the poorest regions in the world.  

Local businesses that stretch far and wide across Muskoka, Parry Sound and the Near North, are anticipating, and to some extent already enjoying, the influx of potential clientelle. Nobody however, knows what to expect. The overall economic impact of the summit is estimated to be substantial.

Town seems to be hopping. The first long weekend of the season is coming to an end. It was beautiful. It was hot, the rain that was called for didn't show, the pub was lively and spirited overlooking the river and quite frankly town looks stunning. There are new little parkettes everywhere and the highway is flawless. The flags went up yesterday and now we get to enjoy looking at a Canadian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, British, American, Russian, and  a European Union official flag.


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