From the Star:
A technical evaluation by Waterfront Toronto staff says 90 per cent of the 160 innovations Google’s sister firm has put forward for their proposed sma...
Yeah, didn't see the waterfront LRT in the Ford funding priorities. Bring on the Google train. Maybe they can sneak in a surreptitious Gardiner tear down while they are at it.
This statement is in the latest WT information on Sidewalk.waterfront LRT is coming from the city, not province... technically the ford funding announcement is paying for it through saving the city from their spending on those transit projects
who knows how long it will take though as they're still waiting on a bunch of EAs/preliminary designs to be finished
The City of Toronto has launched public consultations aimed at developing a governance framework — new rules and regulations that would govern privacy, data collection and digital infrastructure in smart-technology projects such as Sidewalk Labs’.
But that governance framework would take until late 2021 to finalize, a recent city report said.
Privacy commissioners at both the provincial and federal levels have called for changes to their laws, and both levels of governments are also conducting reviews and/or consultations on their digital strategies, the panel report noted.
Waterfront Toronto’s board is set to vote May 20 on whether to accept or reject the proposal from its “innovation partner” Sidewalk Labs.
That is the kind of thing that would be covered in any agreement. Similar to how developers who want 'special sidewalk" treatments outside their developments have to provide upkeep guarantees and sureties.What happens if Google fails? Does the neighbourhood fall apart once there's no one to maintain the infrastructure they set up?
The story of how Toronto walked back the Google plan is in part a tale of locals taking on a big company. But it also reflects a growing pushback around the world against big tech that has accelerated since Sidewalk Labs unveiled its proposal.
In the United States, several of the Democratic presidential hopefuls have described Google, Facebook and other tech giants as monopolies that should be scrutinized for antitrust violations. Europe has seen a flurry of new laws around online content and Britain has floated the idea of an internet regulator.
In Canada, even Mr. Trudeau’s government, which has actively pursued investments by multinational tech giants, is proposing to follow the lead of France and tax digital services.
“I think there’s been a significant shift in attitudes and public understanding of what’s at stake and the issues with these tech giants,” said Andrew Clement, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto’s faculty of information who studies digital surveillance and infrastructure.
The low point for Sidewalk came last June when it released thousands of pages of its master development plan, blindsiding many people in Toronto with a more expansive vision than originally proposed.
Instead of a 12-acre project, the master plan covered the full 800 acres adjacent to the original parcel. Sidewalk proposed receiving a cut of future property taxes from the neighborhood in exchange for building a rail transit line there. That funding idea was ultimately withdrawn.
While Mr. Doctoroff said Waterfront Toronto had requested a broader vision, he acknowledged that Sidewalk had overreached.