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Civic Tech: We tried to get a copy of the Sidewalk Toronto agreement

Why all the secrecy?

Photo courtesy of Sidewalk Labs.

If you follow the news in Toronto or if you’re interested in technology, you’ve probably heard of Sidewalk Toronto by now. It’s a joint project of Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, and Waterfront Toronto. This is the tech giant’s first foray into urban development and infrastructure, with Toronto hosting the pilot project.

In January, I submitted a freedom of information request to Waterfront Toronto, asking for some information about Sidewalk Toronto. I’ve been particularly curious about something called the “Framework Agreement.”

Keep reading: Civic Tech: We tried to get a copy of the Sidewalk Toronto agreement

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Habitat: Environmentalists eye city’s investment policies

Divestment is “more urgent” in Toronto than NYC

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking aggressive action on divestment.

A growing list of large institutional investors around the world – state and provincial pension funds, university endowments, and most recently, New York City itself, have been aggressively divesting from fossil fuel investments so as to do their part in mitigating against climate change.

Here in Toronto, it’s been a different story. Prominent institutional investors, like the University of Toronto and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, have been slower to fully embrace the divestment movement in the same way as many of their American counterparts.

Keep reading: Habitat: Environmentalists eye city’s investment policies

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Another Glass Box: The Stalinist “Bunker” Edition

Mayoral foibles, Google's urban charm offensive, finalists for George Brown's new wood building, and how many avocado toasts will you need to give up?

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The Stalinist “bunker” in question.

Please don’t poke the mayor – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson found himself criticized in light of calling George Bemi’s award-winning Ottawa Library a “Stalin-ist bunker”. Watson’s rebuke wasn’t so elegant, but the following debate explored how contemporary ideas of wellness and accessibility requires real investment in restoration and renovation.

Keep reading: Another Glass Box: The Stalinist “Bunker” Edition