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Draft summaries from Waterfront Toronto's July consultations were released last week, and we were encouraged to see the large number and wide range of concerns over Sidewalk Labs' proposals expressed there.*
A common thread runs through the draft reports from almost every single breakout group and plenary session: a lack of trust in Sidewalk/Google, and concerns over the company's track record, its intentions, its immense influence/power and its behaviour in Toronto. We concur.
*We've heard from many of you that the public consultations on Sidewalk Labs' Master Plan (MIDP) were not accessible or difficult to engage with. We will continue to flag other ways to learn about and respond to Sidewalk Labs' plans (official consultations and community initiatives alike) through these channels.
THIS WEEK'S ACTIONS
Get ready for an action-packed fall.
A few weeks ago, Waterfront Toronto announced it would terminate its partnership with Sidewalk Labs/Google on October 31st if the company did not meet a few key conditions. This is a significant development.