Toronto Star: There were more than 800 reversed overdoses in Toronto’s shelter system last year. A new database shows which shelters were hit the hardest.

Toronto Star: There were more than 800 reversed overdoses in Toronto’s shelter system last year. A new database shows which shelters were hit the hardest.. “In the final months of 2020, a hotel shelter in Scarborough was being battered by suspected drug overdoses — Toronto paramedics attended the single shelter 23 times for non-fatal incidents of drug toxicity between October and December alone. Downtown, another hotel shelter was fighting the same battle. Seventeen times in those three months, first responders showed up at the Bond Place hotel run by Dixon Hall, for cases where the patient was successfully revived.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago plan for police misconduct database fails to meet the moment

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago plan for police misconduct database fails to meet the moment. “This week, the Chicago City Council is expected to vote to create a public database of allegations of police misconduct — one-stop-shopping for anybody in town to review all complaints and how they have been handled and resolved. Except it wouldn’t really work that way. The database proposed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and allies in the City Council would be nothing but transparency-lite. More show than tell.”

City of Detroit: Detroit, Google. org Team Up To Create Tool To Help Detroiters Find Affordable Housing

City of Detroit: Detroit, Google. org Team Up To Create Tool To Help Detroiters Find Affordable Housing. “Google.org Fellows will work alongside the City’s Housing & Revitalization Department with the mission of addressing housing instability in the city by helping Detroiters find affordable housing, making it easier to rent and stay in the city. The vision is to streamline the process of searching and applying for affordable housing, and having housing opportunities listed in one place and updated frequently.”

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app. “The western Queensland mayors and tourism officials are so ‘disappointed’ by the inaccuracy of Google Maps in parts of the region, they are urging locals and tourists alike not to trust the web-based technology. They are advising tourists to use their common sense instead.”

Rochester Institute of Technology: NYSP2I creates new tools to help New York municipalities reduce wasted food

Rochester Institute of Technology: NYSP2I creates new tools to help New York municipalities reduce wasted food. “The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I)—led by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability—has developed a free, interactive toolkit that municipalities can use to design, implement, and manage food waste programs at the local level. The three-part guide, How to Build a Municipal Food Waste Strategy: A Toolkit for New York State Municipalities, is designed to assist communities large and small with building programs for reducing wasted food that are realistic and results-driven.”

Indictment: Kansas Man Indicted For Tampering With A Public Water System (Department of Justice)

Department of Justice: Indictment: Kansas Man Indicted For Tampering With A Public Water System . “The indictment alleges that on or about March 27, 2019, in the District of Kansas, [Wyatt] Travnichek knowingly accessed the Ellsworth County Rural Water District’s protected computer system without authorization. During this unauthorized access, it is alleged Travnichek performed activities that shut down the processes at the facility which affect the facilities cleaning and disinfecting procedures with the intention of harming the Ellsworth Rural Water District No. 1, also known as Post Rock Rural Water District.”

Los Angeles Times: L.A.’s homeless residents are 50% more likely to die if they get COVID. Now they’re a vaccine priority

Los Angeles Times: L.A.’s homeless residents are 50% more likely to die if they get COVID. Now they’re a vaccine priority. “Faced with the knowledge that homeless people are dying at much higher rates if they catch COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will make the county’s entire homeless population eligible for vaccines starting Monday. This comes as welcome news for public health officials and advocates who for months have been saying there should be more of a focus on a community that’s rife with comorbidities, struggles to access healthcare and can’t easily shelter in place or maintain social distance.”

StateTech Magazine: New Forms of Ransomware and 5G Smart City Attacks Could Cause Real Harm, Expert Warns

StateTech Magazine: New Forms of Ransomware and 5G Smart City Attacks Could Cause Real Harm, Expert Warns. “The threat of ransomware attacks for state and local governments has been an ever-present peril over the past several years, one that has gotten worse, experts say. What’s more, the threat is likely going to evolve to attack cloud service providers that host government services. That’s according to cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton, who detailed her IT security predictions for 2021 and 2022 during a recent webinar sponsored by CDW and Intel.”

New York Times: Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall

New York Times: Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall. “Those dormant offices, malls and restaurants that have turned cities around the country into ghost towns foreshadow a fiscal time bomb for municipal budgets, which are heavily reliant on property taxes and are facing real estate revenue losses of as much as 10 percent in 2021, according to government finance officials.”

Michigan Radio: Introducing Minutes, a new tool to keep track of local government in Michigan

Michigan Radio: Introducing Minutes, a new tool to keep track of local government in Michigan. “We’ve been working on this project for more than a year, with funding from the Google News Initiative. And what we’ve built is a program that can search for and download content from the videos of public meetings from dozens of cities and counties from every corner of Michigan…. One way we’re making these meetings more public is by setting up new podcasts feeds, so you can subscribe and listen to the meetings for your city.”

Techdirt: Hacked Florida Water Plant Found To Have Been Using Unsupported Windows 7 Machines And Shared Passwords

Techdirt: Hacked Florida Water Plant Found To Have Been Using Unsupported Windows 7 Machines And Shared Passwords. “If you’re not in the IT space, this is base level stuff. Have your computer systems on operating systems that are under active support and are being patched. That is doubly so for any systems that are critical, or which have access to critical systems. And to not have any client security, such as a local software firewall, on such a machine is IT malpractice. On top of the above, it appears that TeamViewer hadn’t been actively used by the staff there for nearly six months.”