Our most dangerous streets: Huge new collision database points to Toronto’s postwar suburbs (Toronto Star)

Toronto Star: Our most dangerous streets: Huge new collision database points to Toronto’s postwar suburbs. “A Star analysis of a huge new database of Toronto traffic collisions is shining a bright spotlight on a distinctly suburban problem. The new data set, much larger and more complete than any previously available records, offers a comprehensive account of nearly 500,000 collisions reported to Toronto police between 2014 and 2021, most mapped to the nearest intersection.”

CP24: Ontario to stop collecting COVID-19 numbers from school boards, suspend reporting of cases in schools

CP24: Ontario to stop collecting COVID-19 numbers from school boards, suspend reporting of cases in schools. “The Ontario government will stop collecting COVID-19 numbers from school boards and suspend reporting of new coronavirus infections among students and staff starting next week. The change was detailed in a memo from the Ministry of Education sent to school board officials on Thursday, the same day the province announced that it was delaying the opening of schools for two days – from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5.”

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.”

Vice: Toronto Cops Promoted One of Canada’s Biggest Anti-Maskers on Instagram

Vice: Toronto Cops Promoted One of Canada’s Biggest Anti-Maskers on Instagram. “The photo, which was first reported on by CBC News, was posted on an Instagram page called @TPSNeighbourhoodWatch, an account affiliated with the force’s 51 Division. It shows two smiling officers flanking Chris Saccoccia, a well-known anti-mask crusader who was recently involved in a series of illegal raves at Toronto’s Cherry Beach in protest of physical distancing. Saccoccia goes by Chris Sky online but has been identified as Chris Saccoccia by the Toronto Sun and Newstalk.”

AP: Google Affiliate Scraps Plan for Toronto Smart City Project

AP: Google Affiliate Scraps Plan for Toronto Smart City Project. “Google abandoned its smart-city development in Toronto…after more than two years of controversy over privacy concerns and amid economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic. A unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet had been proposing to turn a rundown part of Toronto’s waterfront into a wired community, but Sidewalk Labs chief executive Dan Doctoroff said in a statement that it is no longer financially viable.” This is somewhat old news — I am still catching up from my focusing more exclusively on coronavirus news — but I’m still shocked.

Arts@Home: New Website Offers Free Resources And Activities For Educators And People Of All Ages (Broadway World) (PRESS RELEASE)

BroadwayWorld: Arts@Home: New Website Offers Free Resources And Activities For Educators And People Of All Ages (PRESS RELEASE). “For so many, Toronto is our creative, cultural home. That’s why during the COVID-19 crisis, several local cultural organizations, in collaboration with arts educators and with the support of the City of Toronto, have come together to launch Arts@Home, a shared online space promoting free cultural resources for both educators and the community…. The portal features resources for educators and people of all ages in several diverse and broad-based categories: Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, Media, and More. Subsections include Film and Photography, as well as offerings from Indigenous arts organizations. All tools and activities are free of charge, and available to everyone.”

CNN: Alphabet scales back its smart city project in Toronto after backlash

CNN: Alphabet scales back its smart city project in Toronto after backlash. “Waterfront Toronto, the government agency overseeing the development, announced Thursday that it has agreed to evaluate Alphabet’s plans after major concessions from the tech company, including a much smaller plot of land for the development and less control over data. The agreement keeps Alphabet’s project alive.”

Boing Boing: Leaked document reveals that Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto plans for private taxation, private roads, charter schools, corporate cops and judges, and punishment for people who choose privacy

Boing Boing: Leaked document reveals that Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto plans for private taxation, private roads, charter schools, corporate cops and judges, and punishment for people who choose privacy. “Tomorrow, Toronto’s City Council will hold a key vote on Sidewalk Labs’s plan to privatize much of the city’s lakeshore in the name of creating a ‘smart city’ owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Today, the Globe and Mail published a summary of Sidewalk Labs’s leaked ‘yellow book’, a 2016 document that lays out Sidewalk Labs’s vision for Toronto and future projects in Detroit, Denver, and Alameda.”