Google Canceled Its ‘Smart City’ Plans for Toronto

Toronto scuttled Google’s plans for a ‘smart city’ on its waterfront due to privacy concerns and lack of transparency in planning. Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Alphabet that owns Google, planned autonomous cars, a mix of offices and retail with a green agenda, robots, and underground waste disposal. In return for its investment, Sidewalk Labs wanted a share of property taxes, development fees, and increased value of city land. People objected to sensors that would be placed everywhere collecting data on everything. They also were not not comfortable with a private company running their city [Good decision on the sensors, but it is hard to imagine that private-sector crooks would be much worse than public-sector crooks.] -GEG

It was meant to be a vision of how we will all live in future – a smart city built from the internet up – offering citizens the chance to experience the very latest technology.

That would include autonomous cars, innovative ways to collect rubbish and shared spaces for communities to come together in new ways.

Sidewalk Labs, a sister company to Google, had earmarked disused land in Toronto, Canada for this bold urban experiment, which it hoped would become a model for other cities around the world.

The fact that it would be collecting a lot of data from sensors placed all around the harbourside development unsettled some.

Now many are asking whether a private firm should take charge of urban improvement at all.

Radical mix

The project was announced to much fanfare in 2017 and the partnership between Sidewalk Labs and Toronto Waterfront, the agency charged with revitalising the area, promised great things.

Led by Dan Doctoroff, ex-deputy mayor of New York, working with a team of both government and digital experts, Sidewalk Labs promised a radical mix of offices, retail and makerspaces with a green agenda, robots and underground waste disposal. It would be, said Mr Doctoroff, a happy place to live.

Mr Doctoroff was due to speak at the TED conference, hosted on the other side of Canada in Vancouver, in April.

He cancelled his appearance at short notice. Meanwhile, back in Toronto, a group of citizens called Block Sidewalk held its inaugural meeting.

And none of the people attending seemed particularly happy, according to organiser Bianca Wylie.

She told the BBC that those gathered had a range of concerns, from the lack of transparency in the way Toronto Waterfront had awarded the contract to Sidewalk Labs, to doubts about whether the firm has a proven track record in delivering such an ambitious project.

There were also concern about what the company was planning to do with the area in the long term.

“This group was formed because leaked documents in the Toronto Star suggested Sidewalk Labs had a far grander vision than the 12-acre (48,500-sq m) site it had talked about. We were concerned that we were not getting transparency,” Ms Wylie told the BBC.

The article she refers to alleged that the Google-affiliate wanted to build a much bigger neighbourhood at Quayside and provide new transport for it.

In return for its investment it wanted a share of property taxes, development fees and increased value of city land that would normally go to the city.

This has not been disputed by Sidewalk Labs.

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Connecticut: Small Town Passes Resolution to Stop 5G Roll Out Until Proven Safe

Easton is a small hamlet in Connecticut that has a population of about 7.500 people, but it is stopping the rollout of 5G. The city’s leadership approved a 5G ‘cease and desist resolution’ that bans the build-out of small cell antennas “until such technologies have been proven safe to human health and the environment through independent research and testing.” These Connecticut residents are setting an example for demanding an independent 5G safety study and rejecting consent to involuntary radiation. -GEG

People have been on lockdown for the past 2 months, but one freight train that has not been halted by Covid-19 is the fast and furious installation of 4G/5G small cells across the state, including in residential neighborhoods. However, one small town in Fairfield County, Easton, recently decided to put the brakes on the 5G rollout. On May 7, 2020, the Easton Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a 5G cease and desist resolution “until such technologies have been proven safe to human health and the environment through independent research and testing.”

The resolution cited that the Federal Communications Commission has not updated its Radio Frequency (RF) radiation guidelines since 1996 and lacked long-term safety testing of the new 5G wireless technology, despite being advised to do so by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. General Accounting Office, and hundreds of medical and scientific experts around the world. RF radiation is classified as a Class 2B carcinogen (possible cancer causing agent) according to the World Health Organization.

The resolution came on the heels of the 5G Informational Forum in Stamford, which was hosted by CT State Representative David Michel. Over 150 people attended the forum including a handful of government officials like State Representative Jonathan Steinberg, Co-Chair of the Public Health Committee of Westport and State Representative Anne Hughes, who proudly serves Easton, CT. The Forum focused on facts and science shared by experts Frank Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada, Dr. Devra Davis, epidemiologist and founder of Environmental Health Trust, and Doug and Patti Wood from Environmental Grassroots Education.

Connecticut residents are demanding an independent 5G safety study and do not consent to involuntary radiation. Connecticut is ranked #3 for connectivity access to the internet and cell phone coverage, therefore, 5G is not a race that Connecticut needs to win.

Read the resolution.

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Unseen Forces Behind the Rise to Fame and Fortune of Bill Gates

James Corbett’s fourth installment of his series on Bill Gates examines Gates’ youth, family history, business strategies, and surprising personal connections (Jeffrey Epstein, for example) that, altogether, reveal a disturbing picture of Gates’ rise to fame, fortune, and power. Of particular interest is the fact that his banker father was head of Planned Parenthood and that the family was connected to a group of wealthy intellectuals who called themselves Eugenicists. That means they advocated so-called public-health programs that secretly sterilize those who are considered by the elite to be unworthy of procreation. This was the same program that, later, was applied by Hitler to create a super race in Nazi Germany. After the fall of the Nazi regime, American Eugenicists needed to distance themselves from Hitlers’ sterilization program, so they changed their vocabulary. Eugenics henceforth was called population control. This finally connects the dots between present vaccine design and the Gates’ life-long support of ‘population control’. -GEG

Transcript:

Episode 380 – Meet Bill Gates