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Smart planning for smart cities

By Teresa Scassa      

Even on this smaller scale, we need to be asking hard questions about privacy, data ownership and data sovereignty. There needs to be a plan, and it should be a plan built around the public interest rather than private profit.

Building a ‘smart city’ sounds like a good idea, but what lies behind a city’s IQ? Smart cities involve innumerable sensors of all kinds, gathering data in real-time throughout the city. The Hill Times file photograph

Building a ‘smart city’ sounds like a good idea, but what lies behind a city’s IQ? Smart cities involve innumerable sensors of all kinds, gathering data in real-time throughout the city. Together, these sensors harvest data about every aspect of urban life, including temperature, air quality, traffic flows, and infrastructure issues. Some of the most valuable smart city data is about how individuals live, move, and interact within the city. Data about individuals is captured by security and traffic cameras, by transit cards, by sensors measuring their consumption or use of utilities and resources, and increasingly by sensors carried by individuals themselves in the form of mobile phones and apps.

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Taxes, environment, Indigenous rights: what could shape Liberals’ new legislative agenda

The Liberals promised to bring in legal changes on a range of subjects during the election campaign, and will get their first opportunity in the House of Commons during a short window next month. 

‘If we’re going to sit there and be slinging mud, it’s going to be a long three years,’ says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Mike Lapointe
Conservative MPs and strategists agree that appointing former Harper cabinet minister John Baird to lead the election post-mortem is the right call. 'He does not hold any punches,' says Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.

Senate groups scramble for members ahead of committee selection, ex-member calls out ISG ‘groupthink’

The Senate leaders will negotiate how to split committee seats and chairs between four Senate groups in the new Parliament, and numbers will matter.

Updated: Progressive Senate Group folds, but leader hopes to claw back to official status

News|By Peter Mazereeuw 1:53 PM ET
'Trudeau made it clear that he wanted our group gone from the Senate'—ex-Liberal Senator Percy Downe.

‘Ordered populists’ concentrated among Conservative Party supporters, says pollster Graves

News|By Neil Moss
An authoritarian reflex has yet to make itself felt in Canada as it has south of the border and in Europe.

May calls on Trudeau to attend Madrid climate summit, increase targets

News|By Beatrice Paez
The Greens' Elizabeth May says her three-member caucus isn’t prepared to back any confidence motions unless Canada adjusts its climate targets.

Election 2019: where parties posted their worst 25 results

The Conservatives and NDP had their poorest returns in Quebec, the Liberals had biggest losses in Alberta, and the Green Party shared their lowest count between Alberta, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

NDP ready ‘any time’ for election if party goals not met, Singh says

News|By Palak Mangat
'We know that the government is going to need our support at some level if they want to pass bills,' he said. 'That’s not going to come for free.'

Updated: Senator Diane Bellemare joins Independent Senators Group after leaving role on government team in Red Chamber

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