Sidewalk barricade forced pedestrians onto a scary path

Sidewalk barricade forced pedestrians onto a scary path

When a woman pushing a baby stroller can barely squeeze past a sidewalk barricade — with speeding traffic just inches away — somebody dropped the ball. Regular readers of this column know I can’t stand utility contractors who dig up our roads and sidewalks but fail to repair excavations to a standard that minimizes the […]

Sidewalk Labs and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan to launch infrastructure company

Sidewalk Labs and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan to launch infrastructure company

Google parent company Alphabet Inc. and affiliate Sidewalk Labs are partnering with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to launch a new company that invests in North American infrastructure. The spin-out of Sidewalk Labs called Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, plans to hold, operate and invest in advanced infrastructure for the digital age. “Sidewalk Infrastructure will give cities […]

Rail stands on guard over sidewalk, where it shouldn’t be

Rail stands on guard over sidewalk, where it shouldn’t be

A guard rail that knows its place would never spend so much as a minute hanging out where it’s not supposed to be. It’s amazing how much damage is caused by out-of-control vehicles that mount the curb and smash into things like utility poles, bicycle locking rings and infrastructure intended to provide safety for pedestrians. […]

Distillery District repair job leaves holes in sidewalk

Distillery District repair job leaves holes in sidewalk

It’s easy to forget little things, but the big stuff — like hole in a sidewalk that involved removing dozens of paving stones — should not be forgotten. With so much of the infrastructure essential to keeping the big city humming — mainly pipes and wires — buried underground, utilities are constantly digging into roads […]

New utility poles on Hazel Ave. push people off the sidewalk

New utility poles on Hazel Ave. push people off the sidewalk

You have to wonder about the decision-making of the people in charge, when new utility poles are put up in the middle of a sidewalk. For years, Toronto Hydro has been replacing aging utility poles across the city, a process that usually involves putting up new ones right next to the old ones, and then […]

King St. billboard pushes people off the sidewalk

King St. billboard pushes people off the sidewalk

Everybody needs to know who’ll be their Trusted Partner in Wealth, or that a TV show about a policeman can be seen on Tuesday at 10 p.m. It is far more important than providing enough sidewalk space for a person who uses a wheelchair or motorized scooter, or two people that selfishly choose to walk […]

‘Not good enough’: Toronto privacy expert resigns from Sidewalk Labs over data concerns

‘Not good enough’: Toronto privacy expert resigns from Sidewalk Labs over data concerns

A privacy expert who resigned this week from her role as an advisor to Sidewalk Labs, the Google sister company set to build a “smart” neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront, is concerned that the “treasure trove” of data collected there will be vulnerable to attacks. The departure of Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s former privacy commissioner and current Ryerson University fellow, is just the […]

Sidewalk tripping hazards are no laughing matter

Sidewalk tripping hazards are no laughing matter

Anyone who thinks a tripping hazard in a high-traffic pedestrian area is no big deal should tell it to the people injured by them. Our Monday column was about the stub of a bollard left in the sidewalk on the south side of Bremner Blvd., across from the Rogers Centre, after it was removed. A […]