Toronto Has a Wifi Prolem

According to Mayor John Tory, Toronto has a culture of “haves” and “have nots”: those with privilege, with access to resources and services—and those without them. It’s our job, the mayor told a crowd at Thorncliffe Park’s Public Library branch last month, to bridge that divide.

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How Toronto Is Becoming a Smarter City

Think of the term “smart city,” and what comes to mind is a metropolis run from a liquid-cooled data centre in the bowels of an anonymous government building — a setting straight from a sci-fi flick.

While City Hall’s space-age design and appearance in Star Trek certainly plays along with the technological aspirations of smart cities, Toronto has focused on, perhaps less sexily, data collection.

And without these science-fiction aspirations, Toronto’s future as a smart city could weigh heaviest in the hands of its citizens — not on the muscle of supercomputers.

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