Chambly under boil water advisory until further notice – Montreal


The City of Chambly has issued a boil water advisory until further notice following a water main break.

The order, which was issued Monday morning, asks residents to boil their tap water for at least one minute before consuming. This also applies to water used to prepare raw food and make ice.

Authorities say any ice, drinks or food prepared with tap water after 10:45 a.m. Monday should be discarded.

WATCH: Food safety expert explains how to deal with boil water advisory

A notice posted on the city’s website says tap water can be used for bathing and to wash dishes.

Riverside School Board says it will be providing water bottles for students and staff.

While the city says it has temporarily repaired the water main as of Monday afternoon, it warns there will be more work required over the coming days to permanently fix the problem.

The work will take place overnight in order to minimize its impact on residents.

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Privacy expert steps down from advisory role with Sidewalk Labs


One of the world’s leading privacy experts has stepped down from her advisory role with Sidewalk Labs, Google’s sister company, which is preparing to build a data-driven neighbourhood at the foot of Parliament St.

It’s a development one tech expert characterized as “a major blow to the legitimacy of the project.”

Ann Cavoukian, former Information and Privacy commissioner of Ontario, tendered her resignation letter on Friday, writing that the proposed protection of personal data “is not acceptable.”

Cavoukian believes the plan for the Quayside smart-city development does not adequately protect individual privacy, and data collected from sensors, surveillance cameras and smartphones must be de-identified at source.

“Just think of the consequences: If personally identifiable data are not de-identified at source, we will be creating another central database of personal information (controlled by whom?), that may be used without data subjects’ consent, that will be exposed to the risks of hacking and unauthorized access,” she wrote in her letter to Sidewalk Labs.

The planned collaboration between Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto plan imagines a city of the future on 12-acres of the eastern waterfront at Parliament and Queens Quay.

The project would be so data-rich that it has been fraught with concern about what would happen to that collected information. Three advisers have previously stepped back from the project citing privacy concerns.

Cavoukian’s resignation came less than a week after Sidewalk Labs published its digital governance proposals, a 41-page document that sought to put people’s privacy fears to rest by detailing how data collected in Quayside would be managed by an independent civic data trust, and not owned or controlled by Google.

While Sidewalk Labs said it would de-identify data, it couldn’t guarantee what third parties would do.

The proposals were given to Quayside’s digital advisory panel three days before they met to approve them on Thursday, leading several members to call for a delay to allow more time to consider privacy before moving forward with the project.

It was only at the meeting that Cavoukian realized “de-identification at source” was not a guarantee.

“When Sidewalk Labs was making their presentation, they said they were creating this new civic data trust which will consist of a number of players — Sidewalk, Quayside, Waterfront Toronto and others — and that Sidewalk Labs would encourage them to de-identify the data involved that was collected but it would be up to the group to decide,” she told The Star Saturday.

“That’s where I just said no.”

Cavoukian said she hopes her resignation will “ignite a discussion” on how to proceed with the Quayside smart city while protecting data and says she remains optimistic that de-identification at the source will be put in place.

David Fraser, a privacy lawyer advising Sidewalk Labs, was surprised Cavoukian’s resignation came when it did.

“Her resignation seems to me a little premature because she would be very influential with (the civic data trust) once it’s established,” he said.

Fraser said the proposal to establish a civic data trust is “revolutionary.”

“This is about giving control to the body,” he said. “(Sidewalk Labs) didn’t parachute in and say, ‘This is what we’re going to do.’ They parachuted in and said, ‘What are we going to do?’ ”

“Nobody has yet dictated how that data trust makes its decisions. It’s going to decide itself.”

Still, there are those who see the Cavoukian resignation as a significant setback to the project.

“Sidewalk Labs is at the centre of a debate about data and data protection. The resignation of Cavoukian is clear evidence that we don’t have proper regulatory infrastructure to deal with these new smart city initiatives,” said Fenwick McKelvey, an associate professor in communication Studies at Concordia University who studies internet policies and governance.

“Her resignation, especially because she was participating in good faith, is a major blow to the legitimacy of the project.”

Chantal Bernier, legal adviser to Waterfront Toronto, said the project is sparing no effort to identify and address privacy issues.

“We are still identifying every privacy risk to which we will apply every privacy protection available to us,” Bernier said in an email.

In a written statement, Sidewalk Labs spokesperson Dan Levitan said: “Sidewalk Labs has committed to implement, as a company, the principles of Privacy by Design. Though that question is settled, the question of whether other companies involved in the Quayside project would be required to do so is unlikely to be worked out soon, and may be out of Sidewalk Labs’ hands.”


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Waterfront Toronto, advisory panel want Quayside master plan delayed


Waterfront Toronto and members of a group of tech, data and privacy experts advising the corporation on Sidewalk Labs’ proposal for a data-driven neighbourhood on the east waterfront want a master plan for the project delayed.

Members of the digital strategy advisory panel and Waterfront Toronto met Thursday with Sidewalk Labs to discuss a set of proposals released by the U.S.-based firm Monday afternoon. The proposals outline strategies for handling privacy, and the collection, control, and access to data that would be collected from a “smart-city” neighbourhood Sidewalk Labs wants to build on a 12-acre site near Parliament St. and Lake Shore Blvd. E. called Quayside.

The issue of collecting data concerning residents and visitors to the neighbourhood has been a controversial one. In the new proposals, Sidewalk Labs has pledged not to control the data collected at the site and is calling for a special civic data trust to do so based on “responsible data use” guidelines.

But some members of the committee advising Waterfront Toronto threatened to resign this week, saying Sidewalk Labs’ proposals don’t go far enough.

There was no talk of resignations after Thursday’s meeting. Instead, there was a general call for both further meetings to discuss the proposals and a delay of the draft master plan Sidewalk Labs was hoping to deliver early next year. The panel members said more time is needed to grapple with the myriad issues and questions raised by the data issue.

“We need to have the time to do this properly,” he said.

Clement said he wants to know how data collection will impact individuals at Quayside as well as the broader community.

“Will all public spaces (there) be subject to video surveillance?” he asked.

The meeting heard that a lot of the specifics around how data will be used in real-time scenarios at Quayside are still being worked out.

Sidewalk Labs officials apologized for the delay in getting the proposals to the digital panel.

“Some of this (was) just taking more time for us than we hoped, and we are sharing our progress as we go,” spokesperson Micah Lasher said.

Waterfront Toronto, which owns the land in question and is overseeing the project, is mulling over the digital governance proposals and also calling for a delay of the draft master plan, Kristina Verner, vice-president, innovation, sustainability and prosperity for Waterfront Toronto, told the meeting, held in the corporation’s boardroom.

Waterfront Toronto will have the “final evaluation” over the Quayside project and “nothing will proceed” without the corporation’s approval, Verner said.

“We are currently re-examining the timeline for receiving the (draft master plan) to ensure there is appropriate time for the (digital advisory panel) and others to review the whole proposal and engage in meaningful public consultation,” Verner told the meeting.

Michael Geist, chair of the panel and Canada research chair in internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa, kicked off the meeting criticizing the time the panel had to digest Sidewalk Labs’ digital governance proposals this week.

“I’m not convinced that the initial proposals, tabled about 72 hours ago, meet the vast majority of privacy and data concerns that have been (expressed about Quayside),” he said.

“Part of the frustration is that the panel hasn’t been able to engage in substantive review and provide real feedback and advice,” around data, he added.

But after the meeting he struck a more conciliatory tone.

“It was a really positive meeting. I think going in there has been a lot of controversy associated with this project, and I think a lot of questions whether a panel like this could provide real value and help influence some of these policy issues. I came away feeling that the door is open to that now,” he said in an interview.

He said timelines around the master plan were “a bit aggressive” given the many questions around data governance.

The meeting heard that “civic labs” — forums for detailed explanations of topics pertaining to the Quayside project such as digital governance, cyber ethics, privacy and intellectual property — will be held next month, and those meetings will inform public round tables scheduled for December. The roundtable discussions will feed into the master plan.

Craig Nevill-Manning, one of Sidewalk Labs’ lead engineers, told the meeting that the firm’s main goals for Quayside aren’t centred on data or digital technology, but instead increased mobility for residents — there are plans for automated cars to serve the neighbourhood — climate sustainability and improved building design.

Lasher said he couldn’t immediately say after the meeting what the calls for the delay in the drafting of the master plan mean for the project’s timetable.

“I think we recognize there is a lot of work to be done here, a lot for Sidewalk Labs, Waterfront Toronto, and the public to work through and we have to make sure that’s done right. That’s more important than any timetable,” he said in an interview.

Donovan Vincent is a housing reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @donovanvincent


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Water quality advisory rescinded for parts of West Kelowna – Okanagan


West Kelowna has ended its water quality advisory for the Pritchard-Sunnyside system.

Advisories still remain in effect in Lakeview and West Kelowna Estates. The elderly, children and people with immune deficiencies should use water that has been boiled for at least a minute or find an alternate safe source.

Entire community of Old Fort ordered to evacuate 1 week after nearby landslide

The city continues to offer free water at the bulk filling station at Shannon Lake Road and Asquith Road to those under an advisory.

Residents need to bring clean containers and hoses for filling.

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Tech expert resigns from advisory panel on Sidewalk Toronto over data ownership concerns


A member of an expert panel guiding Waterfront Toronto on Sidewalk Labs’ “smart city” proposal has resigned in large part because she wants to see the city, rather than a private company, control potentially valuable data linked to the project.

On Thursday, tech entrepreneur Saadia Muzaffar became the second member to recently resign from the advisory panel, formed in late April to assist Waterfront Toronto with how best to deal with data privacy issues, digital systems, as well as ethical and safety issues around the use of technology in its Sidewalk Toronto plan — a partnership with Manhattan-based Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation firm and sister company of Google.

Muzaffar, a founder of TechGirls Canada, a hub promoting women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), resigned her position on the panel amid her concerns that financial benefits stemming from the project will all go to a U.S. company — Sidewalk Labs — rather than local innovators or the general public.

In her resignation letter, she blasted Waterfront Toronto, a corporation representing the city, province and federal governments, for showing “apathy and an utter lack of leadership” on the Sidewalk Toronto project.

“The most recent public roundtable in August displayed a blatant disregard for resident concerns about data and digital infrastructure,” she said in her letter. Muzaffar said she wants to see the data around Sidewalk Toronto end up in the hands of the City of Toronto.

“There is nothing innovative about city-building that disenfranchises its residents in insidious ways and robs valuable earnings out of public budgets,” she said in the letter.

In a telephone interview Thursday, Muzaffar said she feels that Waterfront Toronto’s responsibility to the public as guardian in the Sidewalk plan is being undermined by Sidewalk Labs, whose duty is to their shareholders and profits.

“Sidewalk is a vendor. You can’t design public policy with a vendor,” she told the Star.

Muzaffar, a “tech activist” and co-founder of Tech Reset, a “pro-growth, pro-innovation group” that monitors how urban data is collected and turned into a commodity, is the second member to step down from the advisory panel, which originally included 15 leading experts in Canada on digital technology, privacy and governance.

Two members of Waterfront Toronto’s senior leadership also resigned recently amid tensions surrounding Sidewalk Toronto.

Muzaffar said when she first came on the panel she was “open minded” about the process, but has since been turned off by Waterfront Toronto’s “anti-democratic” public engagement process regarding Sidewalk Toronto.

Dan Levitan, a spokesperson for Sidewalk Labs, said Thursday that the “panel is independent from (Sidewalk) and the resignation of a long-standing critic of the project is not a surprise. But we take seriously questions about data and expect in the months ahead to present and consult with the public on a comprehensive plan for data collection, use, and governance.”

Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he is Canada research chair in internet and e-commerce law, said the panel’s work will continue.

“We are committed to helping shape the future of data and digital policy in Canada, and I will be working with Waterfront Toronto and my fellow panel members to make sure that (the panel) can achieve what it set out to do, namely to provide expert advice on emerging issues related to privacy and data ownership,” Geist said in a statement.

Added Michael Nobrega, acting CEO of Waterfront Toronto: “we are unwavering in our commitment to serving the public interest and look forward to receiving the advice of the panel.”

He went on to say, “we are also well supported by external privacy and legal experts.”

In May, Sidewalk Labs released a responsible data use policy framework, including a promise to make data collected as part of the project “open and accessible” without breaching privacy.

In terms of data stewardship, Sidewalk says it continues to explore “conventional approaches to data ownership in cities, the responsibilities that come with “owning” data, the technological and economic advantages of storing data in Canada, and innovative models of governing urban data, such as establishing a non-profit data trust.

Donovan Vincent is a housing reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @donovanvincent


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