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    The Future Fix: The secret life of sensors

    The Future Fix: The secret life of sensors

    A major component of "smart" cities is finding new ways to harvest data, and integrate it into ongoing urban planning.

    Obviously, embedding sensors throughout the public realm creates multiple privacy concerns. This is something David Fewer, director of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the University of Ottawa, advises municipalities on, regularly.

    But, data is power, and Newmarket Ontario's Director of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives Susan Chase explains how Soofa benches throughout that town have helped government, businesses, and local events make the most of information how people move about the public realm.

    • 22 min
    The Future Fix: Smart Mobility, Fare Play and Quebec City's New Tramway Project

    The Future Fix: Smart Mobility, Fare Play and Quebec City's New Tramway Project

    This is the second of three special French-language episodes of Future Fix, or "Face au Futur."

    Quand on pense à la mobilité dans le cadre des villes intelligentes, il nous arrive souvent de penser aux villes futuristes qui ont marqué notre imaginaire avec leurs voitures volantes ou les hyperloops. Pourtant, la mobilité intelligente est déjà présente dans nos quotidiens de manière plus organique et concrète. Dans cet épisode, nous nous sommes intéressés au projet de Tramway de la ville de Québec et avons voulu comprendre comment la mobilité intelligente s’intègre dans ces nouveaux projets de mobilité présents au Québec et à travers le pays.

    Le maire de Québec a annoncé en 2018 que le projet projet de renouvellement du transport en commun serait mis en place et prendrait la forme d’un Tramway. Etienne Grandmont, le porte parole et directeur général de Accès Transports Viables nous a permis de comprendre davantage le contexte qui entoure la création du Tramway, et tout ce qui concerne les enjeux de transports et de mobilité à dans la ville de Québec.

    Pour aller un peu plus loin, nous nous sommes entretenus avec Thierry St-Cyr, le directeur du CIAMIL : le centre d’incubation et d’accélération en mobilité intelligente à Laval. Thierry St-Cyr nous explique en quoi consiste exactement la mobilité intelligente et quelles solutions cet organisme met en place pour améliorer le service d’un transport collectif plus efficient et d’une ville plus intelligente.

    When we hear about mobility in the smart city we might think of hyperloops and flying cars, but ‘smart’ mobility can be as ordinary as our morning commute. On this episode of ‘Face au Future’, host Katia Gaid is joined by activist Etienne Grandmont (Accès transport viable) and engineer and manager Thierry St-Cyr (Centre d’Incubation et d’Accélération en Mobilité Intelligente à Laval) to explore Quebec City’s new Tramway project and the transition to smart and sustainable mobility.

    • 26 min
    Episode 042: The revitalizing power of heritage

    Episode 042: The revitalizing power of heritage

    This episode was a live panel discussion, moderated by our host in London, Ontario.

    The "Heritage Matters in Conversation" event was put on by the Ontario Heritage Trust, to explore how to rethink, revitalize, and renew approaches to heritage in the province.

    Guests included Alissa Golden, heritage project specialist with the City of Hamilton; Steve Cordes, executive director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited in London; Morag Kloeze, brewmaster at Mudtown station Brewery and Restaurant in Owen Sound; and Doran Ritchie, infrastructure and resources manager for the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation.

    • 52 min
    The Future Fix: Food security and circular economies

    The Future Fix: Food security and circular economies

    Many people across Canada live without reliable access to food. At the same time, much of the food we do have goes to waste — 2.2 million tonnes, according to advocates.

    We need to change the way we produce food, as well as change the linear economy that leads to so much waste, and leaves many people without this basic necessity for life.

    Barbara Swartzenruber, executive director of Guelph's Smart Cities Office, tells us about "Our Food Future," a Smart City Challenge-winning proposal to create a circular food economy, reduce waste, and connect local people and businesses with the ingredients they need.

    And Thomas Rohner in Iqaluit speaks with Steven Lonsdale of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association who explains how new technology has been integrated into traditional Inuk hunting practices, and helped the people there navigate the changing landscape caused by climate change.

    • 20 min
    Episode 041: Toronto's endless transit circus

    Episode 041: Toronto's endless transit circus

    It's been a while since we delved into the always amusing world of Toronto transit. There have been major proposals from the province, major decisions made at council, and the TTC are going into arbitration with Metrolinx.

    With so much to unpack, we assembled an expert panel to take us through the major transit news: columnist Matt Elliott, Toronto Star transit reporter Ben Spurr, and York University geography professor and Spacing urban affairs columnist Tricia Wood.

    Believe it or not, it was a lot of fun!

    • 59 min
    The Future Fix: Inclusion and a new "smart" campus in Montreal

    The Future Fix: Inclusion and a new "smart" campus in Montreal

    This is one of three special French-language episode of Future Fix, or "Face au Futur."

    Dans cet épisode, nous avons voulu réfléchir à la façon dont le monde académique pourrait s'insérer dans le concept de ville intelligente. Le nouveau Campus MIL de l'Université de Montréal, inauguré en septembre 2019, correspond bien à l'idée que l'on pourrait se faire d'un établissement universitaire intégré dans un contexte de ville intelligente.

    Geneviève O'Meara, la porte-parole de l'Université de Montréal, explique comment le Campus MIL, en se réappropriant une friche industrielle, a su utiliser l'espace de façon inclusive et responsable. Les projets éphémères, les installations technologiques, la mise en place de pistes cyclables et de passerelles sécuritaires ont, entre autres, valu à ce campus l'obtention de la certification LEED.

    Pourtant, Sasha Dyck, un résident de Parc-Extension, prend la venue du Campus MIL à quelques 500 mètres de chez lui avec plus de réserve. Alors que l'on parle d'innovation et de progrès technologiques, Sasha Dyck est préoccupé par des problèmes bien plus rudimentaires, qui sont accentués par l'installation du campus aux frontières d'un des quartiers les plus pauvres du Canada.

    How do post-secondary institutions, and specifically their campuses, fit into the smart city landscape? The Université of Montréal's new Campus MIL gives us an idea. Geneviève O'Meara, Université of Montréal spokesperson talks to us about how Campus MIL inclusively and responsibly repurposed old industrial lands with temporary urban interventions, tech installations, bike lanes, safe walkways, and other features that even landed them a LEED certification. But Sasha Dyck, a resident of Parc-Extention, is wary of MIL Campus located some 500 metres from where he lives. This may be a story of innovation and technological progress for some, but Sasha tells us about the impact all of this can have on one of Canada's poorest neighbourhoods. As innovative, tech-enabled spaces make their way into our cities we have to ask ourselves: Who is being left behind?

    • 25 min

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