Although Premier Doug Ford has made cuts to education and healthcare, but all is not lost – he is likely putting that money towards funding Sidewalk Labs’s projects across Ontario.
A recent project has been awarded to Sidewalk Labs which roughly costs $1.3 billion, a plan that would only cover Toronto. (Source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-sidewalk-labs-unveils-13-billion-plan-for-torontos-waterfront/)
After Monday’s report, it is envisioned that as more Sidewalk Labs projects would be constructed in the future. Currently, the problem seems to be roadside injuries related roads and cyclists.
Walking and biking is good for health and it burns the energy that we consume from our food. There is a need for safer cycling lanes.
This is a big change in government agenda regarding the future of our province.
Meanwhile, as Toronto Star pointed out in its one of opinion pieces that a Chief Scientist from the cabinet is missing from the big picture. (Source: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2019/06/24/whos-missing-in-the-ontario-cabinet-shuffle-perhaps-a-chief-scientist.html)
The picture starts to come together at a time when Ford’s policy to make use of e-health to reduce the number of ER visits. This is already happening in Toronto city where roughly $2 billion cuts to health services have occurred since Ford took office.
However, not all people would benefit by these changes being proposed. The government needs to still consider some critical pieces.
Moreover, the good news is that Ford has most Ottawa’s political groups on his side because they are all environmentally friendly and some distinguish between their platforms can be made whether Liberals or Conservatives.
Researched by Meladul Haq Ahmadzai
Former Candidate in Ottawa.