Sidewalk Labs won the Quayside project through an RFP (request for proposal) in October 2017. Or to be more specific – the company won the right to develop a master innovation and development plan (MIDP) that will be discussed and voted for by the public and Canadian Government. The Alphabet subsidiary has some bold ideas that include timber buildings, a flexible thermal network and underground tunnels for deliveries and debris. It has been spent over the last 18 months exploring the possibilities of these features, consulting experts, and collecting feedback from locals. The first version of MIDP, but is not yet materialized.
Keerthana Rang, a spokesman for Sidewalk Labs, said CCLA had mischaracterized the company and its approach to urban data collection. "We have been clear that we do not own, sell or store any data," she said in a statement. "Instead, we have proposed to set a new global standard for responsible data use by creating independent data confidence. This organization would be run by an independent third party in collaboration with the government and ensure that city data is used only in a way that benefits society, protects privacy and stimulates innovation and investment. This independent body would have full monitoring. "
Sidewalk Labs also resists a protest group called #BlockSidewalk. Members formally launched the campaign at a press conference earlier this month, calling for greater openness and a procedural "recovery". Julie Beddoes, a resident of the water and # Block Sidewalk supporter, told reporters in the City Hall: "In Toronto, [Sidewalk Labs] aims to take over the government's functions – do we really need a coupe to get transit and stylish stones? "