Letter from the editor: The growing tension in the Sidewalk Labs Quayside project

For weeks, people have been telling me about brewing tensions between two of the most powerful people involved in Toronto’s potential smart-city development.

Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff and Waterfront Toronto board chair Stephen Diamond’s relationship got off to a rocky start back in April, when Doctoroff disclosed elements of the company’s plans to the media before sharing the final proposal with Waterfront Toronto, which gets to decide whether the project goes ahead. Diamond told Doctoroff to knock it off, and he did—at least for a little while.

Now, strains between the two organizations have resurfaced. Multiple sources familiar with the negotiations between Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto told The Logic that the two sides are not on the same page about several key aspects of what Sidewalk Labs will present to the public on Monday.

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