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A new way to stay in touch with your neighbours is about to launch in Canada — but sometimes vigilance can lead to racial profiling

A new way to stay in touch with your neighbours is about to launch in Canada — but sometimes vigilance can lead to racial profiling
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When Fiona Lake Waslander packed up her life in San Carlos, Calif., and moved her family to Toronto in 2017, the tech entrepreneur was giving up more than warmer temperatures and easy access to Silicon Valley.

In her year and a half in the U.S., Lake Waslander had grown attached to San Francisco-based social network Nextdoor, which is designed so neighbours can bond by offering free furniture, posting about lost pets and local events and soliciting plumbing or babysitting recommendations.

Lake Waslander used Nextdoor so often she considered it a “saviour” and was disappointed when she learned it wasn’t available in Toronto.

“I actually reached out to Nextdoor (when we moved) and said, ‘When are you launching in Canada?’” she recalled.
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