Saskatoon Lockout of Transit Workers Was Illegal

Originally posted on Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff:

Saskatoon’s civic politicians are responsible for a City Manager who lost the City a month of transit service, at a price of over $1,000,000. Time for a firing, and maybe a few Councillors and the Mayor will lose their seats next time.

https://twitter.com/ctvsaskatoon/status/523189088317603841

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Heated Shelters – #Transit

A letter to the Leader-Post needs a little follow-up information. You may have noticed there is construction on 11th Avenue at the bus stops by the Cornwall Centre. There is a heated shelter being installed. This will make waiting for buses downtown possible after businesses close.

Do we really need heated shelters when there are stores, malls, coffee shops and businesses where one can stay warm while waiting for buses?

Is that a rhetorical question? Of course we do. Several businesses on that street made it clear last Winter that they viewed people seeking shelter as “loiterers” and unwelcome in their shops.

It remains to be seen if these shelters are effective. Ideally they would be integrated into the businesses along the street so the heating costs would be shared by the businesses benefiting from the foot traffic downtown. We’ve inherited street design from the early 20th century modified into one concocted by General Motors. It’s time for some progress. As Charlene Vanderberghe says, Regina is a progressive city. Let’s think progressively.

Saskatoon Council Letting People Down

Jordon explains how people he’s helped in Saskatoon are being hurt by City Council there.

◾A guy I know who pulled himself off the streets lost his job because of not being able to get to work because he lived on the westside yet had a job in the far north side of the city.

A couple of weeks ago a local politician phoned me up and simply said, “You are stupid and naive”. That intrigued me so I said, “go on”.

Senior City Planner Moves to Development Company #YQRcc

It seems like only last week the province lost a senior cabinet minister once responsible for oil development, to the big oil lobby. This week the City of Regina loses its senior planner to a top property development corporation in the city.

I’ve met Jason, and he seems like a nice enough fellow. He even remembers my name, and says hi when he sees me. I’ve still got to criticize this move. There may be no underhanded business in this switch, but it just doesn’t pass an appearance test. It’s a little bit like having a Mayor be the former head of the construction lobby. Everyone should question if laws and development of the city is being, and has been, done with as little conflict of interest as possible.

I mentioned this story to a passer by, and their immediate reaction was, “That’s a conflict of interest”.

It might be a great “career move”. Maybe he’ll be happier, and make more money, etc. What this doesn’t do is raise his reputation amongst people who are already skeptical about the City of Regina’s independence from wealthy property development corporations who appear to call shots in this town like they were exposed in Calgary.

UPDATE:

Said Brent Sjoberg, Deputy City Manager & COO, “While we’ll miss Jason’s leadership, he will continue to play a strong role in our community through this next stage of his career.”

No kidding, eh?

City forces woman to get rid of backyard chickens

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Originally posted on Global News:

REGINA – The city is forcing a local woman in the north end to get rid of the hens her family has been raising in their backyard for years or face a fine of up to $2,000.

“I’m feeling very sad. I’ve shed more tears over chickens than I ever thought I would in my life,” said Shandra Massier.

Chickens are considered to be livestock under the Regina Animal Bylaw.

“No person shall keep livestock in any area of the City unless the livestock are kept as part of a public agricultural exhibition or exposition operation or agricultural fair,” the bylaw reads.

Massier and her family raised four chickens in a heated chicken coop over about three years. They were given two weeks’ notice by the city to evict their feathery tenants.

“First and foremost, there is a significant disease hazard to do with them. Everybody’s heard of avian influenza, that is…

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