Can’t Get Lung Cancer Outdoors

Actually, you can, especially in Regina where we are a decade behind the times.

Regina is behind by a decade. Mayor asks if we should try to catch up:

“I wouldn’t say we have fallen behind,” Fougere said.
With the report coming before April 1, the hope is that the bylaw could be in place before patio season arrives.
“The idea is we want to move on this quickly,” Fougere said.

A little late for that, but good to know he’s finally on the right track.

In other lung disease news, in the previous Leaderpost tweet:

The City of Wastegina

Wastegina, SK – The City of Wastegina would like to remind you during this special time of year, the True Meaning of Recycling is its profitability.

Not all citizens agree.

Laura Mack said, “It’s extremely disappointing and disillusioning that they are refusing to recycle wrapping paper because it “would not bring in as much money for the company or the city,” and not because it cannot be recycled.”

With Wastegina’s Waste [mis]Management, it’s always the same crap, different pile.

Aug. 13, 2014: “Waste services manager with the City of Regina, Roberta Engel, said Wednesday they are at an 18 per cent diversion rate which is well on the way to the 2015 goal of diverting 40 per cent of household waste to the dump site.

“We’re easily keeping up with the demand on the collection and processing side, but the city would really like to encourage residents to recycle more.”

Engel added 12 per cent of what residents put into the blue pins is contaminated, meaning 15,000 tonnes of recyclables are still entering the landfill.”

Feb 13, 2015: “40 Per cent of residential waste that was hoped to be diverted from the landfill by the end of 2015. The diversion rate currently sits at 18.4 per cent.”

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Rassembler to me is Re-assembler


French words make sense to English speakers, in different ways. The Connaught school was taken apart, I helped pick up some bricks that once were a part of it, and others reassembled them into art and a functional bench and tree planter at a major intersection.

On Saturday afternoon, the Cathedral neighbourhood gathered to unveil their latest community project masterpiece titled ‘Rassembler’ — which translates from French as “gather together.”

There are still a few bills to pay, and the group is still accepting help here: https://saveourconnaught.ca/donate/

Where the bricks stopped over, before their hopefully final resting place at the other end of 13th Ave. in Cathedral neighbourhood:

Connaught

Connaught school remains at the #yqr landfill.

Regina Recycling Oxymoron

Why is Regina a laggard city?

“A new report shows Regina lags behind several other Canadian cities and regional municipalities when it comes to waste management.”

“Municipal Benchmarking Network (MBN) Canada’s 2015 performance measurement report examined the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by 16 municipalities, 11 of them in Ontario.

The report found Regina diverted the lowest percentage of residential waste at 17.8 per cent. Only 0.25 tonnes of residential garbage was diverted per household in Regina – the lowest amount among the municipalities.”

Regina is charging people for recycling on a utility bill. Maybe it’s time to charge for garbage and make recycling “free” part of other taxes. This was advised against by Darren Hill of Saskatoon, who points out this could contaminate the recycling stream as people try to avoid putting actual trash into their brown bins. Yet Regina is sucking with the current system, so something else must be tried.

Online Budget Tool Returns

You can make a budget here. But it’s a bit pointless because they don’t let you take anything down to $0. Do I want $64.6M for policing still? No, I’d like to see what they can do with $40M, for a casual example.

Why is $42.8M the cap put on Transit? I think it should probably be $100M or more, so why is that not even an option to visualize?

 

4 New Councillors Could Shift The Balance

I’m more optimistic today than I was yesterday about the new Council. Although a majority 6 Councillors were returned, with 4 new faces it’s possible that some of the incumbents could be convinced to change their votes on a number of issues.

Lori Bresciani is new in Ward 4. I’m concerned about her current view on downtown parking.

If we want to people to come downtown Parking has to available and convenient.  I do not believe we have adequate parking and we need to provide more parking options for residents.

Contrast her view with Joel’s below. I hope her perspective will change with experience.

Jason Mancinelli, a highly rated auto mechanic, is new in Ward 9. I couldn’t find his campaign page. He appears to want action on environmental issues. If he makes his first impact on changing the culture of transit by turning down his Council parking pass, and insist upon a Transit pass instead, that will be great.

Andrew Stevens in Ward 3 wants a bus route to the airport, first thing. That’s long overdue, and low hanging fruit. He also wants a housing first strategy that works, like Medicine Hat has. That’s great! He wants to “work towards water conservation and stewardship.” Excellent! He’ll focus on implementing the Transportation Master Plan, and Official Community Plan.

Fixing our infrastructure: The current Council has prioritized sprawl at the expense of maintaining and improving our existing infrastructure. Instead, we need to develop a strategy for improving public transit, bike infrastructure and recreation facilities, while fully implementing the Official Community Plan and Neighbourhood Plans.

When it comes to infrastructure, we need to talk about dedicated bike lanes and a better public transit systems. Cars are expensive and damaging to our health. We need to change, and that’s why I’d look to recommendations in our Transportation Master Plan for guidance.

Joel Murray in Ward 6 seems to understand that parking in downtown cannot be solved by adding more car parking. He gets bonus points for knowing about car sharing.

If we can invest more into options other than a private car (bike lanes, car sharing, and transit) we can keep rates low and have more parking available.

Protecting out environment is paramount. As a community we need to work together on diverting more from our landfill, expanding transit, increasing bike lanes, shopping local, and working from home if possible.

Is approval of the Blue Dot motion forthcoming from this changed Council? Time will tell.