City Stalls On Urgent Climate Action

Considered sending this to City Council for their meeting today, but didn’t bother:
Last week I asked City Hall what actions have taken place to reduce air pollution in our city to help move us toward meeting the 100% renewable by 2050 motion passed last October.
To my dismay, no concrete actions were able to be provided to me as examples.
Instead, there’s a plan to hold a conference, next year, to make a framework to hold a plan at some point after then. That’s a roundabout way of saying nothing has been done. I’m a parent of a couple kids who talk that way when they’re trying to get out of doing homework. The City is certainly doing its best impression of an irresponsible kid trying to avoid the important work that needs to be done to prepare for the future.
Despite hundreds of thousands of dollars budgeted this year to improve cycling in Regina to match our Transportation Master Plan, all the work this year being done is administrative. That means the total construction planned to take place, and already “constructed” in the 2010s in Regina to improve cycling in the downtown area consists of 1 block of malformed bike lane. Currently it’s covered in road debris, puddles if it’s rained, and deadly opening doors from parked cars. Someone is squished to death in Canada every year from that particular hazard, and Regina painted that lane, to objections from Bike Regina and citizens, anyway.
I’ve tried throughout this decade to get many of you to care more about our environment, and the extreme pollution our city’s government, its businesses, and residents are all responsible for. Some of you clearly do care a lot, and show it. Some of you think you care, but everything you’ve done here suggests a serious lack of urgency around the climate crisis our Parliament has declared is underway.
https://regina.ctvnews.ca/solar-panels-could-be-coming-soon-to-city-of-regina-facilities-1.3909939  That was over a year ago. Also, nothing has been done by the City that we can see anyway. Solar panels are easy to spot, they’re lit up by the sunlight and fairly obvious, so I don’t think the City is hiding any.

“The City of Regina proposes hosting an Energy and Sustainability Conference (Conference) in early May 2020. The Conference will focus on best practices in energy management and environmental sustainability to interested parties in the community as well as other municipalities and partners across Canada. It will focus on exploring innovative and best in class opportunities to move delegates towards their goals of becoming more renewable and sustainable.
The Conference content will provide input into the development of an Energy and Sustainability Framework for the City of Regina, which among other initiatives, would include a roadmap for moving to more renewable energy sources, autonomous vehicles and solar panels. The scope of the Energy and Sustainability Framework would be focused on the City of Regina as an organization. This means that efforts are focused on the City’s fleet and transportation, facility heating and cooling, and electricity.”

And here’s more nonsense from the report:

“An example of energy that is sustainable, but not renewable is nuclear.”

Horse pucks. We can’t sustain the sort of nuclear power that is in use today.

UPDATE:

Looks like the Mayor is misrepresenting Council’s position:

“That’s an incorrect reading of the motion. I clarified that point during debate. Sorry, but the Mayor is off the mark on this one.” – Cllr. Stevens

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