Ridden Out On A Rail

I’d like @YoungBe_young to reject spending over $109,000,000 on moving rail lines that people will soon need to use again for transportation in and out of Regina. How many properties are paying tax in #yqrcc? Let’s assume a high 50,000. That’s $2200 each, to wait less in traffic on some streets, at uncommon times you encounter a long train. Can you think of a better way to spend more than two thousand of your tax dollars?

Additionally it would be a gift to private industry, since CP and CN are not publicly owned any longer. We already gave hundreds of millions of dollars to the Roughriders so they’d have a shiny new stadium, and that raised the city’s debt noticeably. Property taxes have gone up for that as a result of  stadium spending.

For less than half the cost of  a gift to CP/CN, we could have more than 50 new, electric buses. Yes, quiet, efficient, non-polluting public transportation that everyone can depend more on. That’s how you wait less in traffic, the smart way. The stupid way is to give twice as much money to ripping out infrastructure that should be publicly owned still.

We should be able to take low-polluting trains to other points in Canada from our capital city. That opportunity was robbed from my generation, back in 1990. To ensure our kid’s generation has an opportunity to raise kids, we need to restore this mode of transportation to supremacy in the next decade. Wasting $109Mil moving Regina in the wrong direction is irresponsible, financially reckless, and contradicts the 100% Renewable by 2050 motion passed by Council last year.grain car

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

eBikes Can Save Our World

I’ve been using ebikes for years. They work through the Winter, and have cost me about $5/year to power them, in electricity costs. Yes, per YEAR.

If someone has concerns about ebikes, I hope they’d speak with people who use them to learn of the many benefits.

It’s important for everyone to be courteous, and that includes drivers (who are deadly when they fail to comply with the law), and people who walk, as well as people in wheel chairs, on One Wheels, or any other form of active transportation.

My ebike helps me not over-exert myself while biking. I’ve died previously from biking too hard, and had a cardiac arrest. I’m less likely to have that problem again if I can have electric assistance like people get from powered wheel chairs.

Will municipal, and provincial governments legislate away our future transportation technology before it gets popular here?

Rawlco Ad Low Quality

The latest Cowtown “car-bin tax” ad contains misleading comments about sending carbon tax money to Quebec, and promotes anti-Quebec sentiment.

I think the ad should be pulled, and the station air an apology if they are sorry for stirring national division, and spreading misinformation through their station.

If you hear it too, please file a complaint which will also get forwarded to the station.

A Rawlco VP responded to my complaint, claiming there was no misinformation broadcast.

On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 12:13 PM Tom Newton wrote:

CBSC ref. 20.1819-0329.1
Filed by: John Klein
Regina, SK

Dear Mr. John Klein,

This is in regards to the complaint passed on to us by CBSC about the content you heard on CIZL on November 4, 2018 at 18:48CT. I have listened to that audio and reviewed the advertisement for Cowtown as you stated.

Your specific concern centered around the ad containing misleading comments about sending Carbon Tax money to Quebec, which would promote anti-Quebec sentiment.

The commercial is intended to poke fun at current politics. The ad was about a fictitious “cow” character wanting to move jeans from one location to another. The fictitious “cow” character even used the term “car-bin tax,” not “Carbon Tax” referring to a way to move the jeans.

At the end of the spot, the comment of “sending money to Quebec…” does not promote anti-Quebec sentiment. In fact, a recent Globe and Mail article from June 21, 2018 states, “This year Quebec will receive the lion’s share of equalization payments at $11.7 billion. The provinces that receive no equalization payments are British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland & Labrador.” So the comment about the province of Quebec receiving a sizable equalization payment is in fact a true comment.

We appreciate your concern about comments made in this commercial. Rawlco certainly works on making sure comments made in ads are done in the right spirit and are factual. Your comments have been passed on to the client for consideration as well. The client has decided not to run that ad in Regina anymore and appreciates your response.

Rawlco really works hard to be a responsible and respectful broadcaster and we appreciate your feedback.

If you would like to continue this discussion or have any other concerns, I would love to speak with you.

Tom Newton
VP GM Rawlco Radio Regina
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CC: Kristen Smeltzer
Manager, Operations & Administration CBSC

I responded:

Dear Mr. Newton:

Thank-you for your thoughtful and research-laden response to my complaint, as it demonstrated why your station needs to issue a correction and apology on air for broadcasting the Cowtown ad in the first place. A thoughtful and intelligent person such as yourself was sufficiently misled by the ad as to confuse equalization payments with the car-bin tax, err, carbon tax. They’ve absolutely nothing to do with each other.

That you’ve mistaken them as the same subject, perhaps due to the misleading comments by the “straight guy” to the cow’s ridiculous joke, would seem to suggest listeners unable or unwilling to even attempt research into the subject of the carbon tax could be similarly confused, and think that it is sending Saskatchewan carbon tax dollars to Quebec.

I absolutely support the poking of fun at current politics on the radio, having long been a fan of satire and previous Cowtown ads. However, the straight guy in the ad is supposed to correct the cow’s ridiculous claims, not pile on more cow manure.

If you’d like to know how the carbon tax actually works, here’s an excellent resource.

And here are earlier explanations of how the money stays in the province it is collected in:
“All revenues from it are to be returned to people of the province where the money is collected but the details about how that rebate system will work have yet to be announced.” They’ve since been announced.
Here are some mundane details.

With this information, and since your station works to make sure ads are in the right spirit, and are factual, I expect you to air corrections during the times of day the ad was run. It’s very important for the health and safety of our society that people not be misinformed about how to reduce damage to our environment. And harming national unity by suggesting Quebec gets either too much from our province through equalization (that has benefited Saskatchewan over the decades), or through the upcoming carbon tax, is not the spirit Cowtown sought to capture with its ad surely? Perhaps Cowtown would wish to incorporate a correction into their next advertisement?

Thanks again for your response, and working to correct this problem.

Sincerely,
John Klein

ADDED Nov 30:

On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 8:34 AM Tom Newton wrote:

CBSC ref. 20.1819-0329.1

Filed by: John Klein

Dear Mr. John Klein,

Thank you so much for sending me your latest comments on the concern you have about a Cowtown ad that was aired on November 4, 2018 at 18:48 CT on CIZL.

I’m glad you support the poking of fun and appreciate the type of satire that this ad suggests. The commercial in question was attended to poke fun at current politics and was presented by a fictitious “cow” character that usually takes the starring role in these types of ads.

I have passed along your concerns to the ownership group at Cowtown and they are sorry if their attempt at humour was not appreciated or received in the correct light by yourself.

In my last correspondence with you on November 15, 2018, I did confirm that this ad had stopped running on that day.

Thank you again for your comments on this matter and as a respectful broadcaster, we always appreciate your feedback.

Tom Newton
VP GM Rawlco Radio Regina

CC: Kristen Smeltzer
Manager, Operations & Administration CBSC

Good afternoon Tom Newton:

Will you be airing a correction?

The Cowtown “cow” wasn’t the bearer of misinformation, it was the “straight guy” with the incorrect jab at Quebec. And it wasn’t the attempt to poke fun at politics that’s the problem, it’s the presentation of misleading comments by a character in an ad who is supposed to be honest (while talking to a fictitious cow counterpart). It’s a relief that the ad is no longer airing, but what about all of the people who heard it, and who now have the wrong impression that a carbon tax is a negative thing and is the same as an equalization payment, like you indicated you mistakenly thought in reference to your ad?

What is your usual procedure for making corrections to mistakes broadcasted repeatedly? Without you offering to make a correction on air, leaves me with the impression that you have an aversion to setting the record straight on your station. I hope that impression is as real as the cow.

Your many radio personalities during their time talking about a variety of topics, would surely be able to briefly mention the correction. Have them explain that your recent Cowtown ad had misleading information about the carbon tax, and you’re sorry since you’re a respectful broadcaster and it wasn’t your intention to mislead people. The suggestion in the ad that a carbon tax is the same as equalization payments, and is sending carbon tax money to Quebec, was a mistake because the money stays in Saskatchewan. This wouldn’t cost your station anything, except it would set the record straight.

Sincerely,
John Klein

A Momentous City Council Meeting

Tonight was a night of firsts for City Council. It was the first time multiple teenagers presented delegations. It was the first time the Council got a standing ovation from the gallery for passing a motion. And it was the first time the Council made a commitment to make Regina 100% renewable by 2050.

What’s at stake? Less than half the world that is left.

It’s not right that Fougere will get to brag about passing a motion unanimously. He’s dragged his heels on the file for forever. He’s provided the obstacle to innovation.

But I’ll take his compliance now. We don’t have time left to argue about it.

Given his comments to the media after about having to implement the changes “sustainably” I take that to mean he wants to go as slowly as possible, only taking on projects that don’t increase taxes, and which don’t put the city into debt (which isn’t a
possibility under current provincial law so far as I understand).