Composting Isn’t Hard

Composting is easy. You put food outside, cover it a little bit, and let it rot. Most people can rot food without trying at all, except they use their refrigerator’s veggie crisper bin to do it. Don’t you think it’s easier to rot food outside, at least it is in Regina in the Spring, Summer, and Fall?

Why does the City of Regina make it so hard to rot your food outside then?

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First Nations University Urban Reserve

(Red Dog) atim kâ-mihkosit Urban Reserve is now here. It’s been 2 decades in the making, and the paperwork was signed this week at the First Nations University of Canada, at a ceremony.

I hope that the housing will be open to University of Regina, and SaskPolyTech students as well. Currently there are student residence spaces available on campus, although they cost a fair bit more than they did when I lived at the University of Regina 2 decades ago. Luther College Residence is already the closest UofR building to FNUniv.

“(It’s) the only time this has ever happened in … Canada, where an urban reserve specifically for the advancement of education has been created,” said FNUniv president Mark Dockstator. “What that means concretely for the university is we will now have the opportunity to start developing this land and achieving that original vision.”

The university’s founders dreamed of building onto the university with things like student residences, daycares and other support facilities, said Dockstator.

CBC’s coverage in the past of urban reserves has been problematic. Why did they present this as the closing thought of their article 4 years ago on the topic?

“The city says there have been no serious problems with any of the urban reserves.”

No kidding. What about opportunities, or improvements in community satisfaction and harmony (reconciliation)?

Brent at Brandt Tears CNIB Down Without Permit

One of the people responsible for saddling Regina with the huge StadiumII debt is criticizing another person responsible for the huge debt, except for this botched demolition.

Content Disabled By CBC

CBC moderated away these comments:

I’m pleased to see that the people who are skeptical of EVs in Saskatchewan are getting harder to find in CBC’s comments, and their concerns are quickly explained away by others who know that EVs do really well for lots of people on the prairies. It took until 2018, but a Regina dealership finally started advertising a PHEV on the radio here.
It’s a real pleasure to drive a LEAF in the Winter in Regina, with its B-mode regenerative braking, and heated steering wheel and heated seats (in the back for the kids too). If SaskPower got with the times and started offering Supercharging and Level 3 chargers in our province, we’d quickly improve our air quality to have healthier children.


” Bina C Edwards:
ok I’m confused at where the savings is, because $200 a month is quite a bit … is that in cost of the car? They are cheaper to buy then a reg car? Can’t be gas because we don’t even live in the city and drive daily to a job and we DONT use that much in a month for gas. Maybe the plates are cheaper? Still not sure what the $200 is and I re-read it twice..going back to re-read but hope someone points out what I’m obviously not getting

Response removed by CBC:
@Bina C Edwards Probably you’ll want to talk in person at an EV event where people can explain the details, but I’ll try to help:
My Leaf used was $15500, and a 2014. That’s obviously cheaper than most new cars, and more than some used ones.
The President of the Can ***[Ass]’ of Petrol’ Producers canceled the cheaper license plates for EVs while he was the Minister of SGI.
Some people use $400/month in gas, and if they had an EV they’d pay about $80 more in power and nothing in gas. They’d also pay for no oil changes or repairs to fuel burning and cooling/exhaust systems on their vehicle.

Maple Leaf Pool Rebuild Coming

BREAKING:

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