I took a call from Wascana’s CEO who explained their position on spending $193000 to expand the parking lot[PDF] at Candy Cane Park. Their view is more cars that already park illegally on the street will use it, and as a result kids will be safer because they won’t run out between illegally street-parked cars, presumably.
Can’t say that’s how it will work, I said “mark my words, there will still be spill-over onto the street, and more cars overall”. She had to concede at busy times, that’s how it will go. It’ll take more than my voice to end this #strandedasset project. Oh, it also increases runoff by replacing soil with pavement, reducing the water quality in Wascana Creek.
It’s 2017, and if we don’t limit air pollution quickly, our kids will have a rough go of things. Putting a dollar more into auto infrastructure before cycling and pedestrian infrastructure makes kids less safe, not more.
On the upside, Wascana is putting some trails through the arboretum near Wascana Rehab and Hillsdale St.
Also they will now consider manually clearing Broad St. Bridge which wasn’t being swept clear of snow like everything else the last two Winters. I explained that the City of Regina builds nothing for cyclists, so it’s really up to Wascana Centre to provide cycling infrastructure for Reginans.
Added two more important points:
In a shocking turn of events, it’s been left to the NDP to defend the interests of people in rural Saskatchewan. This is something that would not have been predicted ten years ago, when the NDP name was mud outside of Regina and Saskatoon for having closed hospitals and schools in many small communities. Now, the SaskParty government is selling off STC’s assets to private companies, destroying a critical transportation infrastructure that has been in place for 70 years.
About 200 people gathered over lunch hour in Regina at the new STC Bus terminal, to tell the government to stop the closure. Guest speakers include City Councillor Andrew Stevens. Andrew was on the Morning Edition to explain the ridiculous cuts to the Cities.
The City of Regina, going as far back as Pat Fiacco’s days, has a serious lack of trustworthiness. This is demonstrated in the sad tale of the Glockenspiel once in Victoria Park.
This story was made possible by blogger Kenton de Jong’s blog post last week.
Quebec is getting way ahead of the rest of Canada in an important improvement to its food bank network.
It’s an idea I want many people from Regina to share with their City Councillors.
Quebec grocery stores in province-wide program to send unused produce to food banks
It’s so big, an English newspaper noticed the news and reported on it.
And Saskatoon looks poised to leap ahead of Regina on the backyard food security front also.
I did not expect this to ever be finished. I remember it being talked about at a green expo put on at Lakeview United Church last decade. There was some sort of issue with the supplier chosen at that time, and the project was delayed.
Congrats to the City employees who made this worthwhile project happen. It’s the first somewhat-renewable power generation project in the history of Regina.
Now, onto bigger and better things, I hope. The City still has some catching up to do.
Global Regina is claiming that it inches toward 50% renewables while burning what is essentially a fossil fuel (methane). This isn’t a good way to think. Rotting things in the landfill will not remain constant once we compost properly and methane production goes way down. Only 50 years of gas left for this engine, is the estimate. That’s assuming Wastegina ever gets that program going.
If you want the true picture of what direction SaskPower is inching, or rather galloping, toward read this:
Reginans could have home grown egg supplies, and we could probably let chickens roam free like they do in Hawaii on Oahu. Wascana Park is famous for its wild birds wandering around.
Presently there are a few places you can charge your Electric Vehicle (EV) in Regina, and Moose Jaw. A couple sites are due to Peavey Mart investing in the technology with national leader Sun Country Highways. You can go to any Peavey Mart, even in Assiniboia, SK, and charge your EV. Most people though find the greatest convenience from charging at home, however.
Regina infamously turned down a deal with Sun Country Highway for several EV chargers, citing low proliferation of the greener cars. It frankly would have surprised me a little had the City chosen to be leaders of a more ecological technology. Private business is forging ahead where local government is letting us down, however. The app Plugshare is a great way to see what chargers are in your neighbourhood or at your destination already.
The Federal government is even putting some money into EV charging infrastructure, but it remains to be seen how much Saskatchewan will benefit from the ~$7M investment. For now, Sun Country is good. Tesla has avoided installing any Superchargers in Saskatchewan to this point. There are 3 in Alberta, and none in Manitoba, but one Level 3 in Winnipeg.
Level 3 chargers can fill a battery in 30 minutes, in some situations. Level 2 (J1772 plugs, on most North American EVs) tends to fill after 3-4 hours. Level 1 (standard 110V wall outlet) can take 12 hours to fill to 80%.
This is me in conversation with James Dennis of Sun Country Highway. It’s now 3 year old information, but still mostly applies: