Cheap Passes

Regina offers a discounted pass, but nothing like this Calgary program.

Demand for Calgary’s new $5.05 monthly transit pass has exceeded expectations, with nearly 40,000 of the steeply discounted passes sold to Calgarians living in extreme poverty during the program’s first three months.

…Melanie Hulsker, manager of strategic services for Calgary Neighbourhoods, said the pass numbers are already higher than projected and demonstrate there was a need in the community for the program, which is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada.

Staff who sell the passes have heard a range of stories from Calgarians happy to have access to transit for $5.05 a month, including a woman who said the initiative has allowed her family to finally travel places together.

“That’s definitely an example of how this can be life changing,” said Hulsker. “Where before she could only buy one pass for an entire family and now they can go out and buy a pass for every member of the family.”

A Few Steps Forward, Regina Moves Back

The progress of a city is not assured by the passage of time. Regina has unquestionably progressed in some areas of life, and unquestionably regressed in others. The following is an incomplete list.

100 years ago, chickens were allowed to roam free.
Now, the City prohibits them even in a backyard.

60 years ago, Electric Vehicles were common on some Regina streets, in the form of streetcars. Now, only a few dozen or so EVs are in the city, as electric bikes, cars, and SUVs. We also had a bus route to the airport, but no bus is available to the airport today.

Also 60 years ago, we allowed toxic waste dumping into our soil and groundwater, all over the city. Now that’s only permitted at the landfill.

28 years ago, you could leave Regina by STC bus, or by Via Rail train. Now, in 2017, neither of those modes of transportation are an option due to government cuts without environmental reviews being undertaken to guide those bad decisions.

27 years ago, Parking enforcement used sensibly sized vehicles. Now they use GMC gas burning SUVs.

January 1990 Parking enforcement vehicle

Do “Incidents” Make City Act? City App Dies Ignoble Death

We are aware of a video that has been posted online detailing an incident between a downtown bar owner and one of our Bylaw Enforcement Officers.

[…] the City will be installing – by this afternoon – late-night taxi zones along Victoria Avenue at Scarth Street. We are confident this will address the needs of patrons while also protecting the safety of pedestrians and motorists in the area.”

Wow. That was fast. When I raised the same problem with Service Regina several years ago, it was aaaages before the City agreed to the sensible taxi stop on the block with Victoria’s Tavern, despite the close proximity of an alleyway the City explained limited the space for such an important taxi stand.

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At the end of June the City App died, and the host didn’t tell the City they were shutting off the service. The City, caught with its pants down, is trying to see if they can legally get the code for their app, so their developers can salvage the app. A new one is being developed with a new website also. They didn’t even make a PSA or news release noting the death of the once much hyped City App.

City Administration / Read About the City’s Latest Achievements / CityApp

The CityApp was shut down on July 1, 2017. Our upcoming redesign of Regina.ca  will include implementing a new mobile app to replace CityApp.

In the meantime, residents can still access the following:

• TransitLive – TransitLive.com external link icon 

• Schedules – Regina.ca/LiveSchedule
• Recycling – Regina.ca/Waste
• RQHR – rqhealth.ca external link icon
• MyAccount – Regina.ca/MyAccount
• Road Reports – Daily Road Report
• Jobs – Regina.ca/Careers external link icon
• Contact us – Regina.ca/Contact
• Parks/Fields – Regina.ca/ParksMap
• Flights – YQR.ca external link icon
• Events – TourismRegina.ca/Events external link icon
• Map – Regina Facts
• Latest News – Regina.ca
• Notifynow – Regina.ca/Notifynow 

If you have any questions please email  with the subject line: CityApp.

Yes, the City lists an example of being caught with its pants down, as an “achievement”.

An Ideal Cyclist

An ideal cyclist wouldn’t read such perfect prose about a pedaling pastime.

“The Ideal Cyclist is patient. He has been known to wait upwards of days for the removal of a traffic cone. When the Ideal Cyclist reaches a four-way stop near the same time as drivers, he stops, looks, waves the others through and hails a cab.”

“The Ideal Cyclist will sometimes drive her bicycle to a street where there are bike lanes to begin her trip and ask a friend to pick her up where the lanes end. She shares the road by vacating it.”

There are so many bike lanes in Regina that end no where near a potential destination, that I often joke they expect Ideal Cyclists to poof out of existence when the end of the lane is reached.

You’ll hear shock jocks on Saskatchewan radio talking about how there just aren’t enough Ideal Cyclists, and all they encounter are less than perfect people on bikes who cause them great stress while contributing nothing to society other than grief.

Mosaic #StadiumII and Revitalization

Too bad they dropped the important pedestrian and cyclist access pathway promised in the first phase.

STC Is Transit

Dear Ministers:
Over the next 5 years, Saskatchewan’s capital city is expected to spend over $175 million to operate transit services. That you feel $85 million* is too much for the entire province to spend on an important service for which there is no alternative in most locations despite your insistence that it’s coming “in the future”, is a disgrace. You can’t even take a bus between Saskatoon and Regina today, you have to go through Winnipeg. Next week you can go through Yorkton and back at a cost of $114 for less than half of the journey’s non-direct distance.

Regina’s Mayor Fougere said this about transit services,
“I would view it as an essential program for the quality of life for those who are most vulnerable, those who do not have the ability to pay, but certainly require transportation,” the mayor said Tuesday. “This is fundamental to the quality of life in […] Saskatchewan.”

Minister Beaudry-Mellor said, “Having this transportation option available to them is really critical if we want to see employment opportunities realized, or education opportunities realized, or even access to basic medical appointments,” Beaudry-Mellor said. “Many people don’t have access to a vehicle in […] communities that are on our programs.”

If your hypocrisy isn’t apparent now, I don’t know how else to describe it to you, but I’ll try again if you insist on not rescuing STC from the scrap heap you put it on without even replacement services in place first.

Sincerely,
John Klein
Regina, SK

*Minister’s 5 year reference below:

Minister Hargrave STC

Mosaic #StadiumII Grand Opening

Confederation Park, turned 90 on Friday, and got a facelift, and fountain repair.
A time capsule with a letter I wrote, is going to be opened in 50 years.

And the stadium cheerleaders were giving themselves a pat on the back for being “on time and on budget”, despite that not being literally true since they dropped advertised promised features in order to make it on time, and on budget.