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Councillor’s Son Diagnosed With Cancer

There’s been no shortage of cancer unkindly touching the lives of members of City Council.

If Councillor Stevens is unable to continue as Ward 3 Councillor, that will be a real loss to the soul of Regina. He’s been the only Councillor to drive a progressive agenda this term, dependably bringing important ideas to Council for discussion. I wish him, his family, and of course his son well.

#StadiumII Lackluster Design Produces No Energy

It’s hard to look at another new stadium, and not feel some shame about the new Mosaic Stadium with its 4 drinking fountains. Let me guess, the urinals in Regina’s use water too?

How could our elected officials permit construction of a stadium in this decade and not have it generate a single kilowatt of electricity, or use a drop of grey water? It was an opportunity squandered by people who don’t care that we’re a people living well beyond our world’s means.

The good news? We have a municipal recycling service, and it appears to be used to some degree at the new stadium.

SaskPower Misinforming The Public About Solar Power

In honour of the solar eclipse on Monday, SaskPower shared what it’s been saying about solar power for many years. The problem with reusing years-old information about technology, is that sometimes you get things wrong due to advances in the technology. There should not be so many factual errors in SaskPower’s communications with the public. It’s a sore point for me, because it’s so critical that people understand the capabilities (and true limitations) of renewable energy technologies. Only by changing how we power our electrical grid and daily lives, can we quickly leave fossil fuels in the past to reduce damaging climate changes, and health problems from emissions.

I’m one of those 400 #solar energy providers to the SaskPower grid. It’s known as Net Metering, because the net electricity used, at the end of a year is billed to me, but any generated above equality is kept in SaskPower’s favour.

Photons, not IR/heat is collected from light, & is converted into electrons (electricity). Heat causes additional resistance / lower output. Telling people otherwise could convince them that seasonally cold Regina isn’t a great place for solar, when it’s actually a top location in the world!

As you can see from my examples, SaskPower has some explaining to do, about the [mis]information they’re sharing on their Twitter feed. I worry what else they’re telling people, that’s as inaccurate.

ADDED: Sent this to SaskPower. I’ll let you know what they do to correct the record.

“SaskPower shared some inaccurate information on its series of tweets during the solar eclipse. Will SaskPower correct the record, and tweet correct information about solar power from this point forward?
https://johnkleinregina.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/saskpower-misinforming-the-public-about-solar-power/

Please let me know when SaskPower issues corrections, and I’ll update my article.

Thank-you,
John Klein”

“Thank you, your inquiry has been submitted.

A SaskPower representative will respond to your inquiry shortly.”

UPDATE: They replied yesterday:

Thank you for your email. Solar is an important part of a cleaner energy
future for Saskatchewan. We want customers to understand our plans for
solar, and as you note in your blog, the limitations of the technology, as
well. To ensure reliability for customers, intermittent generation sources
like wind and solar require back up baseload power that’s available 24/7.
We also aim to balance a mix of sources that offer reliability,
cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability. We are keenly paying
attention to the development of utility-scale battery storage technology as
you mention and will look forward to testing it once the technology
continues to evolve.

Okay, but what about correcting the mistakes in the information you shared with the public? e.g. equating heat with electricity production in PV cells. That’s not how it works.

Why are you not testing battery storage technology now?

Lumsden Leaps Ahead

The Town of Lumsden’s RiverPark Centre has added a 10kW solar array! They’re among the first Saskatchewan municipalities to make use of our world-class solar resource.

In the first week they’ve produced as much electricity as my array did in its best month ever. A reminder that my array produces more solar electricity for the SaskPower grid, than the entirety of municipal, provincial, and federal government buildings in the City of Regina. Lumsden is now making more solar power than the City of Winnipeg, also.

You can see their stats online!

My array’s stats can be viewed online also.

The trees are nice for shading the picnic benches, but in Winter seasonal months, they’ll provide too much shade to the solar panels on the large south facing roof. It’s a consideration that doesn’t make a system uneconomic, but it’s something I spot. We have to work with the roofs, and sometimes the trees we’re given. My array is on a roof at a less than ideal 20 degree angle (it should be much more steep for Regina’s latitude).

Buying An EV in Saskatchewan

What’s it like to buy an EV electric vehicle in the province of Saskatchewan?
Difficult, in 2017.

Moose Jaw’s Nissan dealership:

Hi,
I can’t get a test drive in a Nissan Leaf at the Regina dealership, but your site says you have access to all Nissan models, so I’m hoping you’ve one available. Please let me know what you have, and I’ll arrange to head over to Moose Jaw.
Thanks,
John

“Your Message Has Been Sent
Thank you for submitting your inquiry
A representative from Western Nissan will be contacting you shortly. You can also phone (306) 691-0016 with any questions or concerns.”

Nissan Moose Jaw home page all models mistake

Hi John, Thanks very much for the email! Unfortunately your closest Leaf certified dealer would be Prince Albert, Evergreen Nissan.

We stock the Nissan line up starting at the Micra.

Hi Allen,

You’ll probably want to update your website then, the graphic I saw on it said you could get any Nissan.

Going to PA for a car that has a 170km range every 5 hours isn’t feasible, while Moose Jaw would be at only 70km away

Is there a reason you’re not selling EVs? I used a Leaf while on vacation this year and have planned to buy one ever since …

John

Council Fears Access Without Fear 

This is an excellent summation of the inexplicable vote at Council on Monday night.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Council Derails “Access Without Fear” Motion Despite Widespread Support

After little debate, Regina city councillors derailed discussion on the “Access Without Fear” motion at Monday night’s council meeting by passing a motion referring it to other levels of government. The Access Without Fear Motion, submitted by Councillor Stevens, would have committed the city to ensuring that all of its services could be accessed without fear by newcomers and longtime residents alike, regardless of their immigration status.

Members of Access Without Fear Regina, a grassroots group that campaigned to support the motion, are surprised that councillors failed to approve the policy given its overwhelming support among Regina residents. Over 30 organizations, ranging from the Regina Professional Fire Fighters Association to the Regina and District Labour Council and University of Regina Students Union, had endorsed the motion, with a collective membership representing over 60,000 Regina residents. Thirteen delegations, including representatives of organizations and immigrants themselves, spoke to the urgent need for the policy. There was no delegation that registered to speak against the motion. Seven letter of support from community organizations were also submitted as part of the agenda; no letters opposed to the motion were received by council.

The brief debate over the motion ended when a motion by Councillor Bryce to refer it to higher levels of government was approved. According to Emily Eaton, one of the organizers of the campaign, “Clearly councillors failed to understand the motion, which dealt exclusively with municipal services. It’s difficult to make sense of why they would refer a motion about municipal services in our city to other levels of government.”

“By sending the motion and our testimony up the chain to the federal immigration minister, they are betraying the spirit of the motion, which is to protect the privacy of newcomers,” said Mirtha Rivera, who spoke in support of the motion and came to Regina as a political refugee from Chile following a military coup in 1973. Rivera was also frustrated by how councillors responded to the stories of torture, sexual violence, and political persecution shared by delegates. “Following presentations by 13 speakers, Findura likened our fear of deportation and abuse to his fear of snakes,” she said.

Eaton said “it was shocking to see the extent to which councillors seemed to willfully ignore or neglect the evidence presented, despite months of research, consultations, and policy development. Councillors had direct input in the language and intent of the motion before it was submitted, but at the meeting misconstrued its substance.”

The reality of fear facing community members with precarious status will persist while council bides its time with last night’s decision. Access Without Fear Regina intends to continue advocating for a safe, healthy, and inclusive Regina where all residents are entitled to dignity and security. /