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).

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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”.

Mosaic #StadiumII and Revitalization

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

Regina’s Forgotten Mode of Transportation

Dear Editor,

Last year’s Leader-Post article “New stadium to encourage move away from cars”, on July 28, 2016 indicated the City of Regina’s plan to build a Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) from Downtown, to Confederation Park.
“Those without wheels (or only two) aren’t being forgotten.”
Turns out, people on bikes were forgotten, and the reporter was misled. The MUP was never built. I asked the City about it a couple weeks ago. The administrator didn’t know what I was talking about, and they took 2 weeks to confirm they’ve shelved the idea, without giving a reason. It remains advertised on the Regina Revitalization Initiative (RRI) website as I write this. In what appears a cruel irony, the City was just awarded a Federation of Canadian Municipalities grant for sustainable infrastructure related to the RRI.

I’ve never been very pleased with the RRI Stadium or Railyard projects. I suffered through the megaproject bluster for years to give the City a chance to deliver on its promise of revitalizing the area and improving it as they advertised. For them to shelve, rather than build, the safe bike route promised, is the last straw. It was a bait-and-switch swindle.

Imagine the City got you interested in a mega-project with the promises of a new stadium to be built Downtown, with a dome, and food and drink services for the advertised price, but then didn’t deliver on a word of those promises. You don’t even have to imagine, to know how I feel. I feel cheated.

Regina Wins Award For Mediocrity

City completes planned project in under a decade. Wins award from local board that was less inspired by literally everything else (not) happening.

In a province where the SaskParty leads, this is what can happen:

It’s not a bad project, just not award-worthy. And I’m concerned RCE will give Councillor Hawkins another chance to justify calling Regina enviro-friendly. To give an example of how not friendly Regina is toward our environment, some of our latest bike parking infrastructure was installed in the 1990s (and is removed each Winter to inconvenience Winter cyclists). More recently a small rack showed up in front of Vic’s Tavern.

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