Ridden Out On A Rail

I’d like @YoungBe_young to reject spending over $109,000,000 on moving rail lines that people will soon need to use again for transportation in and out of Regina. How many properties are paying tax in #yqrcc? Let’s assume a high 50,000. That’s $2200 each, to wait less in traffic on some streets, at uncommon times you encounter a long train. Can you think of a better way to spend more than two thousand of your tax dollars?

Additionally it would be a gift to private industry, since CP and CN are not publicly owned any longer. We already gave hundreds of millions of dollars to the Roughriders so they’d have a shiny new stadium, and that raised the city’s debt noticeably. Property taxes have gone up for that as a result of  stadium spending.

For less than half the cost of  a gift to CP/CN, we could have more than 50 new, electric buses. Yes, quiet, efficient, non-polluting public transportation that everyone can depend more on. That’s how you wait less in traffic, the smart way. The stupid way is to give twice as much money to ripping out infrastructure that should be publicly owned still.

We should be able to take low-polluting trains to other points in Canada from our capital city. That opportunity was robbed from my generation, back in 1990. To ensure our kid’s generation has an opportunity to raise kids, we need to restore this mode of transportation to supremacy in the next decade. Wasting $109Mil moving Regina in the wrong direction is irresponsible, financially reckless, and contradicts the 100% Renewable by 2050 motion passed by Council last year.grain car

City Stalls On Urgent Climate Action

Considered sending this to City Council for their meeting today, but didn’t bother:
Last week I asked City Hall what actions have taken place to reduce air pollution in our city to help move us toward meeting the 100% renewable by 2050 motion passed last October.
To my dismay, no concrete actions were able to be provided to me as examples.
Instead, there’s a plan to hold a conference, next year, to make a framework to hold a plan at some point after then. That’s a roundabout way of saying nothing has been done. I’m a parent of a couple kids who talk that way when they’re trying to get out of doing homework. The City is certainly doing its best impression of an irresponsible kid trying to avoid the important work that needs to be done to prepare for the future.
Despite hundreds of thousands of dollars budgeted this year to improve cycling in Regina to match our Transportation Master Plan, all the work this year being done is administrative. That means the total construction planned to take place, and already “constructed” in the 2010s in Regina to improve cycling in the downtown area consists of 1 block of malformed bike lane. Currently it’s covered in road debris, puddles if it’s rained, and deadly opening doors from parked cars. Someone is squished to death in Canada every year from that particular hazard, and Regina painted that lane, to objections from Bike Regina and citizens, anyway.
I’ve tried throughout this decade to get many of you to care more about our environment, and the extreme pollution our city’s government, its businesses, and residents are all responsible for. Some of you clearly do care a lot, and show it. Some of you think you care, but everything you’ve done here suggests a serious lack of urgency around the climate crisis our Parliament has declared is underway.
https://regina.ctvnews.ca/solar-panels-could-be-coming-soon-to-city-of-regina-facilities-1.3909939  That was over a year ago. Also, nothing has been done by the City that we can see anyway. Solar panels are easy to spot, they’re lit up by the sunlight and fairly obvious, so I don’t think the City is hiding any.

“The City of Regina proposes hosting an Energy and Sustainability Conference (Conference) in early May 2020. The Conference will focus on best practices in energy management and environmental sustainability to interested parties in the community as well as other municipalities and partners across Canada. It will focus on exploring innovative and best in class opportunities to move delegates towards their goals of becoming more renewable and sustainable.
The Conference content will provide input into the development of an Energy and Sustainability Framework for the City of Regina, which among other initiatives, would include a roadmap for moving to more renewable energy sources, autonomous vehicles and solar panels. The scope of the Energy and Sustainability Framework would be focused on the City of Regina as an organization. This means that efforts are focused on the City’s fleet and transportation, facility heating and cooling, and electricity.”

And here’s more nonsense from the report:

“An example of energy that is sustainable, but not renewable is nuclear.”

Horse pucks. We can’t sustain the sort of nuclear power that is in use today.

UPDATE:

Looks like the Mayor is misrepresenting Council’s position:

“That’s an incorrect reading of the motion. I clarified that point during debate. Sorry, but the Mayor is off the mark on this one.” – Cllr. Stevens

What You Don’t See

Jun 19
Leader-Post:
Hey John. I’m thinking of doing something about the tough position Ryan Meili is in over TransMountain. I saw he’s taking a tonne of flak on social media over his post. Care to share your thoughts in a bit more depth?

Maybe.

A few minutes later, I responded:
Meili is in the unenviable position of having to create critically important change in a population saturated by Petrostate propaganda. It’s not easy to speak with people who can’t listen because their brains are baked into an idea that pipelines are our only route to prosperity. Of course that’s not true. Evraz workers could be building wind turbines, and solar array racking, and rails for trains to carry people on zero emission futuristic cross-Canada trips. How’s he going to fit that into a soundbite that will go into a story in the newspaper that’s working with an “Energy War” propaganda room in Alberta with the Petrostate government there?

Any other questions about this?

Leader-Post:
Do you think he’s likely to shed support from people whose number one issue is climate change?

Some individuals may choose to stay home or vote differently, but they’ll be hurting themselves if they care about the climate crisis as a central issue. What could be more important than the expected end of our livable world before the Maple Leafs have a predicted shot at winning the Stanley Cup again?
Meili may not be right about the pipeline, but I do think he’s serious about some real pollution reduction, and that’s more than can be said about Moe’s Sask Party.

(If the Leafs win in 26 years according to the previous Leafs and Jays then Raptors wins, that’s 2045)

har har.

Leader-Post:
Thanks for this. Might have a follow-up later.

(there wasn’t)
You’re welcome. Sure.

My comments didn’t appear in the newspaper online later that day.