Dr. Michael King on Blockchain Fintech

The University of Regina hosted guest lecturer Dr. Michael King from the Ivey School of Business, Friday March 8, 2019.
He explained how blockchain is a part of the advancing financial technology sector of business, and then explained how blockchain technology started with Bitcoin, and where it’s likely to appear next.


Should You Buy Bitcoin?

First, a little history on this question. Assuming you plan to live past 2019, you may find the following demonstration useful.

Should you buy Bitcoin in:

2010 – YES
2011 – YES
2012 – YES
2013 – YES
2014 – YES
2015 – YES
2016 – YES
2017 – YES, although it’s scary right now if you bought in December.
2018 – YES? Yes.
2019 – YES? Yes.

The price of Bitcoin today is roughly $6700US or C$8888.88

UPDATE: As of 10:00pm tonight, the price of Bitcoin is roughly $9999.99
Although it will not continue to increase at this rate, and there will be chances to purchase it still for far less than today’s price, the point remains, if you want to turn some money into more money long term, buy and hold Bitcoin long term.

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.


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”.

Day Passes on #Transit Buses in Regina?

It’s 2016, and the issue of not being able to buy Day passes on the buses in Regina has existed and been raised with Transit on multiple occasions. My previous solution suggested to them hasn’t got anywhere for years, so I provided a low-tech solution today.

UPDATE: Jan 26 call back:
Regina Transit will not upgrade the fare boxes’ software to print Day Passes, and won’t accept the low tech solution that requires drivers to have a stash of passes available for purchase. They insist that Day Passes are “readily available” at places like Safeway or at the Transit office downtown. “Oh really,” I say. What about a visitor I want to take around town? We have to get onto a bus for $3, get off downtown, go into the Transit office (if it’s open), buy the pass for $9, then wait for the next bus to go by to begin our journey.

So carrying even a $45 Day Pass inventory on each bus would cost the City? “Absolutely.” With only 33 sold a month city wide, that would meet present demand. If it sold out, at least people would have the opportunity at convenience rather than assuring none.

“It has been discussed and it’s not something we’re going to do.”

So why do we offer a Day Pass at all if only 33 purchased at $8, and we’ve raised the price to $9?

His response was that maybe they’ll look at ending the Day Pass.

I’m looking out for tourists and transit riders in our city, and what is Regina Transit doing for them? Raising their fares as fuel prices plummet, and failing to use technology and employees already on their buses to their full abilities.

RoboMayor II – The 2nd Telephone Town Hall #WWTP #YQRcc

Let’s be perfectly clear, there will always be sewage owned by a unanimous City Council. I may have mixed up that quote a little.

During the video, one caller mentioned the information session held last week the Mayor and Councillors did not attend.

The beginning is at the end because my computer isn’t powerful enough to quickly edit it into the right order, so you’ll just have to cope. I would have got bored too quickly just sitting and listening, so some of it is puppet enhanced.

Here’s an unscientific poll for your amusement:

Don’t miss the big debate on Wednesday. Show up early to get a seat.

You can check out the Dog Blog for lots more on this issue.