New Council

Regina has a new City Council, and it looks like the majority of them favour action on the Renewable City motion. Even the anti-Renewables Mayor Fougere was defeated.

Ward 6 has a new Councillor.

There are bound to be interesting Council meetings coming up, too bad they’re on Wednesday afternoon when people are working. Good luck having the public engaged.

There is so much to do, but first I think overpriced bus fares need to be addressed.


Who To Vote For in Regina

It’s complicated to vote for Mayor this year in Regina. Most candidates are opposed to making Regina 100% Renewable, even when the target is a distant and somewhat ridiculous goal of 2050. So, who can you vote for?

The obvious choice is Jim Elliott if you put surviving the climate crisis as your top voting priority. Jim is the best known pro-environment candidate, with a vast knowledge of Regina. However, he routinely fails to be competitive in elections. This year he’s had a much improved campaign, but there are also more candidates.

Sandra Masters doesn’t strike me as someone willing to take the big steps needed to put Regina on the path to becoming a sustainable city. She isn’t Fougere, and may be the best chance to defeat the incumbent, anti-environment, anti-transit, do-little Mayor.

Did you catch Councillor Flegel lying about emissions being lower today than 15 years ago? Why would he do that? Well, CBC didn’t fact check him before printing his lie. Saskatchewan emissions are up, way up. Regina doesn’t track them closely enough for him to make such a claim. The only encouraging emissions change made in that time frame is that now methane at the landfill is burned into CO2 for some electricity.
Then there are his awful claims in his low-quality audio radio ads.

Free Election Day Transit in Regina/Saskatoon

How did it come about? Twitter played a role. Regina Transit initially wasn’t going to offer free transit on election day, despite doing so for a previous municipal election.

4 New Councillors Could Shift The Balance

I’m more optimistic today than I was yesterday about the new Council. Although a majority 6 Councillors were returned, with 4 new faces it’s possible that some of the incumbents could be convinced to change their votes on a number of issues.

Lori Bresciani is new in Ward 4. I’m concerned about her current view on downtown parking.

If we want to people to come downtown Parking has to available and convenient.  I do not believe we have adequate parking and we need to provide more parking options for residents.

Contrast her view with Joel’s below. I hope her perspective will change with experience.

Jason Mancinelli, a highly rated auto mechanic, is new in Ward 9. I couldn’t find his campaign page. He appears to want action on environmental issues. If he makes his first impact on changing the culture of transit by turning down his Council parking pass, and insist upon a Transit pass instead, that will be great.

Andrew Stevens in Ward 3 wants a bus route to the airport, first thing. That’s long overdue, and low hanging fruit. He also wants a housing first strategy that works, like Medicine Hat has. That’s great! He wants to “work towards water conservation and stewardship.” Excellent! He’ll focus on implementing the Transportation Master Plan, and Official Community Plan.

Fixing our infrastructure: The current Council has prioritized sprawl at the expense of maintaining and improving our existing infrastructure. Instead, we need to develop a strategy for improving public transit, bike infrastructure and recreation facilities, while fully implementing the Official Community Plan and Neighbourhood Plans.

When it comes to infrastructure, we need to talk about dedicated bike lanes and a better public transit systems. Cars are expensive and damaging to our health. We need to change, and that’s why I’d look to recommendations in our Transportation Master Plan for guidance.

Joel Murray in Ward 6 seems to understand that parking in downtown cannot be solved by adding more car parking. He gets bonus points for knowing about car sharing.

If we can invest more into options other than a private car (bike lanes, car sharing, and transit) we can keep rates low and have more parking available.

Protecting out environment is paramount. As a community we need to work together on diverting more from our landfill, expanding transit, increasing bike lanes, shopping local, and working from home if possible.

Is approval of the Blue Dot motion forthcoming from this changed Council? Time will tell.