Anti-Poverty Ministry Pickets Legislature

Social assistance programs are not sufficient, and during the Wall years, Saskatchewanians increasingly went hungry.


Food Security In Regina Needs Work

Quebec is getting way ahead of the rest of Canada in an important improvement to its food bank network.

It’s an idea I want many people from Regina to share with their City Councillors.

Quebec grocery stores in province-wide program to send unused produce to food banks

It’s so big, an English newspaper noticed the news and reported on it.

And Saskatoon looks poised to leap ahead of Regina on the backyard food security front also.


Can’t Get Lung Cancer Outdoors

Actually, you can, especially in Regina where we are a decade behind the times.

Regina is behind by a decade. Mayor asks if we should try to catch up:

“I wouldn’t say we have fallen behind,” Fougere said.
With the report coming before April 1, the hope is that the bylaw could be in place before patio season arrives.
“The idea is we want to move on this quickly,” Fougere said.

A little late for that, but good to know he’s finally on the right track.

In other lung disease news, in the previous Leaderpost tweet:

#EatThinkVote Event A Success

The tables were full of people, and full of delicious free organic food too, at the Eat Think Vote forum for candidates this evening at the Core Ritchie hall. (The event had to wrap up at 8:30 for floor hockey at 9pm.)

After, I got to speak briefly with Della Anaquod of the Liberals, Ralph Goodale (Lib), Tamela Friesen (Green), and Erin Weir (NDP). There was a Libertarian candidate there, and others of each party except the Conservatives. It’s so disrespectful of the Conservative candidates to shun non-partisan campaign events such as this one, which help raise the level of discourse and idea-debate during an election campaign.

I asked Della why she didn’t speak with Ralph, and she said that in 8 minutes it was thought Ralph would be able to get across the Liberal’s points the best. The NDP used this strategy too. The three Greens all spoke well though in their allotted time.

Next political campaign event that you should plan to attend in Regina is Sept 29th:

Feed Regina Sustainably

Chris sent me this video

It reminds me of the work that Rick of Eat Healthy Foods and Aloha Farm is trying to do near (and for) Regina and its children.

Dan in the video says he gets asked:
“How are you going to feed the world?”
“I don’t love that question.”
1 billion people will go hungry today (in 2010), because of “gross inequalities”.

Rick is working to change the Agri-business business plan.
“Start by asking, how are we going to feed ourselves.
To do that, don’t look at the Agri-business model. Instead look to the ecological model that relies on 2 billion years of experience.”

Pledge $50 and you get a bag of veggies, and your schools will be filled with properly fed children ready to learn (once the project is funded). Pledge $10, and share Rick’s Kickstarter campaign with your friends in and around Regina if you’ve not got $50 to pledge.

APEGS in Saskatoon 2014 January

One interesting fact is that Saskatchewan produces more carbon dioxide pollution per capita, than any other jurisdiction in the world. Yay Number 1!

A summary is at uSask.

“Session 2:
Greenhouse Gas Reductions and Transportation
Ian Loughran, Manager, Energy and Sustainability Engineering, City of Saskatoon

Many attendees were astonished to learn that Saskatchewan has the highest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita in Canada, and that 86% of these emissions come from cars. Mr. Ian Loughran commented that Saskatoon is a “car hungry city,” and that taking public transit is stigmatized, as it’s “not cool”.

People around the room jumped to the defence of all that pollution, saying the province grows the world’s food so it’s okay. I explained that we create a lot of demand for pollution overseas too through our demand for consumption of Chinese (and other) resources/manufacturing/shipping.

Join the discussion on Urban Transportation and Design!

When: Friday, Jan. 24, 8:30am-4:00pm (with networking to follow)
Where: Park Town Hotel, Saskatoon

Explore issues such as balancing urban sprawl and density, transportation planning, transportation behaviour and choices, managing greenhouse gases and more. Speakers include city planners, engineers and government officials. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to discuss the topics and their own ideas in group discussions throughout the day.

Tickets are $200. A limited number of discounted tickets are available for students and community organizations on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact

Conference description:

The University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), in conjunction with the APEGS Environment and Sustainability committee and the City of Saskatoon, is pleased to introduce its first Sustainability Networking conference on January 24th, 2014. True to its title, the conference will discuss current urban transportation practices and then examine how we can design and build more sustainable systems for our cities in the future. The day will be comprised of 2 sessions, morning and afternoon, to address urban design and transportation issues and solutions in Saskatchewan cities. The morning session will encompass urban design issues and opportunities, such as the current approach to balancing sprawl versus density, transportation planning within the City of Saskatoon’s Integrated Growth Plan and finally, urban design lessons learned in similar jurisdictions in Canada. The afternoon session will involve transportation behaviour hurdles and prospects, including the City of Saskatoon’s recent transportation survey, approaches to encouraging behaviour change and finally, how greenhouse gas policies might instigate change in the future.

The morning and afternoon sessions will each be kicked off with a panel of three speakers who will introduce and discuss the topics, followed by an open question and answer period. A speed networking session will follow, where participants can chat about the topics introduced in the panel session. Finally, participants will be involved in a set of roundtable discussions to help break down the issues introduced and to help generate solutions. The finale of the day will be a wrap up where thoughts and ideas from the roundtable session are presented.

• Balancing sprawl versus density: Derek Thompson (Land Development Project Manager at the City of Saskatoon Land Branch) will discuss how communities can plan and design for ‘smart’ development in urban areas that optimizes transportation, including using existing infrastructure, revitalizing existing neighborhoods, promoting mixed-use land development and providing for public transit-oriented, walkable, bicycle-friendly land use.

• The City of Saskatoon’s Integrated Growth Plan: Alan Wallace (Manager of the City of Saskatoon’s Planning & Development Branch) will discuss the Integrated Growth Plan and its nexus with transportation planning. Topics and strategies that will guide Saskatoon’s future growth will also be introduced.

• Lessons learned in urban design: Rhonda Toohey, P.Eng. (Director, Policy Implementation and Evaluation, Transportation Planning Branch, City of Edmonton) will address how Edmonton has dealt with significant growth and changing transportation patterns and provide some insight in terms of lessons learned from their experience.

• The City of Saskatoon’s household transportation survey: Angela Gardiner (Manager of the City of Saskatoon’s Transportation Branch) will discuss what the transportation survey is, why it is being conducted, who can participate, and what the transportation branch will do with the results. The discussion will also include some of the short- and long-term plans the Transportation Branch is pursuing, especially as related to citizens’ transportation behaviour.

• Approaches to encourage transportation-related behaviour change: Bob Patrick, from the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Geography and Planning, will talk about how planners are encouraging behaviour change to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use in our urban communities, as well as how to work with people’s perceptions and motivation, overcome habitual behaviour and bridge the gap between knowledge and behaviour.

• The City of Saskatoon’s Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan: Ian Loughran will discuss the City of Saskatoon’s Energy and GHG Management Plan as it relates to reducing GHG emissions. He will include a discussion of some of the strategies that could be implemented to reduce transportation-related emissions, as well as raise some questions for the audience to consider regarding how to reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions.

ADDED: from 2012