GMC Factory Fire in Regina

The old location of General Motors’ factory along Winnipeg St. experienced a serious fire last night.

GRID VR is one business at the far north end of the old plant.



When You Break Your Friend’s Trust

The City of Regina, going as far back as Pat Fiacco’s days, has a serious lack of trustworthiness. This is demonstrated in the sad tale of the Glockenspiel once in Victoria Park.

This story was made possible by blogger Kenton de Jong’s blog post last week.


Electric Vehicles Criss-crossing Regina

It sounds perhaps like science fiction to think of Electric Vehicles criss-crossing Regina every day, but that’s just what happened until the Regina Transit streetcar network was destroyed and shut down.
11th Ave. and Winnipeg St. Streetcar tracks in Regina. #transit
-Road work on 11th Ave. and Winnipeg St. reveals our transit history.

11th Ave.
This family stopped and talked with me about the road construction. The father noted that the bakery on Winnipeg St. used to deliver milk to the city’s residents.

Streetcar map of Regina

Others should find it disturbing, (and probably not surprising) that Council has given almost no new resources to Regina Transit to correct the shortfalls I listed for them over 2 years ago at a Council meeting.

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SaskPower Inspiring People In The Past

SaskPower recently celebrated its 85th anniversary. Last year I suggested they have a party with the observation deck being made available to the public again, as it was intended when the building was constructed downtown.

“…going out on the observation deck on the 13th floor, it was thrilling. It really confirmed in my mind that I wanted to be an architect.” – Bernard Flaman (Provincial Heritage Architect)

No word from SaskPower about the obervation deck opening idea. I guess future architects will have to look elsewhere for inspiration.

“Our long-term plan calls for investments of $1 billion per year to renew and replace the power grid so we can support the province’s economic momentum,” said Watson.

It’s a little worrying that the SaskPower CEO sounds like an echo of a SaskParty Minister. I’d prefer the president of the power crown utility should be concerned that his preferred generation technique is a contributor to smog, climate change, and early death of thousands of people a year.

Failing that concern, maybe he’d at least open the former public observation deck, of the public’s crown utility, to the public again.

Also disappointing is the closure of the Legislative Building dome’s observation deck.

Public buildings should be open to the public again. There are generations of people who’ve not seen them, and felt they are a part of viewing the city as their parents and grandparents could.