At lunch, to entertain the crowd at the Just Transitions summit in Regina, musician and song writer Laura Stewart played her carbon tax song. It’s pretty catchy, and I hope the PM listens to it.
It’s hard to look at another new stadium, and not feel some shame about the new Mosaic Stadium with its 4 drinking fountains. Let me guess, the urinals in Regina’s use water too?
How could our elected officials permit construction of a stadium in this decade and not have it generate a single kilowatt of electricity, or use a drop of grey water? It was an opportunity squandered by people who don’t care that we’re a people living well beyond our world’s means.
The good news? We have a municipal recycling service, and it appears to be used to some degree at the new stadium.
Confederation Park, turned 90 on Friday, and got a facelift, and fountain repair.
A time capsule with a letter I wrote, is going to be opened in 50 years.
And the stadium cheerleaders were giving themselves a pat on the back for being “on time and on budget”, despite that not being literally true since they dropped advertised promised features in order to make it on time, and on budget.
In a shocking turn of events, it’s been left to the NDP to defend the interests of people in rural Saskatchewan. This is something that would not have been predicted ten years ago, when the NDP name was mud outside of Regina and Saskatoon for having closed hospitals and schools in many small communities. Now, the SaskParty government is selling off STC’s assets to private companies, destroying a critical transportation infrastructure that has been in place for 70 years.
About 200 people gathered over lunch hour in Regina at the new STC Bus terminal, to tell the government to stop the closure. Guest speakers include City Councillor Andrew Stevens. Andrew was on the Morning Edition to explain the ridiculous cuts to the Cities.
Presently there are a few places you can charge your Electric Vehicle (EV) in Regina, and Moose Jaw. A couple sites are due to Peavey Mart investing in the technology with national leader Sun Country Highways. You can go to any Peavey Mart, even in Assiniboia, SK, and charge your EV. Most people though find the greatest convenience from charging at home, however.
Regina infamously turned down a deal with Sun Country Highway for several EV chargers, citing low proliferation of the greener cars. It frankly would have surprised me a little had the City chosen to be leaders of a more ecological technology. Private business is forging ahead where local government is letting us down, however. The app Plugshare is a great way to see what chargers are in your neighbourhood or at your destination already.
The Federal government is even putting some money into EV charging infrastructure, but it remains to be seen how much Saskatchewan will benefit from the ~$7M investment. For now, Sun Country is good. Tesla has avoided installing any Superchargers in Saskatchewan to this point. There are 3 in Alberta, and none in Manitoba, but one Level 3 in Winnipeg.
Level 3 chargers can fill a battery in 30 minutes, in some situations. Level 2 (J1772 plugs, on most North American EVs) tends to fill after 3-4 hours. Level 1 (standard 110V wall outlet) can take 12 hours to fill to 80%.
This is me in conversation with James Dennis of Sun Country Highway. It’s now 3 year old information, but still mostly applies:
Regina is lucky to have an International Airport located within its city limits. Cab rides to downtown from stepping off the plane cost no more than about $15C, compared to the $50 seen in major centres around the continent. What we are unlucky to have, is a complacent City Hall with no plan to provide active transportation options to the airport in the immediate future. The Airport, to its credit, has built a walkway to the edge of its property, but the City refuses to even budget to close the sidewalk gap. There is still no $3.25 Regina Transit bus to the airport or businesses west of Lewvan Dr. There’s no Uber or Lyft in sight.
How bad is it right now to take the bus then walk? It was +2 to +6C on Friday. Take a look, as I step off the #9 bus* (not the closest stop, but the most convenient for me to step onto on this particular day) at Elphinstone St. and Regina Ave. I was pulling two small rolling suitcases and a backpack, for additional hilarity and amusement.
*Do not try this at home, I’m a professional puddle jumper. 😉
There was one person walking the other direction, while I was leaving the bridge and entering the pathway.