Regina Woman Saves 2 Lives With CPR

Learn CPR, and you could become a super hero like this Regina woman, Mallory.

Neither of them expected something like this to happen, especially to Fyfe, an athletic 29-year-old who won the Queen City Marathon just last year.

“It’s weird,” McCormick said. “After Iain, I kept joking about how like, ‘Oh ya, once I get two lives, then I get to call myself a super hero,’ but I only said that because I thought the chances of it happening again are just so (low).”

But less than a month later, McCormick and Fyfe were hiking near Fernie, B.C., when the couple came across a woman who had collapsed on the trail.

Showing similar symptoms to Fyfe, McCormick jumped into action yet again.

“Apparently, the first thing out of my mouth was ‘Oh, bleep, not again,’ ” said McCormick.

It’s a story I can easily relate to.


Regina’s Forgotten Mode of Transportation

Dear Editor,

Last year’s Leader-Post article “New stadium to encourage move away from cars”, on July 28, 2016 indicated the City of Regina’s plan to build a Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) from Downtown, to Confederation Park.
“Those without wheels (or only two) aren’t being forgotten.”
Turns out, people on bikes were forgotten, and the reporter was misled. The MUP was never built. I asked the City about it a couple weeks ago. The administrator didn’t know what I was talking about, and they took 2 weeks to confirm they’ve shelved the idea, without giving a reason. It remains advertised on the Regina Revitalization Initiative (RRI) website as I write this. In what appears a cruel irony, the City was just awarded a Federation of Canadian Municipalities grant for sustainable infrastructure related to the RRI.

I’ve never been very pleased with the RRI Stadium or Railyard projects. I suffered through the megaproject bluster for years to give the City a chance to deliver on its promise of revitalizing the area and improving it as they advertised. For them to shelve, rather than build, the safe bike route promised, is the last straw. It was a bait-and-switch swindle.

Imagine the City got you interested in a mega-project with the promises of a new stadium to be built Downtown, with a dome, and food and drink services for the advertised price, but then didn’t deliver on a word of those promises. You don’t even have to imagine, to know how I feel. I feel cheated.

Leading The Way in Saskatchewan on Renewable Energy

May 26, 2017

Dear Editor,

In response to your May 24th article “Regina councillors return from Vancouver”, about Regina Councillors seeking to make our city use more renewable energy, I’d like to point out that Regina presently produces no solar electricity on public buildings. This is frankly outrageous since Regina’s solar resource is the best in Canada among major cities. The Federal, Provincial, & Municipal governments, and even the University of Regina all produce 0 Megawatt hours (MWh) of solar electricity for the SaskPower grid in Saskatchewan. That’s 4.6 MWh less than I’ve personally produced with my solar panels, for SaskPower. If the City would spend only $20,000, they could surpass my contribution within a year.

Saskpower is on track to miss their “50% renewable electricity by 2030” target mentioned in the article. 71 MW more fossil fuel electricity is planned to go online than renewable electricity in the next 4 years in Saskatchewan. That leaves a significant shortfall to hit 50%, with no plan as of yet being delivered to explain how the Crown Corporation intends to make it up.

I’m eager to see if City Council is willing to put its money where its mouth is, and stop making me look so good by comparison.

John Klein
Regina, SK

Why Was Parking Study Hidden?

It shouldn’t take an Access to Info. request to release a public study to the public. The irony of this report being filed under “open government” is somewhat amusing. So, what was being kept hidden, and why? We may not find out why, but we now know what.

well-meaning measures are sometimes implemented which worsen, rather than relieve, the City’s parking imbalance.

Recall the Mayor’s ideas of building a parkade downtown, or moving buses from 11th Ave.? Those are good examples of well-meaning measures sought, which if implemented will worsen, rather than relieve, Regina’s parking problem.

Remember the uproar a few months ago about nurses threatened after leaving work at the General Hospital? The years old report addressed the parking problem (to some degree).

The City should install multi space meters or pay stations in the residential shoulder areas of downtown; an additional two or three blocks to the east (St. John Street), south (College Avenue) and west (Rae Street) for the purpose of expanding the areas available for short term street parking, encourage turnover in high demand areas (such as the area around Regina General Hospital),

Recommendations for the General stop there.

There are other areas within the City of Regina that are currently experiencing parking issues, such as the neighborhoods surrounding the General Hospital, the Pasqua Hospital, and the University of Regina. These areas warrant further investigation, but they are not included in the scope of this study.

What would work to reduce “parking congestion” instead?

$2 per hour as is common in other mid-sized cities in Western Canada.

Metering to Reduce Congestion – As metering parking space has the ability to suppress demand through time and fee restriction, meters or pay stations are the most effective tool for encouraging turnover of space in congested residential area.

So the next time you hear someone, like the Mayor, pushing for a parkade instead of an increased parking meter rate, you’ll know they haven’t done their homework. Although well meaning, their effort will only make things worse (and cost a lot of million dollars in the mean time).

A guess at why the study was being hidden would be to assume that it wasn’t in the interest of Councillors or City employees to release the study that said the following:

The city sells some 8,000 daily or monthly permits per year. More than half of those are issued for free. Their largest beneficiary are city employees.

The report estimates the city loses an estimated $1.3 million annually by giving out these permits

Parking Study in Leader Post

It took a trained journalist to pry the City of Regina’s Parking Study from its shelf.

We’ve been waiting for this study since about 2012. It was to help answer if we needed snow routes, more or fewer parking lots, more or fewer on street parking spots, and other questions.

Onrait assured that, “There is work being done on the study. It’s not that the study has been sitting on the shelf, but a lot of the recommendations out of the study are dealing with internal administrative processes.”

To a citizen waiting for years, it looks as if it’s been sitting on an invisible shelf in a locked away room.

We’ve not had the information available from the study to argue against last year’s Transit fee hikes, further pricing Transit out of the realm of Regina downtown street parking prices.

“There needs to be a lot more investment in parking … with the revenues that the city realizes from the parking meters, a similar amount of investment needs to be made back into the system to make parking more attractive,” said Veresuk.

Onrait said he has not discussed changing the revenue approach with the city’s finance department.

“in February 2014 found the 9,356 ground parking spots (that’s metered, time restricted and lot stalls) were at capacity on weekdays, with pressure extending beyond the core’s boundaries.”

I went to Urbanity 101 at the Queen City Hub on Hamilton St. on Apr. 9. My bike chain broke before I left my block. I hopped into a car instead, and was almost late because I had to park 4 blocks away to find an open spot. On my bike, I park right outside the door.

Take issuing permits, which the report considers to be a major cause of downtown parking being over-capacity. Their sale is unrestricted and their use compliance often goes unchecked, the report says. The city sells some 8,000 daily or monthly permits per year. More than half of those are issued for free. Their largest beneficiary are city employees.

The report estimates the city loses an estimated $1.3 million annually by giving out these permits, and half of the complimentary permit users overstay their welcome in spots.

Taxable benefits being given to City employees to park, rather than make use of the City’s Transit system. This sort of thing is why Regina Transit is struggling, while too many of Regina’s downtown workers feel they should drive to work.

UPDATE: The world’s leading parking economist says, “Cities have built an elaborate structure of parking requirements with no foundation. It’s pseudoscience.”

I think Regina could easily fall into that category. For one thing, we don’t put parking meter revenue back into neighbourhoods where they are collected, nor do we eliminate our “parking minimums” when new construction takes place. The latter just heaps an additional expense onto property developers who end up paying for parking spots that should not be subsidizing car ownership.

Everyone In Cars Should Wear Helmets

I’m used to the Leader-Post containing stories with mentions of bovine excrement, but usually they are confined to articles about agriculture and actual bulls. This editorial about bike helmets is a glaring exception.

First, it was never SGI’s “buck” to pass. The legislature and councils pass laws and bylaws, not SGI (we hope, anyway). I can excuse the Leader-Post editors and Star Phoenix for forgetting this thanks to SGI’s too-cozy relationship with police forces and traffic safety law enforcement.

Second, and more importantly, bike helmet laws have the unfortunate effect of repressing the use of bicycles. We critically need more bikes on our roads, to improve public health and our struggle to limit pollution. The benefits of cycling far outweigh the risk of a van hitting a cyclist as one did to me 9 years ago in Yorkton while I was obeying traffic law (and wearing a non-mandatory helmet). I’ve cycled thousands of kilometers since then, thanks to getting back on the horse after being knocked off.

Yorkton Bike Accident

Since fewer people ride bikes following a helmet law, and Saskatchewan is looking to reduce it’s Green House Gas emissions, I propose instead that helmets be optional for bikes, but mandatory for people riding in cars. Head injuries in auto accidents are a very serious killer every year, so SUMA should think of the children, and get right on that instead.

Libel Lecture

It’s surreal to wake up and read a friend’s message that your name is on the second page of the province’s largest newspapers, because a radio host with a newspaper column decided to sling mud your way. Last Tuesday I attended my 3rd lecture in a week at the UofR by a public speaker, the last one being by John Gormley. To the surprise of everyone in the room, his talk was interrupted by a noisy, yelling, protester. I put the video on my blog, as I did with the other two recent lectures.

Mr. Gormley’s radio station and his radio show in his “showbizzy” way extensively promoted my video of his lecture with the altercation and some interviews I tacked onto the end. In his column’s recap of the lecture, and on TV, he singled me out with derogatory remarks, claiming falsely that I was “leering and giggling” at his misfortune of being aggressively interrupted. Others were recording, and my video too confirms I was not giggling during this interruption. I don’t know how Mr. Gormley could interpret my rapt attention during a public lecture and his unusual altercation as “leering”, but I confirm there was no malice intended. Perhaps radio personalities aren’t used to people looking at them as they talk.

It seems improbable that Mr. Gormley intended no malice with his untrue comments about my behaviour and my political position on the spectrum he measures people by. I suppose even moderates like myself appear left wing from Mr. Gormley’s political perch, as he imagines people with different political views as conspiring against him.

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