Hey John. I’m thinking of doing something about the tough position Ryan Meili is in over TransMountain. I saw he’s taking a tonne of flak on social media over his post. Care to share your thoughts in a bit more depth?
A few minutes later, I responded:
Meili is in the unenviable position of having to create critically important change in a population saturated by Petrostate propaganda. It’s not easy to speak with people who can’t listen because their brains are baked into an idea that pipelines are our only route to prosperity. Of course that’s not true. Evraz workers could be building wind turbines, and solar array racking, and rails for trains to carry people on zero emission futuristic cross-Canada trips. How’s he going to fit that into a soundbite that will go into a story in the newspaper that’s working with an “Energy War” propaganda room in Alberta with the Petrostate government there?
Any other questions about this?
Do you think he’s likely to shed support from people whose number one issue is climate change?
Some individuals may choose to stay home or vote differently, but they’ll be hurting themselves if they care about the climate crisis as a central issue. What could be more important than the expected end of our livable world before the Maple Leafs have a predicted shot at winning the Stanley Cup again?
Meili may not be right about the pipeline, but I do think he’s serious about some real pollution reduction, and that’s more than can be said about Moe’s Sask Party.
(If the Leafs win in 26 years according to the previous Leafs and Jays then Raptors wins, that’s 2045)
Thanks for this. Might have a follow-up later.
You’re welcome. Sure.
My comments didn’t appear in the newspaper online later that day.
Sent to Service Regina:
https://www.regina.ca/parks-recreation-culture/parks/pathways/#outline-on-street-bicycle-routes isn’t current. It doesn’t have the on street bike lanes in the Greens. Are there other routes missing from this list?
Also, I need a suggested safe route from Dominion Park to the Stadium. The last time I took Arcola Ave. I was sworn at, honked at, and I was simply using the street in a legal manner while someone shouted that I was supposed to be on the sidewalk (that doesn’t even exist on that part of the street). Years ago I was promised the City was building a bike route from Downtown to the Stadium, and a bike route along Arcola Ave., but where are they? All that construction work on Victoria Ave. is also lacking a safe bike route, why?
It’s been 3 years since this, and the City hasn’t lifted a damn finger.
Here’s the incomplete list:
On-street bicycle routes are located at:
- Broad Street/Wascana Parkway between Lakeshore Drive and Research Drive
- Assiniboine Avenue from Park Street to 100m E of University Park Drive
- McCarthy Boulevard from Brunskill Place to Whelan Drive
- Smith Street from Victoria Avenue to College Avenue (one-way)
- Lorne Street from College Avenue to Victoria Avenue (one-way)
I’ve been using ebikes for years. They work through the Winter, and have cost me about $5/year to power them, in electricity costs. Yes, per YEAR.
If someone has concerns about ebikes, I hope they’d speak with people who use them to learn of the many benefits.
It’s important for everyone to be courteous, and that includes drivers (who are deadly when they fail to comply with the law), and people who walk, as well as people in wheel chairs, on One Wheels, or any other form of active transportation.
My ebike helps me not over-exert myself while biking. I’ve died previously from biking too hard, and had a cardiac arrest. I’m less likely to have that problem again if I can have electric assistance like people get from powered wheel chairs.
Will municipal, and provincial governments legislate away our future transportation technology before it gets popular here?
Saskatchewan: where if you’re a white 3rd generation immigrant/settler, you get a ticket for killing someone with careless driving, but if you’re a first generation, brown immigrant, you’ll get 8 years in jail for killing people through the same crime.
This is called “white privilege”.
Additionally, after killing someone, when you’re white, you’re eligible to be elected by your political party to the highest political office in the province.
The sentence today for a careless driver who was not drunk, seems a bit harsh in comparison to our killer Premier.
Should people go to jail for killing someone (while driving)? Absolutely, even if it’s only for a week.
Now for controversial claims:
If the Humboldt Broncos who died had been on bicycles, the driver of the semi probably would have got a 2 year jail sentence.
If the hockey players had been school children on their way back from a field trip, the driver would have got a 6 year sentence.
One of the people responsible for saddling Regina with the huge StadiumII debt is criticizing another person responsible for the huge debt, except for this botched demolition.
I enjoyed these presentations, and you especially have to watch the concluding speech by Ella.
The adults spent most of the time driving/talking though, but it was worthwhile learning about more-fair ways to shut down the fossil fuel industry than waiting for the inevitable lay-offs after extended climate/water/soil/wildlife/people destruction.