Social assistance programs are not sufficient, and during the Wall years, Saskatchewanians increasingly went hungry.
The Town of Lumsden’s RiverPark Centre has added a 10kW solar array! They’re among the first Saskatchewan municipalities to make use of our world-class solar resource.
In the first week they’ve produced as much electricity as my array did in its best month ever. A reminder that my array produces more solar electricity for the SaskPower grid, than the entirety of municipal, provincial, and federal government buildings in the City of Regina. Lumsden is now making more solar power than the City of Winnipeg, also.
You can see their stats online!
My array’s stats can be viewed online also.
The trees are nice for shading the picnic benches, but in Winter seasonal months, they’ll provide too much shade to the solar panels on the large south facing roof. It’s a consideration that doesn’t make a system uneconomic, but it’s something I spot. We have to work with the roofs, and sometimes the trees we’re given. My array is on a roof at a less than ideal 20 degree angle (it should be much more steep for Regina’s latitude).
Why is our health system failing an estimated tens of thousands of people?
“If we only treat 350 people a year, the number of new infections in the province almost assuredly will be higher than that, so we’ll never actually get to a point where we’re actually bringing the prevalence down and actually getting to a point where we can actually talk about eliminating hepatitis C by 2030, which is the World Health Organization’s’ stated goal.”
Over the next 5 years, Saskatchewan’s capital city is expected to spend over $175 million to operate transit services. That you feel $85 million* is too much for the entire province to spend on an important service for which there is no alternative in most locations despite your insistence that it’s coming “in the future”, is a disgrace. You can’t even take a bus between Saskatoon and Regina today, you have to go through Winnipeg. Next week you can go through Yorkton and back at a cost of $114 for less than half of the journey’s non-direct distance.
Regina’s Mayor Fougere said this about transit services,
“I would view it as an essential program for the quality of life for those who are most vulnerable, those who do not have the ability to pay, but certainly require transportation,” the mayor said Tuesday. “This is fundamental to the quality of life in […] Saskatchewan.”
Minister Beaudry-Mellor said, “Having this transportation option available to them is really critical if we want to see employment opportunities realized, or education opportunities realized, or even access to basic medical appointments,” Beaudry-Mellor said. “Many people don’t have access to a vehicle in […] communities that are on our programs.”
If your hypocrisy isn’t apparent now, I don’t know how else to describe it to you, but I’ll try again if you insist on not rescuing STC from the scrap heap you put it on without even replacement services in place first.
*Minister’s 5 year reference below:
This article from less than a year ago is jarring, in relation to what the SaskParty actually did to privatize STC quickly without an election held to obtain a mandate to do so.
STC saw revenue — from passenger and express parcel business — rise to $18.5 million in 2015-16. That compares with $16.6 million in the 12 months of 2014.
The annual subsidy, or grant, given to STC was $13.25 million in the 2015-16 operating year. That compares with $10.3 million in the 12 months of 2014.
Still, that means STC covers about 62 per cent of its operating expenses, and “in the public transportation industry, these numbers are very favourable,” Grice wrote in STC’s annual report.
By comparison, Regina Transit’s fares bring in about $10.8 million — or 28 per cent — of the system’s $35.66-million operating cost, the city’s 2016 budget says.
STC’s “public policy role” is cited several times in its annual report, released Thursday.
“Maybe it should be labelled as a utility,” mused Campeau
Wow, these numbers and comments expose the lies and incompetence of the Wall government’s “Meeting the Challenge” austerity budget of 2017.