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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Regina’s upcoming municipal election – and the need for voters to break with expectations to elect a municipal government far more willing to stand up for its constituents than the one we’ve had in recent years.

For further reading…– Elections Regina’s main page is here. David Robert Loblaw is providing a handy . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the City of Regina’s actual treatment of key information runs contrary to its stated commitment to open government.For further reading…- Natascia Lypny’s report on the City’s delays and denials of access to information about Regina’s new… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Shawn Fraser’s attempt to move Regina toward a living wage – and the the sad delay tactics in response from Michael Fougere and the rest of City Council.For further reading…- Fraser posted about the motion here. And Natascia Lypny reported o… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the appalling failure of both the province of Saskatchewan and the city of Regina to contribute a nickel to a long-overdue Housing First pilot project.For further reading…- D.C. Fraser reported on the project here, with this serving as the m… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the City of Regina has learned a painful lesson about the Saskatchewan Party’s habit of accepting credit but not responsibility on P3 projects.

For further reading…– Emma Graney reports on how the province forced the City to foot the bill for immediate site development costs here.– For background on how decisions about . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the corporate sector is taking advantage of Brad Wall, Michael Fougere and their respective administrations at the expense of citizens who both fund and rely on public services.

For further reading…– Murray Mandryk and the Leader-Post editorial board each weighed in recently on the latest developments from the smart meter debacle.– CBC . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, discussing what elements of Saskatchewan’s referendum law look to have worked properly in Regina’s wastewater treatment plant referendum process – and where there’s some obvious room for improvement where future issues call for a vote among citizens.

For further reading…– While I note in the column that the 10% signature threshold seems to serve . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: On sucker’s bets

As the old saying goes, if you sit down at a poker table and can’t spot the sucker, you’re it.

And there shouldn’t be much doubt that when the City of Regina sits down with an interconnected group of consultants and privatization advocates to decide who stands to be handed hundreds of millions of public . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On sucker’s bets

Accidental Deliberations: #wwtp Referendum Roundup

A few links and notes as Regina’s wastewater referendum approaches tomorrow.

– Jason Hammond explains that his Yes vote will be based largely on concerns about the City’s dishonesty and sense of entitlement in trying to push through a P3 model. And Paul Dechene provides the full list of City shenanigans throughout the referendum process.

. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #wwtp Referendum Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the real question in Regina’s P3 referendum vote is that of how to operate the City’s vital infrastructure – and why we should vote “yes” to maintain some control.

For further reading…– CBC reports on last night debate between Jim Holmes and Michael Fougere.– Brent Sjoberg’s interview with Paul Dechene referenced in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition

The Fouge sez: have no fear about corporate abuses or contract manipulation in a privatized wastewater system because…public procurement process! Hamilton Wastewater System – A sewage operation and maintenance contract in Hamilton was cancelled. In Hamilton, the contractor was hired without a public procurement process. The City of Regina will procure our contractor through the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the dangers of accepting advice from self-interested advisers – and the obvious conflict of interest of the consultants hired to push a wastewater P3 on Regina’s citizens.

For further reading…– The Museum of Hoaxes offers some background on the now-notorious movie reviews of Dave Manning.  – Matt Taibbi documents the role of self-interested . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Polly Toynbee discusses how the UK’s attacks on social programs are based on gross ignorance about what social spending does (and who it helps): The Citizens Advice Bureau reports a rise of 78% in the last six months in people needing food banks to keep going. Many have . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the tendency of both political decision-makers and the general public to give too much credence to secret information – and the need for citizens to scrutinize leaders all the more closely if they rely on bare declarations that we’d agree with their actions if only we knew what they choose to hide.

For . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– Michael Harris tears into the Cons for their latest set of Senate abuses: It is time once more to throw up on your shoes over the Senate. We all did that when Liberal Senator Andrew Thompson went missing in action for a decade at public expense — our . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On single issues

Apparently today is Stadium Cheerleading Day in the Leader-Post. But in correctly noting that this fall’s election will be decisive in determining whether a stadium goes ahead, Bruce Johnstone seems to me to give away the real choice voters face: Of course, this doesn’t mean that the stadium is the only issue in the coming . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On single issues

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Andrew Jackson thoroughly demolishes the argument that after three decades of wage stagnation and soaring corporate profits, Canada’s economy somehow needs to see workers suffer even more: The reality is that the pay of most workers has stagnated in real terms over the past thirty years as the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links