Assorted content to end your week.
- Both Edward Keenan and the Star’s editorial board take note of Thomas Mulcair’s plan for urban renewal, with particular emphasis on its appeal across party lines: Speaking directly to Toronto city council and Mayor John Tory, who won election largely on the basis of his promised SmartTrack “surface subway,” Mulcair said he would be a partner on transit: “Together we will get the people of Toronto moving.”
No wonder Tory declared himself “gratified and pleased” with Mulcair’s approach. Other elements of the NDP’s urban agenda include: Appointing a minister responsible for urban (Read more…)
This was another one of those yelly-at-the-radio days. Listen, it isn’t very often that I’m actually *ashamed* of the place that I choose to live. I love this place 98% of the time. But then some ninny axes a film employment tax credit or some jackass starts up a petition against frigging strip clubs and I get a little tetchy. … Continue reading →
I was an 8 year old awash in fossils, so I was a tad more generous than this former 9 year old PEI lad with his much more valuable fossil. I donated a lower mandible piece from a ~12,000,000 year old Saskatchewan rhino to the Sask. Natural History (now Royal Sask.) Museum in the 1980s. I too used plastic bristle brushes (AKA tooth brushes) to dust off fossils I collected from the surface of a gravel pit near Wood Mountain, SK. Many more fossils and fossil fragments from that pit have since ended up in cement in the area.
More Canadian homes need to be built like this to survive coming fossil fuel shortages. It certainly saves a lot of money for the homeowner.
Passive House in Alaska using water insulated in a tank as a giant battery for energy.
The world would have forgotten the Saskatchewan house, too, were it not for a quirky German physicist interested in energy-saving buildings. After studying the Saskatchewan house and a handful of similar buildings, Dr. Wolfgang Feist wrote a mathematically precise — and elegantly simple — criterion for designing buildings that require less than a tenth of the energy of (Read more…)
I saw the last Hobbit [8/10] movie on Friday, with Jeri. We had food at Montana’s just before. I had the veggie feta burger and it was very good, it tasted just like a meat burger. My distant cousin ended up being seated at the table next to us.
The most exciting part of the movie was in the first ten minutes, but it was overall enjoyable. It was plain that if you hadn’t seen earlier installations of this series, you’d feel a bit left-out. The part of the plot depending upon the Dwarf king’s promise was a bit weakened (Read more…)
I’m sure the company will spin this 262,000 litre oil spill in Regina as a ‘good news’ story. You decide.
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Last month James took me for a spin in an electric Rav 4. This week it was the sporty and futuristic Model S by independent car company Tesla.
My job, trying to change the world, is at least twice as hard as a conservative’s. I have to overcome others’ instinctual fear of change and new technology. Monday evening I proposed my condo board “investigate” using solar energy, if the association’s Winter expenses don’t exceed our budget. 2 Board members opposed the idea! The motion passed anyway, but why would someone oppose an investigation of saving money on electricity? They stated it was an opportunity cost. Let’s look how that claim stacks up:
They suggested raising property value by installing carpets as a competing example. If we spent $10K (Read more…)
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 education have been taken out of the hands of elected school boards, Joseph Garcea and Dustin Monroe examine the history of education funding in Saskatchewan (and other provinces) here (PDF).- And finally, I’ll point back to my earlier columns as to (Read more…)
Last Thursday I attended the first CBC Tweetup, which is a gathering of people who’ve connected via Twitter.
Check out our #CBCTweetup #Storify! Thanks to all who joined us for a spectacular evening! http://t.co/SB1Fnhiriz pic.twitter.com/1oX7DtaXrU
— CBC Saskatchewan (@CBCSask) November 12, 2014
I rode around in an Electric Vehicle (EV) today in Regina, and saw a (currently) still rare Tesla Model S in the city right now.
Pick up some excellent EV tips, from a Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada perspective here, as James and I tour the city on electricity:
Find out more about charging stations at Sun Country Highway, Best Western, Delta Regina, and Peavy Mart.
@saskboy Well Assiniboia will be online soon. Stay tuned. Free for public during store hours.
— Peavey Mart (@PeaveyMart) October 28, 2014
#EVCoast2Coast in Regina this weekend with @SunCountryHwy pic.twitter.com/qqmrVOF7qs
— EVConferenceVE (@EVVEconf) (Read more…)
October is Women’s History Month. This year I was invited to the event at the Conexus Arts Centre, and I’d suggest you check it out next October.
Racists who were criticizing the launch of a new mosque in Regina, forced the TV station to remove the news story from their Facebook page, rather than report and delete the offensive comments. Some of the racists were not even from Regina (one persisting is from the deep south).
When will this good-news story be shared again on the Global Regina facebook page so more people know about it?
MP for north shore Montreal, Charmaine Borg, made a presentation at the UofR this morning.
Great discussion on privacy at the @UofRegina for more information on privacy visit http://t.co/rocBN6vHSn #NDP
— Charmaine Borg (@mpcharmaineborg) September 12, 2014
Of the things she noted was that cell phones are tracking devices, and Canadians have no way to follow their information to know who has it.
Borg http://t.co/69Ay86L7fE / 25M daily Internet users in Canada. 1M bank phishing victims. #privacy #uofr @mpcharmaineborg
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 12, 2014
Weir and Borg at #uofr https://t.co/SIJCKA3f8d
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September (Read more…)
You’ve got to hear about Rob. He’s an interesting guy, doing what I did last Summer except on a much larger and more successful scale.
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 reported on the province’s decision to let Deveraux Developments walk away from its commitment to build affordable housing, as well as Donna Harpauer’s subsequent declaration that she’s entirely sympathetic toward Deveraux (and by implication, not so much toward people who need homes), (Read more…)
How is this even possible? How could a Minister of the province of Saskatchewan not realize there are homeless people, and others struggling to pay rent right here in Regina?
#yqr #skpoli housing cbc.ca/1.2760211 "You’re assuming that there’s these desperate homeless people”-Harpauer. Oh. My. God. #skpoli— Tammy Robert (@tammyrobert) September 09, 2014
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Scott Clark and Peter DeVries criticize the Cons’ choice to prioritize right-wing dogma over sound economic management: What should Canada do? For starters, the passive approach isn’t working. In the face of global economic uncertainty and a secular decline in growth, Canadian policy makers need to get at the levers that can strengthen growth at home.
…Of course we have options — they just happen to be ones that clash with the Conservatives’ hands-off economic orthodoxy. The Harper government is committed to lower taxes, lower spending, balanced budgets and smaller government. But why (Read more…)
I got to tour EMS Headquarters in Regina while meeting most of the EMTs and Paramedics involved in rescuing me from my cardiac arrest incident on July 1st. (Jordan, was away at an important life event, so couldn’t make it.)
Buffalo Days is on in Regina, and I went on the opening day in large part because Lonestar was the headline band in the evening.
The iFlip acrobats at #QCX2014 youtube.com/watch?v=yAbJ2D… You should check them out, there are very cool tricks. #Humanjuggling— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 31, 2014
Lonestar last night in #YQR youtube.com/watch?v=FOOLwu… as the thunderstorm moved south of the city. #QCX2014— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 31, 2014
Last Saturday, Jeri and I went to the Riders game where they creamed the Argos.
A trip to Moose Jaw earlier on had us go (Read more…)
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This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Linda McQuaig discusses how a burgeoning wealth gap is particularly obvious when it comes to retirement security: Quaint as it now seems, not long ago this was considered a good basic plan: Work hard all your life and then retire with a comfortable pension.
In recent times, a new plan has replaced it: Work hard all your life and then all bets are off.
The notion of retirement security in exchange for a lifetime of hard work — a central element in the implicit social contract between capital and labour in the (Read more…)
Here, looking at the sad similarities between Regina and Detroit, and noting that the crucial step we should take to avoid the latter’s humanitarian tragedy is to fund our commitments to workers and residents while we have the means to do so.
For further reading…- Tom McKay and Wallace Turbeville each discuss how the decision to run Detroit under corporate principles made a bad financial situation far worse. – Jon Swaine reports on the recent move to shut off water for up to 100,000 residents. Monica Davey writes about the vote to slash already-meager pensions. And Dominic Rushe (Read more…)
Assorted content for your Sunday reading.
- Mariana Mazzucato writes about the need for governments to shape markets through their own investments, rather than acting only to serve existing business interests: The idea that at best the public sector can fix “market failures” and “de-risk” business, means that when the banks become too active in an area, they are accused of “crowding out” the private sector. That is, of taking up too big of a share of total investments (all of which in the end must be financed from savings). While some Keynesians defend such investments by arguing they actually (Read more…)
Cowessess wind turbine. 800kW at 32mi/h Has Li-ion batteries.
Solar farm and home system of 10kW Inverter anti-islanding. Prevents electrifying the grid while grid is down. Isolation ring for the meter can be installed so you can attach a generator to the house to let the inverter keep working during a grid failure.
A Canadian report of a 2008 study of cities over 200,000 people around the world, listed Regina as sixth best in the world for solar energy generation potential.
Kelln has a system for pumping cattle water, that motion detects cattle, pumps up water to a bowl, and (Read more…)