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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Paved Paradise Because Parking Was Already There

July 5th, 2016, after years of a mud pit following the rip-out of the previous playground:

Now it looks like this again:

Reasoning given:

A project of this scale requires a large site and staging area directly adjacent to the building. The site, the courtyard immediately west of the building and south . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Paved Paradise Because Parking Was Already There

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gwynne Dyer at University of Regina

I’ve been to two other Gwynne Dyer lectures at the U of R, and each time they are very interesting presentations of what has happened in the world. There is also a little predicting going on, so if you’re curious what could happen, settle in, and listen to it all.

 

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Accidental Deliberations: #yqrvotes – Election Day Resources

While I haven’t written much about Regina’s municipal election (except for the column linked here), I’ll point out a few of the resources worth considering before casting ballots today.

Again, Elections Regina’s official information is here.

The Queen City Improvement Bureau’s blog offers an opportunity to hear some of the candidates in action, while . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #yqrvotes – Election Day Resources

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

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Debt

Jeremy Harrison, minister of the economy pointed to the fact the average Canadian family needs 42.8 per cent of its pre-tax income for housing while the average in Saskatchewan is 28.6 per cent. “So I think that speaks as to the affordability of living here in this province,” said Harrison. John Hopkins, CEO of the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Debt

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: On Time and On Budget

There’s a cliche around the City of Regina the last while. Politicians will say a project is “on time and on budget”, but fail to point out that the initial estimates for the budget and time it’s expected to be completed, are amended as the project goes along. Get support for the project by low-balling […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: On Time and On Budget

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall: a day late and a dollar short on Husky’s Prince Albert pipeline rupture

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaking with reporters in the halls of Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina yesterday (screen grab from the CBC’s feed). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and the city of Prince Albert on the bank of … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Brad Wall: a day late and a dollar short on Husky’s Prince Albert pipeline rupture

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

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Flowers And Rainbows In Regina

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: B-17 Flying Fortress over Regina

Regina was lucky to get a visit from the famous World War II bomber plane. I spent a few days running outside in the morning when I heard it roaring overhead, and snapping some photos and shooting videos. My older SD video camera has a much better 12X real zoom (48X digital), but my phone […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: B-17 Flying Fortress over Regina

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

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Changing Face of Heritage Neighbourhood in Regina

Malty National opens tomorrow. It’s a couple blocks east of the General Hospital on 15th Ave. One day there may even be a bike lane on that street. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Changing Face of Heritage Neighbourhood in Regina

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Regina City Council’s embarrassing heel-dragging in response to the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Declaration on environmental rights contrasts against the spread of trade agreements with virtually no scrutiny.For further reading…- … . . . → 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: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Jordan Yadoo discusses the increasing inequality in lifespans across the income scale. Roderick Benns writes that Belleville (along with Cornwall) has joined the movement calling for a basic income so … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Premier Wall On Prison

.@cenobyte Oh my goodness, @PremierBradWall actually said that. https://t.co/CcImQuyE2j — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) January 7, 2016 http://cjme.com/article/402994/inmates-refuse-food-trays-regina-correctional-centre “IF YOU REALLY DON’T LIKE THE PRISON FOOD, THERE’S ONE WAY TO AVOID IT AND THAT IS, DON’T GO TO PRISON,” SAID PREMIER BRAD WALL. I don’t respect that opinion, at all. I know some of you reading […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Premier Wall On Prison

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Merry Christmas 2015

Christmas #sundog is more awesome now. -22 #YQR pic.twitter.com/I0d18zvEeF — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) December 25, 2015 Construction on the #YQRstadium site is really progressing. Here's how it looked when @Capital_Pointe was announced. https://t.co/JtjcDu18yJ — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) December 24, 2015 Wow, the progress on the #YQRstadium construction is amazing. Seats & turf in already. Sure […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Merry Christmas 2015

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #NewLeaderPost Launched

I was invited to the New Leader Post launch, a party for some LP staff and community leaders and advertisers they wanted to pitch the new design and layout to. They’ve a new mobile app, and focus on content specific to each sort of delivery method. The food and drinks at The Lobby Public House […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #NewLeaderPost Launched

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading.

– Thomas Walkom takes a broad look at the problems with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while noting that the Trudeau Libs don’t seem inclined to address them at all. Deirdre Fulton sees the final text as being worse than anybody suspected based even on the previous leaked drafts. Doctors Without . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Who Gets The Hill – #UofR #elxn42 panel on Thursday

It was a real dog’s breakfast at this one, where everything from polls to strategic voting discussed frankly by 3 political experts from Regina. Actually it wasn’t a complete mess, it was a well organized event, but the dog’s breakfast thing will make sense if you watch it all.

Farney says problem . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Who Gets The Hill – #UofR #elxn42 panel on Thursday

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Who Gets The Hill – #UofR #elxn42 panel on Thursday

It was a real dog’s breakfast at this one, where everything from polls to strategic voting discussed frankly by 3 political experts from Regina. Actually it wasn’t a complete mess, it was a well organized event, but the dog’s breakfast thing will make sense if you watch it all.

Farney says problem . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Who Gets The Hill – #UofR #elxn42 panel on Thursday

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Another Conservative “cover-up”

It’s bad enough that there’s no sight of Conservative candidates campaigning to public crowds in Regina, but Conservative-friendly orgs are also trying to cover-up their interview contents.

Sloppiest. Cover-up. Ever. Conservative Michael Kram's LITERALLY covered-up interview with 'pro-life' paper. #elxn42 pic.twitter.com/JSgnASp9Hn

— ʇɹǝqoɹ Jago (@rjjago) October 5, 2015

This particular Con candidate . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Another Conservative “cover-up”

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: If You Don’t Like Canada…

Comments from CBC story, discussing the U-Pass at the University of Regina:

Corruptable writes:

forcing someone to pay for a bus pass they will not use is ludicrous. she would force everyone to pay for a parking spot that only some will use…

blue cheese responds:

@Corruptable like getting taxed for schools when we . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: If You Don’t Like Canada…

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harvest Time

Had to pick the tomatoes, frost is coming tonight to Regina. Got a single, awesome butter-nut squash, and some baby squashes.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Addictions and Mental Illness

Watched a TED talk about addiction, and then heard the same concepts being discussed in this Regina news story about a man who committed suicide last week.