Daily Aggregation: Farewell, Mickey Rooney

daily-aggregation-21. ELECTION DAY IN QUEBEC CBC has a news hub here. And here’s John Conway’s column in the latest Prairie Dog.

2. IS RUSSIA STIRRING UP TROUBLE IN EASTERN UKRAINE? Oh,  probably.

3. TODAY’S “STEAL THE NEXT ELECTION ACT” NEWS The legislation that the Conservative government has justified with untrue stories of election fraud would have  a large new role  for Canada’s public prosecutor. Unfortunately this was decided without consulting the director of public prosecution.

4. CONSERVATIVE FAMILY VALUES Canada’s justice minister really wants spouses to testify against each other. He says it’s necessary. I suspect he’s just a fan of emotional confrontations. Probably a big Judge Judy fan.

5. CANADIAN JOURNALIST STILL IN JAIL IN EGYPT One hundred days and counting.

6. PARKING PRICES DOUBLE DOWNTOWN AnnOYYYYing. Mainly because transit isn’t where it needs to be for people to easily bus their way downtown.

7. DEVELOPERS SUE THE CITY Dundee Homes says it wasn’t properly reimbursed for work done in Harbour Landing.

8. DOYLE STEPS DOWN The well-compensated Potash  executive is retiring. I’ll remember him for the not-at-all self-serving comments that he, a ludicrously wealthy man, made about Saskatchewan’s “philosophy of failure” and “envy”. Others might remember him for laying-off workers.

9. MUCH ADO ABOUT SOME PINGS The search for the wreckage of Malaysian flight MH370 has a promising lead, apparently. More here and here.

10. ROB FORD: AT IT AGAIN I desperately hope he yelled “Don’t you know who I am?” during this incident.

REST IN PEACE, MICKEY ROONEY The Hollywood star has died at the age of 93. I knew him best as Santa Claus in the old Rankin Bass Christmas classics. Here’s Rooney singing a song from Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth will never, ever pass up a chance to make a Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo pun.

9 thoughts on “Daily Aggregation: Farewell, Mickey Rooney”

  1. I don’t care about the news. I care about only one thing that I just noticed this morning. WTF?! Why does your bio blurb thingy talk about snowmen??? Winter is fucking OVER, Stephen Whitworth. Time to mothball that overgrown snowball. (Before I come over and kick it down myself. Please don’t make me get on your bad side by doing that.)

  2. I’m all in favour of the meter rates increasing on the basis that it will create the critical mass needed for public transit to be seen as a viable option to get downtown.

    Yes, transit isn’t where it needs to be for people to easily bus their way downtown. I would argue that this is because there’s not enough riders, and that ridership is low because on-street parking downtown has been subsidized by the City in the form of inexpensive parking for far too long. Parking rates should never have gotten so low that on-street parking became a viable option for people who work downtown and were looking to avoid costly parking lots.

    I’d actually like the City to go a bit further and consider demand-based parking rates similar to San Francisco (and Calgary to a lesser extent). It’s the best method that I’ve seen to ensure rates are set in a consistent, transparent, fair and equitable manner.

  3. Critical mass is never reached in Regina. Either even fewer shoppers will continue to go downtown, opting instead for the east-end or Grasslands, or they’ll carpool a little bit more, or just pay double.

  4. I tell you what: money for transit doesn’t come from thin air. Also, it sounds as if the city is actually trying to discourage on-street parking for long durations. I have a really crazy idea: make impark reduce their rates, and do away with on-street parking downtown ENTIRELY. Those parking lanes would make nice bike lanes….

  5. Jeff, you’ve only got it half right.

    The city is trying to discourage all day on-street parking in an attempt to free up parking spots which, they contend, would make shopping downtown more attractive. The average shopper is more inclined to drive to the box stores than to drive downtown because they expect to park their car reasonably near the store. Removing parking spots entirely in favour of bike lanes wouldn’t accomplish their goal of boosting shopping downtown. You could probably get rid of on-street parking on Victoria ave and add bike lanes without jeopardizing downtown parking significantly. This would be a lot more feasible if the city had a better north/south system in place for bikes.

    Secondly, Impark is a privately owned corporation. I imagine that the city would have as much luck telling Impark to reduce their parking lot rates as they would telling Mcdonalds to reduce the price of their burgers. It’s just not in their purview.

  6. Talbot- critical mass is never reached because the City has historically grown outward. It’s impossible to reach a critical mass downtown if the attitude continues to be “we’ve tried nothin’ and we’re all out of ideas”.

  7. LOL @ people driving to box stores to “park reasonably near the store”. Granted the parking is FREE there, but “reasonably near” is a laugh — very few spots are actually that close. Many times, if you ever go to a box store, you end up walking about 3 to 4 block lengths after you park. And of course, that’s by design, to prevent you from wanting to wander down to the next box store.

  8. My understanding is that low property taxes on suburban and exurban parking lots subsidize sprawl and harm the downtown. Hiking parking rates downtown without addressing box store and mall parking subsidies doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.

    As for transit, throw money at it and take losses to make it awesome as part of a long-term plan to build sustainable ridership. It’s called “investment” and the city needs to do it.

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