Four In The Afternoon: Referendum!

4 in the Afternoon1 IT’S SEWAGE/WASTEWATER P3 OR NOT P3 REFERENDUM DAY Yup, yup, yup, yup. Have you voted yet? I haven’t. Don’t worry, I will, I promise — I can’t say no to voting in this referendum.

2 ALSO, MAYBE THERE’S A CONNECTION BETWEEN INCIDENTS LIKE THIS AND A CULTURE THAT ACCEPTS HAZING A North Battleford kid killed himself earlier this month, apparently after years of being bullied. Kids gotta know there’s hope and our society has got to do a better job getting kids at risk of suicide — whether they live in North Battleford, a northern reserve or an affluent suburb — help. Arrgh.

3 WHY DON’T REPUBLICANS WANT AMERICANS TO HAVE HEALTH CARE? The battle over defunding Obamacare continues.

4 MORE AND MORE DEAD IN KENYA Terrorism sucks.

EVERY GENERATION HAS A DEFINING MOMENT BUT NONE HAS EXPERIENCED Well, this…

Author: Stephen Whitworth

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

6 thoughts on “Four In The Afternoon: Referendum!”

  1. #1:
    As of 4 p.m., the city says, a little over 21,000 votes had been cast in the referendum — including 5892 votes in the advanced polls. Unofficial results will be posted on ReginaReferendum.ca shortly after 8 p.m. tonight with the official results being announced by the Returning Officer on the main floor of City Hall on Friday at 1 p.m.

  2. Nice of the City to offer free bus service to voters, but only if you announce to the driver that you’re going to vote with no indications on the buses that that’s the deal.

  3. The bad news is that a no vote result can’t be trusted given the city’s widespread tampering and choice of returning officer.

    The good news is that a no vote doesn’t bind the city to anything – they would remain open to all available options (including the $150 million non-P3 grants that are now available)

    But the reality is that having already done a lung choking burnout across the line between ethics and disgraceful deception, the mayor and cohorts can falsely reinterpret the referendum rules and claim a no vote is a ringing endorsement of privatized water and all other core services.

    The City has quietly privatized much of the road work, sidewalks, trees, parks and recreation long ago, and nobody spoke up.

    Through strategic firings and terrible leadership, they’ve just about killed transit. Patronage appointments are slowly mangling the libraries.

    Once they finish handing over garbage and water to private corporations, they just need to get rid of the fire and police unions.

    That will allow the City to focus on its one remaining core service: running the Riders’ stadium for them.

  4. Reader, you’ve hit the nail on the head. In particular I think the Library needs some serious scrutiny. Things have been in a downward spiral there for a while now. And some pretty shady dealings that just seem to drop off the collective radar, ie the new Central Building plan. Any Prairie Dogs doing any looking into the situation there? I think a tenacious reporter might find the numbers not adding up.

  5. Regina voters have spoken!

    # Votes % Votes

    NO 27988 57.1%

    YES 21025 42.9%

    P3 side wins. Now everyone can get back to their lives and losers can bitch about it all they want.

  6. Someone on #yqrcc said it best (before the results, incidentally): “there are no winners or losers, only outcomes.”

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