National Infrastructure Summit Day 2

I just made it in to the second day of the National Infrastructure Summit at the Delta. This is a pic from what is apparently the innovation panel and they’re talking about maintaining cement and asphalt. But I was late getting in and as a result I’m kind of lost.Of course, I’m blogging instead of paying attention so…

Anyway, coming up later today, the P3 panel at 11am with Mira Shenker of ReNew Magazine, John McBride of PPP Canada and Paul Moist, the national president of CUPE. And, as John Cameron tweeted yesterday, Mr Moist has some opinions on that topic.

Should be a good discussion.

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One thought on “National Infrastructure Summit Day 2”

  1. Here’s a link to an editorial in Tuesday’s Leader-Post by Gord Archibald of the Association of Regina Realtors that says to solve our current housing crunch Regina (and presumably Saskatoon) need to make more land available for development.

    Here’s an excerpt: Regina is not Vancouver or Toronto. Our city motto is “Infinite Horizons”. It is hard to imagine that land in Regina could be in short supply. Yet a centrepiece theme emerging in policy discussions is densification – the notion of stacking people up, restricting the use of our most plentiful asset, land.

    Yes, Saskatchewan has lots of land. What we as a people don’t have is an endless capacity to build (and maintain/repair) roads; water and sewer lines; schools, fire stations and other community amenities; provide transit and police services, etc.

    The lower our density per sq. km., the greater our per capita cost to build and maintain all the prerequisites of modern urban life. The cost is in the billions, so it would be nice to think smart instead of just following the old school urban planning model that might be profitable for a certain sector of our economy, but is horrendously expensive for society as a whole.

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