Six In The Morning

1. THE RESULTS ARE IN, FOLKS. And it looks like Michael Fougere, the most patient man in Regina politics, will be our mayor for the next four years. In a not shocking turn of events, Fougere opined that people were largely happy with council’s performance and vowed to move forward with the stadium and the Regina Revitalization Initiative. You go, Fougere! More of same! More of same! My hat’s off to the 30 per cent of Reginans who actually voted.

2. GAY LIKE ME. Timothy Kurelek grew up in a conservative Christian household but began to question the culture of homophobia in which he was raised. So he decided to “walk in the shoes” of a homosexual by coming out to his family.

3. BUT COMPUTER, WHAT A CONFUSING UI YOU HAVE. Apparently Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system, is very pretty but possibly confusing to people who read The Globe and Mail.

4. DON’T WORRY, WE’LL RETURN TO POUNDING THE HELL OUT OF YOU NEXT WEEK. The Syrian military has agreed to a cease fire during Eid al-Adha, a four-day holiday that starts on Friday. Mind you, they reserve the right to “respond to rebel aggression.” So there you go. Enjoy your mortar-free afternoon, people.

5. THE MORE YOU KNOW, WITH MARGARET ATWOOD. Atwood explains why she’s co-writing a serialized zombie novel. Because awesome?

6. AND NOW, AN OFFENSIVELY NAMED CAT. His name is Tard.

 

Author: Aidan Morgan

Aidan is a very serious man who’s saving up for a nice dignified pipe. Then we’ll see who’s laughing.

34 thoughts on “Six In The Morning”

  1. It’s just amazing: REGINA, a one time bastion of progressive thought and action, delivers a monopoly on decision-making to Stephen Harper, then Brad Wall, then Michael Fougere & friends. If you think you live in the Regina of old, I must respectfully submit that you are fully fooling yourself, for, there is no firewall around Ward 3, nor even Ward 1. This is dire, consequences extreme. Where to go from here? Where have all the flowers gone?

  2. Not so dire if only 30% of people bothered to vote. Guess people thought Fougere wasn’t that bad of an option.

  3. Whatever. I’d move but it’s not practical at this point in tyme. The type of Regina I want and cling to is as dead as a doornail. I’ll do the best I can to filter out the Riders/development/Saskaboom bullsh*t, the trucks, the pushiness, the conspicuous wealth or wanna-be wealth, accept that ‘progressives’ are firmly, irrevocably, the minority. Oil jobs, resource jobs, construction jobs, these are all that matter. Don’t waste your time ‘sympathizing’ with ‘the other’ for he & she is you.

  4. The only Regina of old I can remember was about 20 years ago when I had to leave because I couldn’t make a living in the trade I chose. There was no economy. It was depressing. Nothing was being built.

    Now,people are working and don’t have to leave anymore. They are actually moving there.

    Can someone explain to me this Valhalla that alot of you want Regina to be that supposedly other cities have achieved and are making you want to move to?

    Or is all this whining,complaining,mayor bashing,shiting on the city stuff just the same inbred bad attitude that I remember growing up with before I left 20 years ago?

  5. #7: You started it. So, dare I say, nyah.

    #9: It sounds as if some of that inbred bad attitude may have very well clung to you when you left.

  6. Pretty sure there are segments in every community throughout civilization that complain about their community. Some more, others less so. But if only 30% of people bothered to vote, and the winner was a conservative with 40%, what does that say about your city? Def in the minority if you have major, leftish issues with this city.

  7. The biggest difference between Regina today, and 10 years ago when I left is that there are far fewer places to dance or play a few rounds of pool.

    Regina was a bastion of progressive thought & action? Really? Around when?

    People make a lot of noise about Regina/Saskatchewan/Canada being a liberal, progressive place. But the reality is…it’s relative. Compared to most of the US and Australia? Yep, we’re golden. Compared to most of western Europe? We’re cousin-fucking rednecks. We laid the blueprints for Apartheid in South Africa and Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in how we treated the First Nations, and we’re so sexually repressed I’m amazed our heads don’t burst every time we see some ankle.

  8. I wrote this on another of the PD discussions on the election and I’ll repeat it here:

    It needs to be acknowledged that a majority of mayoral votes went to candidates who did not support the current plan for the stadium (more than 57% of votes cast). Bob Hawkins, who won in Ward 2 and supports the stadium, got 25% of the vote in his riding. The total votes cast are not an overwhelming endorsement of business as usual, but the results are. We live in an electoral system where 35-40% of the vote can get you 100% of the power.

    Despite the more than 57% who voted for mayoral candidates who did not support the current plans for the stadium, this will not mean a thing to Mr. Fougere and his cheerleaders (Leader Post, Chamber of Commerce among others). We’ll get a stadium, it will have nothing to do with developing housing, nothing to do with regenerating the downtown and my guess is it will cost much more than they say it will (look how these guys bungled the city square costs), and will look nothing like the preliminary sketch suggests (look how these guys bungled the city square design).

    Curious timing on releasing that drawing of a non-costed dreamy looking stadium in the run-up to the election. How cynical to think they could hoodwink Regina voters. Can’t be done, no sir.

  9. “We live in an electoral system where 35-40% of the vote can get you 100% of the power.”

    True. But everybody knew this beforehand. Too much vote-splitting affected this election – why are there numerous candidates on one side, and only one on the other? MariMeka would’ve won, but did this side play its cards right? Doomed from the get.

    Also, love me some ankle action.

  10. @31: are you suggesting parties at the civic level, or just more strategic nominating? Seriously, I’d be interested in your take on the vote-splitting phenomenon – which didn’t necessarily help/hurt in all cases.

  11. At a 195,00 people, Regina would be mabye 2-3 wsrds in Calgary. 1.5-1.9 million in Brooklyn.NYC. Regina lol 10-7% of population,not eligible voters..

  12. @8: Fully-disengaged people are often the best; far better than fully-misinformed people, or repeaters of “we’re the booming best” nonsense.

    @9-10: Who WASN’T like that 20 years ago? And this present-day thing is a canard. It’s not all the headlines crack it up to be, is all I’m saying. And “inbred”? If that’s true, how do you think that’s actually changed? The 1000s of tech sector innovators and medical R & Ds who just settled here from Seattle, Europe and Asia? That’s not happening, dude. Doctors STILL do not want to come here.

    @13: I agree, it is relative. Harper/Wall/Fougere to a refugee from Africa or Middle East probably seem like Franklin Roosevelt, while anyone to the left of that probably seem like a bowl of jello.

    @14: You’re right, so that’s extremely frustrating that chips seem to keep going the business lobby’s way.

    @16: I don’t think Meka voters would have voted for Marian anyway, not enough of them. Is Meka even a progressive? He seemed like a reactionary to me. Forget that angle. Wards 2 & 4 saw bad vote-splitting, decisive vote splitting. This is another hallmark of liberal-left politics: Everyone’s gotta represent their slice of the pie, while the right is more than happy to rally around one person, everytime.

  13. @9: In a word, group-think. It’s pretty prevalent now and you’re often judged by how well you recite the “We’re No. 1” propaganda. Generally, there are a lot of people who feel there is less rewarding, creative work to do, fewer entertainment options, more labour-intensive work with less job security.

  14. Final word on election: 32% turnout. With our jaded, “good enough”, western approach to democracy, who can really blame 68% for not coming out, tho maybe that’s giving them too much credit. But, first past the post in a crowded election? We can’t do better than that? We’re lazy and cheap, thus, we get a lazy and cheap democracy.

  15. Barbarella, imo there is way too many candidates. Narrow it down to 4, 3, or even 2 – damn yankees have this right, for once. Especially in this scenario, where you have one clear conservative on one side, and then a spectrum of liberals to moderates on the other.

    Besides a major overhaul of how many candidates can run, maybe those on one side should say “hey, there’s one clear choice over there, and with us there’s a clusterfudge. Maybe we should try to work together and put forward one candidate who will represent us, instead of all of us losing (as we clearly will). I’ll even set you up with a sweet job in my administration, off the record.” Not likely, but we’d conceivably have a different outcome in this scenario.

  16. I think I’ve said this before too (I am no longer going to bother coming up with new material in this town): This election was like American Idol. A whole bunch of people get up and fart and tap dance and hope they win. They do not actually value the thing they say they value. They value the contest. They could have been mayor! That’s something they’ll be able to say for the rest of their lives.

    (For Barb: http://wps.ablongman.com/long_faigley_penguinhb_1/7/1978/506571.cw/index.html%20parentloc. I still couldn’t figure it out.)

  17. Talbot Fresh Jr. I’ve been coming to this site for a while now because the articles are an informative representation of happenings around the city,particularly construction related stuff.I don’t live in Regina anymore so it’s nice to catch up on new things being built. I read the comments sometimes as well and there is never a good word said about any project and usually the mayor and council get crucified as well. My question in #9 was what kind of Regina are alot of you pining for if everything going on now is beneath you. As for the inbred comment, I was indicating that maybe alot of you have lived there so long that Regina has become stale,boring,and therefore everything is a joke and therefore inbred negativity takes hold. Well I live in Calgary and guess what,taxes go up 5to6% every year here too and were not getting a stadium with it. I’m paying taxes on a $300 million tunnel being built in the north east that I’ll never use.The grass is the same color here as it is there but there’s not as many mosquitoes in it here.

  18. @23 re: link: I don’t know what the problem is; it’s clear as a bell, really.
    As to your bitter judgement of the mayoral candidates, perhaps it’s true of some, but definitely not of others.

    @22: Well, thanks for the handle, but even in my prime I was nowhere near Jane Fonda.

    Just for clarification, I’m discussing the whole civic election, not just the mayoral one. Not every contest had a
    plethora of candidates. That some did is to a significant degree an unintended consequence of the nomination process itself: the fee is relatively low, and the number of signatures required on the form was reduced from 25 to 10 several elections ago. The purpose: to remove barriers so that disadvantaged people can more easily run for office. Tinker with that at your peril.
    As to civic parties, Bronymous, were you here the last time a civic quasi-party contended for office, in 2006? For a multitude of reasons, not the least of which were internal, it failed spectacularly. Sure, the informal, common-sense, strategic approach you’d like to see would be great; perhaps the next civic election will see it happen.

  19. To bt, just on the taxes part of your comment: Part of what’s so galling about the stadium and how it’s being financed is that this was a council that championed no or minimal new taxes for years which had two results: one, they won elections on that platform; and two, everything else went to shit (housing, roads, schools, public services, pensions, etc.) Now when they want something fun like a stadium, they give it to themselves in a heartbeat — through tax increases.

    Also, I don’t think our taxes go up every year the way you say they do (don’t know for sure, don’t care anymore. Apologies if I’m wrong.) If they had, and, importantly, if those new taxes had been spent on the common good, I think a lot of us would have no problem with a new stadium. I think the thing that gets lost is that we are incredibly wealthy. We could have had housing and arts and libraries and roads and services and stadiums.

    Ironically, all our taxes shot up about three years ago with the reassessment of property values (We’re rich now! Whee!). Mine nearly tripled (to $6,000, I might add, though this includes education taxes so it’s not really comparable to other provinces). This is irritating too, because it went unreported and it wasn’t political in the strictest sense, and, everyone knows that taxes are necessary. But then they spend it on plazas and stadiums.

    Anyway. You seem to want some context, so I offer my perspective. Take it for what it’s worth.

  20. 25 – in 2006 that was running against Mayor Pat, who was MC Hammering it at that time. There was a window here, but it was slammed shut when there were a multitude of different but in the big picture similar candidates on one side. Maybe raise the standards? Even if it excludes people, I’d rather choose from 2-4 solid candidates, not have the option of 8-9. Seems a little looney tunes to me.

    (Btw I’m from Planet Lovetron, couldn’t vote in this civic election)

  21. @27: raising the standards for candidacy would arguably serve the public well, but try and do that without being labelled an elitist. I think one way to help solve the problem, if problem it is, would be to legally require candidates to live where they run. While not affecting the mayoral race, because of course the mayor is elected city-wide, such a requirement would have reduced the number of council candidates.

  22. @26, Didn’t Mayor Fiacco give you 2 years of 0% tax increase early on in his tenure? You know you going to have to pay for that at some point. I see 2 new schools going up,Douglas park and Arcola school,there are new health facilities going up in Stoon,MJ,N.Bat.and in Regina.That’s just off the top of my head. The roads have more money going into them than ever before.Are we that spoiled a society that we need pristine roads and if they are not perfect we cry foul over a new stadium? Good grief Regina needs all the attractions it can create if you want people to come spend money there cause mother nature wasn’t that kind to her.

    And yes your property taxes went up.I remember not too long ago a house there was worth 100 grand. Now it’s worth 300 grand. Nobody complains about that when they sell do they.

    Anyway,I’ll be the first to say politicians are weasels,just watch CNN and the run for president but Mr. Fougere said affordable housing was top of his list so I think give him a chance and see what he can do before drawing a moustache and mullet on him.(By the way I had a mullet growing up,a real mullet and Mr. Fiacco’s was not a mullet.)

  23. The Chamber of Commerce is a de facto civic party in Regina. I would be very interested in learning how much they spent backing their candidate–or rather their platform, since they very rarely invoked Fougere by name*. If anything, they seemed to be campaigning for Fiacco.
    *I might misremember, but didn’t Fougere announce his candidacy at a Chamber event? How weird that they later disavowed formally endorsing him.
    The business lobby in Regina (as elsewhere) is organized and well-funded. The scorn and suspicion lobbed from some quarters whenever more than four progressives are in a room together (much less form a union) would be comical if wasn’t so effective.

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