Six In The Morning: The Sound Of Skates?

6-in-the-morning1 MEET YOUR MAYOR The Leader-Post has a long interview with Regina new mayor Michael Fougere. This will be essential reading. I hadn’t read it when I posted this but I’m reading it right now. Ooh, it’s INTERESTING.

2 SASKATCHEWAN IS STILL BOOMING So say the numbers. Still, what about people whose rent has doubled and salary hasn’t. Or under-funded Saskatchewan universities, which are now making national news? Or the film industry? Say, what kind of a boom is this, anyway? It seems kind of crappy!

3 IDLE UPDATE Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike continues, as does a certain stubborn prime minister’s refusal to meet with her. Meanwhile there are blockades in Ontario and protests in British Columbia.

4 RAPE VICTIM GETTING WORSE Infection, organ failure… not good.

5 DRONES FOR RHINOS Could rhinoceroses be saved with surveillance drones that identify the gangsters who slaughter the critically endangered animals for profit?

6 WAIT A SECOND, THIS SOUNDS… PROMISING? Did the NHL just put a proposal on the table that could get us back into hockeyland? The players will meet in a couple of hours. And the bigger question: after two horrendous lockouts in the last decade, do we still care about the pro leagues? I mean, this junior hockey stuff is pretty good.

ARCHIE BUNKER ON GUN CONTROL Wise publisher Terry Morash points out that the difference between the time this was filmed and now is that nowadays we tend to respect people who say insane things. Well, Americans do, anyway. Oh well. Enjoy.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

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

8 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: The Sound Of Skates?”

  1. Forgery’s 1st asssignment should be ” the snow removal mayor”,not to be cofused with FiasCo.

    Did anyone watch how Montre’al clears it’s streets from a 40+ cm of snowfall, & track powered sidealk scrapers are part of the norm, get it ?

    All taxpayers just want the city to buy better equipment.
    Fuck we get as much snow as any of Canadien neighbors, why hasn’t the mullet mayors council ever over 15/ yrs made this a real Regina issue? Ioo cheap too buy side walk plows, or did you need to hire a consultant, before any decision can be made??

  2. In the city of Montreal proper, which consists mostly of the Island of Montreal, the population density is around 4500 people per sq. km. In Regina, the population density is around 1300 per sq. km.

    That means, when it comes to city services, Regina’s ability to provide good quality service is compromised because there’s fewer people per sq. km. to pay for the service. Transit, police, fire, waste pick-up, recycling, water and sewer, and other municipal services are similarly impacted.

    When we compare service levels and municipal tax rates in different cities we have to factor in population density, because that has a huge impact on the affordability of city services and the taxes that are needed to support them. This is a reality that Reginans really need to come to grips with.

  3. #2 I spent 1/2 winter in Montre’al, and the process of their snow removal is absolutely incredible.

    They also have strictly regulated street parking laws,throughout the city.

    On every light standard there is a permanent orange sign stating that you can only park on that side of the road on the designated days posted,otherwise you WILL be towed by a specific time, 7 am, I think.
    The tow trucks are 1st down the road, followed by sidewalk tractors, then the graders, then the snow thrower & many semis pulling catch trailers.

    90% +- of the snow is gone.

    Towed cars help for a certain % of the clearing costs, and many many people there don’t drive,and also don’t pay city taxes because they live in apartments.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT_1U1rCkCY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwU_KpcGETQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE6N7CDV-9s

    I’ve seen 1 little sidewalk scraper in Regina in action, and it looked like it was built in the 1970’s.

    How many people that work at city hall make over 200k a year, and how many pieces of snow removal equipment could have we paid for/leased in the last 15 years?

    The reality is that we are getting ripped- off for what we pay for now.

    I challenge anyone to drive north on Rae st. & try to cross 3rd ave N.

  4. I imagine numerous city officials in Montreal earn more than $200,000 a year as well as that seems pretty standard for executive compensation these days.

    People who live in apartments do pay taxes through the rent they pay to the apartment owner who then pays municipal taxes.

    As you note, Montreal is less car dependent than Regina which makes it easier to impose restrictions on street parking and whatnot that in Regina would likely be seen as an undue infringement on vehicle owners (witness the move that’s afoot here to allow car owners to string extension cords across sidewalks in the winter so they can plug their cars in regardless of the problems that might pose for pedestrians).

    And the bottom line remains that as long as Regina is a low-density city the provision of services here will always be more costly on a per capita basis. If anything, our density has dropped over the last few years as new subdivisions have been built in the southeast, northwest and south Regina. We now have over 1000 km of roads in Regina, and the cost of building, repairing and maintaining that road network is a heavy burden on ratepayers especially given our soil and climate conditions.

  5. An additional factor in Montreal’s removal “as opposed to just “moval”) of snow is that Montreal has always regularly gotten far more snow than Regina, so they simply adapted to their conditions.

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