New Dog! And What A Dog!

New Dog (november 14)It’s Thursday, the magical weekday when new issues of Prairie Dog come out! And today there’s an extra good one! Yessir/ma’am, it’s our Best Of Regina edition, where we profile our readers’ picks for the city’s best people, events, media, shops, activities and more! Upstanding citizens like Amy, Eoin, Louisa and Betsy (pictured!) are already enjoying the new PD. You should pick up a free copy and enjoy it too! It’s available at 400 locations city-wide.

So what’s in this one? Glad you asked! There’s so much great stuff! Such as:

THE BEST OF REGINA The annual reader poll ran over 20,000 words, which is probably the biggest we’ve ever gone. We definitely had the strongest voter turnout. Also, John Gormley wrote something in it. Yup, really. Read the whole damn thing here.

THE UNOFFICIAL GREY CUP MANUAL Hey, it’s an unsanctioned, not-endorsed-by-the-CFL guide to the excitement and events of Grey Cup week! Fun! Highly recommended for football fans and other humans. Also, a gynecologist answers questions about Regina!

New Dog (november 14-2)

A REGULAR ISSUE OF PRAIRIE DOG ON TOP OF ALL THAT! Read all about the Sherwood Accord, the Caraway Grill, Mars, the dark side of Disneyland, Pandacorn, beer from Manchester, Rob Ford, Rob Ford and more Rob Ford! And much, much, much more!

So that’s the new, 52-page edition of Prairie Dog! I think it’s a special one and you will too. Unless you’re Rob Ford.

*Well, every second Thursday. Because we publish bi-weekly.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees.

10 thoughts on “New Dog! And What A Dog!”

  1. Sorry, but I have to take issue with your new category of Best Public School. How does this make you different from the Fraser Institute?

  2. “How does this make you different from the Fraser Institute?”

    Well, let’s see: we oppose charter schools, standardized testing and merit pay for teachers, we support teachers’ unions, and we support gargantuan public investments in education as well as the taxes to pay for them — for starters. So unless I misunderstand the the Fraser Institute’s positions (possible), then we’re quite different.

    Conflating Prairie Dog’s Best Of Regina,an amusing popularity contest, with the policy positions of a notorious libertarian think-tank is VERY, VERY SILLY.

  3. Prairie Dog’s Best Of Regina,is an amusing popularity contest? Amusing? I have always considered the ‘Best of Regina’ publication o serve as your annual pledge of fealty to consumerist capitalism. Your way of saying thanks for all the corporate/business/political money you happily accept through the year to run their ads. To that end I rank your latest production to be your most gratuitous genuflection to corporate media and commercial interests to date. Are you sure you’re not trying to ingratiate yourselves into an auxiliary post with the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District?

  4. Oooohhhhh, Stephen, did you actually remove my reply? Was it the word “flapdoodle” that disturbed you, or was it the reference to Real Renewal/Save Our Connaught? Perhaps it was the remark that the Fraser Institute actually uses statistics in its rankings. At any rate, shame on you, and props to Mr. Hunter for his comment above.

  5. Barb: I never remove your replies and I double-never remove comments with words like “flapdoodle”. It’s not in the spam filter, either.

    Garson: Why do you hate fun? Was fun mean to you as a child? Did it steal your lunch money and make you cry. I’m sorry. Would you like a hug?

  6. I’m certainly open to the possibility that I might not have hit the “Submit Comment” button as firmly as necessary, but I was sure that I had. At any rate, Mr. Hunter pretty much covered the “flapdoodle” part of my remark, albeit from a somewhat different political-economic and linguistic perspective than mine, so no more drum beating there.

    My argument with the new category of “Best Public School” is multi-faceted. First: what are the measures of quality? Apparently, nostalgia, neighbourhood bias, a handful of programs and characters, and a political agenda. When the Fraser Institute ranks schools (a deplorable and counter-productive practice, by the way), at least it uses statistics. Second: is it not irresponsible to puff a high school whose boundaries are closed due to the size of the student body? (So, too, is the 3rd-place school’s). Overpopulation certainly is a stated concern of Real Renewal/Save Our Connaught Heritage (the name changes every so often), and I would have thought it would be PD’s as well. The message you’re giving is “Too bad, you schmucks who don’t live in the privileged neighbourhoods: you have to settle for less”. Third: “popular” does not equal “best”. Ask the voters of Toronto.

  7. Barb: I’ve also poked around backstage and can’t find any evidence of a flapdoodle post that’s been deleted or unapproved or cast into the outer darkness. And I’m confident that Steve lacks the WordPress skills to completely erase a comment from existence.

    He can be a cranky blog administrator but he isn’t that computer literate.

    As for the Best Public School thing… is it the existence of the category itself that bugs you?

    Because you know that every aspect of the Best Of competition is reader defined? So the multiple choice nominees are determined by nominations by readers. And then the best in the category is decided by votes by readers on those nominees. What Prairie Dog people think about a particular category has nothing to do with who or what wins it.

  8. Well, it seems that it was my mistake; I take back my “shame on you”, and I’ll be more careful in the future.

    Yes, I do know how the contest works, and yes, the existence of the category itself bugs me. I don’t like anything that even comes near to ranking schools, or to rating teachers, whether it be the Fraser Institute or ratemyteacher, because such ranking/rating is always both superficial and unfair. It demonstrates a political/personal agenda, and it fails to consider complexities. For PD to allow itself to enter this kind of “measurement”, and to dignify it with the title “Best of…” is, quite frankly, both hypocritical and disappointing.

    Don’t blame the readership for your questionable judgment. PD has changed or removed categories before, so I would hope that you would deep-six school and teacher ratings next time.

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