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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR THE CITY OF REGINA

Posted by strattof on January 12, 2013

It’s a new year and we have a newly elected City Council. It is a time for new beginnings. 

We must reflect on the changes we need to bring about in our city to make life better for all Regina citizens. We also need to resolve to follow through on those changes.

88% on New Year’s resolutions typically fail. What do we need to do to become part of the 12% that succeed? Success is essential to our city’s well-being.

AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING

Regina is in the midst of an affordable rental housing crisis. The rental vacancy rate is currently 1%, the lowest in the country.

While the City of Regina cannot solve all of Regina’s affordable housing problems, there are many things it can do.

RESOLUTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL

1. Pass a bylaw prohibiting the demolition of apartment blocks until the supply of rental housing returns to a healthy state. Toronto has had such a bylaw in place since 2007.

2. Require developers to include a certain number of affordable housing units in their plans or to pay a fee into an affordable housing account.

3. For the attention of Mayor Fougere: Hold your housing summit as soon as possible. When Michael Fougere was running for mayor, he said he would make an affordable housing summit his “first priority.” Nearly 3 months have passed since he was elected, yet there have been no housing summit announcements.

ACCESSIBILITY MATTERS

Equal access to social, political, and economic life is a human right, protected by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and by the Canadian Human Rights Act.

RESOLUTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL

1. Eliminate the pedestrian “walk” button on traffic signals. The buttons are impediments to mobility for many people, especially in winter when piles of snow often make them inaccessible to all but the most athletic. Signals should automatically allow pedestrians to use the crossing alternatively with road traffic.

2. Repair crumbling curb cuts and sidewalks. Crumbling curb cuts and sidewalks not only make it difficult for people with disabilities to fully participate in the life of the city; they present an impediment and a danger to all citizens.

3. Enforce the designated parking bylaw in all areas of the city. The City of Regina wants people to know “that stopping or parking in an accessible parking stall is illegal and causes major difficulty for those who really need it.” However, the City does little to enforce the bylaw.   

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

The City of Regina is spending $300 million worth of taxpayers’ money on a new stadium for the Roughriders. At the very least, it should increase the funding it allocates to recreational facilities. Such facilities have the potential to improve the health and welfare of all Regina citizens.

RESOLUTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL

1. Extend the season for all outdoor swimming pools. Open on the May 24th weekend, close September 22, the first day of autumn.

2. Make admission to all outdoor public swimming pools free for children 12 and under.

3. Maintain public tennis court surfaces and fences.

4. Develop more bike lanes. The Smith and Lorne Street bike lanes are a real boon to cyclists travelling through the city. Badly needed now is a commitment to a cross town route into the downtown.

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

Protecting the environment means protecting human health.

RESOLUTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL

1. Develop more bike lanes. Biking is more than a leisure activity. It provides an environmentally friendly transportation alternative. New cars produce on average 135.7 grams of CO2 per kilometre. New and old bikes alike produce 0 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

2. Invest more in Regina Transit. One bus load of passengers takes the equivalent of 40 vehicles off the road, reducing emission of pollutants by more than 15,000 tonnes a year. To increase ridership, Regina Transit needs to lower fares, provide more frequent and earlier and later service, and offer holiday and full Sunday service.

3. Ban the cosmetic use of pesticides. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, “Research linking pesticides to serious health issues is significant and growing. Leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast, brain, prostate, lung, pancreatic, stomach, kidney and other forms of cancer have all been linked to pesticides.”

NEW YEAR’S ACTION

Help the Mayor and City Councillors make and keep New Year’s resolutions that will improve life in Regina for all its citizens.

Mayor Michael Fougere: Service_Regina@regina.ca or 777-7339

Ward 1: Barbara Young: byoung@regina.ca or 539-4081

Ward 2: Bob Hawkins: bhawkins@regina.ca or 789-2888

Ward 3: Shawn Fraser: sfraser@regina.ca or 551-5030

Ward 4: Byron Burnett: bburnett@uregina.ca or 737-3347

Ward 5: John Findura: jfindura@regina.ca or 536-4250

Ward 6: Wade Murray: wmurray@regina.ca or 596-1035

Ward 7: Sharron Bryce: sbryce@regina.ca or 949-5025

Ward 8: Mike O’Donnell: modonnell@regina.ca or 545-7300

Ward 9: Terry Hinks: thinks@regina.ca or 949-9690

Ward 10: Jerry Flegel: jflegel@regina.ca or 537-9888

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