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I’D LOVE REGINA MORE IF…

Posted by strattof on July 16, 2015

This Saturday, July 18, is I Love Regina Day. First observed in 2002, I Love Regina Day is an occasion for celebrating our city and its achievements.

It is also a good time to think about the changes we need to bring about in our city to make life better for all Regina citizens.

I’D REGINA MORE IF 

A CITY-WIDE BAN WERE IMPOSED ON THE COSMETIC USE OF PESTICIDES.

Over 170 Canadian municipalities have banned the cosmetic use of pesticides. But not Regina. Here it is still legal to use dangerous pesticides in parks and on lawns and gardens. The city itself uses 2,4-D and RoundUp.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, “Research linking pesticides to serious health issues is significant and growing.” 

I’D REGINA MORE IF

REGINA TRANSIT WAS PROVIDED WITH ADEQUATE FUNDING. 

The past five years have seen a dramatic increase in transit ridership. Yet there has been no significant increase in Transit’s operating budget.

Our growing city is experiencing traffic congestion and parking problems. Transit is the answer. Transit is also part of the answer to a major global problem: climate change. One bus load of passengers takes the equivalent of 40 vehicles off the road, reducing emissions by more than 15,000 tonnes a year. 

I’D REGINA MORE IF

OUR CITY HAD MORE BIKE LANES.

Currently we have two measly downtown bike lanes: on Smith and Lorne between College and Victoria.

Bike lanes help keep cyclists safe. Cycling helps the environment. It is also good for human health.

I’D REGINA MORE IF 

EVERY REGINA RESIDENT HAD A SAFE, SECURE, HABITABLE, AND AFFORDABLE HOME. 

The Good News: Regina’s rental vacancy rate has improved, rising from 2.5% to 4.8% in the last year.

The Bad News: Rents too have gone up, with rent for a two-bedroom apartment increasing 1.8% in the past year, to $1,095 per month.

The Result: ● Regina’s shelter system is full. Many Regina families have to choose between paying the rent and buying food.

What Regina City Council Can Do:

  • Develop a program to build 100 new units of affordable rental housing a year, with matching funding from the province.
  • Require developers to include truly affordable housing in their plans or to pay a fee into an affordable housing account. 

I’D REGINA MORE IF 

TRANSCANADA PIPELINES WERE NOT ABOUT TO SHIP TAR SANDS OIL THROUGH OUR CITY.  

TransCanada’s Energy East is the largest tar sands pipeline proposed yet. Over 4,000 km long, it would run from Alberta to New Brunswick, carrying 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil per day to the Atlantic Ocean, mainly for export.

Energy East cuts right through Regina, in Harbour Landing. It would put our city at risk of a tar sands oil spill. TransCanada does not have a good safety record. It would expand Canadian tar sands production, thus driving dangerous climate change.

The citizens of Regina should have a say in the Energy East pipeline project. Do we want tar sands oil piped through our city?

I’D LOVE REGINA MORE

Join the I’d Love Regina More campaign. Let Mayor Michael Fougere and your City Councillor know what they could do to make you love Regina more.

Mayor Michael Fougere         777-7339 or mayor@regina.ca

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

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

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

Ward 4: Bryon Burnett          737-3347 or bburnett@regina.ca

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

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

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

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

Ward 9: Terry Hincks            949-9690 or thincks@regina.ca

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

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