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REGINA: A PERFECT CITY?

Posted by strattof on January 14, 2016

REGINA: 5 MAJOR IMPERFECTIONS 

1. AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING CRISIS

Between 2005 and 2015, rents in Regina increased by 84%. They are still increasing.

Mayor Michael Fougere keeps boasting about Regina’s above average rental vacancy rate (5.4%). But affordable rental housing is still nowhere to be found.

PROBLEMS

  • Regina has a growing population of homeless people.
  • Many Regina residents have to choose between paying the rent and buying food.

SOLUTIONS

  • Work with the business community to purchase Sears       Warehouse and, with the help of NGOs and volunteer citizens, convert it into affordable rental housing.
  • Require developers to include affordable rental housing in their plans or pay a fee into an affordable housing account.

2. CARDING: A DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICE

Carding‒also known as street checks‒is the police practice of randomly stopping people for questioning when there is no valid reason for doing so.

The ‘card’ in carding refers to the contact cards police create on individuals they stop. The information on these cards gets entered into a police data base where it stays indefinitely.

PROBLEMS

  • Statistics show that so-called “random” stops always end up targeting racialized and marginalized people.
  • The information on the data base becomes the basis for further police harassment.

SOLUTION

  • Ban carding.

3. TRANSCANADA’S ENERGY EAST PIPELINE

TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline cuts right through Regina in the Harbour Landing area. The pipeline would carry 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil a day.

PROBLEMS

  • TransCanada has a poor safety record. A spill would have a devastating impact on our city.
  • The pipeline would expand Canadian tar sands production, thus driving dangerous climate change.

SOLUTION

  • Stop the Energy East pipeline.

4. PESTICIDE POISONING

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 Round Up.

PROBLEM

  • “Research linking pesticides to serious health issues is significant and growing.”—Canadian Cancer Society

SOLUTION

  • Ban the cosmetic use of pesticides.

5. UNDERFUNDED PUBLIC TRANSIT

PROBLEMS

  • Traffic congestion and rush hour traffic jams
  • Scarcity and cost of downtown parking
  • Climate change caused by rising carbon emissions

SOLUTION

  • An annual 20% increase to Regina Transit’s operating budget for the next six years. One bus load of passengers takes the equivalent of 40 vehicles off the road.

STRIVING FOR PERFECTION: TAKE ACTION

Let‘s let Mayor Michael Fougere and our City Councillors know we want Regina to live up to the claim on the City’s website that Regina “is the perfect place to call home.” Let them start working on eliminating imperfections! Let’s also make these matters an issue in the up-coming municipal election.

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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