North Central Community Plan

I’ve been asked how I would help advance the North Central Community Plan and ensure that people in that community have a voice. For starters, I have a strong track record of working closely with community associations and often use existing neighbourhood plans to guide my decisions at Council. I’ve also started working with the Downtown and Centre Square neighbourhoods to set up new community associations so that residents have a stronger voice in Regina. My track record on this is clear. But what else will I do?

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Commitments to Reconciliation

City Council unanimously supported a motion to advance the recommendations and Calls to Action embedded within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. From there, an extensive public engagement strategy was launched and Reconciliation Regina was formed. But talk is cheap and it’s time for action.

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Addictions Crisis

Based on community feedback, including comments I received from residents I spoke with while canvassing in North Central, I co-sponsored this addictions motion with Councillors Bresciani, Mancinelli, and Hawkins. Yes, public health is a provincial responsibility, but our city and our residents are being shouldered with the financial and human costs of addictions and overdoses. The City has an important leadership role to play in building solutions.

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No, council did not give itself a raise...

No, Council did not give itself a raise. Here are the details.

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Public Disclosure of Toxic Spills and Leaks

The City needs to set a higher standard when it comes to publicly disclosing spills and leaks. Too many of these incidents have occurred in the last couple of months. In one instance, media coverage was required to notify downstream users. We also need stiffer penalties for polluters.

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Challenging the "Unwanted Guest" Initiative

We need to review the "Unwanted Guests" Initiative. Here's why.

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Critical information for tenants, landlords, and home owners about mortgages and property taxes

Below is a collection of information for tenants, landlords, and home owners about mortgages and property taxes.

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Yes, City Council should say something about the Coop Refinery Complex-Local 594 dispute

Managers locked-in and living on-site since December. Replacement and turn around workers living at the Refinery rather than renting accommodations in the community. Hardship for trucking companies and truckers. Struggling local businesses. Divided friendships and families. A police force that is accused of being too harsh or not harsh enough when it comes to enforcing the law. Resources are being diverted away from serious public safety issues in Regina, as a result. And, of course, the hundreds of Unifor Local 594 members and their families who are suffering economic hardship because of the lockout. Sound sensational? It's not. With no end in sight to the Cooperate Refinery Complex (CRC)-Local 594 dispute, City Council must pressure the provincial government to intervene. Oh, and did I mention that the replacement worker camp, which is part of what is allowing this dispute to unfold as it has, was leased to the CRC by the City of Regina. We have a horse in the race, like it or not. That is why I'm advancing this notice of motion. 

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Why did SaskPower revise its solar rebate program?

In September of 2019, SaskPower announced that it was cancelling its popular solar rebate program. As SaskPower president and CEO, Mike Marsh stated, “Going forward we will be reviewing the program to ensure it remains financially sustainable and continues to meet the needs of our customers and our company." Shortly after, Minister of the Environment, Dustin Duncan, said publicly that a new, less generous program, would take its place. Both the government and SaskPower insisted that the program would inflate the cost of electricity in Saskatchewan, and amounted to a subsidy to largely high-income earners who were installing solar panels on their property. But how accurate were these claims?

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Electrifying the transit fleet

Media coverage from Ontario suggests that the City of Guelph is on the verge of electrifying their transit fleet. So I contacted that municipality to find out more. Short version: it's not that simple.

 

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