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.Read more
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.Read more
Below is a collection of information for tenants, landlords, and home owners about mortgages and property taxes.Read more
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.Read more
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?Read more
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.
On November 19 I co-hosted a town hall with the YWCA CEO, Melissa Coomber-Bendsten, to discuss the Y's proposed new facility on the old Victoria School site and Lucy Eley Park. The land was given to the YWCA at a January, 2019 meeting of Council. One of three town halls, community members wanted an additional opportunity to voice their concerns about the project, both positive and negative. With the help of residents I collected these questions and advanced them along to City of Regina staff for answers. The Q&A can be found below. The YWCA will be hosting another event in January when the concept plan is ready for public release. To find out more about the YWCA, visit their website at https://www.ywcaregina.com.
Councillor Lori Bresciani and I believe we need more expertise and diverse representation on the Board of Police Commissioners. That means catching up with other municipalities and adding additional civilian members. We have many local experts who could add valuable insight to the Board, which functions at arms length from Council. This should also spin into a bigger conversation about the complaints and investigation process, evidenced by the conviction of a serving RPS officer for assaulting a 13 year old boy who was held in custody. A call from a resident last week reminded me that trust in our police service has been jeopardized by the officer's actions. More civilian oversight is a start.Read more