Part of making Regina more walkable, accessible, and pedestrian friendly is, well, ensuring that we have sidewalks. With infill development, water line breaks, and the lead connection program in full swing, sidewalk excavation will certainly happen more often. City crews do a good job with their work, but it needs to be done faster. Residents with mobility devices shouldn't have to use the road and I shouldn't have to trip over the same damn demolished sidewalk on Victoria Avenue every year. This motion has the City examine the costs and possibility of imposing strict timelines when it comes to rebuilding sidewalks.Read more
After a careful read of the 2014 parking study commissioned by the City, I agree that we need a new outlook on parking. That means improving service and the resident/customer experience, advancing parking technology, and taking another look at the overall policies. That should also mean re-thinking how we spend the money we collect in parking meter revenue. I believe that some of that money needs to be invested in the neighbourhoods where the revenue is generated. For Downtown, that could mean improving the streetscape, new economic partnerships with the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District, fixing sidewalks, increasing the number of bike racks, and other amenities. That discussion is long overdue and examples elsewhere in Saskatchewan suggest that a strategic use of these funds can yield both short and long term from a planning and infrastructure perspective. Here's my motion.Read more
A resident reminded me that the conversation about a bus stop or route to the YQR airport goes back to the 1980s. So what's the delay? Well, there are challenges, like cost and fears that there won't be sufficient ridership to make the route financially sustainable. But what about the hundreds of workers employed in and around the airport, and the role the Regina International Airport plays in YQR's broader economic development strategy? I think's it time to think about how to build a solution rather than focus on the problems. That's why I'm bringing that motion before Council this month.Read more
Weekend transit service needs to improve, especially for para-transit users. What's been show is that when service and service frequency increases in certain instances, so to does ridership. The UPASS is one example. I want to know what can be done to improve Sunday service, and what it might cost. That's why I'm bringing forward this motion at Monday's (November 26, 2018) Council meeting.Read more
Fire. Parking lots. Vacant lots. Broken windows. Abandoned buildings. Absentee landlords. This is how we describe a section of Broad Street between 15th Avenue and Saskatchewan Drive. I want to know why this once vibrant stretch of street has turned to shit and what we can do about it. Here's the enquiry I submitted earlier this week, with the hope of getting a response before the end of 2018.
Municipalities in Canada are surpassing provincial governments when it comes to taking climate change seriously. Let's join countless cities from across Canada and the world and make Regina a leader when it comes to renewable energy. That's why Councillors Findura, Murray, and I are advancing a motion to make Regina a Renewable City at the September 24th Council meeting. We are looking for public support!Read more
I'm looking forward to sharing the floor with exceptional City staff who will be talking about Regina's Cultural Plan. After a short presentation the floor will be open for questions and discussion. I hope to see you on the 25th! Refreshments will be provided.
Where and when?
September 25th, Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 13th Avenue, 7PM.
Federal MP, and year-round cyclist, Gord Johns (Member of Parliament for Courtenay-Alberni) is advancing Bill C-312 (the National Cycling Strategy Act). I believe Regina should join the handful of cities across Canada that have already endorsed the Bill. Here's the motion I'll be bringing to City Council later this month asking for support for C-312. You can read the language of Bill C-312 on-line.Read more