Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar Eclipse from Regina, SK

The eclipse today was visible from Regina, but not the totality available to Americans in many states. My new Canon SX540 HS did a good job with a pair of solar eclipse filter glasses taped over the lens. The sunspot chain was very sharp and visible at 200X digital zoom, 80ISO. I made a projector ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Plastic Is Out of Hand

Plastic almost always ends up as waste within a year or two of its production. We’re making too much of it also, at an increasing pace. “Of the 8.3 billion metric tonnes of virgin plastics ever made, half was made just in the last 13 years,” Geyer said. “Between 2004 and 2015 we made as ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Nazis Ruling News Cycle In USA

The “loons” on the right wing really stuck their foot in their mouths this week, so better balance things out so they don’t seem so violent and crazy by bringing up some possibly comparable event from years ago on the left wing. Main stream media continually proves it’s unwilling to be a reasonable adjudicator of ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the noteworthy successes of the first year of Regina’s Housing First program – along with the appalling failure of our provincial and municipal governments to fund a full version. For further reading…– CBC reported on the program as it was introduced, while Kendall Latimer followed up with a report from this week’s anniversary ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Naomi Klein highlights how capital and power combine to turn disasters into profit-making opportunities – while noting that the Trump presidency is just such a disaster. And Linda McQuaig discusses why we should see the income tax and other collective funding mechanisms as an important step in nation-building. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wonder Woman

Last Tuesday I went to see Wonder Woman [9/10], with Jeri. We tried the reclining seat theatre at the Southland Mall. The chairs were no so great. They had cool electronic buttons to kick up the foot rest, but they didn’t recline worth a darn. As a Klein, I know a good re-kleiner when I ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: STC Bus Shut Down By Callous SaskParty

Today is a terrible day in Saskatchewan history. The Brad Wall government has ended public transportation to most Saskatchewan communities. There is tomorrow no bus service between Saskatoon and Regina, a sort of event you’d expect after a major natural disaster, not an incompetent government decision poised to directly harm thousands of people, and inconvenience ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Nathan Cullen’s Electoral Reform tour stop in Regina

@gtlem @pau1234la @Erin_Weir @nathancullen Here's the good one he took, and got @Carla4Lakeview in the background. pic.twitter.com/o9q29JLDA4 — Saskboy (@saskboy) May 26, 2017 Room filling up at Knox-Met for @nathancullen #ERRE #KeepYourPromise tour#cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/tM3a5IWgBa — Saskboy (@saskboy) May 26, 2017

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Scott Sinclair writes that there’s no reason for any party to NAFTA to see itself as being stuck with the existing agreement (or worse), while also mentioning a few ways to substantially improve the rules governing North American trade: Canada should call Trump’s bluff by championing a fairer ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina’s Latest Viral Hit Song

Beep, Beep, I’m a Sheep. “Beep, beep, I’m a sheep,” are the prominent lyrics for Regina resident Todd Bryanton’s — also known on YouTube as LilDeuceDeuce — newest composition. It has become a viral hit online. Released on April Fools’ Day, the ear worm is no joke, reaching five million views and climbing, as of ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s Not Been A Great Week

@CBCSask It's a spectacular failure for @SUMA_amplify to denounce the federal solution, while providing no alternative plan. — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 14, 2017 https://t.co/4fRVzIa6U7It won't get better soon.#Drumph — Saskboy (@saskboy) February 14, 2017 Parking extension in 2017. Extension of safe cycling infrastructure? $0. #YQRcc https://t.co/WgCCI7TfX0 — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 14, 2017

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Paved Paradise Because Parking Was Already There

July 5th, 2016, after years of a mud pit following the rip-out of the previous playground: Now it looks like this again: Reasoning given:  A project of this scale requires a large site and staging area directly adjacent to the building. The site, the courtyard immediately west of the building and south of Wascana Daycare, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gwynne Dyer at University of Regina

I’ve been to two other Gwynne Dyer lectures at the U of R, and each time they are very interesting presentations of what has happened in the world. There is also a little predicting going on, so if you’re curious what could happen, settle in, and listen to it all.   Media can't resist a ...

Accidental Deliberations: #yqrvotes – Election Day Resources

While I haven’t written much about Regina’s municipal election (except for the column linked here), I’ll point out a few of the resources worth considering before casting ballots today. Again, Elections Regina’s official information is here. The Queen City Improvement Bureau’s blog offers an opportunity to hear some of the candidates in action, while its ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Regina’s upcoming municipal election – and the need for voters to break with expectations to elect a municipal government far more willing to stand up for its constituents than the one we’ve had in recent years. For further reading…– Elections Regina’s main page is here. David Robert Loblaw is providing a handy central ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Debt

Jeremy Harrison, minister of the economy pointed to the fact the average Canadian family needs 42.8 per cent of its pre-tax income for housing while the average in Saskatchewan is 28.6 per cent. “So I think that speaks as to the affordability of living here in this province,” said Harrison. John Hopkins, CEO of the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: On Time and On Budget

There’s a cliche around the City of Regina the last while. Politicians will say a project is “on time and on budget”, but fail to point out that the initial estimates for the budget and time it’s expected to be completed, are amended as the project goes along. Get support for the project by low-balling ...

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall: a day late and a dollar short on Husky’s Prince Albert pipeline rupture

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaking with reporters in the halls of Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina yesterday (screen grab from the CBC’s feed). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and the city of Prince Albert on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s lame defence yesterday morning of his strange inaction ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the City of Regina’s actual treatment of key information runs contrary to its stated commitment to open government. For further reading…– Natascia Lypny’s report on the City’s delays and denials of access to information about Regina’s new stadium and wastewater treatment plant is here.  – I previously wrote about the City’s initial ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Flowers And Rainbows In Regina

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: B-17 Flying Fortress over Regina

Regina was lucky to get a visit from the famous World War II bomber plane. I spent a few days running outside in the morning when I heard it roaring overhead, and snapping some photos and shooting videos. My older SD video camera has a much better 12X real zoom (48X digital), but my phone ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Shawn Fraser’s attempt to move Regina toward a living wage – and the the sad delay tactics in response from Michael Fougere and the rest of City Council. For further reading…– Fraser posted about the motion here. And Natascia Lypny reported on the response.– The CCPA study cited in the column is here ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Changing Face of Heritage Neighbourhood in Regina

Malty National opens tomorrow. It’s a couple blocks east of the General Hospital on 15th Ave. One day there may even be a bike lane on that street.

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Regina City Council’s embarrassing heel-dragging in response to the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Declaration on environmental rights contrasts against the spread of trade agreements with virtually no scrutiny. For further reading…– Shawn Fraser both introduced the motion supporting the Blue Dot Declaration, and discussed it here. And the list of cities ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the appalling failure of both the province of Saskatchewan and the city of Regina to contribute a nickel to a long-overdue Housing First pilot project. For further reading…– D.C. Fraser reported on the project here, with this serving as the money quote: The one-year pilot project will get $400,000 from the federal government. ...