SAFE, AFFORDABLE, FUN
Regina Police Service Chief Evan Bray has said “addictions and drugs are predominantly what’s behind both our crimes against person and our property crimes.” Chief Bray further says, “we cannot solve this problem on our own, because we have limited ability to dig into it.” What should we do, give up? Not in my Ward! Let’s help our caring Chief and the 410 sworn members of our RPS. I propose we implement the best practices of a neighbourhood watch program. I challenge my Ward 2 neighbours to commit personally to take the Citizens Police Academy training https://reginapolice.ca/get-involved/citizens-police-academy/ and then complete the Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP), a community-based initiative supported by the Regina Police Service and sponsored by SGI. We can then put together a crime prevention strategy to help reduce criminal activity in Ward 2.
A different but very important safety issue has come to my attention. Drop off and pick up of students at Harbour Landing School is a safety hazard for our children. If nothing is done to improve the situation, someone is bound to be hurt. Although this issue was brought to the attention of the city a year ago, no action has been taken. I will act on this immediately by partnering with the school board and together with the city, make the pick-up/drop off zone safer.
Road racing and loud mufflers. Hey, I get it. I was young once too. My first new car was a Ford Mustang. Nevertheless, road racing and illegal noisy exhausts need to be stopped. This is especially dangerous during the day when people are out and about and annoying when done at night when our neighbours and their kids need to sleep. A two-pronged approach will be to have regular oversight by RPS, as well as giving our young men another outlet for their energy…how about sports? Read the section named FUN!
NEW Fire Station. It has come to my attention that we are reviewing our city wide fire and rescue resources considering the growth in the city. Obviously the western expansion of Harbour Landing has put it farther from the existing stations. I will look into this and report back to residents ASAP. A new Fire Station will potentially save lives and is my priority, if the report indicates it is necessary.
You’ll hear responsible governors and I talk about “value for tax dollars” and that is not being evasive. Have you noticed life become more expensive for you? Well, it affects everything the city does too. That doesn’t give me, my fellow councillors, the mayor, and our city admin team licence to waste your tax dollars. We have a reserve or ‘rainy day’ fund that is available for us to use in rare circumstances. Covid-19 and its effects on us is such a circumstance. For that reason, I agree to hold the line on taxes for 2021 as we recover.
Business development, when done well, adds much needed jobs and tax revenue to our city. The result being that we can take some of the upward pressure off of property taxes. Growing our business tax base benefits Regina residents.
Residents have told me they want to see a reduction in waste and inefficiency from our city administration and council. I have been shown examples of roads being torn up within days or weeks of being redone. City Manager Chris Holden, who loves Regina as much as the rest of us do, has 30 years of experience in dealing with the needs of our city infrastructure and support services like road repairs, street cleaning, snow clearing. He will do his best to be as efficient as possible. He has a great team of dedicated, smart, hardworking people that we should be proud of. I hope these examples I have been shown are rare cases. Another thing that residents have told me they want to see is better communication about road construction, specifically not blocking off roads for days before work crews arrive, but rather on the day before or morning of, when possible. Blocking off areas long before they are actually worked on reduces productivity and hurts local businesses. Let’s keep the timelines tight.
Having options for activities to keep fit throughout the winter such as year-round soccer is critical to our physical and mental health. Do you really want to be playing video games all winter? Well, I have enjoyed my fair share of video games myself. I also want to play on a councillor’s soccer team lol! In all seriousness, being active year-round will improve quality of life, reduce depression and result in a long-term reduction in the strain on our beloved health system. Plus, that pair of jeans or dress you’ve been hiding in storage may fit better (trust me, I know!). I will work hard with my colleagues in city hall, the province and the federal government to build a new turf facility in Ward 2 that we will be able to use year-round.
Park walks with your loved ones, including your pets, should be fun, stress relieving activities. In Harbour Landing, the ‘environmental preserve’ concept is not currently successful. Safety is compromised because the paths are not lit. Health is compromised
because we have foxtail barley that is causing our pets serious harm, such as bleeding throats and very expensive vet bills, even surgeries. Half the paths remain unpaved, and
snow isn’t cleared. We need to make a decision: a) better maintain the reserve as it was intended by its builder, or b) transform it into a Class B Park, which is paved, lit, cleared of snow, sprayed for dangerous weeds and has regular grass cutting.