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A Day to Remember
Today is a day that we, as a society, remember the sacrifices of the many men and women who have died in horrific stretches of violent conflict in world history. We are closed today as we reflect on their sacrifice, and as I stood at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park today and reflected on their sacrifices, there was something new for me, and all of us, to consider – Does my remembrance extend beyond the physical sacrifice made by so many? Does my remembrance recognize the values that embraced such sacrifice? Often we hear the word freedom, and yet freedom doesn’t seem to fully express the virtues and values that our ancestors stood for...
** This blog post contains the thoughts of our outgoing Food Recovery Coordinator Nic Olson's personal blog and is used with his permission ** Dear Mouse, Dear Mouse, You probably don’t remember me, and I don’t blame you. We likely never had a full conversation, except that time on Christmas Day that I picked you and Leon up at the bus stop and drove you to turkey dinner at the Marian Centre. But even then I didn’t know what you said when I asked you your name. I thought you said Leonard...
Statement on the collapse of the Hawkstone Affordable Housing Development
Today, I set a precedent. I attended a press conference to celebrate affordable housing in Regina outraged, rather than excited. The provincial and federal governments, along with Deveraux Developments, all trumpeted the completion of 30 affordable housing units in a 160 unit building. This development should be celebrated. Mixed income housing in desirable neighbourhoods is key to sustainable, affordable housing development and prevents ghettoization of the poor, but this announcement stunk. Is it coincidence that this event featured the same two parties who walked away from an affordable housing development in Hawkstone eliminating 48 new affordable housing units from the market? Is it coincidence that we celebrated a separate 30 affordable spaces one day after questions about the loss of those 48 units, which were funded by selling 40 other Saskatchewan Housing properties? The direct result is that we now wait 3 more years for these 48 spaces while wondering what the effects of a 40 unit reduction in affordable stock will be...
Bike Rally Follow Up
Thanks to our friends at Western Cycle, Big Sky Cycles, Bike Regina, SGI Safety Squad, City of Regina, for all their support for the bike rally that we had this past Sunday afternoon. We probably did over 40 tune-ups of bikes for kids and adult bikes. The mechanics were non-stop busy and people rode away a bit safer with new brakes and patched tires. We had 12 people out for the Community Ride, and you can see more photos in our photo gallery! Thanks so much for everyone's participation and support!
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