Daily Aggregation: But What Do You Really Think, Steve?

daily-aggregation-21. HOPE YOU LIKE SNOW Up to 10 centimetres and lots of wind coming our way.

2. THERE WAS A FEDERAL BUDGET YESTERDAY Read all about it in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and at CBC.

3. BUT THE FINANCE MINISTER BACKTRACKS ON INCOME SPLITTING He says it would only benefit select families. Go figure.

4. LET’S CLOSE ANOTHER REGINA SCHOOL! The Regina Board of Education prepares to close Connaught. General consensus and an engineering report suggest that yes, this beloved 100-year-old school is in structural trouble and needs, at minimum, urgent repairs. My opinion? I do not believe that this board is acting in good faith. The board seems to me, with a couple of heroic exceptions, arrogant, imperious and committed to abandoning Connaught without adequate debate, public consultation, community input or any real discussion of options. The board, collectively, acts like its working for the province rather than Reginans and frankly seems unreasonably biased against community schools, preferring mega-schools and sending students by bus all over the place — and what Reginans want can go jump in the lake.

Prairie Dog is not happy. Somehow I suspect we’ll have more to say in next week’s paper.

Emma Graney has a story here. The last paragraph needs an edit, because it leaves out the fact that Connaught supporters said they would cover the cost of the “second opinion”. That the board rejected their offer raises the question of the board having an agenda — and should lower public confidence in the board’s opinions.

5. UNIONIZED CASINO WORKERS AREN’T HAPPY THEY WERE LEFT OUT OF THE LOOP Since Saskatchewan is all about jobs these days I expect there will be some sympathy for the union’s quite reasonable concerns. Right? We do support jobs here in Saskatchewan, right? I mean, even Prairie Dog thinks this is an interesting idea, but the workers have a stake and need to be in the conversation, right?

6. CANADA DEFEATS THE U.S. Canada’s women’s hockey team beat the Americans 3-2 to win the preliminary round. Now shit will get real.

7. IN RUSSIA, WE JAIL ENVIRONMENTALISTS Just evil. Have no doubt that the Stephen Harper Fan Club wishes Canada could get away with stuff like this.

8. U.S. FLUNKS PRESS FREEDOMS The French organization Reporters Without Borders has released the World Press Index 2014, which ranks countries according to press freedoms. Canada is 18 out of 180, up two from last year but down from top-10 spots in the early 2000’s. The U.S. fell from 33 to 46, thanks to government witch hunts against whistle-blowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, and the U.S. Justice Dept.’s seizure of Associated Press phone records. More on the U.S. score here, and a story on the dropping United Kingdom ranking here. Best in the world? Finland, the Netherlands and Norway.

9. NOT “CHOOSE LIFE” LICENSE PLATES IN NORTH CAROLINA What kind of asshole pushes for anti-abortion licence plates? Oh yeah, a Republican governor.

10. MEANWHILE IN SPAIN The Catholic Church backs a law to take away women’s rights. Who died and made them boss?

11. TODAY’S MEDAL COUNT Right here. Still number two.

12. THIS VIDEO DEDICATED TO MY POOR FRIEND ERIN Sorry about the photos of certain scary you-know-what’s on certain people’s Facebook pages.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

7 thoughts on “Daily Aggregation: But What Do You Really Think, Steve?”

  1. Re: #4 – You headline is misleading. They plan to rebuild on the same spot, but looks like they have to close it at the end of the school year to keep bricks from falling onto kid’s heads. I think the safety of the kids should be placed above saving a building. A much better question to the board is going to be…so what’s your interim plan since the province hasn’t given the green light to the new building yet?

  2. Tim, is the current plan to rebuild in the same location? My recollection of the original plan was to move the school closer to Lewvan.

    (2) Yay, more squeezing the addicts.

    (3) That link goes to Canada Job Grant stuff, not income splitting. Income splitting is a stupid, unnecessary, regressive tax structure that provides relief for the already comfortable while leaving the vulnerable behind.

    (5) Between Wall’s commitment to regularly scheduled elections and his renewed commitment to the Crown Corporations Public Ownership Act during the 2011 election season, casino workers should feel like the rug was pulled out from under them.

    (9) I want a “Choose Life” license plate, but only if I can get “RENTON” or “TRNSPTNG” on it.

  3. On another nit-picky note, it bothers me that your logo includes colours from the line of purples. The colours between violet and red are non-spectral and don’t belong on a rainbow.

  4. @Brad – Sorry when I said location I was referring to the same lot. Yet given the kids will have to be off site anyway now, there could be the option to build in the exact same spot.

  5. Re: Connaught

    What is best for the majority of people? A safe, effective, efficient, school – whether it is and old building or new building, I don’t care. At the same time, I don’t understand why the school board would reject a privately-funded, independent, third-party study. I think it’s true the school board and government seem to make decisions based on low levels of information, and it’s resulted in some bad decisions.

    I think closing Usher, and the planned closing of Martin were examples of poor strategic thinking. We are a growing city, and we certainly need to ensure that some services expand.

    At this same time, I think the activists using Connaught as a proxy war against governing mindsets, should focus their efforts on making the school board, government, and opposition work better. I don’t think the governing party views the activist community in Cathedral as their constituency or a group to appease, and the opposition had a very poor record in government of managing strategic infrastructure which they refuse to disavow, even though most of those old players have moved on.

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