Six In The Morning: Fear The Reaper

1 DEATH STRIKES ON SUNDAY In case you missed it: yesterday planet Earth said a tearful goodbye to Czech writer, poet and president Vaclav Havel and a sneering good riddance to spooky North Korean despot Kim Jong Il.

2 BECAUSE CANADA’S CLASSY LIKE THAT A 57-year-old Winnipeg woman exposed to Agent Orange in the 1960s (thank you, secret U.S. government experiments) and is now dying of cancer won’t get compensation.

3 STADIUM TALK TONIGHT Big council meeting as the city’s politicians will consider a public private partnership (P3) for a new stadium. Comment one: in general, critics see P3s as a mechanism for sticking the public with risks and losses and the private sector with perks and profits. Critics are, generally speaking, probably not altogether wrong though the devil’s in the details. Comment two: Sure, stadium, great, hey, you know what needs attention? How about Regina’s housing crisis? You know? Skyrocketing rents? Lowest vacancy rate in the country? Mass evictions? Hello? I recognize that we’re in the middle of a calculated  social-engineering experiment designed to force everybody in Regina to buy property in Harbour Landing (not to mention vehicles, to drive to and from Harbour Landing) but it’s getting a little much. Please fix. Thank you.

4 AND IN THE MIDDLE EAST… It’s army versus protesters in Egypt, possible peace (but we’re not holding our breath) in Syria and Iraq is trudging into a political crisis.

5 SPEAKING OF IRAQ The U.S. is out.

6 LET HIM TALK Terry Gillespie was abused by his scoutmaster then told he couldn’t talk about it after an out-of-court settlement with Scouts Canada. Now he talks about all that.

MORNING VIDEO: ROTATE YOUR OWL Better do what science says, it’s got rap music.

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.

5 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Fear The Reaper”

  1. Don’t forget guys — more than 700 new housing units in the old Mosaic Stadium property! That will make a difference on the housing front.

    In 5-7 years.

  2. Yes Pat, it will make a difference… although by then the current boom will be over or at least diminished… but go ahead and build the stadium as phase one and THEN deal with the housing problems. As far as the whole P3 issue – those can be done well, but it requires a certian level of sophistication on the part of the government involved to ensure that the deal they make is in the best interest of the taxpayers and our guys seem to have the sophistication of a group of monkeys. They can be bought off with a bunch of bananas and oh look pretty pictures of a shiny new stadium!

  3. If I recall correctly, none of those new housing units are slated to be rental units–the plan was to encourage home ownership (whether we need/want that or not).

    However that could obviously change. And I could be mis-remembering.

  4. And everyone involved will be out of office by the time that redevelopment doesn’t happen.

  5. Loved the owl! Amazing no matter what move you do, it keeps it’s head set.
    Don’t know if that’s cruelty?

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