In my coverage of last week’s mayoral debate on the stadium issue, I wrote of the candidates, “In short: there’s one candidate who’s a Yes on the current plan — councillor Michael Fougere — and arrayed against him are seven shades of No.”
And as for Meka Okochi, I wrote, “He believes that, with Regina booming, now is the best time to build a stadium. But, he doesn’t like the current plan because it involves too little private investment.”
And all that is pretty much what has been reported in all the other local press since then.
Well, apparently, Meka Okochi objects to being lumped into the “No” side of the stadium question. I know this because he sent a letter to all the local media clarifying his position.
As Greg mentioned, I didn’t get to attend yesterday’s press conference about the stadium concept design. And despite all the information that’s available on the city’s website, reginarevitalization.ca, I still had questions. So I phoned up Brent Sjoberg, Deputy City Manager & CFO and the main guy on this stadium project, and he took some time to answer them.
I don’t have time to transcribe this so Brent said it’s okay for me to post the audio here. I took out a little bit of irrelevant chit chat at the front and end but other than that, this is the complete interview.
Stuff we discuss:
• What was it that was launched yesterday, exactly?
• What will the design competition look like and over what time frame will it happen?
• Why are they going with such finished-looking drawings going into the competition?
• Why are they releasing these images to the public? And might these not create misconceptions in the public?
• Did the province’s requirement that the stadium be “roof ready” change the kind of Public Private Partnership that the city could pursue?
There’s more, but those are roughly the kinds of questions I asked.
Oh, a note about some acronyms that were getting thrown around…. “P3” refers at one point to P3 Architecture, a local architectural firm (they did the work on the 13th Ave Safeway redevelopment) and then later it refers to a Public Private Partnership.
Then we also discuss the difference between a “DBF P3”, which refers to a Design Build Finance P3, the kind the city is going with on the stadium project, and a “DBFM P3″, which refers to a Design Build Finance Maintain P3. In a DBFM P3, the company contracted to build the facility would also be responsible for its long-term maintenance. In the DBF P3 the city is going with, the company hired for the stadium replacement will design it and build it but, in our case, the Regina Exhibition Association Ltd will be in charge of the maintenance and operations.
At last night’s council meeting, discussion was supposed to revolve around the P3 model council hopes to use to build a replacement for Mosaic Stadium. But a debate over the merits of a DBF versus a DBFM P3 procurement model probably isn’t what’s going to be remembered from that meeting.
Instead, I suspect this will go down in the books as the meeting where mayoral candidate, Chad Novak, was tossed from council chambers for… well… here’s the audio of Mr Novak’s presentation…. you can hear for yourself….
On this episode of prairie dog’s official podcast we discuss the Regina city election, we ask questions about the stadium P3 project and we wish Tarzan a happy 100th birthday.
Prairie dog finally kicks off its election coverage on the Alarm Call where we dish on the candidates and opine about vote splitting.
Then, Tarzan is 100 years old. Or he would be if he had ever existed. In honour of his imaginary birthday, we look at the history of this iconic character.
Then, more on the stadium. Only, we look at the Public Private Partnership deal that the city hopes will get the thing built and find that we have questions, like…
Why has the city gone rogue and decided to ignore their own consultant’s advice? And why are they rushing this deal through when P3 experts across the country say go slow and do it right? And has the province messed everything up with their “dome ready” requirement?
Ultrasonic Alarm Call – Vote For Tarzan In Ward 3: At the table, Stephen Whitworth, Shane Hnetka and me as your fill-in host. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime 37min 33 sec of podcast and maybe there’s 1min and 11sec of easter egg at the end and maybe there isn’t.
To download the episode, click the link above or that big radio picture. And be sure to check out our archive of past episodes.
In this episode of Regina’s most random podcast, we look at the new season of Doctor Who. Also, we talk a bit about the city’s purchase of land to the south east of the city and what it means for the housing crisis, if anything. Also, we have a new segment, Shane’s Secret Regina Spaces. In the inaugural installment, he tells us about the recent upgrades to the Rainbow Cinemas in the Golden Mile Mall and what it means for cheap movie viewing in the city (hint: It’s very, very good news).
Last, Steve gives us an update about what’s going in the next issue of prairie dog. Only, because I suck! this episode is going out a week late and so he’s actually giving us an update about what’s going into the last issue of prairie dog.
I need more time in the day! Then I could edit podcasts in a more timely fashion!
First up, city hall. What’s going on? Not much. Well, except for that stadium dealie thing getting through council. And the downtown plan bylaw getting to Planning Commission.
And then there’s the Olympics. Is anybody even talking about that anymore? It’s so 2012. But we’re the throwbacks keeping that flame alive as we discuss a prescription to save Canada’s Olympic program.
Then, the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound list of the best movies of all time. We talk about that. And that leads — naturally — into a discussion of The Dark Knight Rises.
Then we end off with Aidan and his Tales of New York, which is where he was recently, attending the BlogHer convention on social media. President Obama spoke at this thing. And Katie Couric.
In this episode, we look at the city’s plans to build a new stadium for the Roughriders. Also, the Dark Knight Rises, we discuss it before we’ve seen it because we’re nerds and nerds are like that. And, The Amazing Spider-man, did Aidan like it? Do nerds like Mountain Dew? Yes they do. But Aidan does not. We also talk about the city’s recycling program and a failed attempt by Councillor Clipsham to restore some sanity to the thing. Also, my daughter Ada, who is six, makes a lot of noise in the background because she’s trying to find something to colour then she ends the episode with a review of Pixar’s latest, Brave.
The plan this week was to talk about Prometheus (in light of Ridley Scott wrecking the Alien franchise with it) and the likely fate of Connaught school (in light of a report that makes it sound like the building is beyond repair and needs a good wrecking).
That was it. It was going to be a short, easy to consume episode.
But things went a little off the rails.
For a fuller list of topics, here are my show notes:
– Prometheus and why it sucks
– blah blah blah, eldritch horrors
– Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer, why?
– Can Con suggestions for the “historical figures fighting monsters” subgenre
– Bruno Gerussi
– the Amazing Spiderman
– Moonrise Kingdom not coming to Regina, WTF?
– Chipwrecked is gone, finally, Shane is happy
– Rainbow cinemas going digital!
– Dark Knight Rises Imax event in Regina
– we blame everything on Jorge
– Watchmen vs Before Watchmen, fight!
– and now we talk about a school board meeting and you get topic whiplash
– Glen Elm school vs Haultain — winner gets students, loser gets the wrecking ball
– Imperial school vs McDermid — same deal
– Connaught School, will it get torn down? (Yeah, very likely)
– the 21st Century classroom
– repurposing Mosaic Stadium as the ultimate open-concept school
In this episode of prairie dog magazine’s most audible internet thing, we look at demolition and development around Regina; we ponder the strange, eldritch rituals that were involved in the construction of the downtown plaza; we celebrate the rise of Image comics and Brian K Vaughn’s Saga; and, Aidan for some reason reviews Stallone’s masterpiece, First Blood.
We’re back. With season two of Ultrasonic Alarm Call, prairie dog’s most-hiatused podcast.
This week: adapting the classics. We look at Disney’s megaflop, John Carter, as well as the surprisingly excellent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. And then we look at Geoff Dyer’s book, Zona, which examines Andrei Tarkovsky’s film, Stalker.
Also, Aidan’s apartment building, the Crescent Annex, is probably going to get torn down (not to be confused with the Crescent Apartments which is definitely getting torn down). But for some reason, we don’t get around to talking about that.
But we do dish on all the rumors about Southland theatre’s dismal future. And we explain Happy Days to Shane, because he’s never seen it. I know! Creepy!
To download the episode, click on the roller skate radio or the little down arrow in the player window.
We won’t be posting a new Ultrasonic Alarm Call this week. But come back Dec 12 for a Very Special Holiday episode. Until then, you can get your podcast fix in our episode archive.
UPDATE (3:28pm): The third place game between England and Australia is on right now. I’m watching it in another tab, in fact. It’s 147 England, 66 for Australia. Coming up later this afternoon, the gold medal game between Canada and the USA. You can watch it all live at the Derby News Network.
UPDATE (4:10pm): The 2011 World Cup final between Canada and USA is on now!
UPDATE (5:10pm): Ooooh. It’s halftime. And it’s not going well for Canada. So not well that I can’t type the score. You’ll have to go to DNN (or O’Hanlon’s) yourself.
FINAL UPDATE: The USA swept the first Roller Derby World Cup, winning the gold medal round against Canada, 336 to 33, it pains me to type. (Read Justice Feelgood Marshall’s game summary at the Derby News Network here.) Earlier in the day, England took third place, beating Australia, 203 to 85.
This week, the Alarm Call goes ultralite with a slender wafer of audio antics that won’t even occupy a half hour of your time.
In the ultraswank podcasting salon, prairie dog‘s senior political correspondent, Stephen LaRose, is this week’s special guest. He’ll school us all in what happened to the NDP in the provincial election. Guess what? It was bad.
We follow that up with a review of the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Does it hold up like a bridge built of Reardon Steel or is it a titanic train wreck? Aidan gives us his objective assessment.
Next, a look the 2012 City of Regina budgets. But only a brief look. Because budgets are boring and we know that.
Then finally, Shane’s discovered a new boardgame he thought we might be interested in. It’s called Urban Sprawl and he was right.
On this episode, we look at things that are taking on water and going under like the Titanic.
In fact, we start with a discussion of that fabled ocean liner as Collette Parks of the Saskatchewan Science Centre visited our ultraswank podcasting module to talk about the Centre’s Titanic exhibit. (It’s on right now!)
Then, we look at the city’s foundering housing situation. Two apartment buildings are slated to be demolished and one of them is Vanda’s! She talks about the perils of renting in Regina.
Later, Stephen Whitworth talks about the sinking fortunes of the provincial NDP.
But take heart. All is not lost to the icy depths. Cookie and Cassie are back to talk again about the True Knit Art Show. Regina’s alternative craft show was such a success this past weekend we could pre-record about how awesome it was.
We ended off the latest episode of the Ultrasonic Alarm Call, Terror For Blood Town, with a montage of interviews recorded at the city’s Ideas Fair on October 25.
Well, here’s one I didn’t include. It’s with John Hopkins, CEO of the Regina Chamber of Commerce.
At the risk of damaging my leftie bona fides, I found myself nodding along to a lot of what he had to say. He talked about the need for affordable housing, a comprehensive infrastructure strategy and a vital cultural scene — all stuff I’m in total agreement with.
(Of course, he also makes mention of the “importance of transportation infrastructure which includes [public] transit.” I shudder to think what else it includes. I suspect he’d be savvy enough not to suggest more parking around me.)
I left the interview out, by the way, because I mention in it that I’m talking to John Hopkins but didn’t mention who he was there to represent so it probably wouldn’t have made any sense sitting out of context like that in the middle of an audio montage.
The other interviews are also worth listening to, by the way. And you can hear them all (six in total) at about the 3/4 mark of lucky Episode 13 of Ultrasonic Alarm Call, which is jam packed full of other awesome stuff. So you should listen to the whole thing. By clicking here. And don’t forget to check out our archive of past episodes.
Be afraid! Because this is a Very Special Halloween episode of Ultrasonic Alarm Call, prairie dog‘s most sanity shattering podcast.
We begin our chilling audio adventure with an examination of the recently exhumed and reanimated lecture series, Chicken & Wine, and learn a terrible truth about nasal irrigation.
From there, we brave the existential horror that is the City of Regina’s Ideas Fair. Oh, the many mind-blistering mysteries we unearth about our city’s future!
And as if that’s not enough, Shane finishes off his 31 Days Of Monstrous Horror…. with an axe! Then we ask, what film was so terrifying, so gut-manglingly demented that even our Maestro of the Macabre Movie wouldn’t dare include it in his series of sinister cinema? Listen in to find out.
We end things off with a cavalcade of very pleasant interviews with several of the agreeable folk who partook of the Ideas Fair festivities. It’s so amiable and uplifting, it’s almost nausea inducing.
… but not of the Ultrasonic Alarm Call. We trudge onwards.
No, in this episode, we shoehorn several topics into the theme of endings.
We’re having a look at the end of condominium conversions (for now), the end (maybe) of the walking strategy downtown (or maybe that’s a product of my paranoid imagination), the end of analog film in Regina’s theatres (and the beginning of UltraAVX awesomeness), the Last Mountain Distillery in Lumsden, the latest True Knit Art Show (meaning, Cassie and Cookie are back in our ultraswank recording studio and have pretty much taken over things), and, finally, the sad passing of Steve Jobs.
This week’s episode isn’t merely a podcast, it’s our submission to the Design Regina process.
The city is out to revamp its Official Community Plan and we’re getting involved. But instead of just filling in the little “Citizen Circle” workbook the city sent us, we recorded our discussions and we’ll be sending in this mp3 as well.
What’s with that look of trepidation, city? It’s not like council is ever going to see more than a point-form summary of what’s offered up by the Citizen Circles, anyway. Don’t worry. Carle’s crazy ideas about how the city should take over parking again, our hand wringing about heritage buildings being demolished, our shared rage about how unaffordable housing has recently become, our discussion of where the zombie apocalypse will begin and what it has to say about good urban form, all of that will wind up as nothing more than a few bowdlerized remarks in a list of hundreds.
But you know who I pity? It’s the poor intern who’s going to have to slog through all those Citizen Circle submissions. At least when they get to ours, they’ll get to listen to some awesome intro and outro music by the Lazy MKs.
To download, click on the radio above. And when you’ve finished with this, you might want to check out last week’s episode, Signal To Noise, which is a companion piece to the feature on the paranormal in the current issue of prairie dog.
What is orgonite and how can it help with that chem trails problem? Why are crop circles so darned pretty? Do dogs have auras? How can Archangel Michael help out with the lotto?
We answer all these questions and more in this week’s Ultrasonic episode as we recap our roadtrip to beautiful Fort Qu’appelle for the Extraordinary Fair, a paranormal symposium.
We have interviews with a ghost hunter, a crop circle researcher and an angel channeller! And we drink Manhattans! It’s 100% pure fun!
(And if you want even more paranormal thrills, be sure to check out the next issue of prairie dog, which will be hitting newsstands and countertops city wide later this week. We have more on the paranormal fair and we have an interview with someone very amazing.)
Also in this episode, Shane and Aidan have seen Drive. Did they like it? Does a Chevy Malibu have a soul? Can it learn to love? I imagine it must. Why else would people keep them as pets? And what about the Emmys? They’re long over but why did they suck so hard? Aidan has a few ideas.
Ultrasonic Alarm Call Episode 10 — Signal To Noise: At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Vanda Schmockel, Shane Hnetka, and me. Music by the always excellent Lazy MKs. Runtime 31 min of free-ranging mockery, 11 min 28 sec guilt.o download this episode for your later listening enjoyment, click on the radio above or on the little down arrow in the player window.
To download, click on the radio above and be sure to check out our podcast library here.
This week, on prairie dog‘s most podcasty audio entertainment, we take a tour of Harbour Landing and wonder, what does this town have against pedestrians?
Also, we look at Shane and ask, why is he looking so haggard? Does it have anything to do with DC Comic’s reboot?
Then, another installment of Shit We Haven’t Seen. Did you know sci-fi superstar Orson Scott Card rewrote Hamlet for a modern audience? Did you know Hamlet is all about the evil gay agenda? Well, that’s what Card says. Aidan responds.
Also, we announce the winners of last episode’s big contest and get another update on Capital Pointe.