City of Regina
Regina Mayor Michael Fougere says not to expect the City’s red light camera program to continue to sit idle.
The camera at one of the city’s three intersections with cameras has been out of commission for three years. That information came to light this week as part of a News Talk Radio report.
“I am a bit disappointed,” said Fougere. “I want that working and we’ll take steps to make sure it’s operational.”
Driving past Evraz Place there is no shortage of activity on the future site of Regina's football stadium.
Demolition work started on the Heritage, Jubilee and Saskatchewan buildings began in August and is now well underway. The official timeline for the stadium project to complete the demolition is between August and December.
Time is running out for voters to decide whether it’ll be "yes" or "no" in Regina’s first referendum in more than 20 years.
On Wednesday, city residents will essentially decide which funding model is the best for the new sewage treatment plant: a public-private partnership (P3) or the traditional Design, Bid, Build (DBB) approach. A vote of "yes" means you favour the DBB approach, which keeps the project public. A vote of "no" means you favour the P3 model.
On Tuesday, callers into News Talk Radio's John Gormley Live shared their opinions, which were mixed.
Regina's City Council was on the receiving end of a 15 per cent margin of approval in the city's first referendum in 20 years.
A day-long vote was held for the public to decide how the city will fund a new waste water treatment plant. It took less than an hour for the full slate of 49,000 votes to be tallied at city hall, revealing the pro-public-private partnership "no" side got nearly 28,000 or 57 per cent support. The anti-P3 "yes" side had just over 21,000 votes for nearly 43 per cent support.
Regina Water Watch (RWW) isn’t happy with some aspects of this past Saturday’s advance polls for the sewage treatment plant referendum but the mayor is adamant everything is on the up-and-up.
RWW's Jim Holmes claims certain scrutineers reported polling clerks were instructing voters how to answer the referendum question.
“Poll clerks, who should be absolutely neutral on this—simply helping people go through the process—were in fact giving people information about it,” he claimed.
Whether you think it’s a cash grab or not, red light cameras generate hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
In Regina, cameras at two intersections raked in $322,000 last year from nearly 1,400 tickets. What’s missing is the money from the third intersection in Regina with a red light camera—the one at Dewdney and Lewvan. It hasn’t worked for three years now and there has still been no decision whether to fix it or not.
Ravi Seera is Manager of Traffic Signals and Lighting with the City of Regina. He says he believes in the red light program.
More people voted early to decide the fate of Regina’s Waste Water Treatment Plant than turned up for three days of advanced polls in the municipal election last year.
Advance polls at four malls in Regina on Saturday counted 5,892 votes. Joni Swidnicki is the Returning Officer for the Referendum Office. She says it's hard to say what advance numbers mean for over-all voter turn-out.
For any of you who’ve cringed going through the intersection of Lewvan Drive and Dewdney Avenue on the cusp of a red light, it’s all been for naught. The red light camera at that intersection isn’t working. In fact it hasn’t been working for the last three years.
“I don’t think that we hide the fact that it isn’t operational,” said Sgt. Andrew Puglia with the Regina Police Service.
They don’t hide it, but they don’t announce it either.
“The fact that the hardware is still there, I think it assists,” said Puglia.