1. Who does Dan Vandal think he is impressing and winning on as a supporter by sounding petty and small in his comments about the Mayor and River Heights?
2. City Hall is full of smart people. I was a roommate of one for a weekend, a roommate of another for a year and know a number of others from social engagements and one particularly fun night of Monopoly this past fall. Can one of you please explain to the Mayor that the word "disgusting" does not mean what he thinks it means? (Or rather, if it does, that he is probably using it incorrectly in this context?)
3. A buddy of mine is thinking about running for school board. If you live in the Winnipeg One ward - Kenaston to the Red, Assiniboine to Taylor - and would like to learn a little about him, let me know. The official announcement won't likely emerge until next week, but he's a guy who I think would do a great job and bring a critical voice against the status quo at the division level. Winnipeg One has a budget in the hundreds of millions and yet, most people couldn't name one or two of the trustees if you held a gun to their head. Needs some new blood and someone with ideas about where the school division should head. I think he's one of those guys.
4. Attended the Route 90 open house last night and was shouted at by one resident who felt I had an ulterior motive for supporting the expansion since I work in the import business. (And despite the fact that in reality, the vast majority of my business doesn't enter Winnipeg city limits, least of all sending trucks up and down Kenaston.) He was upset that I had an opinion about "ruining his neighbourhood" because I travel south from Taylor every day and not northbound. "Why don't you live closer to work? I ride my bike everyday!" Look folks, I appreciate you don't want to see changes that result in property being expropriated and a noisier area doesn't help your standard of living, however shouting down someone who is tentatively in favour of the expansion is not likely to win him over to the cause.
5. Nothing really new presented by the open house, but I did have an interesting conversation with a critical resident who I discover this morning was Ken Klassen (quoted in the Free Press and on CBC Radio). I thought he made some valid points about measures that would go a long way towards removing more cars from the stretch, however like many "sustainability advocates", I think he greatly underestimates the continued growth of the city and the use of the automobile thirty, forty years out. Still, coming on the heels of the shouting mustache man, Ken and I had a good discussion.
6. Orlikow and Currier need to figure out FAST which side of the fence they are on this one. Ditto the rest of council as the final decision timeline is spring/summer 2010 and you just know the Winnipeg Citizens Coalition will use this as a litmus test of the "sustainability" candidates.