Saturday, 17 October 2015

More Questionable Land Dealings for Massive Profits


After extensive research, I can now say publicly, with the utmost of confidence, that LONG LAKE INVESTMENT INC. stands to profit significantly by flipping over 390 Acres of land along Tower Road for the proposed Regina Bypass. While sale prices are not yet being made public, we have confirmed that the minimum sale price offered for lands in that area is $100,000 per acre.  

This would translate to a total profit of at least $35 MILLION for the investors behind Long Lake Investment Inc. for the full 390 Acres. (Potentially up to $95 MILLION)

For a backgrounder, Long Lake Investment Inc. (LLI) was formed in 2011 with the apparent express intent of acquiring large amounts of land prior to the Bypass route being made public. These lands were presumably purchased knowing full well what the plans were for the Regina Bypass and with no intent to do absolutely anything with the lands other than hold them and sell them to the City and Province only a few short years later.

As per City of Regina Administration (See below), LLI made an arrangement with the RM of Sherwood to purchase lands at an agreed price of $12,500 per acre. In total today, LLI owns a minimum of 390.86 Acres. Do the math, and you will find they stand to gain nearly $35 MILLION in pure profit. And all they had to do was purchase the lands and hold onto them for a few years. Resulting in a 700% return on investment.

Further to this, file the following under the "what are they thinking?" category. On October 26, Regina City Council will vote whether to allow LLI to purchase a few select pieces of land, that are virtually worthless to any developer as they are Road Right of Ways. At least one of these pieces of land just happen to be smack dab in the middle of the new site for the Pacers Ball Park.

Then, LLI will immediately sell that very same land BACK to the City for an "undisclosed" price. Don't worry though, according to Mayor Fougere, the Province "should" be covering the cost of purchasing this land (back), so it won't impact the City's finances. (Apparently that's okay because provincial tax dollars come from some magical land and not from your back pocket as well)

Yes, Regina, this is how bold these guys are. 
They are literally allowing a private investor to buy and sell the same parcel of land for an assumably substantial profit right before your very eyes

Why isn't the media reporting on this? You tell me. Any other city in North America, they would have seen this and been all over it before an individual such as myself had to do the legwork to report on it. 

This particular land transaction is set to go before Regina City Council at the next City Council Meeting on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 5:30PM. As it is a Public Bylaw, you can attend the meeting and address this issue without a prepared speech. Keep in mind, however, that you are still subject to the five minute time limit and the typical rules of decorum apply. 
I've put together this handy dandy visual for the new Pacers Ball Park questionable land deal. The very interesting part of this is the land in the middle that is set to be sold to Long Lake Investment Inc. below market value ($12,500/Acre) and without public offering on October 26, 2015. This very same land is then set to be sold BACK to the City to allow for the new park development. The prices are TOP SECRET at the moment, but it would be fair to assume market rate which is currently between $100k-$250k/Acre.

I've noticed some on are questioning the current market value, and I thought I would do them a favour and share a current listing to demonstrate lands in the area going for $250,000/Acre.

I posted the following on my Facebook page just over a week ago, before the above information came to light.

The current route for the Regina bypass has been touted as the best option - but the question is best for whom? It would appear private developers have been pulling the strings of this project all along.

What can you do? You need to ask some very pointed questions of your Saskatchewan Government about the TWO BILLION DOLLAR BYPASS that doesn't even "bypass" the City!

If this was truly about PUBLIC SAFETY:
- the overpass at Pilot Butte would have been the #1 priority and begun long ago. Traffic lights would have been implemented years ago. This would have prevented so many tragedies that have occurred in recent years.
- the bypass would actually BYPASS the City of Regina. Where it is currently planned, homes and businesses will be smack next to it. Not to mention new neighbourhoods that will only be built IF the bypass is built along Tower Road.
- the initial stage of the bypass would be routed where it would actually take the heavy trucks off of Victoria Avenue. The majority of heavy trucks don't even go south of Regina. The majority are destined for the industrial area, which would not be helped in any way by the current proposal. The logical route would have been NORTH via the already existing Highway 46. It would also save taxpayers about a billion dollars.

It appears the current bypass is more about PRIVATE PROFIT:
- majority of lands along Tower Road between Arcola and Victoria were purchased in 2012 by a private investment company PRIOR to the official route being made public. This investment company is headed by a known ally of Mayor Fougere, Premier Wall, Prime Minister Harper and also happens to be a current board member of a City of Regina agency.
- Harvard Developments, DREAM Developments and Forster Developments all have neighbourhood and/or business developments in the immediate area of the East and West legs of that bypass.

Saturday, 19 September 2015


Monday, September 28, 2015 5:30PM

Just a friendly reminder that the City Council Meeting is upcoming on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 5:30PM. On the agenda is the funding for the Civic Museum of Regina (AKA Regina Plains Museum). It is currently near the top of the agenda, so it should be discussed within the first hour of the meeting. PLEASE do not show up late if you plan to attend.

Remember, the more physical bodies in attendance, the stronger the message will be that this is a very important issue to citizens!

If you are wishing to speak to the topic (i.e. delegation), then you are REQUIRED to submit your prepared speech (word for word unfortunately) to City Hall prior to 1:00PM on Thursday, September 24, 2015. You can either drop a copy off in person to the Ambassador's desk, or email it to REMINDER that you are only allowed to speak for five minutes, so please keep this in mind when submitting your delegation. You can submit as much (relevant) information as you wish, but remember you will only be allowed to TALK for five minutes, and you are not allowed to divert from your submitted speech.

You can find the Agenda by following this link: - I cannot post a direct link to the document itself, as it is a live link and thus changes often and you would receive an error.

If you need any assistance to prepare for this meeting, please feel free to contact the City Clerk's office directly (306) 777-7262, or contact myself, and I would be more than happy to help out where I can.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


Good evening Regina!!!

Something that I have been posting a lot on Facebook recently, but not on my website, is the issue of the Civic Museum of Regina closing - otherwise and formerly known as the Regina Plains Museum. As you may or may not be aware, the Museum faced closure last month because they simply didn't have enough funding to keep the doors open for the rest of the year. They had asked the City on a number of occasions over the past few years for a review of their funding situation - each time getting delayed or the run around. It's obvious that the closure certainly had an impact on the City's decisions, and it raised a much needed awareness around our great City (and province and country for that matter) of the great resource that is the Civic Museum of Regina.

I want to extend a HUGE congratulations to Rob Deglau, Scott Cheston and the entire board at the Civic Museum of Regina, as it is obvious that they have a great passion for Regina's Heritage and they have put a tremendous effort into getting the museum to where it is today.

Here is a video of my delegation from today: 

Here is a great story on the situation from CBC:

 DISCLAIMER: The reopening of the Civic Museum of Regina is tentative only, and subject to final approval by City Council on Monday, September 28, 2015. If you want to see City Hall approve this request, then be sure to be in attendance to show your support!

If you don't follow me on Facebook (why not??), here is the upate I posted today.


GREAT NEWS!!!!!! Although it still has to be approved by City Council at the end of the month, the City has tentatively APPROVED interim funding to enable to the Museum to reopen it's doors ASAP. I will be meeting with the board in the next few days to find out exactly what their plans are, but the City approved a one time additional $60,000 grant which is exactly what they asked for many months ago. This is in addition to the $25,000 to hire a consultant to develop a business plan.

Where do we go from here? Simple. Publicly show your support. Call or email your councillor, the Mayor, or members of the Museum board to tell them you fully support this motion and you thank them for their recognition of the importance of our Civic Heritage. Also, buy a membership for the museum! They are only $25/yr and a portion of it is tax deductible. Donate more than that, and it's all tax deductible!

Finally, please, if you have the time,
Attend City Council on Monday, September 28, 2015. 

The meeting begins at 5:30 PM, and depending on how many items are on the agenda, it could be a long evening. If you want to speak to this issue, you must abide by certain rules and submit your prepared speech (word for word) by the Thursday prior. If you aren't comfortable with public speaking, throw your ideas my way and I would be glad to include them in my speech. Regardless of whether you plan to speak or not, your attendance would mean a lot and show that there is strong public support for the museum.

In closing, I wouldn't say the coast is clear now, but I definitely can say I've gained a lot of respect for City Council today. The hardest part is done. Getting that extra funding to simply allow them to reopen the doors is HUGE! 

Thank you everyone for your attention and passion shown to this matter. Your support has not gone unnoticed.

Saturday, 29 August 2015


Happy Weekend Regina!!


One of the major discoveries of the Downtown Parking Study - and probably one of the prime reasons it was hidden from public view for so long - was that a significant contributor to the Downtown parking nightmare is FREE parking provided to City Employees and "VIPs". It should be noted that this does not come as a shock to the downtown parking enforcement officers, as that was the #1 complaint when surveyed about the downtown parking when I ran for Mayor in 2012.

While it is not discussed exactly how many city employees and "VIP"s get this privilege, it does equate to an annual revenue loss of $1.4 MILLION! This translates to 55% of downtown parking spots being occupied by City employees or "VIP"s while you are driving around, struggling to find a spot that you have to pay two dollars an hour for!

What's worse - If you factor in the total permits issued, which includes free and significantly discounted permits, they account for a whopping 91% of the 1,250 metered spots in Regina. NINETY ONE PERCENT! This means that at any given time, there may be only 9% of the metered parking spots available for you to use. Without question, this is one of the key factors that should have been addressed long before the meter rates were doubled. Thankfully, the consultants also agree.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: As there are currently no repercussions to these permit holders for parking longer than allowed, on average over 50% of them are overstaying their welcome compared to an average of 20% of coin parkers. Not only are they taking up valuable space that the rest of us pay for, they are staying far longer which multiplies the problem.

For those that don't want to read the full document, here is a clip for your ease of reference:

Why, then, has the City done nothing to address this situation?!


Thursday, 27 August 2015


Good evening Regina!


UPDATE: It turns out this report has never actually made it to City Council, let alone the public's eye. It was only because of a Freedom of Information Request by the Regina Leader Post that this report is even available for the public to now view. (As of April 2015) This is a very unfortunate situation, and one that needs to be addressed. Surprisingly, no other media outlet has touched this story yet. The City's public response to this has been that there are a lot of "administrative" tasks included in the report. If you take a read yourself, you will see this is certainly not the case.

In recent months, the City of Regina has become famous for it's overly strict parking enforcement, and in recent years, has made moves that has made the Downtown a parking nightmare. It has gotten so bad, in fact, the metered parking use has dwindled by a whopping 30% since the new rates went into effect.

Speaking of new rates, did you know? Your tax dollars (125,000 of them in fact) went out to a consulting company in 2013 with the sole purpose of studying Regina's parking and making recommendations on how to make it more palatable.

Well, it turns out that someone at City Hall didn't feel this report was worth the paper it is written on, because the City has chosen to do things their own way anyways - $125,000 report be damned. Sadly, this isn't a shocker, because it happens more often than we would like to believe.

One of the recommendations was to increase meter rates to $2/hr. But wait - isn't that what they did? Yes! However, the consultants recommended some very key upgrades to our parking infrastructure long before that was to be implemented. They recommended the new rate go into effect sometime between 2015-2017. Only AFTER off street parking is addressed to give more capacity for those that work or live downtown.

If you think this is atrocious - just wait! In the next while, I will be posting about more items of note that the City really ought to have done months upon months ago. 


Tuesday, 11 August 2015


Hello Regina!!!

After a pretty long absence from the "City Beat", I've decided it's time to start posting a little more frequently once again. There are some pretty insane things happening at the City of Regina, and election time is just around the corner. What better time to remind those on Council and the great residents of Regina what issues are important and need better attention!

Briefly: Have you heard about the "oops" by the City of Regina lately? Apparently, they said they released "only" 1,000,000 Litres of "filtered" sewage into Wascana Creek, which flows into the Qu'appelle River, but they made a slight miscalculation, and it was actually 15,000,000 Litres. I'm not sure about you, but that discrepancy needs to be considered more than just an oversight, and someone at the City of Regina needs to be held accountable. Will it happen? Probably not.

Getting to today's big story, however, a story that has garnered much attention on Facebook through the Global and CJME posts today - one which was brought to you first by yours truly on my Chad4Regina Taxpayers Facebook page - the City of Regina turning their attention from Parking Enforcement to Parking Education. Wait....what?! What the hell is "parking education"?? My sentiments exactly. As I've said on Facebook, if you need an "education" program to explain your parking bylaws, perhaps your bylaws are too complex - or even more to the point - ludicrous and needless. (DISCLAIMER: They are by no means reducing enforcement here, they are simply reallocating current resources to "educate" people about the City's ludicrous parking bylaws while still ticketing the hell out of anyone that dares park an inch further away from the curb than they are allowed, or have their bumper hanging past the "no parking" signs)

For those that really want to know, it is the City of Regina spending your tax dollars to get parking enforcement officers to tell you "how best" to park. For example, if they approach you and ask how long you plan to be downtown, and you say all day, their "education" is to suggest parking in an off street parking lot. Apparently, citizens of Regina are assumed to be too stupid to figure that out in their own. 

Speaking of education, perhaps they should be educating their own staff?
The Million Dollar Question is:
What is the true purpose of this alleged education strategy? 
One can only wonder. 
Proactive planning for parking tickets perhaps?

Why is the City not investing it's time and resources and, more importantly, OUR MONEY, where it would be better served? Like actually working to provide additional off street parking locations for those that desire it. Leaving the on street parking for those that actually need it. You know, the customers that provide the necessary business to keep downtown businesses thriving? 

DID YOU KNOW? The City has experienced a 30% reduction in parking meter hours as per the 2014 City of Regina annual report. This means that either people are parking off street more (unlikely), simply not plugging meters (the data suggests this is not the case as parking ticket revenues have not skyrocketed), or are just avoiding the Downtown altogether. All data (straight from the City's own documents) point to the latter being the case. Surely downtown businesses have noticed this, and yet the City continutes to pretend it is not an issue!

 The solution here has to be far simpler than the City of Regina makes it out to be...

And the good news is that it is!

Come 2016, I plan to unveil a revolutionary plan that will allow all Regina residents, downtown visitors and downtown businesses to survive and thrive together in harmony.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Summer Fun in Regina!

Happy Summer Regina!!

How is everyone's summer going so far? It's been very hot and dry so far, which can be considered both good and bad, depending on your outlook. Good that we can be outside and enjoy the evenings without mosquitos, the sunny days in the park getting some rays and hit Milky Way for that cool, refreshing treat! Bad, however, for those of you who rely on precipitation for a livelihood. The fact is that farming is a way of life in Saskatchewan, and this hot, dry weather would be great if it was split up by a few odd days of rain in between to help the crops grow big and strong. In contrast, however, last year was a virtual monsoon which didn't help the farmers much either, so it's really a balancing act.

How about your kids? Have your kids been hounding you that they are "bored" already? I remember when I was younger, it would only take a week or two out of school until I was already looking for something exciting to do to keep the summer from dragging. Well, GREAT NEWS everyone!!! We brought it to you in 2012 and 2013 - and we are so happy to hear through the grapevine that the Jurassic Attack MONSTER RIDE TRUCK is coming back to the Queen City for another summer. This time, they'll be here giving rides in a more permanent location, on Eastgate Drive by the old Maxwell's Amusements - the old North Star Motel lot - SEVEN DAYS A WEEK!!

That's right, ladies and gentlmen, for the low, low cost of $10 per ride, you can give your kids the experience of a lifetime and let them blow off some steam. 

This is FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY folks!! Starting this week until September 30, so get out there often, because you know the summer will fly by before you know it.

For more information, visit their website at

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

City Council's Discretionary Decision Making

Good afternoon Regina!

There have been some comments made by our Mayor and Council Members in the past few days that are pretty concerning, regarding the proposed strip club that the Regina Planning Commission approved (Councillor O'Donnell was one of those voting members), and City Council subsequently denied. These comments, coupled with a review of the January 26 City Council Meeting, bring up some serious questions that few have asked, and certainly deserve further attention.

The first comment I refer to is Mayor Fougere speaking to how a "future application" may be granted. For those that aren't aware, the applicant for this strip club is from out of town, and thus would be considered to be an "outsider" by many. This is important because of the fact that City Hall is well known in the development industry to be "less than cordial" to outsiders. Outsiders are given a much harder time when wanting to develop in Regina, than say, Harvard Developments or Dundee Developments. One prominent example is that of Wascana Village, which is looking to develop just outside of Regina. I recall speaking to the developer at one meeting, where it was made very evident that they wanted to do some work within the City of Regina, but it was made virtually impossible and they were given many roadblocks that they had not experienced in any other jurisdiction where they had developed previously.

What is concerning to me is what could possibly be that "future application". If you review the City Council Meeting video (available on the website), you will note that City Council members focused far more on the actual business plan, than whether or not it fit with the required bylaws and guidelines. Was this to gain more of an understanding of a business venture they (or friends/associates) might be looking to get into? Was this to force an impression that this kind of industry was not welcomed in our City, but may be "in the future" when they (or their associates) have their business plan ready to go? What, exactly, did this application lack, that a "future application" may include that will meet the very-discretionary judgement of City Council?

Given Council's reputation for not giving into the "vocal minority", it is very difficult to believe that they would simply give in to a few delegations and a petition that is certainly lacking in any validity, in comparison to those of say the WWTP or the Stadium petitions and pushback. This leads me to believe that there is certainly an ulterior motive in their decision on Monday. If this is the case, there are even more questions than there will ever be answers.

In the end, the big questions that have yet to be answered:
What, exactly, was lacking from this application?
What could be done in future applications in order for Council to approve it? 

After everything is said and done, the point of these applications and subsequent approval or denial is to learn for the future. If Council is unwilling to provide recommendations for future applications, and leave so many questions in the air, then they should not deny any such application. Simply denying because it is "unsavoury" behaviour (their words) is not in their jurisdiction. Simply denying because they don't like the idea of acknowledging an industry that is already very prevalent in Regina is not in their jurisdiction. The fact of the matter is, as a business - a legal one at that - let the residents demonstrate if they want this in our community or not. And, not by a select few attending a meeting, but by providing support in the form of patronage. If enough residents support the business idea, then the business will be successful. If they do not, then the market has spoken, and it will have to close.

Finally, Mayor Fougere, and other Councillors, made it perfectly clear on January 26. They claimed they didn't see much public support of such a facility. I'm not sure which sand dune they had their head buried in this time, but could the same not be said for the WWTP and Stadium projects? Where was the public support there? Mayor Fougere claimed that those in support of projects "don't go to rallies". This is selective listening at best, and if they truly wanted to hear from the public, well, now they are getting their chance through the Petition that has quickly garnered over 2,000 signatures in only a matter of days. Far more signatures than those that were submitted to Council on January 26 in opposition to this application.*

*Note: Councillors claimed that there were "thousands" of signatures on submitted petitions. If you review the Council documents, it appears there were more like 200-250 that signed the three petitions (in total) that were circulated, some of which were even duplicate signatures.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Council Rejects Strip Club - Against Own Bylaws and Provincial Legislation

Good afternoon Regina!!

UPDATE: A Petition has been created (not by myself, I've merely signed in support) to encourage Regina City Council to listen to the voice of reason on this decision, and reconsider this application which was in accordance with all known legislation and bylaws.  
In a historic decision on Monday night, Regina City Council voted 9-1 to DENY the application to open a strip club in our great city. This is historic for many reasons, but a major reason that few are talking about is the fact that City Hall basically just overruled the Provincial Government (remember their best buddies in the world, the Sask Party?), who in January 2014 introduced new legislation allowing alcohol to be served in an adult entertainment facility.

I want to make it perfectly clear for all readers, that I am neither for or against strip clubs. I'm not going to pretend I haven't been to them in my life, but I also don't make it a habit to attend them, as I have much better options for entertainment in my life. Same as why I don't frequent night clubs, the symphony or hockey games - they just aren't my thing.

For me, it is about whether or not the business meets the (rather strict) requirements set out. PERIOD.

City Council went against City Hall Administration's own recommendation to APPROVE the request, and went against their own bylaws by denying this application. Granted, for discretionary use applications, City Council does have the right to exercise their "discretion" of approval, but without reasonable justification, this is best used selectively. Otherwise, what's the point of even having these kinds of bylaws in the first place?

There are some great observations already made by some of Regina's prominent media personalities, so I won't repeat what they've said, since they've done a great job at making points that I would just repeat here. Here are some of them:


Prairie Dog Magazine - Paul Dechene - Nudie Bars and Old White Dudes

Prairie Dog Magazine - Wanda Schmockel - No Strip Club for you, Regina

Now, keep in mind, the idea of a Strip Club in Regina is nothing new. After all, we've had strippers in an established facility for many years in the industrial area. I don't think they are around anymore, but Regina has in fact been home to stripping for a long time already. The only difference here is the introduction of alcohol to the mix. Which every - other - part - of - the - developed - world already has, and have had for years, if not decades. I should add that I do believe the new legislation is actually even more restrictive than before, in that the strippers can no longer go fully nude.

Regarding the nineteen delegations (which I am sure are related to each other in one form or another - most likely all attendees of the same church), if these people truly have a problem with the morality of strip clubs, they should have brought it to the province's attention years ago. City Council should only approve or deny based on the business aligning with City bylaws and neighbourhood regulations, which to my knowledge, this application very much did. I have great sympathy for the business owner here, in that he jumped through all the hoops and hurdles already set out for him, and still they changed their mind at the very last minute - literally. I sincerely hope he is not out any money because of their decision, or he may very well have a legal case against City Hall.

Going forward, City Hall is setting a very dangerous precedent here. By no means are they forced to approve any application, but they ought to have very good justification for denying such applications. Similar to the Official Community Plan guiding development throughout the City and them allowing developments that completely contradict that OCP. Oh...wait. They do that all the time!

Finally for today, personally, I would much rather these clubs be in high traffic areas, than forced into the remote industrial areas. This would provide a safer environment for staff and patrons leaving the establishment. It would also reduce the risk of questionable behavior happening outside of the club in a higher traffic location.

On a sidenote, I have heard there were some pretty ridiculous statements made by none other than Wade Murray and a couple of my other "favourite" City Councillors. Things such as "this is a great day to be a part of a municipal government" and "this is the heart of Regina right here" (Referrring to the delegations I believe). Yet, when over 20,000 residents OPPOSED the Waste Water Treatment Plant, or the nearly 10,000 residents OPPOSED the Stadium Project, they were deemed to be the "vocal minority". 

I find it very ironic how the very same kind of opposition can be viewed in such drastically opposite lights, given your own personal stance on a subject, I suppose.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year Regina

Happy New Year everyone!

Welcome to 2015 - officially the "future", if you're a fan of Back to the Future, as I very much am. No flying cars or hoverboards, however. Video phone calls, though - we do have!

You may have noticed a drop in the new posts on my page over the last few months. That is not by chance. I have chosen to remove myself from the political landscape since mid-summer due to life events, in an effort to see how it would affect my life. And, I am very happy to say, it's done wonders! Does this mean I'm done with the political world? By no means! It just means you'll be seeing much less on this page, and more on my "Chad4Regina Taxpayers" Facebook page. So, if you haven't "liked" my page yet, why not go do that now?

What's in store for this year? A whole lot of positive. What's in store for 2016? Only God knows!

Have a great 2015 everyone, and again thank you for all your support and encouragement.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

City, Province Out of Touch

Good evening Regina!

What does the Sask Party and the City of Regina have in common? Aside from identical political views, they both favour developers heavily! So much so, in fact, that apparently the provincial government would rather side with a developer over tenants in a much needed, and much anticipated, social housing development in Hawkstone. See the story here:

What is most disheartening about this story is the statement by Donna Harpauer, the current Social Services Minister. She is either out of touch with reality, or not very well versed when it comes to interviewing with the media. She is quoted with saying "you're assuming there are desperate homeless people". This statement is just mind blowing. Even if you don't live in Saskatchewan, you're probably well aware of the housing crisis, and moreso the AFFORDABLE housing crisis. She had the gaul to claim that because her waiting lists have gone down, it can't be that bad. Thankfully, there are organizations like Carmichael Outreach that deal with people in these situations daily, and they set the record straight. The sad fact of the matter is, if the waiting lists have actually gone down, it's most likely because of people getting frustrated and not even bothering putting their name on it.

Then you have the City of Regina. Amazingly, the CBC has been doing an amazing job at uncovering a couple of stories recently, most notably the flawed recycling program. Apparently, Emterra, the multi-national corporate giant that came in and stamped on Crown Shred in a very unfair RFP process, hasn't been doing what they've been contracted to do. Glass has been going straight to the dump, and NOT being recycled as per their contract, and as they are being PAID to do. The story is here: . What's even more disheartening is the fact that the City of Regina claims they weren't aware that Emterra wasn't doing this, after falsely claiming there were contracts in place. Thank GOD the CBC dug deeper on this story, because they pushed and pushed until the real truth came out. And, then, as if the City wasn't digging themselves deep enough, they put out a Press Release claiming that CBC's story was false. CBC followed up on this, and in fact, confirmed that the facts they presented were true.

What is the end result of all this? Well, it means that the Governments need to start enforcing their contracts better, and start being held truly accountable for things they are falling very short on. Will the Province take Deveraux to court? Of course not, becaue they wouldn't dare "stomp" on them while they're down. But, apparently it's okay to "stomp" on taxpayers because they don't matter? And, will the City of Regina take Emterra to court for not abiding by their contract? Of course not. They wouldn't dare threaten the relationship they've developed with a Chinese company, or dare expose the fact that they've known all along that Emterra wasn't actually doing their job, and they turned a blind eye until the media started digging around.

Oh, and now the City of Regina is claiming that they need to raise taxes ANOTHER 5% just to fix residential roads. It's just too bad we don't have any other way to pay for those kinds of projects. Oh, wait, that is EXACTLY what they are supposed to be using their DEBT for. Not building unnecessary projects, like Mosaic 2.0 and the WWTP. Oh well, by the time the next election rolls around, who knows where we'll be and if it'll be too late to turn back the hands of time.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Pension Woes Continue for City Manager

Happy weekend everyone!!

A quick post today to let everyone know that something big is happening at the City of Regina, and I for one am stoked to see this finally happening.

The only question is: Will this begin a full-blown audit and/or investigation into the goings on at City Hall? The $300M Pension Deficit was supposed to be fixed by December 2012, at least according to then-Mayoral-hopeful Michael Fougere during the 2012 Municipal Election. The City has been operating the Pension Plan illegally for over 3 years now, and it appears the Government of Saskatchewan isn't going to let that happen for much longer. It would appear that they, too, believed the lies that Mayor Fougere told the public during the election.

There are many questions that arise from this, the least of which is: How can we trust the City Manager, or any of the Senior Management team at the City of Regina, to manage the multi-million dollar stadium project when they failed miserably at fixing this issue? How can we trust them not to bankrupt our City? How can we trust them when they are failing their own employees who entrusted them to manage their retirement funds properly?

Most importantly: How did we get into this deficit? Mayor Fougere (or former Mayor Fiacco) would lead you to believe it is because of the market woes. Yet, we are alone in this kind of massive problem. In fact, as per the article, "such a situation of non-compliance is “unprecedented” in Saskatchewan." How is that possible? Well, according to some on the inside, there was a massive "retirement" package offered to about 400 City Employees in 2007 at the Turvey Centre. What lead to this is something that needs to be investigated, but rumour has it that this was one of the ways to "silence" the critics of Fiacco at the time, while allowing Fiacco to pad the Administration with the "yes men" that wouldn't question anything he does.

And, well, if you look at all that's happened since then, it certainly makes you wonder. 

Since then, Fiacco's managed to get his dear Harbour Landing and Global Transportation Hub developed, which has conveniently lead to the development of Harbour Landing West (Devonia Park) in the coming months, where Fiacco and several business partners own(ed) land.

During those years, land prices also skyrocketed over 300%

If this isn't enough reason to get an audit going, I don't know what would be. If the Wall Government feels it's appropriate to investigate the land transactions happening in the RM of Sherwood, where Reeve Eberle owns land, this should be raising red flags all over. The only problem is, not enough people are calling and demanding action be taken.

So, what can you do to get this looked further into? Simple!


Saturday, 5 July 2014

Continued Harassment Leaves Me Twitter-less

Hello Regina!!

You may have noticed a lack of presence lately on Twitter from myself, and most certainly a lack of posts on this blog. Without getting into details, in order to keep my health in order, I have decided to completely remove Twitter from my life. After months of continued harassment from anonymous and non-anonymous alike on Twitter, it has just become too much for me to deal with, and for the benefit of myself and those most important to me, I'd prefer to remove myself from the Twittersphere altogether. I wish there was more that had been done by the Regina Police Service so far in terms of those who continually and deliberately push and harass online, but as they say, you shouldn't cry over spilled milk. It is still my sincerest hope that the RPS does track down those behind the harassment and charge them appropriately.

As for my blog posts and political efforts, I plan to continue to post on this website and my Chad4Regina Taxpayers Facebook page, as these are much easier for me to control the harassment from. Politically, I'll be observing from afar, while still maintaining a presence on this site to continue to push for transparency and accountability from our municipally elected officials.

Have a great summer everyone!!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tax Breaks for the Rich & Tax Hikes for the Poor

Good morning Regina!!

What the mainstream media won't bring you, we gladly will.


Last night, the Regina City Council accepted a report on the 2013 Operating Fund results. In it, there were two glaring displays of gross incompetence on the part of our City's former Chief Financial Officer, current Stadium Lead, and Suspected Instigator of the recent failed Mental Health Warrant against myself, Mr. Brent Sjoberg.

The first being the fact that we have a General Utility Reserve of over $85 MILLION which is set to remain very high over the next five years, even after the repayment of $45M for the GTH utility extension (which is it's own topic for another day), and the much debated P3 WWTP expansion. Add to the fact that a portion of our utility bills currently go to the general coffers, and there is absolutely no justification for the fact we pay 50-75% more than most other cities on Western Canada.

Secondly, because we have such massive reserves, there is absolutely no justification for the record Property Tax rate hike this year, or the past several years. A responsible Municipal Government would tap into these reserves or add to the debt before ever going back to the taxpayers for more money.



Last evening, Regina City Council voted on giving tax breaks to landowners that were recently annexed into our City. It should be noted that included in these landowners are our Former Mayor, his immediate and extended family, his business associates and Corporate Developers such as DREAM (Formerly Dundee), and Harvard Developments (Along with Forster Projects owned by an employee of Harvard, Blair Forster). - It should also be noted that the planned projects by Forster Projects appear to be a driving force behind the entire Regina Bypass, but again, that's another topic for another day.

As Founder of the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group, I am all about FAIR AND EQUITABLE TREATMENT of ALL Regina Taxpayers. It is evident that this was not respected by the City of Regina last evening, and while it is truly unfortunate, it is also, sadly, not surprising. When you have a fascist regime focused on capitalizing on taxpayer money, they will do anything they can that the general public simply doesn't understand or appreciate the gravity of.

I am here to tell you, which no other outlet will tell you, your tax dollars are being abused and assaulted by a ruling elite that think your tax dollars are their personal bank account. They seem to be so arrogant that, while they could easily afford the extra tax costs of being annexed into the City, they requested to have these extra taxes exempted. This is pure greed, and nothing less. Add to that the fact that it is suspected that many of these landowners were the ones crying to BE annexed last year, and it becomes evident that they want their cake and eat it to. On your dime. (It is not evident as to exactly which landowners requested to be annexed, as the City deems this to be "confidential information")

Then, add to the fact that Former Mayor Pat Fiacco was key in orchestrating the development of lands that were never intended to be developed for a variety of reasons, that conveniently lead right to his lands and those of close relatives, business partners and others, and you can see why I have been harping so much on Mr. Fiacco and his illegal activities as Mayor and beyond. In Ontario, there is a Mayor in the courts for fraud over a $1,700 bill for his kid's wedding. Here in Regina, we have a former mayor that stands to gain millions off the backs of hardworking taxpayers, and the media, the Regina Police Service and others deliberately ignore it, in the hopes that no one will catch on.

We live in a pretty disgusting environment where this kind of activity can go on underneath our very noses, and yet, the media plays dumb and wants taxpayers to do their work for them and bring them the stories.

I should note that - I am perfectly fine with tax exemptions for innocent landowners that were annexed against their will, who legitimately cannot afford the tax rates of the City of Regina.


Friday, 16 May 2014


Happy May Long Weekend Regina!!

After a devastating fire last month, a good friend, Ryley Balon, lost virtually everything to fire, smoke and water damage. As if that weren't bad enough, he was already struggling to make ends meet living in our less-than-ideal Social Services system, and battling daily between having to pay for food or rent. I won't get into all the details here, but suffice it to say, our Social Services system is severely broken in that it is not possible for anyone to pay basic rent in today's inflated market, even with the "rental supplement" that the Government of Saskatchewan provides. Ryley has had to struggle each month just to figure out if he should take money out of his (very limited) food allowance to pay for the rental shortfall, or find other ways to pay for that rental difference. This is something that no one should ever have to deal with, no matter what their situation in life.

We here at the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group refuse to stand idly by while we witness such injustices happening in our own backyard. As such, we are proud to announce our FIRST EVER STEAK NIGHT FUNDRAISER to help out those in need of a hand up in our society. We firmly believe in helping those that are simply not able to help themselves due to the many shortfalls of our government programs. This will be the first of many such fundraisers, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to those impacted by these tragic situations. We have also been blessed to have been provided with $25 Gift Cards and 20% off future dining Gift Cards as door prizes, and will also be holding a silent auction. All proceeds from this particular fundraiser will be provided directly to Ryley in order to allow him to get back on his feet, providing much needed clothing, furniture, food and more. This is one of many ways that we plan on giving back to our community with absolutely no expectation of anything more than a "thank you" by those that we can help out. If the event does very well, perhaps Ryley can finally stop having to decide between food and rent - month after month.

As a personal touch, I will hand deliver the steak night tickets to you, if you live in the Regina area. 
Tickets are $25 each and will be held Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Bocado's in Regina. Tickets are going fast!
Please email for payment details.

We will also have door prizes and a Silent Auction on site. If you cannot attend , but still want to help out, please consider buying two tickets and donating them for others that may not otherwise be able to attend. If you are looking for an evening out, and cannot afford this, please send us your contact information, and we will add you to the list of potential donated ticket recipients. 

We have already received tremendous response, so please act fast as tickets are limited!

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Broken Social Services System Failing Our Children

Good afternoon Regina!!

It is because of rare situations like the tragedy at the Cornwall Centre two weeks ago that we get to catch a glimpse into the potential future of those that are destroyed by our less than ideal Social Services system in Saskatchewan.

I truly do feel for the families of the victims, but I feel even more for those that are tossed around in our system because our fucking government has nothing better to do with their time (and our money) than to pad their own fucking pocket books and those of their developer-friendly cohorts.

I sincerely APPLAUD the amazing folks out there, like our good friends (names withheld for their right to privacy), for doing their part in helping provide a better life for children stuck in this severely broken system.

It is amazing and rare that you get guardian angels like these people, that take the time to care for a child at any cost. They open their hearts, their home and their wallets to an amazingly gifted child who was born to an individual who has their own problems to deal with (not going to name specifics due to privacy). Our great friends spent the first few years of this child's life being the only parents that he knows. In my opinion, they rightfully deserve to be able to adopt him into their lives to be a permanent part of the family that he has known, and loves dearly, since only a few months old. Unfortuntely, solely because our great friends are of "non-aboriginal" descent, the aboriginal community has first rights to this child. No matter how long our great friends actually parent him, care for him, and love him unconditionally, they get the short end of the stick, as does their amazing blessing from God.

Our Social Services system is severely broken. 

There are only two ways to fix it. Either DEMAND BETTER from Premier Brad Wall or Elect another party in 2016.  
Enough is enough!! 

UPDATE: This came across my Facebook feed late this afternoon. Another sad example of our severely broken Social Services program. MANY THANKS TO SPENCE BERGEN for stepping up and helping out where our system failed.

Monday, 28 April 2014

WANTS versus NEEDS: You decide!

Good evening Regina!!

Two weeks ago Tuesday, I sent the following email to every member of the Regina City Council, Senior City Administration, the Ministry of Government Relations, my local MLA, the Premier, CUPE, the Media, and some amazing supporters and past acquaintances of myself and the efforts of those behind the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group. To date, not a single member has replied to this enquiry, even though they have assured the general public that they take every concern very seriously and want to make every effort to ensure that our crumbling infrastructure is taken care of long before the wants and desires of the few elite members of our great communities. (AKA The #yqrmafia)

This is evidence that there is absolutely no desire, on behalf of these politicians anyways, to actually proactively address our alleged $2 Billion infrastructure deficit

The only thing that these individuals seem to care about is finding ways to exploit the needs of many in order to further their own distorted view of "capitalism" (which is actually Fascism). It is very easy to simply state that we have a massive infrastructure deficit. But it is far more difficult (for them anyways) to put (our) money where (their) respective mouths are and pony up when push comes to shove. As the saying goes, ACTIONS speak far louder than WORDS.

We must all ask ourselves - what do our City Council, City Administration, and Provincial leaders believe are more important to our province and our communities? Pet projects such as "Pat's Patio" ($14-24 MILLION City Square Plaza project developed on the backs of hard working taxpayers, effectively destroying any sense of community that the Regina Downtown may have had, also destroying the traffic flow and parking situation in Downtown Regina), "Mosaic 2.0" ($278M+ completely unnecessary, duplicate stadium project - awarded to PCL Construction, major contributors to Mayor Fougere's mayoral bid, and Premier Wall's Saskatchewan Party), and "P3" projects such as the WWTP upgrades ($230M+ - the "P3" however seems to stand more for Public (dollars) for Private Profit). Or desperately needed expenditures, like true infrastructure upgrades, fixing our crumbling roads, addressing the exhorbitant pension deficits and fiscally-responsible management of our municipal and provincial debt load, to name but a few.

It is clearly evident, Saskatchewan, that our politicians are waiting for the public pressure to be put on them, to demand their focus be on the needs of many, rather than the wants of just a few.

Good afternoon members of City Council and Senior City Administration,

Thank you once again for taking the time to reconsider the projects that are currently proposed under the Local Improvement Program. As a very concerned taxpayer, and a representative of the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group, it brings me great pleasure to provide recommendations of viable alternatives to address our crumbling infrastructure deficit, which by your own accounts, is in the area of $2 BILLION. While I appreciate you each might have your own opinion on HOW we got to the point we are now or who is responsible for funding it, the fact of the matter is we are here. And, as such, we need to work together AS A CITY to find ways to address this ever-growing problem.

As I've made very clear in my delegations on this matter, the Local Improvement Act, 1993, is entirely optional in how it is implemented or applied, as well as what portion you choose to fund for each project that is deemed necessary under this program. While I disagree with your interpretation of what projects should be included under the Local Improvement Act, I agree that we have roads, sidewalks and other core infrastructure that are in desperate need of attention. Some of these needed repairs, by your own internal documents, are three to four decades past their useful life. To me, this is completely unacceptable, and to simply defer this to Administration to "come back with a report" is irresponsible and reprehensible. You owe it to the citizens of Regina to address the crumbling roads now. Not tomorrow, not next month, next year or 10 years from now. We will have to agree to disagree on what caused us to get into this situation, but the fact of the matter is you must ACT NOW.

To avoid a City-wide Tax Revolt, like the Business Tax Revolt of 1988, which is what you are sure to have on your hands soon enough, I would highly recommend going ahead with ALL PROJECTS that were recommended to you in the 2014 Local Improvement Program list, and also any others that were scheduled to be completed within the past 20 years that were postponed/stopped due to successful petition drives by residents. As I have stated, and your administration should be well aware of, the primary funding for these projects is intended to be through debt financing, as per the Act. Thus, there should be zero impact to the Operating Budget for 2014 or prior years.

We all recognize it "costs money" to fix these situations, but so does building a $278M stadium, a $25M City Square Plaza, a questionably-needed, privately-run $250M WWTP facility, or any other capital project that you have on your wish list. It is high time you demonstrate to taxpayers that you understand the difference between NEEDS and WANTS. We all WANT to have a flashy BMW or a fancy house, but we don't NEED them. We all NEED to have roof over our heads, especially in the dead of winter in Saskatchewan. We all WANT to have a car for our primary mode of transportation. But we NEED to have some form of primary transportation, such as a meaningful and useful Transit system.

I implore you, as a representative of many taxpayers who are too afraid to even speak to you, let alone come public with acknowledging they support me, in fear of being publicly reprimanded by the likes of some on Council and those that operate the ridiculous Twitter parody accounts. Do what you know is RIGHT. Don't do it because you're afraid of not being re-elected in 2016, do it because you know this is what taxpayers want. For you to plead ignorance to the wants and desires of Taxpayers is not acceptable any longer. If you spent the time doing your public research, like I have, and speaking directly to those impacted by these situations, and not just those who you choose to speak to, then perhaps you would be fully aware that the majority of taxpayers DO NOT want to pay extra money for these desperately needed road and sidewalk repairs. They DO WANT the work to still get done, however. I know you might run the risk of getting sued by those that have had to pay for the 65 projects since 2000, but so be it. If that is your fear, might I suggest finding a way to refund those taxpayers proactively, preventing the need for good-hearted citizens to take the time and money to pursue you legally.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter, and I trust that at least one of you will take the time to respond to genuine Taxpayer concerns - regardless of your personal viewpoints on myself as a person.

Best Regards,

Chad A. Novak, CMA
Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group

Saturday, 26 April 2014

TFW Part One: Is Saskatchewan's "Boom" about to Bust?

Good afternoon Regina!!

I have long maintained that Saskatchewan's "boom" is one that has been artificially manufactured, due to the deliberate abuse and misuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program. I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to the CBC Go Public Team for bringing this issue to the national spotlight.

First off, I truly commend the Federal Government for initiating the TFW program years ago, in an attempt to truly help with the need in certain labour markets for immediate "temporary" essential help, which could be found nowhere else. This helped many businesses in a time of desperation, in order to allow them to continue operations without much of a hiccup.

But, then, some greedy fascist corporate giants (some like to think of them as capitalists, but they are far from that) found out just how amazing this program can be, and how it could be manipulated in a manner that one could only dream of.  
Wise Words from the late, great Mr. Tommy Douglas:

The Temporary Foreign Workers program allowed employers to basically get a non-stop stream of dedicated, hard working staff, at a very minimal cost to their bottom line, while being allowed to virtually enslave these workers for a minimum of two years, with little to no complaining from the workers. This allowed the employers to basically have paid slaves that couldn't talk back, couldn't question authority, or dare to speak out about the working conditions, because if they did, well, they'd be threatened to be "shipped back" home.

Add to that, the fact that the workers were being promised a life that they could only dream of back home, typically the Phillipines, with a fraction of the work hours of back home, and a wage (even at near minimum wage) that was light years ahead of what they could get at home. They were promised the opportunity to travel back home to visit family, and send as much money back home as they'd like. After two years of being enslaved to whatever corporation brought them over, they were then "allowed" to do whatever they wanted, as long as they were granted permanent resident status. They would also then be allowed to move their family to Canada, as they chose. It should be noted that their employment was also tied to the province of original employment, and if they chose to pursue other employment in other provinces during that time, employers made it very difficult to do so. After the two years, however, the TFW's were free to move to anywhere in Canada they chose.
This is a key factor when considering how this impacts Saskatchewan and it's "booming" population.

What everyone needs to keep in mind is that many of these Temporary Foreign Workers in the hospitatlity sector are college graduates, often highly skilled and highly qualified for some other much-needed professions here in Canada. Did the government put them into those professions? Of course not. They gave them the "menial" jobs that no one else would do for the measly $10-12/hour that the corporations were willing to pay. This was not a matter of an actual labour shortage, but more of a shortage of reasonably paid positions offered by employers. Add to that, the fact that many employers received Wage Subsidies from the Government of Saskatchewan to employ these Temporary Foreign Workers, and the already "cheap" labour was even cheaper than you could get Canadians to work for, even at minimum wage. And, contrary to the CFIB's claims that there were no subsidies provided, I personally know for a fact there were, as I was employed in the hospitality industry and I was the person handling the wage subsidy payments as they came in. It is possible these subsidies have since been removed, but that is highly unlikely given the continued intensity of the TFW program within Saskatchewan.

When considering boycotting any businesses, please, please keep this in mind:

Stay Tuned for Part Two! 
I will speak to how this may have a severe impact to Saskatchewan's "boom" and how it pertains directly to the next Provincial Election.