How About Them Cowboys?

Bloody red tape (figuratively and literally, unfortunately). (Dallas News)

Trek Of The Day

Star Trek opens Thursday, May 7th. In honour of this forthcoming nerdgasm, Dog Blog will post a classic Star Trek-themed YooToob video every day this week.

Let's get things started with a terrible tale of fear, darkness and William Shatner. Brace yourself, true believer, for the horrifying movie known only as...Incubus! "The only film shot entirely in the artificial language of Esperanto!"

Dwaaaaaain ....

Gee, if you were so far ahead of everybody else in the party that the NDP leadership campaign is a mere formality .... then what in the name of the wide, wide world of sports is this (CBC Saskatchewan)? Oh yeah, another case of an 'overzealous campaign worker' ... sure.

UPDATE: Yup. "It's the old overzealous campaign worker trick", as Agent 86 used to say. Sorry about that, Chief. (CBC Saskatchewan)

And Pat's Plan is...

He's going to run for Mayor again. (Leader-Post)
UPDATE: Here's an image of Pat Fiacco at today's press conference (artist's interpretation).
UPDATE2 : Where's his tan?!? It's vanished! Great moons of Jupiter! We'll have to see if we can't get that back on him at some point. Stay tuned.

On The Radio

Chip Kidd is on Q this a.m. For those unfamiliar, Kidd is maybe the most famous book designer in the world and everything he touches is terrific. Worth a listen for art fans. Here's the link to CBC radio; I'll put up links to the inteview when they become available.
UPDATE: Here's the link to Q's website. And the podcast of the whole episode is here. Kidd appears in the second segment.

This Week at City Hall

Monday, May 4
Regina Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee (12:15 pm): Considering proposed ground-floor alterations to the historic Leader Building (1853 Hamilton). This is all part of the rehabilitation and repurposing process currently underway. While the proposal isn’t for an exact recreation of the building’s original glory, it looks like a dramatic improvement over the wretched “restoration” work done in 1968. And say what you will, things could be worse. At least they’re not levelling the Leader Building to make way for more surface parking, nor are they going the way of Moose Jaw and getting heritage designations removed from buildings so they can be razed and replaced with a themed mall structure. (Leader Post)
Regina Appeal Board (5:30 pm)

Tuesday, May 5
Finance and Administration Committee (12:15 pm): Considering a maintenance and support contract for the city’s disk-based backup system.

Wednesday May 6
Executive Committee Meeting (11:45 pm): Considering a request from the RSO for $42,500 in municipal funding for the “Symphony Under the Sky” community outreach preformace. This would top up $65,500 in sponsorship the symphony has already secured. Also on the table are the administration’s recommendations for Special Event Funding. Highlights from this include $16,000 for an “I Heart Regina” film to be made in cooperation with the Filmpool Cooperative, $5,000 for the JazzFest, $5,000 for the Mayor’s Arts and Business Awards, $16,200 for the Regina Multicultural Council to provide transit services to Mosaic 2009, and only $12,500 for the RSO’s “Symphony Under the Sky.” Also considering the appointment of Jocelyn Bischoff to the Emergency Measures Coordinator position, an extension to seasonal taxicab licenses, the Harbor Landing Servicing Agreements, and a change to the Official Community Plan around development levies.
Paratransit Advisory Board (5:30 pm)

Six In The Morning

Special anger edition!

1. WILL PAT COME BACK? Regina mayor Pat Fiacco will announce his "plans for the future" this a.m. Prediction: he'll run for mayor again this fall. UPDATE: Carle Steel predicts he's going to announce a haircut. UPDATE 2: Paul Dechene wonders if the mayor's office, which already doesn't return his phone calls, has now taken to not sending us press releases about surprise morning news conferences. Good question! I didn't get a press release, but maybe there's one kicking around here somewhere. There probably is, because it would be freaking incompetent if the mayor's people didn't send press releases to Regina media outlets that regularly cover Regina politics. And I refuse to believe there could be possibly be incompetence at City Hall. (Leader-Post).

2. NDP LEADERSHIP TOMFOOLERY The provincial NDP is looking into possible shenanigans after people from the Meadow Lake constituency who don't want to be party members say memberships were bought for them. This morning CBC radio reported the campaign in question was Lingenfelter's. (Star Phoenix)

3. WE BROKE IT SO WE SHOULD GET TO FIX IT Freshly-decreed non-interim Liberal emperor Michael Ignatieff says he wants to fight the next federal election --which could come in June -- on E.I. reform. (Toronto Star)

4. YAY, KNOWLEGE-BASED ECONOMY A top Canadian scientist say's he's leaving the country thanks to Conservatives cuts to research funding. He studies AIDS. Yeah, that's not important or anything. (Globe And Mail)

5. SWINE FLU BLAH BLAH BLAH Mexico prepares to lower the alert. (New York Times)

6. SHINY NEWNESS Regina's Leader-Post-owned Community Sun had a surprise this weekend: a new glossy lifestyle magazine called Arriva (because, says the editor, "Regina has arrived"). But Steve, you ask, how much bullshit fluff content did they cram into the thing? Well, I'm actually going to read the article on Regina architect Bernie Flaman, which looks interesting. I'm less captivated by the slobbery feature on The Rooftop restaurant, which everyone I know who's been there describes as over-priced and underwhelming (although in fairness I'm hearing really great things about their cocktails.) Anyway, it's always good that Regina businesses too chickenshit or too unimaginative to advertise in prairie dog (16 years in business, well-established, interesting content more often than not, doesn't sell ads in exchange for bullshit positive articles) have another uncritical, barely interesting publication to throw their marketing money at. Did I mention it's shiny?