Monday, July 6
Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee (12:15 pm): Considered a proposed expansion to St Paul's Anglican Cathedral which could have been a travesty (such as with every church in Canada that received a cankerous concrete outbuilding in the 50s and 60s) but judging by what's written in the report and by the artist renderings that go along with it, it looks like the new part will be executed in the Gothic Revival style of the rest of the building. Looks like an attractive and respectful renovation. Yay! The committee also received and filed a report with regards to the restoration of the Albert Street Bridge which is underway right now.
Wednesday, July 8
Regina Planning Commission (4 pm): Considering a proposal for a funeral home and chapel on the 500-block of Victoria Avenue and also going over a list of street and park names recommended by the Civic Naming Committee. Okay... now I swore to myself that seeing as there isn't anything really contentious on the agenda this week that I wouldn't be all snarky. I'm worried that I might be getting a reputation as a crank. But, come on... fifteen street names starting with the word "Green"?! Three more ending with the same word! Seriously? This all comes at the request of the developer behind the Greens on Gardiner (get it?) development slated for Regina's east end. Have these people never gone down to Wascana View where every street starts with the word Wascana and tried to find their way to a dinner party with nothing but an address? It's disorienting and silly. Call me crazy, but you don't build community cohesion by giving streets cutesy names that all fit a theme or sound alike. You get that by naming them after people and things that are important to a community. Speaking of which, as reported on the CBC and subsequently aggregated by Whitworth in his Six in the Morning, the Civic Naming Committee also recommended names of prominent members of Regina's creative community. It's a good list which I'll cut from the CBC site and paste below:
- Joe Fafard, visual artist
- Connie Kaldor, folk musician
- Doris Knight, opera company founder
- Howard Leyton-Brown, former conductor for the Regina Symphony Orchestra
- Alison Lohans, writer
- Tim Lilburn, poet
- Jeannie Mah, ceramic artist
- Wilf Perrault, visual artist
- Dave Margoshes, writer
- Ken Mitchell, writer
Anyway... as always you can download full meeting agendas and reports on the city's website.