VIA Train from Melville to Winnipeg

VIA is advertising a $15 child fare. That’s for kids under 12 years of age.

Still, it’s $516.60 to go to Winnipeg for four days with the family of four, from Melville, SK (the closest train station to Regina). We’d have to rent or borrow a car to get there. They promise nothing regarding the departure time (or the arrival time).

I’d have to leave on days the train goes through, not days desired by work schedules.

Renting a car to go from Regina to Winnipeg can cost as little as $17/day, plus gas. Obviously the hour long drive to Melville would be better directed to Winnipeg which is only 5 hours away, and people skip the train option altogether.

It’s remained disappointing that the Liberal government has done nothing to make train travel less of a joke in our country. Now, we can’t even take a bus to Winnipeg.

WestJet flights for the same days as the VIA trip outlined above are $2,348.84. That includes: Air Travellers Security Charge (ATSC) $57.00 & an Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) of $180.00. Selecting a seat sale in September, that can be as low as $1,122.44.

 

CBC, Change the Debate

CBC has a history of providing a substandard democracy experience for its owners, the Canadian public. Over a decade ago I organized a Regina protest in front of CBC Saskatchewan to object to the broadcasting corporation’s exclusion of Elizabeth May from the leaders debate. Years later she managed to win a seat anyway, and now the Greens are polling nationally about even with the NDP. Excluding her was obviously a partisan choice by the public broadcaster.

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CBC security hassling a protestor to ‘not block the entrance’, during the opening prayer.

Yesterday, people across Canada gathered, including in Regina, to protest CBC’s lack of interest in hosting a Leaders Debate on the climate emergency that Parliament has declared. Several parties have a plan for a Green New Deal, and the public would benefit from hearing a structured debate from the leaders of those parties explain how they envision the Canadian economy will change to meet the pressing need the world is feeling to meet this crisis.

 

You might also want to read these from the past of media corruption.

It’s clear the CBC is willing to put more effort into sensationalizing a murder investigation, than into the most life threatening political issue of our time.

SaskParty Opposes Low Cost, Healthy Transportation

I had no respect for the SaskPotty before this, and it sure as hell isn’t getting any now. They’re toxic and are actively opposing zero emission vehicles now.

British Political Humour Getting Their Own Trump-basketcase

“We’d be better off picking someone at random and giving them keys to No 10” – John Crace

For Canadians unfamiliar, that’s the British PM’s residence in London.

Caption: “Which candidate was shit, but not shit enough to make a difference?” That’s what it’s like to pick a Conservative in Canada too.

“And it looks like we’re getting our own, small-pond version of [Trump] inside of a fortnight. If only alleged strongman Boris Johnson had found some way of taking care of his shit. Instead, we’ll be picking up the tab. Still, I’m sure every Briton will be honoured by the chance to play their small part in the larger story of this one defective, arrogant man. Or, to put it in classical terms we can all understand, the guy who really puts the anus into Coriolanus.”

I had to look it up:

“Coriolanus is the name given to a Roman general after his military success against various uprisings challenging the government of Rome. Following this success, Coriolanus becomes active in politics and seeks political leadership. His temperament is unsuited for popular leadership and he is quickly deposed, whereupon he aligns himself to set matters straight according to his own will. The alliances he forges along the way result in his ultimate downfall.”

Greens Hire a Political Strategist Some Don’t Like

I don’t much care for his strategy most of the time, but the Greens can’t keep doing the same thing when the other parties are playing to run out the clock. We’ve less than eleven years left to maybe, hopefully have enough time to get emissions to a point where we’ll survive the first half of this century. If a punk rocking blogger with a mean streak is able to help the Greens break-through, then good enough.

Conservatives Make Asthma Great Again

Canadian Cons desperately want to have MAGA as a campaign slogan because it worked so well for the President. That’s why they want to Make Asthma Great Again, and remove fuel standards. Put lead back into the gas, we need more stupid people from brain damage.

If you know anyone who thinks Scheer is an acceptable human being, you really need to question their judgement. He’s okay with making it harder for kids to breathe in Canada.

Greyhound Sucks

And the feckless politicians who haven’t replaced Greyhound are sucking too.

“About $13.5 billion a year of general taxpayer funds go to maintaining our road network, and without affordable bus routes or rail alternatives, this amounts to a handsome kickback for car owners.”

“If we assume the costs for a national system would be roughly proportional, it would run us around $550 million a year. Not nothing, but pretty paltry in comparison to that $13.5 billion to maintain our road network.”