Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Moe Problem

What the dickens is wrong with Saskatchewan’s prominent political Moe family? It was less than 3 months ago that his truck was impounded in British Columbia where his son drove it so badly. Decades before then, Scott Moe killed Joanne Balog with his truck by not stopping it at a stop sign. Moe says he regrets one day, that day. I guess he doesn’t regret the other 2 days he was driving drunk, even though he might consider them among his “lot of mistakes”.

“Moe calls situation around impounded truck a ‘personal matter'”
leaderpost com/news/saskatchewan/moe-again-calls-situation-around-impounded-truck-a-personal-matter

“Premier Scott Moe said this was a time he was called to support family and friends”

How does he support his family:

He pardons them from minor traffic violations that mimic his own violation that cost a life.

Plague Update: Drugs and Tests

Are the Rapid A Tests much good for making social plans? Not definitively. Cases are going undetected by tests in many cases, giving false negatives that result in infectious people feeling confident to mingle with uninfected people.

The leading anti-viral drug, Paxlovid, is being tested for use to fight symptoms of longcovid.

It remains difficult in Canadian provinces and elsewhere in the world to obtain Paxlovid by prescription.

Weeks ago there were rising COVID cases in Saskatchewan while China was extending severe lockdowns to try to wipe out the virus there. The Saskatchewan Government continues to limit information given to the public, and intends to slash it 4 times further, to monthly updates at best. This leaves people in the dark about the true danger, encouraging them to let down their guard. This will likely generate new variants, and non-stop exposure risk, given the previous waves of the pandemic.

BESS Battery project at Regina by SaskPower

Back in February I asked SaskPower how this project was going.

Our Progress So Far

In Fall of 2020, we engaged with neighbouring communities to discuss the proposed BESS plans. We’re now moving to the next phase of the project including project design and procurement. Other milestones include:

  • Infrastructure Canada conditional funding received: early 2021
  • Procure technology: mid 2021
  • Construction: late 2021
  • Energization: end of 2022

They replied today noting my email to their public enquiries address had been caught in their spam filter.

They’ve since updated the page as it’s behind schedule, but construction is now intended to begin this season.

Updated for 2022: Civic Hatchback vs LEAF Hatchback

In 2019 I wrote a guide for people to help them decide which vehicle type saved them more money: an affordable used EV with a solar panel grid-tied system, or a used automatic Honda Civic hatchback with similar features. Here’s an update with some more recent figures given that the costs have changed over the years depending on factors like technological improvements, and supply chain shortages.

Now a used 2019 Civic hatchback is priced at $28,990. The base trim includes features like a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 5-inch display screen, and a USB port.” $35,715 is for a 2022 Civic Sport CVT hatchback at Regina Honda as I write this.

My used Nissan LEAF 2014 (bought 5 years ago), with the same technology features listed above plus rear heated seats, and heated steering wheel (handy in Winter): $15,500. At my old place, I had 8 solar panels which cost $8,400 installed. Together that’s $23,900. Today if you bought a 2015 LEAF on Autotrader it would be $18,000. Assuming a $10,000 solar panel array installed, that’s $28,000.

Now, I’m no financial genius, but a solar powered hatchback that costs $990 less than a new gas burning hatchback that also needs 2 oil changes a year, seems like a better idea.

Doubting sorts might question, can a $10,000, 2.5kW solar array really power a Nissan LEAF. That’s a great question! The answer is complicated. The short answer is yes!

Using a Bluetooth OBDII car-computer reading gizmo to read the LEAF’s battery status with my phone and the app Leaf Spy Lite, it reveals the car’s battery has 20kWh of capacity, down from its brand new 24kWh selling point.

Using the Solar Edge website, I was able to determine that my solar array in March would typically produce more than 10kWh per day. That electricity is instantly used in the house, the EV if plugged in to charge, and the excess goes into the grid. The power company, SaskPower, no longer provides a 1-for-1 credit for the electricity provided vs. taken from their grid in a set year. In 2019 SaskPower ended Net Metering and started Net Billing. There’s now a 0.5-for-1 credit instead. It is still economical to get solar to offset an EV use. You’re not paying for gas, and can include the expense of the solar array in your vehicle’s operating budget.

My household tends to charge our LEAF to 100% overnight on the the Level 2 fast charger, and use it to about 50% capacity during the following day. That means it needs ~10kWh put back into it at night.  Astute readers will note that’s about how much power the 2.5kW solar array produces during the day. The LEAF doesn’t need gasoline, or oil changes. You can “fill” it at home on a regular wall plug, or a more convenient Level 2 charger.

Why are people still buying new Civics as a town car? If they routinely travel more than 100km in the city in a day, or 70km at top highway speeds, the Civic might be more appealing, but it’s obviously more expensive and harder on your lungs and our planet’s living systems.

Now, if you want to save even more money, and save more creatures, I have another tip for you:

Buy an ebike or etrike instead of an EV, if you’re using it for in-town travel. Your cost to recharge an ebike is about 2 cents. That’s not a typo, it’s really only two cents to charge an ebike battery to travel up to 50km. And they’re more fun than any car.

Plague Update: Shahab Predicts COVID Will Wane by March 2022

The depravity of Shahab and Moe is really laid bare, as Canada enters the 2nd Omicron wave in no small part to the removal of public health measures. They shamefully led the way with reducing public health.

2 months later, the reality that Omicron isn’t going away soon is sinking in.

A month back:

Meanwhile the Speaker has COVID and spread it around at a SUMA dinner with urban municipal lawmakers from all over Saskatchewan:

SaskPower: A Job Half Done

…is as good as none.

If you’re impressed by SaskPower’s objective to reduce emissions by only half, by 2030, you’re setting the bar way too low. A big reason Saskatchewan is among the world’s worst per-capita polluters is because our electricity is a large lignite coal and fossil/natural gas component. The electricity utility crown corp has been testing solar since at least Y2K when it installed panels on the Sask. Science Centre, yet 22 years later it still has drivel like this on its website:

The federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault says the latest IPCC report from the UN is “sobering”, and fossil fuel companies “cannot do business as usual”, but SaskPower is sticking with its goal from half a decade ago, while it’s actually lost ground on its aim to be 50% renewable, and only “40% less emitting by 2030”. Despite putting a new 200MW wind farm online near Assiniboia, and adding a little 10MW utility solar to the mix soon, it’s added or is adding over 700MW of fossil fuel generating power since 2019.

““Right now, SaskPower is on track to reduce our carbon emissions more than 50 per cent below our 2005 levels by 2030 and we’re looking to get to net-zero emissions by 2050,” Joel Cherry, spokesperson for SaskPower said in an interview Monday.”

I don’t see how that is possible to claim given the numbers I’m seeing. This is not a sprint you want to leave 90% of the work to the last 10 metres.

Yet here’s their homepage claim:

“Renewable Power

IN SASKATCHEWAN

We’re on our way to reducing our emissions by half.
Find out how we’re getting there and the projects underway.”

Plague Update: Emergency Of Convenience

Inexplicably, after ending public health orders to protect people during the ongoing pandemic, the Saskatchewan Government extended the state of emergency enacted 2 years ago to deal with the pandemic. So why this clear case of hypocrisy? It’s not a change of heart.

It’s so the Gov’t can union bust. Now it makes sense.

Of course it’s all the more hilariously hypocritical as Moe’s party in Ottawa harps on the use of the Emergency Act to quell the insurrection occupations. And Trudeau ended the use of the Act yesterday.

Grew Up Stopping

Growing up in Saskatchewan, prior to cell phones, it was common to encounter a car at the side of the road, and you’d slow and stop to check they were okay. They might not see another person pass by for hours, and could be in need of a rescue. We did save the lives of some elderly neighbours once who’d slipped into the ditch and couldn’t dig out and would have frozen if we’d not pulled their truck out and got them warmed up.

The other week I noticed this amazing story of a woman who used Facebook to send out an SOS, and people identified where she was and found a farmer able to come to her aid. The story gets more amazing:

Plague Update: Stupidity With Brain, Not Of Brain

I went to the protest of Scott Moe’s government at the Legislature today. Simultaneously down the blocked-off street there was a #FluTruxKlan protest by the anti-waxxers, and over by the lake a few people attending the skating rink for a Frost party.

I went up to the dwindling crowd about an hour after it started, and saw a guy in a Canadian-styled MAGA toque begin to debate with a pro-science protester. Two journalists from CBC Sask began to interview a couple from Saskatoon there to support the anti-waxxers. I went over to film along with CBC.

I think they had trouble explaining why this happened after the convoy arrived, but not prior to then.

After chatting, I wandered over to the other group remaining. A few objected to being on YouTube so I cut the filming. There was a couple of anti-waxxers, and 3 pro-science women, and another pro-science man there discussing the world.

After a discussion of maybe 20 minutes, the old woman asked one of the pro-science protesters to remove their mask to talk, supposedly because she couldn’t hear from less than 2m away, so I interjected that we’d feel more safe if the old woman was wearing a mask also. That set her and her husband off, and he started to mock the vaccines’ efficacy, and make up stats that we all supposedly believed about it.

Meanwhile in Vancouver this happened, while Toronto Police shut down an attempted blockade there.

Plague Update: Moe’s Precedent For Spreading Misinformation

It’s extremely NOT unprecedented for the feckless Premier of Saskatchewan to spread anti-science mumbo jumbo. He’s called the fossil fuel industry “sustainable“.

BONUS MOE MISINFO: