What To See in Saskatchewan

Here’s a great video of some of the great things to see while looking around Saskatchewan. I’ve lived here nearly all my life, and I still haven’t seen it all yet. I love the Dark Sky Preserve at Grasslands National Park, and if you like taking photos at night, you have to try it.

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EV Charging in Regina

This blog post is a 7 month update to my earlier summary of the status of EV charging in Regina.

Most EV owners charge at home, where they park for the night.

Better EV drivers charge where their shared car is parked, at a car sharing parking spot. None exist yet in Saskatchewan, but Saskatoon Car Share Co-op is actively working on providing that.

Ottawa has been talking about improving EV infrastructure for Canadians, but so far Saskatchewan isn’t part of that conversation with the feds. While private businesses have done a great deal with help from Sun Country Highways to build up Level 2 charging in many Canadian communities, the more rapid Level 3 chargers are out of reach for the average Canadian outside of BC, Quebec, or southern Ontario. The City of Regina has been unhelpful also, and the Province of Saskatchewan directed SGI to end a low-emissions vehicle rebate years ago. Former Minister McMillian now is the President of the Canadian Ass. of Petrol’ Producers. No conflict there, eh?

That’s right, Shell is beating the Canadian government on installing Level 3 chargers, albeit in the UK. Will Shell in Canada beat the EV-lovin’ Environment and Climate Change Minister on the mission to electrify Canada’s highway network?

P.S. Our Leaf cannot make use of Level 3 charging; we got it without one installed. Why bother, when there are 0 available in Saskatchewan? It charges on Level 1 at the house, or Level 2 at Peavey Mart or Winmar if going out of town. Thanks Sun Country Highway!

Twitter Suspended Victim

Some days (most days) Twitter really sucks at limiting abuse, and supporting victims of the same.

TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY #whywomendontreport

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And closer to home, a long time blogging and Twitter friend has been in the news, but I missed it. She was sexually assaulted by another well known figure in the Saskatchewan Twitter & political sphere. She was then questioned inappropriately by Saskatoon Police about the assault.

#CrudePower The Price of Oil tonight at #UofR

Yet then-economy minister Bill Boyd’s ministry made no mention of Bunz’s death, and documents obtained by journalists through freedom of information requests and other sources show repeated “failures in performance by oil and gas companies, including serious infractions, failed safety audits, daily H2S readings beyond provincial air quality standards.”

This, from a government highlighting all OH&S violations weekly? This, from a government from which the lone and most important news release Tuesday was about a Saskatoon moose-poaching case?

After the Toronto Star-led investigation Monday, there was no public news release or ministerial press conference.

What A Week

A week ago my Dad passed away from complications due to his cancer treatments. I last saw him in person 3 weeks ago on Labour Day Sunday, and he seemed to be doing about as well as anyone who has been through months of chemotherapy. Earlier in the week my Godmother, Betty Klein, also passed away from cancer. Prior to that, my friend Dawn lost her husband to cancer too.

Then I had to move some furniture around in my condo. All this after a thousand kilometers of driving in the past few days. A couple muted birthday celebrations in the middle of that too. I did enjoy seeing my extended family, although many noted we all wished it was under happier circumstances. We’re getting to the older side of life where more often we all meet during a funeral than a wedding or holiday.

Solar Eclipse from Regina, SK

The eclipse today was visible from Regina, but not the totality available to Americans in many states.

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017
My new Canon SX540 HS did a good job with a pair of solar eclipse filter glasses taped over the lens. The sunspot chain was very sharp and visible at 200X digital zoom, 80ISO.

I made a projector that worked well:

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

ADDED: Here’s 2012’s annular eclipse in Regina.

Nazis Ruling News Cycle In USA

The “loons” on the right wing really stuck their foot in their mouths this week, so better balance things out so they don’t seem so violent and crazy by bringing up some possibly comparable event from years ago on the left wing. Main stream media continually proves it’s unwilling to be a reasonable adjudicator of the truth. Simply condemn the violent and idiotic rhetoric of the Conservatives, and if you need context, please find a better analogy.

That was my response to the Leader-Post’s Columnist Murray Mandryk’s “Left or right, wingnuts unwelcome” #BothSides column last year. I saw it as a tepid defense of Rebel and Conservative Party wingnuts, by saying “What About” the radical left wing?

His comments on Twitter in the past days have been far more blunt as it’s become mainstream to call The Rebel out for its naked hatred.