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What Regina’s mayoral candidates are promising for recreation facilities

Some of Regina’s mayoral candidates are promising to spend big on leisure and recreation ahead of Monday’s municipal election.



a group of people swimming in a pool: People swim at the Lawson Aquatic Centre.


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People swim at the Lawson Aquatic Centre.

Sandra Masters dove in first, announcing on Oct. 28 a detailed commitment and financial plan for a new $85-million aquatic facility, to eventually replace the Lawson Aquatic Centre, in central Regina.

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“If you’re going to be a city that attracts people and jobs, you have to provide some of these services that all other kind of competing cities are doing,” Masters said Thursday.

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The proposal, which is fully detailed on her website, cites recommendations and priorities listed in the City of Regina’s Recreation Master Plan from January 2019.

Nine years earlier, the 2010 Recreation Facility Master Plan recommended that a “centrally located, city-wide indoor facility be provided to serve both leisure and competitive aquatic needs with complementary fitness amenities.”

“It’s going to take at least four years to complete a project like this. To not plan now means, ‘let’s just keep pushing it down the road.’ That’s not an option to me. The economy needs to be stimulated now,” Masters said.

Candidate Darren Bradley said adding and improving recreational facilities is “definitely a priority” if elected mayor.

“Our city has some of the top recreational programs in Canada, but we need to expand to be more competitive and draw people to Regina,” Bradley said, adding right now the city doesn’t have the facilities.

“All of these ideas are geared towards increasing tourism, increasing revenue for our hotel and restaurant industry, making Reginans proud to host such events, and making our city one of the top destinations in Saskatchewan, let alone Canada.”

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On Thursday, candidate Jerry Flegel held a mayoral campaign announcement to finalize the rest of his platform at Fairchild Park in Regina’s Harbour Landing.

The three-term Ward 10 city councillor said that council often talked about “complete neighbourhoods.”

“Without a recreational facility, swimming pool, exercise room, community centre room, all these different types of things — Harbour Landing is one of the areas that is missing this,” he said, noting the facility would be akin to the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre.

“Those are the types of hubs these types of communities want. We can go to centralized, we can do all kinds of things, but at the end of the day people want community, they want this.”

Flegel noted that the City of Regina has to keep up with recreation and facility improvements “not just for the city, but for certain areas.”

Read more: ‘Desperately needed’: New school in Harbour Landing will address student overcrowding

Candidate Jim Elliott said he doesn’t have any plans for big-budget recreational spending that isn’t already outlined in the master plan.

He noted that the plan showed an appetite for non-organized recreation — walking, jogging and cycling spaces — but added

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Some of Regina’s mayoral candidates are promising to spend big on leisure and recreation ahead of Monday’s municipal election.

Sandra Masters dove in first, announcing on Oct. 28 a detailed commitment and financial plan for a new $85-million aquatic facility, to eventually replace the Lawson Aquatic Centre, in central Regina.

“If you’re going to be a city that attracts people and jobs, you have to provide some of these services that all other kind of competing cities are doing,” Masters said Thursday.

Read more:
Regina municipal election: Mayoral candidates

The proposal, which is fully detailed on her website, cites recommendations and priorities listed in the City of Regina’s Recreation Master Plan from January 2019.

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Nine years earlier, the 2010 Recreation Facility Master Plan recommended that a “centrally located, city-wide indoor facility be provided to serve both leisure and competitive aquatic needs with complementary fitness amenities.”

“It’s going to take at least four years to complete a project like this. To not plan now means, ‘let’s just keep pushing it down the road.’ That’s not an option to me. The economy needs to be stimulated now,” Masters said.

Candidate Darren Bradley said adding and improving recreational facilities is “definitely a priority” if elected mayor.

“Our city has some of the top recreational programs in Canada, but we need to expand to be more competitive and draw people to Regina,” Bradley said, adding right now the city doesn’t have the facilities.

“All of these ideas are geared towards increasing tourism, increasing revenue for our hotel and restaurant industry, making Reginans proud to host such events, and making our city one of the top destinations in Saskatchewan, let alone Canada.”

Read more:
What Regina mayoral candidates have planned for Ring Road rail lines

On Thursday, candidate Jerry Flegel held a mayoral campaign announcement to finalize the rest of his platform at Fairchild Park in Regina’s Harbour Landing.

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The three-term Ward 10 city councillor said that council often talked about “complete neighbourhoods.”

“Without a recreational facility, swimming pool, exercise room, community centre room, all these different types of things — Harbour Landing is one of the areas that is missing this,” he said, noting the facility would be akin to the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre.

“Those are the types of hubs these types of communities want. We can go to centralized, we can do all kinds of things, but at the end of the day people want community, they want this.”

Flegel noted that the City of Regina has to keep up with recreation and facility improvements “not just for the city, but for certain areas.”

Read more:
‘Desperately needed’: New school in Harbour Landing will address student overcrowding

Candidate Jim Elliott said he doesn’t have any plans for big-budget recreational spending that

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Light Sails Will Unlock Interstellar Travel. This One Is the Most Promising Yet.

From Popular Mechanics

A new “light sail” concept for spaceflight has passed a microgravity test with … flying colors, researchers say. This is the latest in a growing pile of promising research, including the endorsement of pop-culture science dad Bill Nye and the Planetary Institute.

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In a new paper, researchers propose and present testing of a concept for an “atomically-thin” graphene light sail—as in just one atom thick. Then it’s attached to the thinnest substrate ever, making for an overall design with a low enough mass to feasibly travel in space.

The thinness is key. The researchers explain:

“In order to best harness radiation pressure, light sails need to be highly reflective, lightweight and mechanically robust. This is traditionally achieved by the use of nanometer-thin reflective layers supported by a micrometer-thick substrate that endows them with the necessary sturdiness. This combination usually results in a sail mass that is too high to be efficiently used for extrasolar exploration.”

The graphene sail is tiny for now, because graphene is intensive to make and would need to be scaled up a great deal in a prototype. Universe Today explains the experiment:

“Right now, we can only manufacture small sheets of graphene, so the team constructed a miniature light sail only 3mm across and with a mass of less than 250 micrograms. The team then placed their little sail in a microgravity chamber and illuminated it with lasers ranging in power from 0.1 W to 1 W. The sail gained an acceleration ten times larger than it could have gained just by radiating heat.”

Photo credit: ESA
Photo credit: ESA

So this new graphene sail is critically lightweight, but that’s not the “light” in the name. Light sails for spaceflight travel by beams of light, meaning the gentle, but steady bombardment of photons from the sun and other stars. (There is a sun phenomenon called solar wind, but this isn’t the same thing.)

Since these particles are light, they’re traveling at the speed of light. A sail with a low-enough mass could harness this energy, something that proponents of the technology say means it’s the only way people could travel between planets in our collective lifetime.

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SpaceX has cooperated with previous Planetary Society experiments, including successful use in space. But mass has always been the key factor in these designs and tests. A sail with no people or cargo can go a long way, and even electronics to pilot them don’t weigh very much. Satellites can operate with just a few dozen grams of mass, even ones that do real tasks in space.

But uncrewed missions don’t mean anything if a technology can’t carry payloads. Even if there were no plans to send people into space, ISS and even NASA’s tuned 747 carry scientific experiments. Taking photographs, sending and receiving messages, and making measurements using sensors all

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