Jim Elliott

Bringing a New Voice to Regina

A Poll on What is the Most Important Issue in Regina

The City Council had a survey of Regina opinion done in February 2012 by Praxis Analytics. They refused to release it to the public until July 20, 2012, after the Memorandum of Understanding had been approved for the building of the new stadium. Same old, same old.

Here are the results:
A1. What is the single most important public issue facing Regina as a community?
Houses/Availability of lots/Affordable Housing – 30.4
Roads & sidewalks/Infrastructure/Downtown – 19.3

Taxes – 9.9
Crime/Police – 6.0
Managing Growth – 4.9
Hospitals/Healthcare – 3.4
Stadium – 3.2
Economy – 2.8
Poverty/Social Issues – 2.8

Parking/Rinks/Recreation Facilities – 2.6
Transit/Bus Service – 2.1
Traffic/Transportation – 1.8
Water/Sewer Service – 1.7
Environment/Recycling – 1.6
Schools/Education – 1.5
City Council/Mayor – 1.4
Employment Issues – 1.4
Others – 3.0


4 responses to “A Poll on What is the Most Important Issue in Regina

  1. S says:

    When you speak of affordable housing, are you taking into consideration affordable rent? Some people live alone and it is not an affordable house they are looking for. They are wanting to live respectfully in a place where they do not have to worry about upkeep and maintenance. There are a lot of people who have worked all their lives and now are living on fixed incomes who do NOT want to live in slum conditions just because they cannot afford the rent of a decent apartment. Will you be addressing this should you be elected?

  2. The definition of affordable housing was the City of Regina’s definition, not mine and it would likely include renting a home or apartment. Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation defines it as costing you less than 30% of your take home income. My sense from what I have seen from the City would be that they consider the rates of today are “affordable”. Most people are likely paying closer to 50% or more of their income or living in substandard housing.

    My goal as Mayor would be to first have more rental housing units built to stop the costs from going up, build even more so that prices will have to come down and to encourage or enforce landlords to maintain their properties. I would also look at some way of pooling our resources so that those living in their own homes can get their houses repaired cheaper than going it alone. I would have the province and federal government invest in more social housing.

  3. S says:

    So you would not consider rent control or passing some sort of bylaw were rent can not be raised in such large amounts every year? We need affordable living now, not down the road. Landlords are not maintaining property and why should they, people have no other place to go so they are free to rents as often and as much as they please without spending on the upkeep of the unit. We are suppose to living in good times in this province but I find it is not for a great deal of the people. How will this change and when will it change?

  4. Rent controls as I understand them are embedded in provincial legislation and are not under the control of cities. I could be corrected on this. There may be other ways to limit or enforce some measure of control over rental units. One is to require that they have a license and in order to have a license, their property has to meet building codes and maintenance under the maintenance bylaw. With this, we can shut the house down and cut off their income. But this cannot be done unless you work in conjunction with this and provide the tenant with an alternative place to live. Another mechanism to fix up houses is to do it ourselves and then charge the repairs to the landlord or expropriate or purchase the properties, fix them up and get them liveable again. Another mechanism available to us is to work with Social Services who provides some landlords with rent to refuse to pay them unless they fix up the property. But I agree, we have to take some bold construction steps and build some 6-800 square foot places quickly on land that is currently there. We probably have to build a 1000 units before they start to eat into the pocketbooks of some of the landlords and wake them up. That will take time.

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