Jim Elliott

Bringing a New Voice to Regina

Who is Jim Elliott?

For most of his adult life, Jim Elliott has lived in Regina, more specifically the inner part of this city.  He has been active in his community almost every day of his time here, whether that is flipping hamburgers or helping to clean up his neighbourhood.  He has sat on many non-profit and charitable boards.  In the past, Mr. Elliott has sat on city advisory committees around the topics of bicycles, transit, recreation and the environment.  He has been on the national steering committee for the Canadian Environmental Network and Conservation Chairman for Nature Saskatchewan.  In 2008, Jim Elliott helped present in a workshop on multi-stakeholder decision-making processes at the UN World Urban Forum in Nanjing, China.  Most recently, he has been Site Consultant for the Regina Folk Festival, a festival he has volunteered for 38 years, so far.

Many days and evenings, you will see him either sitting in the council chambers listening to the discussion of city committee agenda items or, regularly, speaking to those same councilors and committees on issues of interest including housing, protection of the environment or how Council can spend our tax dollars more wisely and getting more value for those that many times don’t feel they have a voice in this city.  In fact, during the Design Regina consultations, Jim Elliott brought to the consultants developing the plan the voices of those individuals who come regularly to Carmichael Outreach for programs and services and who are typically not captured in many of the discussion about the future of this city.  In 2015, Jim Elliott was on a city working group advising the city staff when developing the Laneway and Garden Suite zoning guidelines.

More recently, Jim Elliott has been a Disability Services Facilitator helping a disabled gentleman to deal with ongoing problems of service but also being able to get services to enhance his quality of life.  As part of that, Jim Elliott participated in the Provincial Disabilities Strategy meetings held this past year.  As he was told, the disabled can usually get about 70% of what they need.  As facilitator, Jim Elliott helps them, hopefully, the other 30%.

Throughout his life, he has been an advocate for the protection of the planet and working to reduce our footprint on the ground.  Mr. Elliott rides his bicycle 12 months of the year, has virtually eliminated the need for using the city water system and has helped to protect our drinking water sources through a local watershed association.  Jim Elliott had managed a recycling depot so his waste footprint is very small.  The wildlife are welcome in Jim’s backyard and home, whether that is wild or when they are orphaned or injured.

 

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Regina Gyro Club Stadium Questionnaire Responses

1. What research you have done on the project?

My research came at the beginning reading some of the feasibility study done by the Province of Saskatchewan, later the City of Regina Downtown Revitalization Initiative and any other documents coming to Executive Committee and Council over the time of the project.

I also read much of the media coverage as well as face book and other social media comments.  I also attended a forum at the University of Regina put on by an economics class.

As it relates to the housing addition to the Initiative, I have read a few of the various housing projects going to the Regina Planning Commission in assessing the validity and size of the housing being considered for the Mosaic Stadium infill.

2. As proposed, are you “in favor”, “not in favor” or, “undecided” on the project?

My position on the project is that I am not in favor of the new stadium that was the basis for the Memorandum of Understanding between the Province of Saskatchewan, the City of Regina and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

3. Can you briefly describe how you’ve reached this position?

My first reaction was to disagree with the proposed domed stadium as it was not appropriate in size, economics or need.

When that was smothered with new housing initiatives to broaden the project, I saw that as simply a way to convince the public that this was not just a stadium but an entertainment facility and housing.

The meager addition of 700 units of housing for the current Mosaic Stadium property could easily be replaced or surpassed with a few relatively simple infill housing projects on currently empty lots in downtown Regina.

When that proposal died, the open air stadium was back on the agenda.  If there was going to be large amounts of corporate money to pay for this, then they were going to be holding the purse strings and the city or the residents were not going to be holding the bag.  Up until only a few months ago, we were being assured that corporations would be lining up to put money into the reduced cost stadium.

Then without any consultation with the public in a project that was equivalent to an entire year’s city budget, the MOU was pushed onto the taxpayers of Regina and the Province.

What is also part of my decision is that the new stadium isn’t going to be any bigger than the current one.  The renovations to the current stadium have not been done over the years to replace the problems or upgrade the current stadium.  As well, the citizens of Regina are now going to have to put funds away to maintain and replace the stadium when it is required.

Compound this with the other very immediate and pressing infrastructure and pension shortfalls, the other capital projects and needs of the City of Regina, I could not in all conscience support this proposal and tie up hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money in a project that would see limited benefits to the taxpayers of Regina.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Elliott,

Mayoralty candidate for the City of Regina

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Hello Regina Voters

This is the official site of the Elect Jim Elliott for Mayor of Regina 2012 website.  A new Mayor of Regina will be elected on October 24th, 2012.

Please consider voting for me.  If you have become disillusioned about elections, please consider getting involved and voting this fall.  I will bring a clear change to this city, a change for the better.  I will be different than our past Mayor.

Please read through the various pages and comments made to this website.  If you have questions, please send them in to me.  Please consider donating your money or your time to this important election.  The sooner we get off this road, the better Regina will be.

Jim W. Elliott

jimelliottformayor@gmail.com

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