It’s a no.
At Monday night’s meeting, Regina city council unanimously voted to back a motion protecting Wascana Centre (also known as Wascana Park) from further commercial development.
— David Boles (@DavidJBoles) August 28, 2018
The notice of motion was originally presented at July’s council meeting by Councillors Lori Bresciani, Andrew Stevens and Bob Hawkins.
For Hawkins, this is something he’s very happy about.
“I’m so proud of my fellow council men and women,” he said. “This is a statement from the whole of council about how we care for the park and how we defend our park.”
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Fourteen delegations addressed council Monday night, 13 of whom submitted statements and spoke in favour of protecting the park from future commercial development. One of those people who did so was Lorraine Weidner, who expressed similar pleasure at the unanimous vote.
“It meant that the democratic process was here tonight,” she said.
The one delegation that didn’t back the motion was the University of Regina’s Dr. Vianne Timmons.
“I’m very nervous about people who are defining commercial development because some of what we do could be defined as commercial development.”
Hawkins said, though, defining the term is important.
“The university does have to take account of what the community thinks about commercial development and it also has to take account of what the stakeholders within the university, of whom I’m one, think about commercial development.”
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Two projects are currently slated for the park: The new Canadian National Institute for the Blind office and the new Conexus Credit Union facility, which is expected to have construction completed by 2020.
Mayor Michael Fougere said these projects are that this motion doesn’t cover.
“Those motion of commercialization doesn’t include those two projects,” he stated. “This is prospective, into the future.”
The mayor noted he will be writing to a letter to the province, asking for a conversation in a public dialogue on this matter.
“I hope they’ll say ‘let’s talk about it’,” said Fougere. “This is the weight of city council, the capital city, reflecting what residents have said to us.