It was an incredibly busy year in 2018 according to Regina’s mayor.
Michael Fougere called 2018 the year of events, with the Tim Horton’s Brier, Mastercard Memorial Cup, LPGA Canadian Women’s Open, and Congress all taking place in the Queen City.
Fougere said when it comes time to hosting events, Regina has world-class volunteers.
“We have a lot of experienced volunteers who can put events together and we have known that for many and many years from Grey Cups in the past and the Juno awards are just some examples of that,” Fougere said. “Obviously a lot of curling events were done as well, we know how to put events on. We know how to plan and execute them very well.”
The city either started, continued or considered a number of projects, including the road renewal program, the Regina bypass, and also announced the rebuild of the Winnipeg Street Bridge.
Fougere said the future of the train crossing on Ring Road heavily depends on a feasibility study from city administration that’s currently underway.
“What’s really important now is what does that report say?” Fougere said. “Does is say to build an under pass, over pass, or relocate those railway lines. I am hoping we will find the most feasible, inexpensive way to do this that really has a positive impact for drivers. I know the frustration, I drive there all the time.”
A major headline across the country for 2018 will be the legalization of marijuana, and that is no different here in Regina.
Private cannabis shops have been slowly opening up across the city, and city council did their part by zoning where cannabis store can and cannot open.
However, Fougere feels the plan to roll out cannabis legalization was still rushed.
“Good evidence of that is that 3 out of the 6 stores are open and that’s a problem because the supply chain is not ready, the market is not ready to fill that void right now,” Fougere said. “We will see a full operation in a couple of years. We have done our part and it will go ahead the way it is.”
The full year-end interview with Mayor Michael Fougere can be heard on New Year’s Day on 620 CKRM at 1:00 pm.