The Lakeview Community Association- Now With Yoga!

We are pleased to announce that yoga will be offered as an addition to our list of fine programs starting this January.  The programs will be as follows:

Multi-Level Yoga for Seniors

This class is for Seniors with varying Yoga experience and ability.  Poses will be taught with a number of variations and supports, enabling students with balance, joint and mobility challenges to take part at their own pace.  This is a gentle yoga class, focused on building strength, stability and joint integrity.

Multi-Level Yoga for Adults

This class is for Adults with varying Yoga experience and ability.  Poses will be taught with a number of variations, allowing students to work at their own level.  Each week the class focus will change, incorporating standing poses, forward bending, gentle twisting, and restorative postures.

In case you did not know, Yoga originated in India and is a “physical, mental and spiritual discipline” , meant for “the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility.” Sounds intense. But, my 40-some year old mother does it, so how hard can it really be? Sign up and see for yourself.

For more information, see the yoga page.

New Schools Needed

 

In case you were not aware, in June the Lakeview area lost one of its elementary schools.  Athabasca School closed this past June, dispersing the leftover students to Lakeview and Argyle schools.  Athabasca, a school with a low population was one of several other schools that have closed under the Regina Public School Board’s “ten year renewal program.” Unfortunately, the program is not properly titled. Rather, it should be known as the “ten year school closure program.”

Schools in Regina are being closed on a yearly basis. And there are no new schools being built. The student projections for the end of the renewal plan are alarming. It is projected that over thirteen elementary schools in Regina will exceed 400 kids by 2018. The highest projected population is Hawrylak School, where it is estimated some 923 students will be attending school by the year 2018. Two more schools are cited for closure at the end of this school year, and who knows how many more are coming after that.

Lakeview and other neighbourhoods are full of young children that will be attending elementary school in the next few years. Supposedly, our city is growing and yet for some reason schools are closing. Instead of building additional schools to support a growing population, kids are being crammed into schools that are already full, and temporary classrooms (like the trailers you see on construction sites) are being slapped onto the backs of schools as a weak attempt to solve the problem.

As a city, Regina seems to be behind in the times when it comes to debates on school closures. Larger cities such as Edmonton have put a moratorium on school closures for the next few years in order to “explore a number of programs to support schools rather then close them”. In Vancouver, “specialty programs have been introduced in order to give struggling schools the chance to survive.” There has been loads of  research done has to show the benefits of multiple small schools rather then few large schools. So then why is Regina closing the doors of so many small, community schools?

One of the reasons probably has to do with finances. Schools are expensive. Buildings need to be maintained, and that costs money. It is easy to close a school when one looks at all of the money that will be saved. The only thing that seems to be overlooked is what is best for the kids. A local group called RealRenewal has some great ideas on how to shape the future of education in Regina. They envision small schools that kids can walk and bike to.  They see elementary schools as a hub for local community activities, such as adult education and daycare. Imagine having schools that aren’t just schools, but community centers that get used after school hours. Communities would be brought together! Neighbours would get to know each other! The benefits would be enormous.

A city’s education system is its most important service. This is why such a large portion of our taxes is allocated to the school boards. Schools are more important then garbage removal. Schools are more important then street sweeping. Schools are even, dare I say it, more important then building a new stadium for our beloved roughriders. The school board should be looking out for what is best for our community, not what is best for their accounting ledgers.

If you wish to express your concern about the future of Regina’s public schools, feel free email our ward’s school Board Trustee, Dale West

 

The above views expressed are those of the authour and not necessarily those of the Lakeview Community Association.

A “Pedestrians Only” City Square

I must say that I was quite happy with city council’s decision to keep the newly built city square vehicle free. One might say I was everjoyed. Tickled pink, even. According to the city’s website, council voted last night to keep the square vehicle free, at least until “a study of downtown traffic can be completed next spring.” The idea of allowing vehicles to pass through the new city square plaza seems to defeat the purpose of having a city square. Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on cobblestone roads with decorative lights buildt into them if they are just going to be trampled over and damaged by cars? Futhermore, the city square is supposed to be an area for the public to gather and listen to live music or speeches. How is this supposed to be done when Hyundais and f-150s are in the way? The city is on the right page with the idea of the square being pedestrians only. Some of the many benefits city hall points out are :

· Full-time access for events and activities

· All of the space can be used, instead of a part.

· Less conflict between motorists and pedestrians

· Less damage from vehicles to the plaza itself

I hope the city will decide in June to keep the square vehicle-free. The city square should be a place for citizens, not their vehicles.

 

photo cred: Prairie Dog Magazine

LCA Member Receives Prestigious Award

The LCA is proud to announce that our treasurer, Amy Mader was the recipient of one of the South Zone Recreation Board’s Volunteer of the year awards! Amy joined the LCA back when we were in dark times. The association was in a bit of a transition period, and had many vacant spots open on our executive. This in turn made Amy a jack-of-all-trades, as she learned most of the responsibilities of other positions. This came in handy when the LCA started growing in members this past year. Amy (who is a seasoned LCA veteran with four years under her belt) was able to give guidance to  new members including Bob and Carrie, our chairspeople.

Amy was honoured at a swanky reception in the multi-purpose room at the West Harvest Inn. It was buffet fare with a cash bar and there was a jazz musician to entertain. Celebrity guest Gerry Fincati, of the South Zone Recreation Board hosted the event and members of all four south end community associations were in attendance that evening. Amy was more then happy to accept an award for all of her hard work but in her true selfless fashion, spent more time acknowleding the hard work of other LCA members during her speech then recognizing the work she does herself. Unfortunately a certain website editor forgot to bring his camera, so a photo of Amy accepting the award is not availible. However, I have posted the above internet photo which is pretty close to what Amy accepting the award looked like.

Amy, the Lakeview Community Association is ever so thankful for all of the hard work that you do for us. We truly would be lost without you.