Other events Apr 20

Friendship Club: For seniors, 737-2333 MUN Dump & Run Yard Sale, Lots of great second hand stuff for sale. You can also drop off items or ask for a pick up from your home 690-4480.┬áNon-perishable food┬áitems for the food bank also accepted, 9am-5pm, MUN West Hatcher House Restorative Justice Breakfast w/ guest speaker Wilma Derksen, […]

11 April 2007

  1. Geoff · April 11, 2007

    Downtown needs a department store. Somewhere I can buy a pair of briefs, some socks, a toothbrush, a potato masher and a picture frame in one stop. I defy anyone to go downtown and find a 3 pack of cotton briefs that don’t cost more than the pants I’m wearing. Expanding the drugstore and the addition of a dollar store, a Mark’s Work Wearhouse, and a Radio Shack on Water street across from the post office would be awesome.

  2. The Scope · April 11, 2007

    A few ideas from Scope contributors:

    I think Theatre Artists need to be careful of the financial direction they’re heading in. When ticket prices are over and above the set budget, something is wrong. I understand artists need to be paid, but art must be appreciated, and there is a very fine line. Who are you making your art for, all or some? Please be more financially inclusive so more people can appreciate the work that’s being done.

    What I’d like to see in St. John’s is, essentially, a ballsier version of Cable 9/Rogers Television. Frankly, I think we should have an open grounds for anybody who has or wants access to a camera. We should have community television for whoever wants to produce it and there should be a demand for at least 16 hours of completely original programming a day. The results might be seldom professional or even sane, but I’m sick of what is essentially a public access channel being used solely as a poor man’s NTV. Curse you, Out Of The Fog!

    Even though they just finished messing with it, I think Metrobus needs to have a couple of extra routes added or ‘rejigged’. EXPRESS ROUTES! I am not talking about giant accordion buses like in big cities, just a route or four that will take you from one distant land to another. Quickly. Directly. With very few stops on the way. Downtown to MUN to the Mall. Downtown to the Village to Sobeys Square, etc. None of this side street nonsense. It shouldn’t take 30 mins to get from Downtown to the Mall… how about 10? It’s quite possible!!

    So many Newfoundlanders are tied to their cars, and feel they have no other options. I think it’s time to completely revamp the Metrobus system. Bus stops need to be added around the city, and outside the city, and the frequency of pick up times needs to go up a lot. As someone who owns a car here, and left it when I moved to Halifax, I realize the huge gap in our service. When I’m in Halifax, I don’t miss it at all. When I get back home, I’m lost without it. Sub-divisions have grown all over the city… why hasn’t the bus service grown?

  3. elling · April 11, 2007

    If you’re trying to empower young people and interest them in city politics, lower the voting age to 16 or 17. 16-year-olds can be charged with adult crimes, so why are they not allowed to vote?

    Instead of trying to fill buses following fixed routes, why not in addition to fixing the rates for taxis, make it a subsidized service, and convert the fleets to hybrid (and eventually electric) vehicles? Taxis are basically a local tradition — people are much more willing to hop in a cab than hop on a bus.

    …Half-baked ideas? Maybe…