Need to Know: New School, Airbnb Fees, & Mobile Polls.

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A brand new joint-use school will open in Regina’s Harbour Landing.

Premier Scott Moe, Education Minister Gordon Wyant and Regina Pasqua MLA Muhammad Fiaz gathered on Wednesday to announce the new project.

The $40 million joint-use project will provide space for 400 Regina Public and 250 Regina Catholic students, based on projected enrolment numbers from each school division.

The province is still working with the city and with school divisions to determine the exact location of the school. Construction is expected to begin in a year.

 

Regina Airbnb operators can soon expect to obtain a licence if they wish to offer temporary short-term stays for visitors.

Many city councillors on the executive committee voted in favour on Wednesday of a proposed licencing regime for short-term stay rentals.

The changes, which would take effect in January 2021, need final approval from city council at a future date before they become official.

If approved, short-term rental operators would be allowed in residential and mixed-use areas, but they would need to obtain a licence.

The fee would be $100 if the accommodation is the operator’s primary residence. If it’s not their primary residence, the fee would be $300.

A licence number would be required on all listings, and if the owner doesn’t get a licence, platforms like Airbnb would be required to remove them from their site.

There would be a fine of $1,000 if owners fail to licence. Their licences could also be removed or suspended if an investigation finds infractions.

Short-term rentals would be inspected at any time if the city requests one.

The regulations would costs the city roughly $75,000 to operate. Licencing and other related fees would cover the costs, the city said. 

 

Voting in Residence Available (Mobile Polls)

Voters who are unable to make it to one of the polling stations due to a disability or limited mobility, as well as the caregiver of that individual, can apply to have a representative come to your home to assist you in casting your vote. 

Application forms can be downloaded from the City’s website. Voters can also contact the Elections Regina office to have staff email, mail or fax a copy of the forms or they can be picked up at the Elections Regina office at 100 – 637 Solomon Crescent.

 Applications must be submitted to Elections Regina no later than 5 p.m., Monday, October 19.

 Qualifying applicants will be advised in writing by October 21 of when their assigned Election Official is scheduled to be at their residence. Election Officials will visit qualifying applicants between Monday, November 2 and Monday, November 9.

 For more information, visit Regina.ca/elections or call 306-751-4479.