Remember that Mel Gibson movie with the kid wearing tinfoil on his head so the aliens couldn’t read his brainwaves or something? This isn’t about that movie. This is about signs that contextually don’t make much sense. Okay some of it is cultural like:

Burro Crossing

There’s not many burros from anywhere I’ve lived so this sign made me laugh. It’s accurate, it’s important, it’s well-done. It just made me smile because, well, it’s not what I see in my life everyday.

Then there’s the one’s that make sense or not depending on the way you read it. Try reading this one with different emphasis and timing:

When Hunting Pedestrians

Those pesky pedestrians.

There are those signs that make sense to those that live the life, but for those that are not from those parts:


What exactly is this? It was on the ferry to Bell Island and I’m guessing it is for a meetup point in case of emergency, but what comes to my mind is Lookout for Ninjas.

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In my last post, I hinted at endangered buildings and places in Regina.
While the Leader Building in Regina is not on that list (it is a heritage
designated address in Regina), it’s worth a few paragraphs because it’s a
wonderful little building. It would also be unfair to not show some of what
has not been lost as well as what may be lost and has been lost.

The Leader Building on Hamilton Street The Leader Building

The Leader Building on Hamilton Street .. The Leader Building

The Leader Building is home to Solvera Solutions, the company
I work for. I’m not sure how others feel, but I love going to the head
office for any reason because it’s such a great address and space inside.
While only the outside of the building is protected under the heritage
designation, there is still a bit of character and charm on the inside with
old brick on some of the walls along with some modern conveniences.

Random Windows on the Leader Buidling The Leader Building

Random Windows .. The Leader Building

Built in 1912, the Leader Building housed the office and publishing
facilities of Regina’s Leader-Post newspaper
(, 2011). Over the years, it has also housed CKCK radio
(, 2011). It’s a wonderful early 20th century
Chicago School Style building. It’s one of my favourite
structures in Regina and a pretty cool place to call your home office. If
anyone has a picture of the building with a broadcast device on top, I
would love to see it.

References 2011. – Last
accessed 2011-05-18.

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The year was 1992. The place was Regina, Saskatchewan.

Capitol Theatre waits for the Wrecking Ball

They started by pulling most of the bricks off the outside of the structure
and then the wrecking ball came. I took quite a few photographs of the
demolition and I was sad to see the Capitol Theatre disappear. I was only
21, but I had a lot of nostalgia for the theater. The Capitol Theatre was
Regina’s last old-style movie house. While the Capitol was not the same
theatre it was when it first opened – it had been split into two theatres
from the original 1,500 seat auditorium – it was still a great place to see
a movie.

I am not sure, but I think the last two films to play at the Capitol were
Out for Justice and Perfect Weapon, but the photo that I love of the
Theatre is this one with Wayne’s World and Straight Talk on the marquee.

Capitol Theatre at Dusk

At Dusk

Since the Coronet on Albert Street and the The Cornwall in the mall closed
there has not been a theatre in downtown Regina. That is not entirely true.
The Regina Public Library Theatre is still around and I have seen a lot of
great movies over the years there. But it has probably been a decade now
since there was a first-run theatre in the downtown. I remember city
council saying that there would be no more theatre development in Regina
until there was one downtown. The Galaxy in the North-West corner of the
city violated that statement. Harbour Landing will probably violate that
statement in the future.

Capitol Theatre Under the Wrecking Ball Capitol Theatre Sign Demolition of Capitol Theatre in Regina

Swing .. The Sign .. Destruction

I miss standing in line outside the Capitol, rain or shine, looking out on
Victoria Park. It was just a great atmosphere to see a show. I also
remember the government plan to move Crown Life from Toronto to Regina and
build them a brand new building on the site of the Capitol Theatre. I loved
all the bustling development of the early 1990s in Regina, but we lost some
important things. We lost our first real tall building on the site of
McCallum Hill Tower I and we lost the Capitol.

Capitol Theatre Demolition Reflection

Demolition Reflection

In recent years Regina has demolished Presutti’s, the Army and Navy, and
the Medical and Dental Building. Regina’s downtown plan says we should not
lose any more of our historical heritage in the downtown. At least not
while there are ample vacant lots for development, but there are a lot of
other buildings and businesses that are on the endangered list: Novia Cafe,
Canadiana Barbers, the Public Library, and the Mason’s Lodge. Regina will
demolish these. Regina will demolish more. Regina will continue to demolish
an architectural history that makes Regina unique. I will try to tell some
of these stories while they are still around instead of telling this story
almost twenty years after the fact.

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There’s a certain kind of light in the morning and there’s a certain color that comes out only at that time. And only when there’s a little bit of fresh snow on the ground. It’s an icy blue.

Back Alley .. Victoria Avenue

Of course, a couple of days later, the snow is gone. Melted into frozen hazards on the sidewalk, reflecting the slightly warmer feeling sun. Although the air is still cold enough to make your hands itchy as they warm up after even a short time taking pictures.

Icy Sidewalks

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Novia Cafe

It’s been a while since posting, but moving, new jobs, and a one-year old will tend to fill up a lot of time.

The Novia Cafe, setting for some scenes from Little Mosque on the Prairie has been undergoing some tough times this winter. The construction related to the revised Victoria Park has been causing disruptions to business and they have been opening on a reduced schedule. I’m hopeful they survive the change as it’s a great spot.

If you’re in the neighbourhood and they are open, stop in and grab a coffee. I know I’m going to try and grab lunch or a coffee their some time next week. I’ll be sad if we lose this place.

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Fog. It just rolls in. You get little bits of sky, little bits of sun, but when it’s thick it just sits and covers everything. These photos show how the fog really is just a thin band above the earth’s surface with blue sky above. It’s deceptive. It’s disheartening knowing that if you were just a bit taller, well maybe 50 to 100m taller, you’d be in sunshine with blue sky and fluffy clouds. But here you are in the gray, waiting.

Untitled .. Untitled .. Untitled

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Nicely Done

You know how cities design areas for public announcements? How cities often put in decorative lampposts to give a sense of continuity and distinctiveness to specific areas? Red light standards in Chinatown. Black traditional ones in the park areas. Well, here in St. John’s we have red tuck tape on the power poles downtown to cover up the older advertisements people staple and tape on. The Scope posed the question and there’s been no good answers other than it sticks well. Well, duh. I finally noticed this new method today. Probably because the poles were freshly re-wrapped. They certainly looked cleaner, but it just looked odd. Odd indeed. Overall, I’m rating this effort a D-minus. It’s utilitarian, but in a city that prides itself in remaining stuck (pun not intended, but noticed on proof-reading) in the bygone days of no taller than three-story developments, this is pathetic. I could see them putting up message boards — there’s enough vacant lots to install the signboards — and making posts an illegal option. This I didn’t see.

While Not All Boys are Creeps, That 80's Couple is Creeping Me Out

And to those advertising this way. Sure it’s free. But I’ve never attended anything I’ve read on them. I get my events from The Scope, The Muse, and other on-line sources. Does this advertising work? I tend to read it about ten days after the event happens. It’s entertaining reading sometimes though. While not all boys are creeps, the 80s’ couple in this advertisement is creeping me out. Yep, I missed that event.

No Skateboarding without Mittens and Scarf

And hats off to whomever added the mittens and scarf to the pedestrian and made them a skateboarder to boot. I know all too well how boarding can increase the windchill to dangerous levels.Keep warm everyone. Keep warm.

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