We are Calgary. And, we are strong.


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This week started off very interesting.

Sunday night, a very regrettable tweet was sent out from a Calgary Herald Reporter. It caused a lot of anger from people in Vancouver and a bit of a Twitter war between the two cities.

Some of those tweets insulted Calgarians and the City of Calgary.

For those who have decided to insult and mock, I’d like to take you back to year we have had. Then I will tell you who we are.

You may remember last June the flood that rocked our City and Southern Alberta. Homes were devastated and ruined. People lost possessions, their clothes, family pictures. Many were left homeless.

As devastating as that was, we Calgarians banned together. We provided food, shelter, and clothing for strangers, family and friends. We volunteered to the point that in many places, they didn’t have enough volunteering for us. It was fine, we found another place. We restored this city back. We cleaned it up.

Why? Because we are Calgarians and that is what we do.

This week, we had a senseless tragedy strike our city. 5 young people went to celebrate their final days of school with their buddies at a party.

Sadly, and shockingly, they were murdered.

Although we may not know them personally, it has affected many of us. It has deeply affected those involved with two schools. It has rocked a community. It has shaken a city.

In our heartbreak and sadness, we again stood up for our fellow Calgarians.  Councillors have offered opened their doors. Neighbours have consoled. Strangers have given those impacted a longer hug. Since this is exam week, students have been given extensions for exams.

Why? Because we are Calgarians and that is what we do.

We stand for each other. We unite in community. We look out for our neighbour.

You may not know this, but we Calgarians are GREAT volunteers. We pull together when needed and get things done.

You do know this. We have a Mayor that many cities are envious of.

Today, and for some time, we will grief. We will grieve for the senseless loss. We will grieve for the friends, family and colleagues that spent their days with the victims. We will cry. We will hug. We will weep.

But, we will do it together.

Why?

Because we are Calgarians and that is what we do.

We are strong.

Agree or Disagree: Jesus wasn’t as Peaceful as people think


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Since this is Holy Week, I’m planning to bring a couple of talks about Jesus this week.

This will be the first one.

The intent is to discuss some generalities around Jesus. The first one being around the idea that Jesus was peaceful.

For a perspective on this, I present something from The Friendly Atheist for your reading enjoyment.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2012/03/19/jesus-isnt-as-peaceful-as-you-think/

What do you think?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast- Sports Style


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“Back in the day”, as people say, my buddy Paul and I used to chat about hockey and wrestling for hours. Paul knows his stuff and has been a lifelong Flames fan. As well, as an old school wrestling fan.

Paul brought in his long time buddy Johnny and we talked about  the life of The Ultimate Warrior. If you don’t know, he passed away suddenly on Tuesday night after making his first appearance in the WWE in over 15 years.

Topics include.

His life before the then WWF at the time

His career in  the WWF and how he became the Ultimate Warrior.

His life outside the ring

His return.

Listen to that here 

http://www.spreaker.com/user/7021827/the-life-of-the-ultimate-warrior

Then Paul, Johnny and I discussed the Calgary Flames. They played their last game of the season. So,we did a look back at the season.

Topics include

Highlights of the season

Lowlights of the season

The impact of firing Jay Feaster and replacing him with Brian Burke as GM

Comparison to the Canucks and Oilers

The next GM

Coach Hartley

http://www.spreaker.com/user/7021827/the-season-of-the-calgary-flames

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Agree or Disagree: There’s a difference between being in love and falling in love


Agree or Disagree: There’s a difference between being in love and falling in love

This is an interesting article on the difference between falling in love and being in love.

I’ll let you read the article. Do you think there is a difference? And, is it healthy?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Discussion on Human Trafficking.


This morning, Carmin Moore from ACT Alberta (Action Coalition on Human Trafficking)  and I discuss a talk that is going on this weekend. Kathryn Bolkovic, from whom the movie The Whistleblower is based on, will be at The Lantern Church on Saturday April 12 to discuss Human Trafficking in Calgary and Beyond.

Topics we cover in the interview include.

Current Public Perception of Human Trafficking

Media influence sensationalizing the issue.

Volunteering opportunities and how one can get involved.

The Social Media conversation and how it can be healthier around this issue.

Potential root causes for you to think about

The details and the location of the event

The Facebook invite and the details of the event are here https://www.facebook.com/events/643452275722203/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Listen to the Podcast

http://www.spreaker.com/user/7021827/discussion-on-human-trafficking

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What will you remember about Jim Flaherty


There’s lots of time and topics we can Agree or Disagree on. However, for tonight I think it’s important to pause.

Canada lost an important figure this afternoon. Many were saddened and shocked at the tragic loss of Jim Flaherty. He was Canada’s Finance Minister from 2006-2014.

He had a huge impact on his family, his community and his country. And he will be sadly missed.

It was quite a moment when the Opposition crossed the floor to console their Conservative Party Colleagues in the House of Commons.

In the spirit of that, maybe we can, if you pardon the pun, Agree to spend some time sharing your thoughts on the contributions of Jim Flaherty.

The above video is from Prime Minister Stephen Harper about Jim Flaherty.

Our thoughts, and prayers to the Flaherty’s friends and family.

Agree or Disagree: We need more Gay-Straight Alliances in Schools.


I feel this needs a little bit of explanation.

Yesterday, Kent Hehr, a Liberal MLA in Alberta put forward a bill towards the Alberta Legislature. The bill put forth was that if a school requested, there would be a gay-straight alliance.

What is a gay-straight alliance? Glad you asked!

Gay–straight alliances are student-led organizations, found primarily in North American high schools and universities, that are intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies.

Now, the motion put forth by Kent Hehr yesterday was defeated. You can read the story from Metro News below.

http://metronews.ca/news/canada/996749/gay-straight-alliance-bill-turned-down/

What do you think? Is this something we need more of?