Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Interview with Terry Lo aka @calgarydreamer


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Steven Britton and I interview Terry about his recent decision to resign from his position within the WRP.

One of the advantages of doing a podcast is we can spend more time discussing an issue more in depth. It allows us to get a full perspective on what happened.

The story of Terry’s resignation took a life of it’s own. As such, there were some issues that may have been missed. We cover these topics. Because of the nature and length of this conversation, we decided to break this up in 2 parts.

Click  here for Part 1 covers.

Terry’s background. Converting from Catholicism to Atheism. His previous views on LGBT.

His relationship with his son.

His reasons for joining the Wildrose Party.

Some conversations he had with some of the members of the Wildrose Party about “The Lake of Fire”

His reaction to the decision made at the Wildrose AGM.

Why the wording of the Wildrose Policy is important.

The importance of Gay Straight Alliances. The concern about the idea of religious exemptions.

Click here for Part 2 of the interview. In this portion, we focus on the fallout from his decision to resign. Topics include;

The process of his resignation.

The decision to go public.

How his blog post went viral and the media response to it.

His current relationship with friends of the Wildrose Party.

His current perspective of the Wildrose Party.

If he could do anything different, would he?

His advice to parents of LGBT children.

Normally, we would advertise Twitter/Facebook/Blogs. However, because of the nature of this conversation, I decided to leave that out. Let’s leave it in a reflective place.

Agree or Disagree: @calgarydreamer’s decision.


As I have been writing this, it has been 11 days since my last post. This is due to travel and illness.

But I’m back. It’s good too be back. And, it appears we have some catching up too do.

Now, last week, you may have seen this face on your newspaper, or your newsfeed.

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This is Terry Lo, or @calgarydreamer. He tweets a lot on the yyc food scene. He organized YYC Burger Week and YYC Pizza Week. You also heard him on Agree or Disagree: The Podcast.

Last week, he made some waves this week with this post. He resigned his position as VP Communications for the Calgary Glenmore Wildrose Constituency Association.   Here is a portion of his post that I would like to highlight.

This past weekend at the AGM, the party, either in the misguided misunderstanding that nothing LESS than the statement of equality would do after the Lake of Fire event, or out of genuine desire to swing far right, actually BACKTRACKED and voted out the 2013 statement that affirmed and protected HUMAN RIGHTS.

In that moment, the party actually went against their leader and the recommendation of the MLAs, and basically said “screw you” to groups that have never felt included, or protected adequately compared to the white, christian majority. And the sad part, the membership seems to be falling on the argument that the more generic “ALL” statement supported is more than adequate. It’s far from that. In an ideal world, where peace reigns and harmony rises upon the streets, then it would be. But not a single member can comprehend ever the fear of a LGBT or minority kid who’s been beat up by another kid who belongs to that majority. As this vote proves to many outside of the party, “All” in the context of a Wild “Lake of Fire” Rose means the same as the famous statement in Orwell’s Animal Farm: ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’

This vote confirmed to me that the misguided angry beliefs of a minority of the rank and file holds actual sway in party policy. I’ve since spoken to another notable ethnic member who confirmed a similar experience as well over years. Ideologically, I believe now that the party is swinging far right again on social issues, and as such, totally in opposition to my own beliefs. And ANY party that visibly does not protect my son, is one that has lost my support, and in fact, earned my opposition.

To specify what happened, and I imagine you know this part, the Wildrose Party voted 148-109 against adopting as policy a statement approved last year that affirmed the rights for everyone regardless of race, religion, and sexual orientation.

This led to a wave of criticism towards the Wildrose Party. Some of course questioned the leadership of Danielle Smith. Some wondered who’s voices are being listened too within the party. Some used terms like bigot and homophobic.

Today, things got worse for the Wildrose. Two MLAS, Kerry Towie and Ian Donovan announced they have crossed the floor to the PC Party. This, along with Joe Anglin who left earlier this month, knocks them down to 14 seats in the Alberta  Legislature. With rumours of more planning to cross the floor.

Now, I wasn’t at the convention or voted on this policy. I don’t know the debate or the discussion those that were at this convention had. What we do have however is a perspective from someone who was there.  But first, let’s read the statement up for discussion.

Wildrose will defend the fundamental rights and freedoms of all persons. This includes, but is not limited to, the right to freedom of belief, public expression, practice, and association. These rights and freedoms shall be protected, regardless of race, religious belief, colour, gender, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status or sexual orientation of that person or class of persons.”

This is the perspective of Jane Morgan who’s blog is called Up Close and Personal. You can read her perspective here.

Now, Terry will be coming on the Podcast to discuss his perspective. It is fair to say that while Terry has received tremendous support for his decision, he has faced some criticism too.  Some have questioned his motivations. Was this his so called 15 minutes of fame? Was he really a member of the Wildrose Party? We will talk to Terry about both.

Of course, we will welcome you into the conversation as well. What questions do you have for Terry? Do you Agree or Disagree with his decisions? Do you admire his decision? Or, do you question his motivation?

Agree or Disagree: Women Love Bad Boys and Dump Nice Guys


We have actually done this topic before,

It was in April of 2013.

However, I thought it would be an interesting conversation to unpack again. Especially with an individual who is advertising an idiotic, seriously  idiotic dating style. I’m not advertising or posting what it is. You know what it is. It doesn’t need my advertisement.

Rather, let’s look at this here. This article looks is titled Why Women Love Bad Boys and Dump Nice Guys.

Then, we will get your thoughts. Do women love bad boys and dump nice guys?

Agree or Disagree: Sweden’s Prostitution Solution would work in Canada


This article has been going around Facebook a little bit.

There are some people that have been very impressed by how Sweden has dealt with prostitution.  As an example, within the last five years Stockholm, the number of women in prostitution  have been reduced by two thirds.  And the number of johns has been reduced by 80%.

How?

Well according to this article, two things.

1)  Criminalizes the buying of sex.

2) Decriminalizes  the selling of sex.

As well as something in their law which says this; This according to the article.

“In Sweden prostitution is regarded as an aspect of male violence against women and children. It is officially acknowledged as a form of exploitation of women and children and constitutes a significant social problem… gender equality will remain unattainable so long as men buy, sell and exploit women and children by prostituting them.”

I’m going to let you read the article, which outlines what has happened quite comprehensively why this works. Then, I will ask you this question.

Can this concept work here in Canada? Or, is this too simplistic of an idea for a complex problem?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-The Roundtable


Steven Britton, Agatha Smykot, Tina Dawson join me on the Roundtable. The Roundtable is where we discuss a variety of topics.

The topics we discuss include:

The incident in Ottawa.

-Defining Terrorism

-Did Canada really change?

-The media coverage

- The reaction to Harper “in the closet” during the incident

Jian Ghomeshi;

-The reaction online and off

-The struggles that victims have coming forward.

-Is there a way we can be more supportive to victims?

Selling of Poppies and Christmas Shopping;

-Is it fair to expect stores to start advertising Christmas shopping on November 12?

-Is is disrespectful to Veterans that people don’t?

Should jobless University Grads work for free?

-The current job market

-The importance of selecting a degree that has a high chance of employment

-Why it’s not always bad to work a “McJob?

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A Morning Rant-For those offended by Steve Poloz


For those that are offended that Steve Poloz suggested that jobless University Grads work for free, consider this.

There are many people who have started a business that work 24/7 365 days a year to ensure it’s success. Many times there is little to nothing on their plate. In other words, they work for free.

There are single moms and single dads that are working 2, even 3 jobs to either save money to go to school. Or, go to school and need to make ends meet for their family. In other words, they work for free.

There are many qualified people who come to Canada and cannot get employment because they do not have “Canadian experience”.

As much as people are talking about current job trends for university grads are low, I might suggest something different. Many companies have voiced that a good chunk of grads are some of the most unprofessional, uninspired, and entitled group they have ever seen. Many come to work dressed unprofessionally. Some have even brought Mom and Dad to the interview and even the job.

Sorry to break the myth, but your University Degree does not entitle you to the rock star job, fancy house, fancy car and fancy family. You have to do some hard work, even some s$$$ you don’t like. Even the super rich have had to do it. So, you will have to as well

If you read his words closely Poloz is actually suggesting that you be innovative, creative and seek out opportunities to put yourself ahead of everyone else in the job market.

Heaven forbid we encourage innovation, creativity and ideas to young people. That’s so offensive. (sarcasm)

Agree or Disagree: Jobless University grads should work for free


This idea comes from Bank of Governor Stephen Poloz.  He suggested this to a House of Commons committee. He suggests that Young Canadians should acquire more experience through unpaid internship or volunteering until the job market in Canada picks up.

You can read the story from Beacon News here.

Poloz argues that and, this is a quote from the article, “Volunteer to do something which is at least somewhere related to your expertise so that it’s clear that you are gaining some learning experience during that period.

Now, if you are like me, you may have went to work today. One of the reasons that you are at work is, well, to collect a paycheque every couple of weeks. So, it may feel a little unfair to expect University grads to do work for free.  And that reaction certainly was evident. Particularly, around the controversy about unpaid internships. In 2011, Andrew Ferguson was an intern at a Calgary radio station. After a 16 hour day, he drove home and died in a car accident. That incident opened up an ongoing discussion around unpaid internships.

So, one the one hand, it doesn’t seem fair to expect people to work for free.  On the other hand, however, is the big question. How does one get experience for a position without getting experience in a position? And although, I see why many are frustrated with Poloz’s comments, I think his point was missed. His point seemed to be that people looking for work should find ways to be innovative and creative to gain experience to be qualified.

What are your thoughts?