Agree or Disagree: Ban E-Cigarette’s


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Let’s face it. You and I both know are I’m pretty cool. I’m hip! I’m trendy!

But, I must admit I’m not cool enough to smoke E-Cigarettes.

You might be! It’s the latest little thing that many are smoking now.

However, as you can read in This Article from the Calgary Herald, there is a discussion about banning them.

Why?

Because some critiques have argued that it “normalizes smoking for youth”. They also argue that e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco but vapour. In other words, there are some health concerns.

However, some would argue that there are benefits. Some argue that E-Cigarettes actually help people Quit smoking. They would also argue that there are no health risks to this at all.

My questions are this.

Are you one of the cool kids who smoke E-Cigarettes? Compare them to cigarettes?

Should we ban E-Cigarettes? Why or why not?

Agree or Disagree: The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised awareness for ALS


The History of the Ice Bucket Challenge

 

It has gone viral.

It has involved athletes, celebrities, and others.

This summer, people all over North America have had ice buckets of cold water poured over them

It is the Ice Bucket Challenge. The intent is to raise funds for ALS.

Above, is a link giving the history of the Ice Bucket Challenge. It was started by Pat Quinn, an ALS survivor. At first, this was not successful. Then his friends got involved, and well, everybody is doing it.

However, the question is if this has actually been effective in raising awareness for ALS? Before you say the answer is obvious, let’s look at a couple of things.

I’m not sure how you heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, but I tell you how I did. I saw it on a sports highlight show. It was Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll getting dunked. Then others had it happen. And others. However, it took me several dunks before I was aware this was for ALS. I wonder how you heard about it.

However……

It had raised an incredible amount of funds. Particularly where they were last year. In the same space of July 29-August 16 2013,there were ALS fundraisers that were reporting between $20,000-$30,000. Now, many are reporting over $1, million dollars.

If you think about it, the concept is a good idea. Especially in the athletic world. Many organizations celebrate major wins or championships by dumping Gatorade on the winning coach. Plus, professional sports teams have been very conscious about their involvement in their local community. Let’s also not forget that ALS has also been called Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gehrig is a legendary baseball player that died of ALS

That still leaves the question on the fundraiser’s impact.

Has this helped you be aware of ALS? Do you identify with it? If you, or your family have ALS, has this opened the conversation about it?

1 in 5


1 in 5.

It’s been a number that has been ringing in my head this week.

1 in 5.

If you believe the statistics from the Canadian Mental Health Association,and there is no reason not too, 1in 5 Canadians suffer from some form of mental illness. Maybe it’s depression. Maybe it’s anxiety. Maybe it’s behaviour or substance abuse.

Let’s put this in perspective.

As you scroll down your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest feed, 1 in 5 people’s status could suffer from a mental illness.

Of the people that you might have an online debate with, 1 in 5 could be suffering from a mental illness.

When you are at work,1 in 5 of your colleagues could be suffering from a mental illness.

When you are at the bar or the pub, 1 in 5 of the crowd could be suffering from some sort of mental illness.

If you are a church goer, 1 in 5 people in your church could be suffering from a mental illness. This by the way, will include the pastor, the ushers and the worship band.

We were all impacted this week by the sudden death by Robin Williams. A very talented, gifted actor and comedian, with apparently from us on the outside, wax successful and rich. We were shocked to learn it was death by suicide. We expressed our condolences, reflected on his great movie’s and TV Shows and honoured his talent.

Then a blog was written by someone that angered, hurt and deeply offended many people about depression and suicide. You know who it is. I’m not going to talk about it, because it is not the point of this conversation.

There was debate about solutions, choices and options. There were also many posts about mental illness this week. Here were a couple of things that stuck with me.

The first on is that depression is not discriminatory. It can happen to any of us, no matter the social status. There were many comments about how money cannot buy you happiness. If that is your thought, then I highly suggest you educate yourself on mental illness.

The second one might make you feel uncomfortable.

It is estimated that there are approximately 3,500 death by suicides in Canada. That averages out to 9.5 a day. Let’s put this in perspective.

The day before Robin Williams passed, it was possible that up to 9 people died by suicide.

The day that Robin Williams passed, it was possible that up to 9 people died by suicide.

The day after Robin Williams passed, it was possible that up to 9 people died by suicide.

I have to ask if there was any moving tributes or thoughts about that on social media this week?

Something else. The Distress Centre reported that there was a 6-7 percent increase in calls from people considering suicide this week. On Tuesday, they reported 200 calls about considering suicide.

There could be a number of theories as to why that is. However, remember this.
The Distress Centre takes calls like this every day. 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Including Christmas. The day before Robin Williams passed. The day of Robin Williams passing. The day after Robin Williams passing.

They will also take calls on suicide when this story becomes a distant memory.

I’m not an expert on this topic at all. I’m learning and continuing to educate myself on this issue. The main thing I’m learning is that there is lots to learn. And as much as we can tell someone to cheer up pray more, eat better, or look on the bright side of live, I’m learning this issue is much more complex.

I do think that the conversation around this needs safety, security and respect. There was a time I brought the topic in this thread and it came off very offensive. For that, I’m sorry.

However, this leads me to some questions.

I’m wondering how does topic move from something that we talk about when this happens to a person of stature to reminding people to be aware that mental illness is a real daily issue?

I’m also wondering how we help people be aware of others. How do we remind people that there is more to us than what you see? And there is power in connecting?

I also wonder how us in the blogosphere can move this topic to a respectful, kind, open, dialogue?

How does the 1 in 5 continue to resonate with us?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Edmonton Sex Ed Controversy-Part 1 Click here http://www.spreaker.com/user/7021827/the-edmonton-sex-ed-controversy


 

This is Part 1 of our topic covering the controversy surrounding the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre and the Edmonton Public School Board.

Steven Britton and I interview Luke Fevin from the APUPIL ( Albertans Society for Unbiased Pupil Learning). He is also a member of the Edmonton Society of Atheists. SEA has been mentioned in the article of response from the Pregnancy Centre.

 

Topics include

-What is APUPIL?

-What specifically is the complaint and the context of it?

-Concerns around the Pregnancy Centre’s Content

-How should religion be handled in public schools?

-Pregnancy Centre response including a letter from a supporter

-Who is the Society of Edmonton Atheists?

-Is there a connection with SEA and Paula Simons and the Dawson Family?

-What should we be teaching kids in sex ed?

This is Part 1 of our conversation. We do hope to get a response from the Pregnancy Centre.

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Agree or Disagree: With more school choices, both taxpayers and students win.


There was an interesting perspective on this topic written in the Calgary Herald.

I’ll let you read it. It’s written by Mckenzie Hahn from Faith Beyond Belief.

She believes that more school options are beneficial for taxpayers and students.

You can read that here http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Hahn+Taxpayers+students+with+school+choice/10008477/story.html

Do you Agree or Disagree?

Agree or Disagree: Animal Rights Activists are educated on the Rangeland Derby


http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/protesters-charged-with-public-mischief-after-disrupting-calgary-stampede-s-rangeland-derby-1.1900431

We start with the above video.

It’s an annual discussion over the Calgary Stampede.

It’s also an annual event during the Calgary Stampede.

Every year, there is an Animal Rights Group, in this case the Vancouver Animal Defence League, that protests the Chuckwagon Races at the Stampede. This time two actually handcuffed themselves to the race track delaying the start of the races.

For your information, here is the website to the Vancouver Animal Defence League.  www.vancouveranimaldefenceleague.com

At the end of the video, you will hear from two of the participants of the race, Jason Glass and Kurt Bensmillier. They also make an interesting point.

They ask two questions. The first one is from Glass asking people like the Vancouver Animal Defence League.

“Come to our place and see how we care for the horses.”

The second one is from Bensmillier.

“How does delaying a race until dark safe for the animals?”

I do think these are fair questions. Particularly since this group did this for the “safety of the animals”.

What do you think? Does it seem these Animal Rights Activists groups are educated on the Rangeland Derby? Or, does it seem like a publicity stunt? 

Agree or Disagree: You have trust in your local Police Force


This may seem like an obvious question. However, for a family in Calgary this week there is some questions.

 

Shelly Jones is the mother of murder victim Lacey-Jones Mcknight who was murdered last week. She stated that she called the police several times about her allegedly abusive ex-boyfriend. She was never told of any resources available to her.

 

Jones is obviously is upset that the police failed to act to the repeating threats and stalking behaviour.

 

The police have charged ex-boyfriend Kristopher (Tray) Guenther with second degree murder.

 

I know that there are many different situations that the police are involved in. Domestic disputes are one. And yes, they should be respected for what they do.

 

However, when something like this comes to mind, it might beg us to ask the question.

 

What do you feel the role and responsibilty of the Police is? And are they fulfilling it?