Agree or Disagree: Restaurants banning “distracting children” from their establishments

Agree or Disagree: Restaurants banning “distracting children” from their establishments.

This is an article about a restaurant called the Old Fisherman’s Grotto in Monterey California.

They have decided to ban crying children.  They have also let customers know that they don’t welcome strollers, high chairs and booster chairs. 

You might have reacted negatively, but the restaurant says their business has grown. As well, according to the article,other restaurants are taking the same policy.

What do you think of this?

Agree or Disagree: You would support a privatized Public Transit system


I have just returned from a week from Toronto.

I saw lots of different things. The Toronto Blue Jays, The Toronto FC, The Hockey Hall of Fame, Wayne Gretzky’s and more! I ate lots of different foods as well. Overall, a good trip.

i had two main ways of transportation. One was walking. The other was Transit. Quite frankly, I was surprised at how slow it was. There are buses and subways, but it takes a long time to get anywhere. It’s not only slow, it’s expensive. If you live in a suburb like Burlington or Hamilton and you want to transfer into Toronto, you would use the GO service. You have to pay to use the GO Service AND you have to pay to use the TTC.

In the current Mayoral election in Toronto, public transit is a major issue. Everyone has different ideas. One idea that even came up during the Ontario Provincial Election has been privatizing the transit system.  It’s something that happens in some places in the States and around the world.

One of The Pro’s-It creates competition which will naturally provide better service.

One of the Con’s-It can cause confusion for riders. Companies would not necessarily provide their competitors transit information.

What are your thoughts? Would you support a privatized Public Transit System?


Agree or Disagree: Calgary’s New Taxi “Barf” Law

There is a new law in Calgary.

Calgary City Council has introduced a new law for those patrons that puke in a cab.

It will cost $100 if you happen to do this in a cab

Now, I am having issues posting on my IPad. So, I will be posting a link in the comments. 

However, I have some concerns

1) We are assuming everyone out late night is drunk

2) We are assuming that the reason people get sick is because they are drunk. You could be sick because of food poisoning for example

3)We are assuming the only people that use a cab service late at night is drunk people.

4) Who implements the fine?

I understand the cab companies,not needing to be on the hook. But am I the only one who thinks this isn’t thought out?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Edmonton Sex Ed Controversy-Part 1 Click here


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: CASL, new anti-spam law, punishes charities

It has been one week since the anti-spam CASL has been in effect.

Before the law was implemented,I went to a couple of information sessions on this. I can tell you from what I saw , there was a lot of confusion about CASL.

And there still is.

In the above column from Beacon News, Derrick James argues that this law is punishing charities.

I’ll let you read and then ask you what you think.

Agree or Disagree: The Calgary Stampede is good value for it’s money

You may or may not be aware but this, but the Calgary Stampede begins this weekend.

The reality is that the Calgary Stampede is the identity of Calgary.  It’s the biggest event of the year and the City invests in it. Physically, mentally, and emotionally.

People around the world will travel around the world to come to the Stampede. And it will attract well over one million people. It’s an economic boon for the City of Calgary.

However, I’m getting a sense there is some people tired of the Stampede. They are tired of the crowds and the behaviour of some. But, most of all, they are tired of the prices of…..everything. 

The moment you decide to go to Stampede, the reality is you can spend over $100-$200. Easily. That’s a lot to ask for many.


Do you think the Calgary Stampede is good value for it’s money?



Agree or Disagree: The Podcast. How do you imagine Canada going forward?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast. How do you imagine Canada going forward?

Happy Canada Day! Hope you have a great day!

Question. Did you know that the 150th Birthday of Canada is coming up?

It is in 2017. And there is a group called Imagine 150 that is preparing you for it!

Terry Lo is back and wearing pants! We also bring in Reg Tiangha. As well as Lisa Lunt from Imagine 150.

Topics include
What makes us proud to be Canadian?
What is the perception of Canada from other countries?
Do we express our pride of being Canadian?
What is Imagine 150?
How can you be involved?
Who is Reg? Ladies, is he single?

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Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-The Preview of the Calgary Flames Draft





Although the Tag Line for Agree or Disagree:The Podcast is religion, sex, and politics, we occasionally jump on to sports.

Besides, hockey is a religion in Canada anyway.

Cory Chapdelaine, myself, are joined by Dan Stephenson from Fireside Podcast. Dan hosts Fireside Podcast with Matt. They describe themselves as an alternative to the Fan 960. They have done some extensive research on the Flames draft.

If you get a chance, check out There is some cool stuff on how to look at the Flames.

Our Podcast topics include,

The state of the Flames and thoughts and expectations of new GM Brad Treleven.
Comparison with Oilers and Canucks
Preview of the Top 4 Picks of the NHL Draft.
Some sleepers and risers in the draft.
Who the Flames could pick in all their draft picks. And, how they got them.
A conversation Dan had with Brian Burke and a letter Brian wants him to write about Mike Cammarelli. Dan’s prepared letter to respond.
A look at the Flames prospects like Monahan, Gaudreau and more.
Strategy going into Free Agency.  to the listen to the Podcast.

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Update on #yyc petition-Petition starter says she received a threat.

Update on #yyc petition-Petition starter says she received a threat.

You might remember the above post regarding the petition to remove regarding the legislation to making it illegal to post graphic or disturbing images in view of motorists on city roadways.

You will also remember there was quite a discussion around the petition. And while there were some that wouldn’t sign it, but there were some of you that saw it and signed the petition.

One of the themes that came out of the discussion was the concept of free speech.While many expressed concerns about the sign, they felt that the group that is behind the signs the Canadian Centre for Bio Ethical Reform has the freedom to post the signs. People felt they were disturbing, but they had the right to do it.

And while I’m not a particular fan of the wording of the petition, I respect the right for this petition to be shared. I also understand the intent of the person responsible for the petition.She is being a concerned citizen, and from what I understand a concerned mother,

The fact of the matter is this. Based on the response of the petition, her concept has some support. Of the 5,000 signatures needed, she has over 4,100.

Now I happened to do a little bit of digging and I got in touch with the person behind the petition. Her name is Nicole. I’m not giving a last name and you will see why in a moment. Now I have a source that knew Nicole and I got a perspective on the petition. The explanation I got was that her and several others have had panic attacks upon seeing these. There has been other stories as well. I have heard myself and other people express a concern that children are seeing these signs.

It appears that some do not have the same concern.

I actually connected with Nicole and we discussed her coming on Agree or Disagree:The Podcast. She actually agreed and we were working out a time for her to come on.

That is until this morning.

I received a message from Nicole that she had been threatened.

Now,there are a couple of interesting things that the person behind the alleged threat.One,the person is either a) not smart or b) doesn’t understand modern technology. The other is he called himself an influential politician.

According to Nicole, the threat came from James Kohut. Kohut is a local politician who has ran federally and municipally. He ran in Ward 6 in 2007 municipally. In 2006, he ran for the Canadian Action Party in Calgary Centre-North federally.

It appears Kohut got Nicole’s contact information online. Apparently, Kohut also forgot that people have caller ID. He also forgot that the internet can also retrieve his own contact information.

According to Nicole, the threat was that she withdraws the petition or he will share her private contact information and “hundreds of people” will call her and complain.
She has filed a police report.She also gave me permission to share this.

Now a couple of important things. I don’t know James, or for that matter Nicole’s position on abortion. Quite frankly, that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that a person expressing her free speech, the same free speech we all share, feels her security is compromised. Apparently, from someone who feels powerful.

Obviously based on this, Nicole is angry, and a little hesitant to make any public comments on this. So, if you know her, give her and her family a big hug. If you don’t and this issue concerns you, then sign the petition or speak to your local politician.

I should let you know that although the details have not been finalized, I will be interviewing CCBR on their perspective on Agree or Disagree: The Podcast.

Stay tuned for updates and thank you for reading.

Agree or Disagree: There is a healthy way to deal with your partner’ s exes.

When it comes to partner’s exes, this can be a complex issue. Some relationships have a deeper and longer history than others. But, more and more, this is an issue that has to be contended with. As well as tough to handle.  Which can lead to more complications.

I’m sure some of you will have some experiences to share about this. Is there a healthy way to deal with your partner’ sexes?

What are your thoughts?