Agree or Disagree: Calgary is an affordable place to live.


Is Calgary an affordable place to live?

This is an interesting article from the Calgary Herald. It discusses the current financial plight in Calgary. It is estimated that 42% of Calgarians are living paycheque to paycheque.

Some might find this interesting considering the perception that Calgary is the land of prosperity. Many have moved here from other cities in hopes of taking part of that prosperity.

Yet, half of the city is living paycheque to paycheque.

Why is that?

Agree or Disagree: The Customer is always right.


Is the Customer always right?

There is an old saying. You may have heard of it.

The Customer is always right.

However, there is a movement and a suggestion that this is not always the case.

The above article from the Huffington Post gives 5 reasons why businesses are starting to abandon this concept They are;

1.It makes Employees unhappy

2.It gives abrasive customers an unfair advantage.

3.Some customers are bad for business.

4. It results in bad customer service.

5.Some customers are just plain wrong.

Of course, you can the reasons behind why they believe the customer is NOT always right.

The question is, do you agree with them?

Agree or Disagree: A Post-Secondary Education guarantees success


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It’s that time of year again!

The time of year where we begin school! Some kids started Grade 1! Others started High School!

And of course, others started Post Secondary.

Post Secondary is the step towards a work career. Your dreams, your passions, your desires. Maybe you have dreams to change the world! Post Secondary can help with that!

Maybe you have dreams of financial security! Post Secondary can help with that!

Or can it? Does Post Secondary education guarantee success?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Life in the gym


Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Life in the gym

Do you go to the gym?

Why or why not?

On this Podcast, Terry Lo, Agatha Smykot, Julie Huston, and I discuss going to,the gym. Why people go and why they don’t.

Click the above link
Topics include;

Purpose of going to the gym
The benefits of having a personal trainer.
Concerns about having a personal trainer.
How to pick a personal trainer.
Gym Culture
Dating in the gym?
Expectations of men in the gym
Expectations of women in the gym
Accountability and motivation outside of the gym

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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?