Question: How should men speak about feminism?


Emma Watson’s speech to the UN.

This video has gone viral on social media.

It’s Emma Watson speech to the U.N. about women’s rights. To sum her speech, she has invited, and encouraged, men to be a part of the conversation. She encouraged men to express their sensivity and be themselves.

Now as a man I have a bit of a …..reputation….in coming across sensitive. I’m ok with that because it is true. I also have spoke for equality. As one simple example, I find it ridiculous that in 2014, there are still issues and a debate about equal work and equal pay.

However, also as a man, one of the points that Emma made is there have been times our participation hasn’t been welcome by some. It might be because we men have made many, many inappropriate comments. Fair enough. However, I know that there are men that want to speak properly into this.

My question, or questions if you will,to you is this. How should men speak into this conversation? How do we make valuable conversation into the legitimate concerns women have expressed over the years? How do we help move the conversation forward?

Any feedback is welcome?

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?