Agree or Disagree: Health Care Premiums


If you missed Jim Prentice’s Alberta Address, you can listen to it here.

As always, there were a number of different thoughts from this. However, there were 2 main ones.

1) #loggerstobloggers trended a bit last night on Twitter.

2) Health Care Premiums.

After this speech, there was a lot of conversation around the possible reinstatement of health care premiums in Alberta. Health Care Premiums were suspended in 2009.

For a further information. I will link this article from the Globe and Mail  which looks at some possibilities of what this might look like.

But, what do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree with Health Care Premiums?

Agree or Disagree: College Athletes should be paid.


Today is the start of March Madness. The NCAA College Basketball Tournament. It involves 64 teams  and will go on for the next month.

You may, or may not watch it. That’s fine. 140 million people will. It is also expected that $9 billion dollars….not a misprint…$9 million dollars will be bet on this tournament.  It also generated $7.5 billion dollars…….again not a misprint….$7.5 billion dollars in TV revenue.  There will coaches that make over $4 million dollars a year to coach athletes to win a championship that will give their university international recognition. College athletes will not be allowed to make a single cent.

To help out with this argument, I invited…well uploaded John Oliver from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to present a case as to why they should be. Listen below.

Do you Agree or Disagree that college athletes should be paid?

Agree or Disagree: Bill C-51


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This weekend, there were several protests to Bill C-51.

For those who do not know what Bill C-51 is, in short is ” An Act to enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts”

Here are a couple of things you can read.

First, you can read the House Publication. Warning. It’s long.

Second, you can read this from Open Parliament. It is the MP’s debate on the Bill.

I will also add this Bill C-51 for Dummies. It is a succinct explanation of the Bill.

But enough links. Many of you know this Bill. Many of you probably joined the protest.

Do you Agree or Disagree with the Bill C-51?

Why or Why not?

Agree or Disagree: Social Media wins elections.


It is a well known fact that there is Provincial Election coming soon to Alberta.

The expectation would be writ will be called anywhere from March 30- April 13. Election will likely be held anywhere from April 30-May 11.

During that time, there will be no question that the Provincial Election will be a dominate Twitter and Facebook. People will bring up topics. People will debate them.

But will it actually win someone an election?

To present some argument, I’m going to share this post. While there the obvious ones like Mayor Nenshi and President Obama, here is the story of how Klaus Iohannis won the Romanian Presidential Election. He went from not having a Facebook page to having 776, 911 likes on Facebook.

However, I’m also going to share this. This is a list of “Political Fails”. A number of decisions and posts on Facebook or Twitter that severely cost some elections.  You can make the argument that Social Media loses elections.

All this to ask this question.

Do you think Social Media wins elections?

Or,

Do you think that Social Media loses elections?

Or,

Does it even matter at all?

An example is here in Calgary. Councillor Andre Chabot does not have a Twitter account. Yet he has served Ward 10 since 2005. How does he win without Social Media???????

I’m being sarcastic of course. But you get the point.

Agree or Disagree: Calgary Transit is an effective form of commuting.


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Starting on Monday, Calgary Transit’s new Spring Schedule starts. For more information on that, you can click here.

Some of the angriest Tweets I have seen expressed by Calgarians is directed right on Calgary Transit.  Whether they are behind, or there are delays, or someone actually missed a bus, you can read about it on Twitter. However, Calgary Transit has done a good job in communicating delays and updates as well. They will respond to your respectable questions as well.

According to the feedback they have received on their own Calgary Transit experiences, the feedback they are getting is most people have a pleasant experience riding the bus or the C-Train. However, it is also interesting how those with a car, or have lived in other cities find the Transit in this city frustrating.

What do you think of Calgary Transit? What is working? What frustrates you? Is it an effective form of commuting?

Please note: I don’t work or represent Calgary Transit in any way. I’m just asking questions.