Agree or Disagree: Canadians stores adopting Black Friday.

“I still believe in the Holy Trinity, except now it’s Target, Trader Joe’s, and IKEA.” 
― Jen Lancaster

Yesterday was American Thanksgiving.

Today is Black Friday in the States. A time in the United States where the best shopping deals are made. A time where people get up earrrlllyyy to get in line to make sure they get the best deals. A time where quite frankly, places like Walmart, Target and many more companies ensure that you come to them and but their product.

While the deals started in America, many Canadians head down and join in the Black Friday festivities. Except now, things are a little different.

Many stores in Canada have decided to adopt the Black Friday model here.  With what it appears, some success. 

This is the link to the National Post story on Black Friday. They estimate that 47% of Canadians will participate in Black Friday in Canada. 

Now, while some are excited and open to this, there are also some Canadians that are not. The reason is that we have Boxing Day here in Canada which the is the day after Christmas. We have our own holidays and identity and we don’t need to adopt an American holiday.

Is this a big deal? Is it just a clever marketing play by stores because they know people will buy in? 

Or, is this something that bothers you? A loss of Canadian identity

Agree or Disagree: You would take payment from an author willing to review your product.

Agree or Disagree: You would take payment from an author willing to review your product.

As an author, I know that there is some competition for your “voice:.

For example, I know a blog in Calgary called that is getting 17,000 visitors a month. I’m not. That would be nice, but I’m not.

Now, there are many reasons why you read a blog or a book or a story. But basically, it is about quality. The better and the more popular you are, the more work you get. Particularly if you desire to review. Many companies and organizations are looking for bloggers to promote their product. And they are willing to pay you!

However, just for a moment think about the flip side of this.

Let’s say a guy like… maybe me for example would come to you with an idea. I would review your product and instead of asking you to pay me, I would pay you to do the review.

Would you do that?

Some would say great idea! However, there are many that considers this unethical.

Above there is a link from an author named Rachel Thompson who is @RachelintheOC and @BadRedheadMedia on Twitter.  She gives a pretty detailed perspective.


What do you think? Is an author paying for a review unethical?

Agree or Disagree: Foster Parents receive enough support. A perspective from a former Foster Kid.

There was a time in my life when I was a part of the Foster Care system.

I was in two foster homes. Both were with larger families. One of the families had other foster children while I was there. The other as far as I remember anyway, did not.

This is going back a number of years now, but I remember a bit of the moment this happened. If you don’t mind, I’d like to share this.

I remember coming home from school one day when there was a car pulled up to my house. I remember feeling a little different about that day. A feeling I can’t fully explain except to say that there was a change in the air. My suitcase was packed and moved to my then social workers car. It was then explained too me that I was going to a Foster home. 

I remember staring out. I was numb, but not surprised. There was conversations about this before so I my 8 year old self wasn’t surprised. I just went with the flow.

My social worker drove out to the house. She gave an explanation of this family I was going too. A load of emotions came through my head all at the same time. But, I remember going with the flow.

We arrive at the house and we meet. It was an acreage there was lots of animals. Cows, horse, cats. The family is standing there waiting to greet me. What was odd was one of the kids names was Kevin he was one of the other foster kids, which was my name. I think we changed mine to Mark for the time.

It was an adjustment for me. New house, new  household rules and new ideas. It was also close to the end of the school year and I was also going to a new school with new teachers. There is lots of an 8 year old to adjust too.

That experience ended. But a couple years later, I went to another Foster home. This was a family of 5 with no other foster kids in the house. This being the second foster home, I had some  experience with dealing with the adjustments to fall back on. Again, new family, new school and new teachers and lots of a kid to adjust too.

In both of the cases, I would have to say that my foster experience was positive. The parents were nice, so was the Foster siblings. As a matter of fact, do you remember the kid named Kevin I told you about from the first family? Him and his actual blood sister ended up being adopted into the family. 

The reality is , and this is from my perspective, being a parent of foster children is not easy. Some of you who are parents can give that perspective. The reality is you are dealing with a child that in all tense in purposes was pulled out of a family into another one. There is a small sense of rejection that is hard not to suppress. Kids will handle that very differently. As a parent, that is an adjustment depending on the kid. Some kids are bounced from foster home to foster home. This includes babies.

Looking back, I also think it’s odd that the first meeting between family and child was when I was moving in. I’m not sure of that has changed, but it should. We are spending a long time in a confined space together, should there not be meet and greet before? I know the parents are educated about the child, but that can improve.

The reason that this is I’m sharing this story with you is because there has been some discussion about Foster homes in Alberta.Things like this story here v about the number of deaths in Foster homes. This will lead to an investigation on foster care in Alberta. Which I welcome because it is an important discussion. However, let this not stop people from realizing there are many incredible foster parents out there that are loving and nurturing

If we are going to have this discussion I say we open it with this question. Do you think that the government or agencies are showing enough support for Foster Parents?

My answer is no. There is a psychological preparation from both child and parent that needs to be worked on. 

But that’s a perspective from a former Foster Kid that was in the system.


Agree or Disagree: News Media outlets using Facebook as quotes for a news story.

At some point today, the chances are quite likely that you posted a status for your friends on Facebook too see. The chances are quite likely, many of your friends have seen it and commented on it. There are various reasons as to why you would post on Facebook. Too make someone smile. Too share a story. Or, perhaps you could use some support as you are going through a tough time.

That would be Audrey Strasser’s reason.

Who’s Audrey Strasser? This weekend, her 18 year old son died in a bar fight in Calgary. Understandably, she took to Facebook to share her grief with her friends and family. Also understandably, news outlets reported the story of the murder.

Except the news reporters from the Calgary Herald did not actually interview the grieving mother. Instead, they went to Facebook to get their quotes from the story.

Here’s a link to the story

Now, before you get on the Calgary Herald for this action, the Calgary Sun also used Facebook to gain some quotes on this story. The difference being, the Sun went to the Facebook memorial group to gain some insights.

Here’s the link to that story

Now, imagine if this was you. You shared something on Facebook and found it on a newspaper story the next day. Or, this was your friends. How would you feel? Is this good journalism? Or ethical?


Agree or Disagree: You would consider Speed Dating to find your mate.

Agree or Disagree: You would consider Speed Dating to find your mate.

Some of you might have done this before and some of you might not have.

Many of you have tried internet dating. Some of you have found it successful, some of you haven’t.

But what about Speed Dating? Have you tried it? Did it work?

There’s a perspective above.

Agree or Disagree: The Bible should be in the non-fiction section of your local bookstore.

Agree or Disagree: The Bible should be in the non-fiction section of your local bookstore.

Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach was upset.

He walked into a Costco store a saw a Bible for $14.95 and titled under the category “Fiction”.

So, he tweeted out the photo above and tweeted this.

Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm….

Costco issued an apology saying this.

Costco’s distributor mislabeled a small percentage of the Bibles, however we take responsibility and should have caught the mistake. We are correcting this with them for future distribution,” the statement said. “In addition, we are immediately relabeling all mislabeled Bibles. We greatly apologized for this error.

Read the story here.

Well, thank you… I guess. But wait, I have a question. What section should it be in then? I’m serious here.

Yes, you can argue it has non-fiction elements in it. You can also argue it has allegorical elements. You could technically say it has elements of fantasy in it. And realistically, you can argue it has elements of fiction in it.

My point is this. I’m not as offended by this as Pastor Caleb, or maybe other Christians are. It doesn’t matter what section it is in. And it doesn’t deter my view of the Bible. If anything, it made me think about elements of the Bible.

What do you think? Are you offended by the Bible in the fiction section?

Agree or Disagree: You are worried about your future pension.

Agree or Disagree: You are worried about your future pension.

In Alberta, the AUPE is very concerned about how the Provincial Government is handling pensions. They are so concerned that they are strongly encouraging you in Alberta to come to Town Halls they will be having all across Alberta titled Hands off My Pension.

The reason they will tell you is attached in this link for you to read.


The question I have is this. Are you worried about your pension? If so, why or why not?