Agree or Disagree: We should take sex trafficking at the Super Bowl seriously

Agree or Disagree: We should take sex trafficking at the Super Bowl seriously

This is an article from CBC News about sex trafficking during the Super Bowl.

Members in Congress heard Monday that the Super Bowl is the “single largest human trafficking incident in the United States”.

However, some do believe this hype is overblown.

Julie Ham is a former researcher with the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women said this in the article via email.

“These concerns aren’t valid. The idea that trafficking increases during large sporting events is an unsubstantiated rumour.”

What do you think? Should we take this seriously?

Agree or Disagree: We would end Homelessness, by giving Homeless homes

Agree or Disagree: We would end Homelessness, by giving Homeless homes

The above link is an interesting idea from Utah. 

 Since 2005,Utah decided to give the homeless homes. Studies showed that the costs for E.R visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person. Giving them an apartment and social worker costs $11,000. 

Apparently the idea has worked.  It has reduced homelessness by 78%. A huge step when your goal is to end homelessness by 2015. As a matter of fact, other states are adopting this idea.

But, do you really think this idea would work? It seems simple. As a matter or fact, there was a thought of this idea in Calgary. There were some concerns.

Do you think this works?

Agree or Disagree: It is time to raise the minimum wage

Agree or Disagree: It is time to raise the minimum wage

In The State of The Union address last night, President Barack Obama gave an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors. The wage will got from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

In the above link, you can read that many felt that the move will have a positive impact on their lives. As an example, Melissa Romero an employee from the Air and Space Museum McDonald’s restaurant said “I’ll finally be able to pay my bills.”

Some Republicans felt that this idea will have a negative effect on the economy. Here is a quote from House Speaker John Boehner.

“When you raise the cost of something, you get less of it,” House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday. “And we know from increases in the minimum wage in the past that hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans have lost their jobs. And so the very people the president purports to help are the ones who are going to get hurt by this.”

Ironically in Canada, there is a discussion about this as well. Ontario is raising the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 an hour. There is also a campaign in Ontario to raise the minimum wage to $14 an hour. The campaign is head up by the Workers Action Centre. However, this has not been met with support from the Ontario Government.

“I know that there’s a call for $14 (but) we have to move very carefully, because this is about making sure that we retain and create jobs,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said.

Here’s the link to that story

 Also, I will add this link. It’s the minimum wage for all the provinces in Canada.

 What do you think? Should we be raising minimum wage?

Agree or Disagree: We are having better conversations about Mental Health

Agree or Disagree: We are having better conversations about Mental Health

Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.

Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.

About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or “manic depression”).

You can read more at this link

Clearly, it would seem that there are more conversations, more awareness about mental health.

Do you think we are having better conversations about Mental Health?

Let’s talk about that.

Introducing Agree or Disagree: The Podcast

For the last two or three years, the format we have use for Agree or Disagree has been simply a written format. I write Agree or Disagree, you comment by writing. Discussion/debate ensues. Yes, it works and often we have a great discussion! However, it is limiting in a sense. I’ve seen some of those limitations myself.

But I have been thinking about the limitation.What if we had format that included perspectives from different people? Maybe people from two different sides in a debate format? Or have  experts or Roundtable discussions.

Well, this is where I introduce to you to something new.

I’m calling it Agree or Disagree: The Podcast.

We will be doing a weekly format hosted by myself.I’ll have co-hosts and guests. Sometimes we will discuss one topic. Sometimes we will discuss a week worth of news! Depending on the week! It promises to be lively and engaging. It also can promise to get to the heart.

As we prepare to launch, and launch date is coming ver soon,This is what I would like you to do.

There will be  a Facebook Page
Like Agree or Disagree: The Podcast on Facebook.

If we are not friends on Facebook, we should be! Add me Kevin Olenick. I’m the guy in the hat.

Follow me on Twitter @kevole.

Keep an eye our for Agree or Disagree: The Podcast. It is coming soon!

Agree or Disagree: Justin Bieber is being bullied.

Agree or Disagree: This man is being bullied.

You know who this is,

This picture has been all over the internet today. You might have heard that he was arrested for DUI and drag racing charges in Miami.

Now, I went on Twitter and the conversation was quite interesting.

Some felt he was getting what he deserved.

Others wanted to remind us that he is depressed. That he is a victim of some terrible circumstances and he deserves a break. They feel that these attacks are not fair and he deserves your compassion.

What do you think of the treatment of Justin Bieber today?

Agree or Disagree: Canada needs to regain it’s cultural backbone

This is an interesting commentary from Brian Lilley from Sun News.

There was a story in the Sun about a 17 year old girl named Sonja Power from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was told that her Aikido class would be divided by gender. Men on one side and women on the other.

The reason? Because there is a Muslim man that requested it.

I might have mentioned this before, but when Sun News tells a story, I feel like there is something missing. This is another example of that.

Let us look at this story from The National Post. Here is the link.

It seems that this wasn’t actually an issue. As a matter of fact, it seems like the class understood his point.

It would seem that the reason this Muslim man for religious reasons didn’t want to be in physical contact with the females in the class.

So, on one end, we have a perspective that an action like this, as well as what happened at York University with the Muslim man asking to not participate with a female group in his class, is a sign of Canada losing it’s cultural backbone.

On the other side, it would appear this might be part of Canada’s strength. Trying to respect where people are from and well, perhaps being friendly.

What do you think? Are we losing our cultural backbone? Or, are we being a respectful culture?

Agree or Disagree: The Bible is “clear”.

Agree or Disagree: The Bible is “clear”.

The above link is a thoughtful blog from Rachel Held Evans.

There is a historical tendency for people to justify some action because they have a clear biblical mandate to do what they feel necessary. You will be able to read some of the comments in the blog.

It has made me think a little bit about this.  I admittedly used the phrase “The Bible is clear.” I’ve seen other people use the phrase. I keep thinking it has a tone of finality to it.

However, is it that simple. Can people simply use the phrase the Bible is clear? Or, is it more complex than that?


Agree or Disagree: Men are being “Wussified”-A perspective from a Man.

I tend not to get overly personal here, but I would like to tell you what I did Sunday.

I was out at the pub with guys watching football. We drank beer, ate wings, and cheered the Seattle Seahawks to victory.

I did that last weekend.

I’m going to do that in two weeks.

In this video,people are on Elisabeth Hasselbeck for the comments about asking about “Wussifying” males being a threat to National Security. Granted, not the brightest question in the world. However, the author of this book, Nick Roach, said absolutely!

I’m not sure where Nick Roach lives. I’m not sure Elisabeth Hasselbeck lives. But where I live, it would seem to me that being a man is in no way being threatened.

However, they asked the wrong question.

Some men like to hunt. Some men like to fish. Some men love cars. Some men do not. Some prefer other activities. It doesn’t mean one man is better or more manly than another.

Instead of asking how we are “wussifying” men,why don’t we have a conversation about what a quality man is?

Why don’t we stop looking at what a man is by the amount of stuff he has? There are several men who have everything life can grant to them. Money, stuff, looks, attitude. Yet, they treat women, and other people, like garbage. Some have abandoned kids.

What we should do is applaud the men that are honourable. The men who have lots or little that put their family and friends first. That take the time to contribute positively to culture. Be it volunteering, advocating, defending and supporting others. Many who do so quietly and with dignity. They may or may not hunt, or fish, or drive a car. They may prefer a simpler lifestyle.

But if you asked their friends and family, they would call them a man. And they are loved for it.

At the end of life, the things that will matter and the things that I will reflect on is not how you measured up to society’s image of man.

What will matter is the type of man I became.