Agree or Disagree: Calgary has a great food scene.


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There is nothing better than going out for a great meal. A great breakfast. A great lunch. A great dinner.

And of course, a great dessert.

Now finding the great places for some can be a challenge. Other than the “mainstream” places,some may not know where to go. Or, some may not be able to afford it.

The other factor is what city you are in.  There are cities have great reputations for their food scene. Here’s a link of the top 10 food cities in the world. Spoiler Alert; Vancouver and Montreal are on the list. Calgary is not.

You are probably not surprised.  But what are your thoughts on Calgary’s food scene?  Do we have a good one? Great one? Are there some places that you go to that you would recommend people check out?

As well, in your mind, what makes a great food scene? In your travels around the world, what are some of the things you notice about places with great food?

Agree or Disagree: When an affair leads to marriage, it is ok to celebrate it.


I’m not a big reader of Advice Columns . But today in the Calgary Sun, there was a question that caught me, and some other people’s eye as well.

A person named Disapproving (Note, real name  may NOT be Disapproving) wrote to Amy Dickinson and wrote this question.

DEAR AMY: One of my female family members — unmarried and in her 50s — recently disclosed to our large family that she has been having an affair with a married man for 30-plus years. They met while she was in college (he worked at her university), and he has one adult daughter. He is in his 70s.

Her announcement was prompted by the recent death of his wife. Now they are public about their relationship, attending family weddings, sending gifts, etc., as a couple.

Shortly after their relationship became known openly, she announced that they were engaged. Their wedding and her bridal shower are both being planned. My family and I have already been asked to save the dates.

She is an adult and is free to make her own choices; it’s really none of my business. My dilemma is this: I do not want to be a part of the shower or the wedding. I feel that while the intent is for these events to be a celebration, they are a disrespectful spectacle; their infidelity is now public only because his wife has passed away.

I don’t want to take a dramatic stance in any of this. I just want to avoid it altogether. Any suggestions? — Disapproving

Amy’s response was this.

DEAR DISAPPROVING: If you want to avoid drama, then you should also avoid harsh judgment. If it is possible for you to forgive your relative for her decades-long involvement in an extramarital affair, you should do so. You presumably don’t know the circumstances behind this affair and — spun differently — your relative seems like someone who has been profoundly patient. Would you wish to deny her the fullness of happiness now?

It is quite easy to decline an invitation without making a statement designed to ramp up the drama. You simply respond politely that you will not be able to make it to the festivities. You do not need to supply a reason.

However, please realize that life is both short and complicated. People sometimes make baffling choices. But the legitimizing of a relationship between two consenting and legally available adults seems like a good thing, even if you don’t approve of how they got there.

You can read her column here.

Do you Agree or Disagree with her response? What would you do if you were in this situation?

Agree or Disagree: Alberta should tax “soda pop and sugary drinks”


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The Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention would agree.  The APCCP is compiled of 17 provincial health groups, including The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

They are suggesting that the Provincial Government tax soda pops and sugary drinks.

The reason is “”Decreased sugary drink consumption has major benefits for Albertans, such as reduced risk of chronic disease, improved quality of life, increased productivity and academic performance for students, as well reduced health care costs.”

You can read the article here.

I just want to make a small point. Smoking prices increased. They have even put bans on where you can smoke! But, people still smoke.

My instant reaction is this. How would a tax  prevent people from drinking soda pop and sugary drinks?

Agree or Disagree: Alberta’s New School Curriculum will have a negative impact on students


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School.

Some love it.

Some hate it. .

However, we all know how important education is going forward.

There are many parents and educators that have been concerned about Alberta’s new school curriculum. They are concerned that the new discovery approach to school.

To help this conversation, I will add this link  from March 2014. It’s 10 questions about the new school curriculum. It discusses why there a need for change and why some are worried.

What do you think? Will Alberta’s New School Curriculum have a negative impact on students?

Agree or Disagree: Turn the other cheek.


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refrain from retaliating when one has been attacked or insulted.
When I was in school, I was one of those kids that was picked on a lot. Sometimes, by an individual person. Other times by a group. It was difficult to deal with. However, there was lots of advice that generally fell under two categories
          1) Ignore it.
        2) Stand up to them.
  1. To be honest, both were difficult to do. If I ignored, they would come at me harder. If I stood up, I wasn’t strong enough to hold them back.
    As an adult, I became more mature, I developed a better way on handling these things. I learned that even though there will always be people that insult you, there are also people that love you. And the people that love you, those words have more meaning.
    But, that doesn’t mean that there will still not be difficult people in your, or my life. They will always be there. And, there will be a  time to “turn the other cheek”.
    Turn the other check a phrase that is commonly associated with Jesus.  However, it is also in Lamentations 3:30 (NIV) where it says this;
    Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them and accept the insults of their enemies.
    And as mentioned a the top, it also means “refrain from retaliating when one has been attacked or insulted.”
    So, it would seem for many, that it makes sense to turn the other cheek.
    Or, does it?
    Is there a time that you should turn the other cheek? Walk away from the person and move on? Or, is there a time to stand up? Say no more and stand up!
    When is the time to do either? And how difficult is it?

Agree or Disagree: You are worried about the Canadian economy.


It’s been a tough week this week in the economy. Actually, it’s been a tough start to 2015.

Let’s review this week’s news.

-Oil prices are at about $48 dollars a barrel.

-Suncor cut 1,000 jobs taking $1 billion in their budget.

-Target announced they will be closing their stores in Canada.

Many will be impacted, as well as feel impacted by what has happened. There are many different conversations, including one on the concept of a sales tax in Alberta.

The question I have for you is this. Are you worried about the current state of the Canadian economy? What is worrying you? If you are not worried, why not?

Agree or Disagree: Sabrina’s Law


Every once in a while, I get requests to do an Agree or Disagree. This is one of those times.

You may or may not have heard of the term Sabrina’s Law. For that, I would like to show you this video from CTV Edmonton.

Click here for video.

Here’s also a perspective from the person putting forth the request.

I don’t want my child to be segregated or different because of her allergy. Each school has a policy in Alberta, the standards are very loose and up to the individual school. So as a parent with a child it makes it difficult to trust or to investigate what is best for our child.
 
Children have died because of the lack of information. I don’t want to risk my child life, I also want her to be able to have a life.
I should note that we have zero allergies between myself and my husband. So all of this is like a new world.
I will also put forward this article for you to read.
Do you think Sabrina’s law can help children with severe allergies? Or, are there other options available?
I should note that we have zero allergies between myself and my husband. So all of this is like a new world.