Agree or Disagree: Calgary needs more Taxis.


Yesterday in a vote of 8-6 ( Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra was absent) to delay more taxi licenses in Calgary.

Above is the perspective of Mayor Nenshi.

However, not everyone agrees. Here’s Ward 8 Councillor Evan Woolley’s reason why we need to catch up with Taxi Licenses.

Do you Agree or Disagree that Calgary needs more Taxis?

Agree or Disagree: Canadians are friendly travellers.


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This is inspired by a from a post from an American.

This American suggested that some of her fellow country mates were acted in a  very inappropriate matter in a resort in Mexico.

She signed “today I claimed I was a Canadian”.

What was interesting is we Canadians came to her defence. Some Americans on the post felt defensive.  However, we Canadians became somewhat proud of  our friendly travelling reputation.

But is it true? Are we Canadians friendly travellers?

This is one perspective from a Canadian travelling.

What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree that Canadians are friendly travellers?

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.


I posted this originally on March 9. Since I posted this only on the Agree or Disagree: The Podcast Facebook Page, we didn’t get comments.

I do think it is an important discussion. Hence, I’m re sharing and re adjusting.

As you know, the Alberta Provincial election has been called for May 5.

During this time, there will be no question that the Provincial Election will be a dominate topic 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.

Agree or Disagree: Twitter is an effective way to communicate to Calgary City Council


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You might have heard a little rumour that I have a Podcast.

The rumour is true. You can listen to the interview I did with Sean Chu here.

I picked Sean Chu for an interview because he is one of the most controversial Councillors on Twitter. Here’s some sample Tweets he gets.

It’s a new day. I wonder what Sean Chu will get wrong today.

you still think like a cop. This is why you will remain a rookie politician.

He is very controversial. There are many times he has expressed his opinion strongly. And it has angered people.

But he’s not the only one that uses Twitter.

We of course have our Mayor Nenshi. He is well known for his Tweets and how he communicates. He has 225 K Followers. He engages.

While we are at it, here are some other numbers for you.

Ward Sutherland @Ward4Ward1 2108 Followers.

Joe Magliocca @Joe_Magliocca 1,655 Followers.

The above mentioned Sean Chu @seanchucalgary 2,255 Followers.

Richard Pootmans @pootmans 2,768 Followers

Druh Farrell @DruhFarrell  6,690 Followers

Gian-Carlo Carra @gccarra 5,498 Followers

Brian Pincott @bpincott 5,666 Followers.

Evan WoolleyWard8 3,531 Followers.

Shane Keating @CouncillorKeats 3,655 Followers

Dianne Colley-Urquhart @BigRedyyc 4,115 Followers

Peter Demong @peterdemong  2,220 Followers

Three Councillors Jim Stevenson, Ray Jones, and Andre Chabot do not have Twitter.

What is interesting is Ray Jones has been a City Councillor for over 20 years. Chabot for 10.

Since you are on the Social Media, and perhaps on Twitter, how effective do you find Twitter in communicating what is working, and well, what is not working in City Council. Do you feel that your voice is heard? Do you see that there has been change? Or, is it a lot of noise that goes nowhere?  Do you see people just being rude, belligerent and snarky to City Council on Twitter?

Who is the most effective City Councillor including Nenshi on Twitter? Why or why not?

In addition, how do you think we can effectively communicate our concerns to City Council on Social Media?