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?

Agree or Disagree: Calgary is an easy place to date.


Agree or Disagree: Calgary is an easy place to date.

The above link is from clover.co. It has dome some research on easy it is to date in different cities.

I would like to point you what they say about Canada.

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“Central Canada is predominately looking for love where the West and East Coast are more casually oriented. The more remote locations in the North seem to show more of an interest in making new friends above all else.”

Then, there is this map below….

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According to this research, Montreal is looking for love and Edmonton looks to hook up.

So Calgarians, you live here. You might be single, or in a relationship or even yes, married.

How easy is it to date in Calgary? If you are single, what are your options? Where do you go?

If you are in a committed relationship, or married how easy was it for you? Are you glad to be out of the so called “scene”?

Agree or Disagree: Calgary has a strong sense of community.


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This week, I’m the curator of @peopleofYYC account. So, there may be some new readers we introduce to the Agree or Disagree concept.

This week, we will be focusing on the things going on the City of Calgary.

The first one we will discuss is Calgary’s sense of community.

Personally, I was one that believes that although people would come to Calgary to work, I perceived that people had trouble calling Calgary “home”.

That was until June 19, 2013.

That was the  flood. You remember it. How can you forget it? We saw people all over the city support those who were affected by the flood. Remember this?

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The large amount of volunteers prepared to help the city recover.

That was when there was I saw a strong sense of community come through. Neighbour invited other neighbours over. Stranger helped out strangers rebuild. People cooked food for blocks of their new friends.

This is where I saw Calgary become a “home”. A place to lay roots. And the city feels different. Less individualistic. More community orientated.

However, that is just my perspective. You might see something different. So, here are some questions for you.

Do you Agree or Disagree that Calgary has a strong sense of community? Why or why not?

Where do you see Calgary’s community the strongest?

Where do you see an area where Calgary can grow in community?

Agree or Disagree: Bullying Can Be Stopped.


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Today is Pink Shirt Day. Many wore a pink shirt to speak out against bullying.

One of the best post to clarify what bullying is was this article from Vancity Buzz.

Now as important as many felt this day was to speak out, there are some that are a little cynical about this day.

Why?

Because some feel Bullying cannot be stopped.

I was, and am actually continuing to have this conversation with some parents who are concerned about the approach schools, and other organizations have on this topic. In particular, grades 8- 10.

With this in mind, I present this article. This is a story form Alpha Mom. She talks about how her kid was being bullied. I’ll let you read. But I’ll fast forward to the end of the story. And, I’ll leave it to you tho think about it.

There will always be bullies in this world. You can’t stop that. But what you can control is the way you act. If everyone did that, called out the bullies instead of living in fear of retribution, bullying would come to an end. Stand up when you see someone being picked on, because the next time it could be you.

You know, Mom, what was weird?

What?

Once I pushed [big kid] down the first time, the other kids that were standing there told him to stop being a bully too. But before that they were just watching and doing nothing.

Sometimes, honey, it takes one person to step up first. Then other people feel brave enough too. They are afraid of being picked on.

Well, I’m not afraid.

Agree or Disagree: Work is B.S.: We need to move to “AntiWork”.


At first glance, this will seem weird. So, stick with this concept. And, if you still think it is weird, I won’t blame you.

I have attached and article  that you can read here. The article suggests that we need a new approach to work, called “anti-work.”  The article defines “anti-work “as this.

A moral alternative to the obsession of “jobs” that has plagued our society for too long. It’s a project to radically reframe work and leisure. It’s also a cognitive antidote to the pernicious culture of “hard work”, which has taken our minds as well as our precious time.

Now, yes, there is a lot of big words, but there are some interesting things to think about. First, let me ask a question.

Why do you work? Seriously. Is it because you need the money? Do you enjoy your work? If you do, that is rare as only 13% of people feel engaged in their job. This according to a poll done in the Washington Post in 2013. I know you say, American. I’ll be the numbers aren’t much higher in Canada.

Wouldn’t you rather be spending the majority of your hours doing something you actually enjoy?  Not stuck at a desk. Or a till. Or, whatever else makes you feel stuck. Maybe avoid that annoying co-worker. Spend more time volunteering in the community you live in. Or overseas. Write a book.

The article is suggesting we move away from this motion of continuing to work, and find a better work-life balance.

So the question is this. Do you Agree or Disagree that Work is B.S. and that it is time to move to a concept like “Anti-Work?” Do you think our society/culture can work with this?

Agree or Disagree: American Culture is the probably the least “Christian Culture” we have ever had.


Twitter stirred up a bit with this Tweet from Eugene Peterson.

It reads

American culture is probably the least Christian culture that we’ve ever had because it is so materialistic and it’s so full of lies.

Agree or Disagree: It’s easy to volunteer in #yyc


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If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the latest Agree or Disagree: The Podcast, you can listen to it here.

The topic we discussed was Kids Up Front. A charity here in Calgary.   Nicky and I had a brief discussion about opportunities to volunteer in the city.

Nicky pointed out that if you are on Social Media, it is easy to be aware of causes in the city. Causes like Kids Up Front. However, if you are not on Social Media (Spoiler: There are people not on Social Media), how are you aware of who needs volunteers or for that matter, where to volunteer?

Also, how do organizations promote their story to attract volunteers to their organization? And keep them?

What are your thoughts?