Agree or Disagree: Removing Gender from Birth Certificates


A group of nine activists, including the The Trans Alliance Society, have filed a human rights complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

They are requesting that remove gender from birth certificates. The reason? They feel that it is discriminatory towards transgender people.

You can read the article here. However, I would like to give you a portion of this for you to consider.

People who are legally assigned one gender, but identify with another, face a range of discrimination, the complainants argue. They say legally assigning gender at birth also hurts intersex children and people who don’t conform to male or female gender norms.

“Having a misgendered birth certificate guarantees that trans or intersex or gender nonconforming children will suffer grief when they go to school, humiliation when they apply for a driver’s license, and discrimination and danger in every other circumstance where someone wants them to ‘prove’ their gender,” according to a statement from the group.

Now, there will be some that will instantly disagree and resist this. So, I would like to ask this question.

Why would something like this be important? As a straight man, I admit when I first saw this, I was surprised. I never really thought about it helping. How would something like this be beneficial?

And do you Agree or Disagree that removing gender from birth certificates would prevent discrimination from transgendered people?

Agree or Disagree: Canada racism problem is worse than America’s


This article is from Maclean’s Magazine. It suggests that Canada’s racism is worse than the America’s.

Now in an instant, this might stun you. I mean we Canadians are so…..tolerant. But the article shows an interesting comparison between how Canada treats Aboriginal Canadians and how America treats African-Americans. In all areas, the Aboriginal population suffers a worse fate than African Americans. You can read the comparisons in the article and you might be surprised.

There is a bunch more on this that you will read and reflect on.

But first of all, do you think Agree or Disagree that Canada has a racism problem?

And second, do you see it as worse than America’s?

Agree or Disagree: Society has a cultural bias towards extroverts.


One of my all time favourite books is Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.

For the record, my Myers-Briggs is ENFJ. My E and I is close and my P and J are also close. I kind of look at myself as an Extrovert Introvert.

One of the reasons I love Cain’s book so much is because it does shine some light on what presume is the success of the extrovert. It also shares how we underestimate the power of the introvert.

As an example, think of some of the qualities we like in a leader. Great charisma, great communicator, ability to inspire etc. Qualities more recognized in an extrovert or an introvert leaders. We underestimate the ability to prepare and to push themselves and others.

In this article, Cain argues that our society has a cultural bias towards extroverts. As an example, here is what she says about the education system.

In a way education by its nature favours the extrovert because you are taking kids and putting them into a big classroom, which is automatically going to be a high-stimulation environment. Probably the best way of teaching in general is one on one, but that’s not something everyone can afford. So, school ends up becoming this place where introverted kids learn that they have to act like extroverts.

What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree that Society has a cultural bias towards extroverts?

Agree or Disagree: More sex in a relationship makes couples happier


It’s been a while since we have “Agreed or Disagreed”. We have been also spending A LOT of time on politics.

And we need to change it up.

And of course, We should pick an easy topic like sex:)

This linked article suggests that couples having more sex are actually not happier. This is different than comment thought from self-help books.

I’ll let you read this, and then of course ask……

Do you Agree or Disagree with this?

Agree or Disagree: There are reasons NOT to Vote


Tomorrow is election day. You have been encouraged to go out to vote. Some of you will…..

But most of you won’t…….

Mike Morrison wrote this article about the many reasons not to vote. And perhaps you can relate. This campaign has been full of mudslinging, personal attacks, accusations, and utter nonsense in this election. Does anyone remember an ACTUAL issue discussed during this campaign?  People have threatened ending friendships over choice of vote. Not for one side, but any side.

You can read his perspective here.

What do you think? Are there many NOT to vote? Do you feel disengaged with the politics right now?

Warning: This post will piss you off. But I’m going to say to anyway.


So, this post is going to piss some people off. But, I’m going to say it anyway.

I’d like to talk about Corporate Tax debate for a moment. Not whether or not there should be an increase in them. But, the debate around them

First, let me start off by saying this. I believe that we should improve the dispensation from rich and poor. We need to improve heath care, education and seniors care. I want to be in a community that supports each other not knock each other down. I want a community that treats everyone equally and fairly. There have been corporations and companies have taken advantage of people and the land. And some of the middle class are facing the brunt of that.

However, what has been lost in this debate is the amount of support many corporations give and invest in the community. Here are three of many examples for you.

Corporate Challenge: 180+ Companies, 1,500 volunteers, over 20,000 athletes. They have raised over 7.3 million for local Calgary Charities.

MotionBall: Involved in 12 Canadian cities. Individuals, partners, and organizations supporting Special Olympics. They have raised over $5, 000,00 to support and educate. I volunteered last year and it’s a great event.

Kids Up Front Calgary: Many large and corporations donate tickets for kids to events: Be it Flames Games or theatre, or other events. Below will be an alphabetical list of donors.

There was a conversation started last night about Ashif Mawji. Do you know what he has done for the Stollery Hospital? He sold his company so he can spend more time helping not only the Stollery Hospital, but the Kids Kottage Foundation.

Well, you know why they do it you say? They do it for marketing! They do it to get noticed! They don’t “care”.

That’s pretty presumptuous of you to think that.

You don’t know the personal impact certain organizations have had on someone’s personal life. Be it themselves, family members, or friends. Many successful people believe strongly that they should give back. You also don’t know the time and effort that people give IN SECRET to many organizations Not just here, but around the world. You don’t know the amount of time they mentor others. I know many entrepreneurs who do it all the time.

And, by the way, it’s none of your business.

Pissed off yet? Good. You are about to be pissed off more.

Before you assume that you know a company or individuals can afford a “simple and fair” 2% tax increase, you might want to have a look at companies around Alberta. Not just the oil sector, but other companies that have laid off people. You might want to ask some of the unemployed how easy it is to find a job. You might want to ask small business owners how they are doing. You might want to ask people currently working and concerned if they will still have a job. Times are not easy right now. That simple 2% add up. And up. And up.

It’s easy to scream platitudes on how those “rich successful corporations” and those “rich successful people” need to give more because “they can afford it”. It’s tougher to remember the time people have taken to get where they are.

Because it seems to me that generosity and success is being mocked and ridiculed.

So, before you assume these “fat cats” are “greedy and selfish” , take some time to look into the actual contributions they already give into the community. Because some of the richest and most successful people in the world happen to be some of the most generous.

Pissed off? Good. Suck it up. You needed to hear it.

Note: Not endorsing a party. Just giving a perspective here.

Here’s that Kids Up Front list.

http://www.kidsupfrontcalgary.com/partner/#

Agree or Disagree: Corporate Taxes.


As you may know, I’ve been sharing some different content from the Alberta Election.

On Agree or Disagree: The Podcast, I have interviewed  Terry Lo of the Alberta Party, Michael Connolly of the NDP, David Khan of the Alberta Liberals. We also chatted with Agatha Smykot and Paul Niewinski about the disenchanted and cynical of the election.

I would also like to discuss some of the big issues in this election. One of them is corporate taxes.

In the Alberta Budget before the election, the PC Party did not raise corporate taxes. This did not please the Alberta Party, NDP or Liberals. You may also have disagreed with it. Or, perhaps you agree with it.

While you are thinking about that, I’ll post this perspective from Mayor Nenshi about if Prentice has held the line of corporate taxes. You can read that here.

If you want to listen to the Podcasts click this link.