Agree or Disagree: This restaurant owner was right yelling at a screaming child.

Perhaps you have been there.

Sitting silently in a restaurant. Enjoying the company of your friends. When, suddenly, a child is screaming. You are distracted for a moment. You mat even get frustrated. But, you are polite and understanding and stay silent.

Or, maybe you are the parent. You are having a much needed night out. Then, suddenly, your child is screaming.And screaming. And screaming. And screaming. You are embarrassed. You are getting “looks” from the other patrons.

Now, maybe you are the owner.of the restaurant. Like Daria Neugebauer from Marcy’s Diner Portland Maine. The kid is screaming for an hour. You see the patrons have had enough. You sense the frustration. Then, suddenly, you scream at the kid to SHUT UP.

Is she right? You can hear story above.

Do you Agree or Disagree with her? Would you yell at a screaming kid in public?

If you are a parent, how would you feel about this happening to you?

Normally We Agree or Disagree, But tonight I have some thoughts to share

Normally it’s time to Agree or Disagree.

But tonight I thought I would share a perspective.

This week, many have been outraged over two incidents.

We were outraged over the Edmonton Fringe Festival handling over someone within the disabled community.
Many were outraged over the behaviour of one woman (strangely not the men) and a “video” at the Calgary Stampede.

Many responded with outrage, and well, let’s be blunt, shame.

Boycott The Fringe!

Fire the Executive Director!

Fire the Social Media Person!

Fire the Woman!

And while I do agree and understand that there are consequences for people’s actions, I feel that in the midst of this that we are missing something.


In all of these situations, there are actually opportunities to learn and be better. As an example, the Edmonton Fringe Festival took some huge steps in making things right with Daniel Hughes and their family. This will be better for everyone involved. And lessons can be learned from other organizations that looks for volunteers on how to communicate.

Would that have happened if we went on a firing spree like was requested or demanded by some?

Now the young lady and the men. And please hold on a moment here while I speak on this.

Imagine for a moment you made a mistake. A big mistake. A mistake that will possibly change the course of your life.

What would you want? Would you want to be isolated and alone while it seems like the whole world is laughing at you and mocking you?

Or, would you want community and support in a time you so desperately need it?

It’s easy to go on a computer and laugh and scorn people for mistakes. The problem is, and this includes me as well, we all have made mistakes. Maybe they weren’t posted on Social Media for all to see and “trend”. But, they were mistakes.

Did you learn from them? Did you have the opportunity to grow and be a better person? I know I have for mine.

There are many that say that the world owes you nothing. And perhaps they are right. But what the world is lacking in a big way is mentorship. People that walk side by side with you and support you in your decisions. The good ones and the bad ones. Maybe the world would be a better place if the world offered that.

So maybe this week is lesson for all of us, including me. Maybe the lesson is instead of asking for our entitled pound of flesh for something we know little about, we take the time to see what opportunities there are for us to learn from.

Because for every mistake we make, there is always a lesson to learn.

Agree or Disagree: This Calgary Cab Driver should be fired.

You heard about this story. A Calgary Cab Driver has been suspended because he kicked two men out of his cab for kissing.

You can read the story here.

Now for some, this is not enough. This is such an inexcusable behaviour that he should be fired.

But his perspective, which we haven’t heard until today, is interesting. This is a quote from a story in the Calgary Sun.

People try to have sex in my cab all the time. I tell anyone who is in my cab acting like that, and if they act like that I tell them to stop, and most times people co-operate and they even make fun over it,” the cabbie told the Sun.

“I’m not against people who practice gay sex or who are homosexual, because I’m not a homophobic person — I just ask them not to. There is copy of the video in my car and if you go back a week or two, you’ll come across a man and woman who I told, please don’t do it.

“Two guys come into my cab and they’re making out and so I tell them please stop until I get you to where you are going. People have started out like that, and they end up undressing themselves, until they are naked and about to have sex, and so I have to stop this kind of thing before it gets to that,” he said.

“I only told them to stop until I get them to where they are going.”

Now, I have to ask this. If you were a cab driver or in a situation like this, what would be your threshold? If you are driving over Stampede, or late at night, you may see some things you don’t want too. Yes, the person is the “customer” and some say the “customer” is always right. But, not to get too graphic here, but if A leads to B which leads to C…….there could be some cleanup needed to be done in the cab.Who pays for that? Likely the driver.

My perspective is if it was simply kicking someone out because they kissed, then yes they should be fired. However, we haven’t heard the cab drivers side of the story.And it sounds like from his perspective, he wasn’t sure what was going to happen. We heard on Facebook, “I got kicked out of a cab because we kissed”. We got outraged. But did we hear the other side of the story?

But what do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree should the Cab Driver be fired? Or, should we hear from him first?

Agree or Disagree: Political Leaders limiting media availability.

I recognize that many people will not like the article we will be using today. But it is in part of an interesting conversation going around the States and in Canada.

First, let’s look at Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided to limit media availability this week.  Which during an election year, is an interesting decision. One might think you would need a solid relationship with the media going forward.

One media person that has expressed his concern was Justin Ling. You can read that article here.

This is also an interesting article on the topic.

Now, this is also happening in the United States. Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton is also…limiting her media  availability. In a recent appearance, the media was actually roped off from speaking with her. Again, an interesting decision considering she is running a campaign. Here is the story.

This leads to a couple of questions in my head.

1) Do the media feel entitled that they can talk to who they want when they want? Just because there is a public appearance, does that mean the media should be asking questions?

2) I mentioned it’s an interesting decision by both Harper and Clinton. It may not be wrong though. Remember when some were upset that Rachel Notley didn’t appear on NewsTalk 770 the weekend before the Provincial Election? I was one that found it odd. But, it’s understandable. When you speak, you have the potential to give your opponent something to criticize. Or, someone to take comments out of context.

But, what do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree when political leaders like Harper, Clinton, or others limit the media from asking questions?

Agree or Disagree: Weapon Manufacturers can’t call themselves Christians.

This was a statement made by Pope Francis on Sunday.

He specific statement was anyone who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian.

You can read the article here.

“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he (The Pope) said to applause.

He goes on to speak about the “tragedy of the Shoah,” the Hebrew term for the holocaust.

“The great powers had the pictures of the railway lines that brought the trains to the concentration camps like Auschwitz to kill Jews, Christians, homosexuals, everybody. Why didn’t they bomb (the railway lines)?

Imagine for a moment that you were at the Pope’s message on Sunday. Would you stand up and applaud.

Do you Agree or Disagree with the Pope’s statement?

Agree or Disagree: Prison terms for Impaired Driving.

We are coming up to a Federal Election. You can tell by the Campaign promises and pledges this week.

One of them came from the Federal Conservatives. They are proposing a maximum 6 year jail sentence for those guilty of impaired driving.

You can read the article here.

Do you Agree or Disagree with this?