Agree or Disagree: This PC petition opposing someone wearing a niqab while taking the oath.


“Not the way we do things here”

The above petition is from the Federal PC Government.

They are asking you to sign a petition requesting that women not wear a full face covering during the Canadian oath.

To quote the petition here it is;

In Canada, women are full and equal members of society — including when they take the oath of Canadian citizenship.

That is why we are strongly opposed to anyone wearing a niqab – a full face covering – while taking the oath.

As PM Harper said last week, that is not the way we do things here: 

“It is offensive that someone would hide their identity at the very moment where they are committing to join the Canadian family.”

In Canada, women are full and equal members of society. Including when they take the oath of Canadian citizenship.

In order to give some perspective as to why those choose to wear the nijab, I’ll post this link from the BBC. It is from woman who explain why this is very important to them.

So, do you Agree or Disagree with the Federal Government addressing this topic at all?

Would you sign this petition?

Agree or Disagree: You need chemistry to fall in love


Agree or Disagree: You need chemistry to fall in love.

The above link is one of probably many links one can find on this topic.

One of the definitions of chemistry is the complex emotional or psychological interaction between two people.

Some feel that chemistry can be a little misleading. This above article presents 6 chemistry myths that can lead to an assumption of if you, or you are not in love.

They are

1) Love happens instantly, you must be absolutely sure from the beginning, you’ll know when you find it, and “chemistry” is all you need

2) Physical lust is always the same as love

3) You can’t fall in love with someone you are not immediately excited about.

4) You can’t fall in love with an old friend.

5)  Relief is the same as love.

6)  If I’m this excited, it must be love, and this person must be good for me.

What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree with this?

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: Turn the other cheek.


turn the other cheek
phrase of cheek
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?