So, there is a Problem.


Yes the sun rose today. And, yes the sun will  set tonight. And yes, the sun will rise tomorrow.

But, it doesn’t take away the hurt. And the problem.

Let’s start here. 4 out of 5 Evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump. I’m going to assume this has to do with the fact he’s “Pro-Life”.  I’m struggling to see the “Pro” in this. He;s restricted pretty much every other people group other than the rich and entitled. To even remotely put him in line with the idea of Scripture is complete and utter nonsense. For Christian leaders standing behind him and declaring him to be Christian is an insult to people who have been  deeply hurt and value Christianity. Trump values aren’t only not Christian, or Pro-Life, they aren’t even  pro-birth.

This man is the President Elect of the United States.

Let’s look at the idea of hard working and honest people getting what they deserve. While the FBI cleared Clinton of wrong doing, there was woman after woman after woman after woman after woman coming forward complaining on how he sexually assaulted them.  Not just 10 years ago. Not 15. Over and over again. His way of denial is saying how ugly these women are. Again, Christian leaders who talk about Biblical sexuality endorsed him.

Yet this man has the wealth and the power to continue to run a campaign.

This man is the President Elect of the United States..

While Christians and others are concerned about “Religious Freedom”, this man wants to restrict freedoms. Not just criminals. Muslims, Mexicans, Canadians, Syrians, LGBT, Homeless, and any other people group you can pick on. This is a man endorsed by the KKK. This is a man that believes so much in freedom , that he asked and encouraged people to beat up protesters.

This man is the President Elect of the United States.

You blame the media? Let’s talk about that for a minute. While many organizations and journalists and researchers did amazing work into his finances, his character,and his history, apparently that was “media bias”. Instead, influencers like Rebel Media, Breitbart, Alex Jones, who quite frankly are only interested in money and click bait were able to impact this election. Instead, people bought into a rigged election system. Trump fed them and fed them. And they got fat. Of course, they were interested in what’s best for the nation right?

This man is the President Elect of the United States.

You say thank God I’m in Canada. Really people? Remember when a guy in Edmonton yelled the N word at a black man? Or how about Abbotsford where a man, who has still not been arrested by the way, hurled racist insults at a Hindu man. You say that’s the west? Kellie Leitch, who is running for CPC leadership, is from Ontario. And let’s not forget that two women were bullied out of a PC Leadership race in Alberta. Let’s not forget the insults after insults many get for sharing their views on Twitter.

Perhaps influenced by the President Elect of the United States.

For us who have been bullied, intimidated, belittled, disqualified, condemned, and judged, last night was a problem. For those not from the USA that was afraid of breakfast as Van Jones mentioned. For those just want to be considered normal, there is a problem. For the women who in 2016, still can’t get equal pay for equal work, there is a problem.The message was man up treat people like shit, intimidate and threaten them. Laugh at them. Hurt them. Take your pound of flesh.

And you too could be The President Elect of the United States.

Yes, the sun will rise and the sun will set. And, maybe things will be ok.

But right now, we are angry, disgusted, defeated and demoralized. And no, we will not move on.We will continue to stand.And share.And talk. This isn’t a right or left issue.This is a human decency issue.

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Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Resolving to Exercise in 2015


Listen here to listen to the first of three Podcasts discussing New Year’s Resolutions.

Amber Romaniuk and Ashley from Mission Fitness discuss those resolutions surrounding more exercise and losing weight.

Amber you have heard before. Ashley has been a personal trainer for 20 years and brought a lot to this conversation.

Topics include;

The Average time people break their resolutions. (In Theory)

Realistic goals for exercising and losing weight.

Discouragement about losing weight.

Expectations around exercising.

Calories.

Fad diets.

Realistic gym goals.

What you should do when you are looking for a personal trainer and health professional?

Pound for Pound Challenge.

The difference between those who stick out the gym and those who don’t.

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Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Danielle Smith and the WRP Crossing


When we started 2014, the biggest villain in Alberta Politics was Alison Redford. The possible hero and new leader of Alberta Politics, you could argue, was Danielle Smith.

Now, as 2014 ends, the biggest villain of…. Canadian politics is Danielle Smith.

Steven Britton, Robyn Moser and Derek Fildebrandt discuss the shocking week of 9 Wildrose Members crossing the floor too the PC Party. We cover a ton of topics and it conveys a lot of emotions.  This also will have some “inside baseball”. However, there are some people that  had some insight into what happened. We broke it up in two parts. Some of the topics we cover include;

Part 1 is here

Part 2 is is this link.

Reactions of the crossing and how everyone heard;

A revelation from Derek about ANOTHER  potential story the media is looking into.

What the “deal” was to include and ended up including? Did Smith and Anderson get what they want

The WRP convention.

The bye-election

The possible orchestrator of the deal.

The current perception of the PC Party and Jim Prentice.

The current mood of the Wildrose Party.

When should we have an election?

Can the  so called “left” parties take advantage?

Is Prentice a good leader?

A debate about the need of Opposition. Can it be within caucus or an actual opposition?

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Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Why we need GSA’s.An interview with a High School Student and Parent


Click this link for part 3 of our series of conversations around Gay Straight Alliances.

We heard from people who had some concerns about GSA’s. If you missed that, click here. It was with Jojo Ruba, Derek Fildebrandt, Terry Lo and Jeff Wilson.

The second was with Kent Hehr. If you missed that, click the link here.

This perspective is from a High School student named Caprice and her mother Diane. Caprice is in Grade 10. She is slowly opening up about who she is and her mom is there to support her.

We also heard from Kelly Hofer. If you haven’t heard his story, we touch on it briefly here. He is a Hutterite who, once he came out, cannot go back to his colony to be with his friends and family there. He has started a support group which he will talk about as well. Kelly couldn’t stay with us the whole time, but we did appreciate his perspective. If you wish to listen to his interview, listen to it here.

Oh, and Terry Lo is with us as well.

Topics we cover in our Podcast include;

Kelly’s perspective on GSA’s and the concerns from the religious community.

Diane’s experience dealing with teachers and principles in schools.

Caprice’s perspective.

A response to if an “anti-bullying” club solves the problem

A response to the parental concern argument.

Their impression on Gordon Dirks

Terry walks through how feasible Bill 10 would work with Caprice. And the logic behind it.

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Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Interview with Kent Hehr


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Kent Hehr and I discuss the recent issues around Bill 202 and Bill 10.

Click here to listen to the Podcast.

If you remember, Kent brought forward a private members bill Motion 503 which would make it mandatory for school boards to support students who want to form Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs)
Topics we discuss include;

-Kent motivation behind bringing Motion 503

-The process behind Bill 202 and the expectations of what would happen

-Bill 10

-The response to concerns that religious schools that this is a violation of their rights

-Gordon Dirks silence

-The hope going forward

We also spent some time discussing Provincial and Federal politics as well.

We discussed;

-the current perception of Alberta Liberal party

-his perception of the other parties

-the impact of oil prices and when Prentice could call an election.

-His nomination for Liberal MP

-Why he feels it’s important that we have a Liberal MP from Calgary.

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Agree or Disagree: The Podcast -An Adult conversation around GSA’s


Derek Fildebrandt, Terry Lo, Jojo Ruba, and Jeff White discuss the issues around the Gay-Straight Alliances, Bill 202, and Bill 10.

Derek wrote an excellent blog about having an adult conversation on GSA’s. You can read that here.

Terry, if you remember, left his role as VP of communications for the party Calgary- Glenmore constituency association. This was because WRP members didn’t pass an expanded statement on equality rights on their last meeting.

Jojo and Jeff represent Faith Beyond Belief. They exist to help Christians become effective ambassadors for Christ.

One of the observations Jojo made was that many moderate Christians voices haven’t been a part of the conversation. They feel that they have been shut out of the conversation.

Listen to the Podcast here

Topics we cover include;

Some benefits and concerns about GSA’s. Particularly those involved in a Christian school.

What was missing in this conversation?

Parental rights

Religious rights

The silence of Gordon Dirks and how it impacted both sides.

Why the PC government mishandled the situation so badly?

A possible solution going forward.

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Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Interview with Terry Lo aka @calgarydreamer


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Steven Britton and I interview Terry about his recent decision to resign from his position within the WRP.

One of the advantages of doing a podcast is we can spend more time discussing an issue more in depth. It allows us to get a full perspective on what happened.

The story of Terry’s resignation took a life of it’s own. As such, there were some issues that may have been missed. We cover these topics. Because of the nature and length of this conversation, we decided to break this up in 2 parts.

Click  here for Part 1 covers.

Terry’s background. Converting from Catholicism to Atheism. His previous views on LGBT.

His relationship with his son.

His reasons for joining the Wildrose Party.

Some conversations he had with some of the members of the Wildrose Party about “The Lake of Fire”

His reaction to the decision made at the Wildrose AGM.

Why the wording of the Wildrose Policy is important.

The importance of Gay Straight Alliances. The concern about the idea of religious exemptions.

Click here for Part 2 of the interview. In this portion, we focus on the fallout from his decision to resign. Topics include;

The process of his resignation.

The decision to go public.

How his blog post went viral and the media response to it.

His current relationship with friends of the Wildrose Party.

His current perspective of the Wildrose Party.

If he could do anything different, would he?

His advice to parents of LGBT children.

Normally, we would advertise Twitter/Facebook/Blogs. However, because of the nature of this conversation, I decided to leave that out. Let’s leave it in a reflective place.