Agree or Disagree: Calgary Folk Festival should ban Pseudo Indigenous Headdresses.


Last Week, The Edmonton Folk Festival announced that they would ban Pseudo Indigenous Headdresses. This was met with much support from the community of Edmonton and around the province of Alberta.

For those who wonder why they would do this, here is a good read on the topic

Meanwhile, in the fine City of Calgary, we have a Folk Festival coming up this weekend. Which incidentally, tickets are down 10 to 15 percent and is NOT sold out. They have decided to not ban Pseudo Indigenous Headdresses.

This is an article from Metro News on why the Calgary Folk Festival should do this.

Do you Agree or Disagree that the Calgary Folk Festival should ban Pseudo Indigenous Headdresses?

Agree or Disagree: The Future of Work is changing in a good way.


I like to read different things and different topics. Lately, I have been reading some topics related to employment.  Resumes, interviews, networking etc. I stumbled upon this one. It’s an interesting read on The Future of Work and Digital Proficiency. Well, I thought it was interesting anyway.

While this article is specifically talking about how technology is changing, there seems to lots of changes when it comes to employment.  How you apply, your resume and the way positions are being interviewed have changed. The types of positions you can apply for have significantly changed as well.  While we still have Accountants, Engineers, Doctors. But now you can apply for things like Social Media Specialist, Beverage Dissemination Officer, and Digital Overlord.

How  you can do your job has changed as well. Partially because of technology, yes. But, there are other reasons. Many are moving from a “9-5” shift to a variety of different shifts.  You can also work in other places other than the office. You can work from home, a coffee shop, or while you travel. The way you sit at the office has changed. We are using words like ergonomics to sit in your chair and desk more comfortably. Heck, you don’t even have to sit at your desk. You can stand as well.

So, we have lots of changes. We want to be more efficient, and effective.  We are using words like “measurable” and “corporate culture”. We have projects to improve our projects.

But is it a good thing? Do you Agree or Disagree that the future of work is changing in a good way?

Agree or Disagree: The Calgary Stampede should be supporting local craft beer


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In the last few years,the Calgary Beer Scene has been gaining in popularity.

Places like Village, Tool Shed, Big Rock, and Wild Rose are making some very good, and very popular beer.

It’s the kind of stuff that would be great to have at a world recognized event. An event in Calgary. An event like say…..I don’t know….. The Calgary Stampede.

Alas, it is not.

Instead, Stampede Visitors have the opportunities to drink fine beer like… Labbatt. MMMMM. (No, not really). Or Alexander Keith’s..

There are many who are not happy about it. Including Julie Van Roosendaal (Dinner with Julie). Who posted this on her Facebook Page.

“I think the Stampede is missing a great opportunity to be a better, stronger brand – and far more supportive and representative of Calgary – by partnering with and celebrating local businesses like Big Rock and Village, rather than excluding them by selling exclusivity to big US brands. Think of the amazing Stampede beers our guys would come up with! It’s not about replacing Budweiser, just allowing our handful of local breweries to have a presence too – there’s plenty of room at this party. (Likewise, Highwood Distillers in High River, who just completely rebuilt post-flood and could likely benefit by participating in the Stampede, makes a great whiskey – and Cattle Boyz, a cattle ranching family out by Okotoks, produces some pretty fab barbecue sauce.)

For their part, The Stampede responded to this by posting this on their blog.

“Labatt, a Stampede Champion level sponsor, ensures that the majority of beer served on Stampede Park is brewed locally in Edmonton, Alta. Labatt has a variety of top selling, premium and newly featured brands, including (but not limited to) Alexander Keith’s, Hoegaarden, Rolling Rock, Lowenbrau and Stella Artois. Eighty-five per cent of the beer sold at Stampede is brewed in Alberta.

(Psst. They know Edmonton is NOT Calgary right?)

It seems like it hasn’t exactly satisfied the customers of the Stampede.  One of the hashtags trending on Twitter is #RaiseYourHops.

As a matter of fact, here is a list of top local beers you should drink during the Stampede.

What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree that The Calgary Stampede should support local craft beer

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?

Agree or Disagree: Restaurants should get exemptions from minimum wages.


We have had many discussions about this.

Some of you love the idea of raising the minimum wage.

Some of you do not.

The current minimum wage is $10.20, which is one of the lowest in Canada. However, the restaurant industry is anticipating some concerns with the coming raises. As such, they want an exemption from the minimum wage.

In the story below, this is a quote from Mark von Schellwitz, who is a Restaurants Canada  spokesman, is quoted as saying this;

We have certainly heard from a number of our members over the last few weeks who are extremely concerned about surviving this increase, especially in an economic climate where they are already seeing their sales decline because of the downturn,” he said Wednesday.

“We are asking them (the NDP government) to adjust that promise and let’s take this one step at a time, one year at a time.

You can read the story here.

What the restaurants industry is looking for is the option to pay a servers who earn tips and young people who are in their first jobs less.

As a little fun fact here is the minimum wage across Canada.

Do you Agree or Disagree that the restaurant industry should get an exemption from minimum wages?