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?

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Agree or Disagree: Raising Minimum Wage will hurt businesses.


First of all, this is not a write up to claim the NDP is immediately raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. I understand that every intent is raise minimum wage  in increments. 

However, the discussion is still an important topic. Because, the plan is to raise minimum wage.

So, for this, I would like to give two different perspectives.

First, one that has some concerns of raising minimum wage for businesses. You can read that here.

Second, one that is supportive of raising minima wages. This is from Seattle, where they raised minimum wage to $15 an hour. You can read that link here.

Do you Agree or Disagree that raising minimum wage will hurt businesses?

Agree or Disagree: Proportional Representation


Some have called the claim, “sour grapes”.  But, interim Alberta PC Leader Ric Mciver brought up the idea of going to proportional representation style of voting.

For those who don’t know what Proportional Representation, according to the Wikipedia definition,

Proportional representation (PR) characterizes electoral systems by which divisions in an electorate are reflected proportionately in the elected body. If 30% of the electorate support a particular political party, then roughly 30% of seats will be won by that party. The essence of such systems is that all votes contribute to the result: not just a plurality, or a bare majority, of them. Proportional representation requires the use of multiple-member voting districts (also called super-districts); it is not possible using single-member districts alone.[1][2][3]

If we did have proportional representation, this is what the current seating would look like.

NDP: 35

PC: 24

WRP: 21

Alberta Liberal: 3

Other Parties: 3.

Now, while the PC would obviously benefit from this, there is only three countries, that do not have proportional representation. They are Canada, U.S., and Britain.

Do you agree or disagree with Proportional Representation?

Agree or Disagree: Mandatory Voting


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Unless you are either a) not living in Alberta, b) living under a rock, or c) actually don’t care, a Provincial Election was called for May 5. No, Star Wars fans, not May 4. May 5.

Reading the feedback on Twitter and Facebook, I have noticed a couple of things.

1) There are lots of you that don’t like the PC Party. You would prefer someone else takes the reins.

2) There are also lots of you that simply don’t care and don’t expect anything to change.

On either side of that perspective, it’s fair to say that I can’t blame you. There is lots of cynicism, anger and frustration out there. From all accounts, it is expected that this election, budgeted at 23 million dollars by the way, will be the lowest turn out in  Alberta election history.

However, there are lots of people out there that feel it is your duty as a citizen of this Province and of this Country that you should vote. And are disgusted and frustrated that you might on.

They might suggest that we implement Mandatory Voting. It is a concept that is enforced in 13 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil to name a few. Some countries have it on law but do not enforce it. They include Costa Rica,Greece, and Thailand to name a few of those.

What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree with the idea of Mandatory Voting?

Why or why not?

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Agree or Disagree: Social Media wins elections.


I posted this originally on March 9. Since I posted this only on the Agree or Disagree: The Podcast Facebook Page, we didn’t get comments.

I do think it is an important discussion. Hence, I’m re sharing and re adjusting.

As you know, the Alberta Provincial election has been called for May 5.

During this time, there will be no question that the Provincial Election will be a dominate topic Twitter and Facebook. People will bring up topics. People will debate them. But will it actually win someone an election? To present some argument, I’m going to share this post. While there the obvious ones like Mayor Nenshi and President Obama, here is the story of how Klaus Iohannis won the Romanian Presidential Election. He went from not having a Facebook page to having 776, 911 likes on Facebook. However, I’m also going to share this. This is a list of “Political Fails”. A number of decisions and posts on Facebook or Twitter that severely cost some elections.  You can make the argument that Social Media loses elections. All this to ask this question. Do you think Social Media wins elections? Or, Do you think that Social Media loses elections? Or, Does it even matter at all? An example is here in Calgary. Councillor Andre Chabot does not have a Twitter account. Yet he has served Ward 10 since 2005. How does he win without Social Media??????? I’m being sarcastic of course. But you get the point.

Agree or Disagree: Alberta’s New School Curriculum will have a negative impact on students


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School.

Some love it.

Some hate it. .

However, we all know how important education is going forward.

There are many parents and educators that have been concerned about Alberta’s new school curriculum. They are concerned that the new discovery approach to school.

To help this conversation, I will add this link  from March 2014. It’s 10 questions about the new school curriculum. It discusses why there a need for change and why some are worried.

What do you think? Will Alberta’s New School Curriculum have a negative impact on students?

Agree or Disagree: You are worried about the Canadian economy.


It’s been a tough week this week in the economy. Actually, it’s been a tough start to 2015.

Let’s review this week’s news.

-Oil prices are at about $48 dollars a barrel.

-Suncor cut 1,000 jobs taking $1 billion in their budget.

-Target announced they will be closing their stores in Canada.

Many will be impacted, as well as feel impacted by what has happened. There are many different conversations, including one on the concept of a sales tax in Alberta.

The question I have for you is this. Are you worried about the current state of the Canadian economy? What is worrying you? If you are not worried, why not?