Agree or Disagree: Calgary Transit is an effective form of commuting.


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Starting on Monday, Calgary Transit’s new Spring Schedule starts. For more information on that, you can click here.

Some of the angriest Tweets I have seen expressed by Calgarians is directed right on Calgary Transit.  Whether they are behind, or there are delays, or someone actually missed a bus, you can read about it on Twitter. However, Calgary Transit has done a good job in communicating delays and updates as well. They will respond to your respectable questions as well.

According to the feedback they have received on their own Calgary Transit experiences, the feedback they are getting is most people have a pleasant experience riding the bus or the C-Train. However, it is also interesting how those with a car, or have lived in other cities find the Transit in this city frustrating.

What do you think of Calgary Transit? What is working? What frustrates you? Is it an effective form of commuting?

Please note: I don’t work or represent Calgary Transit in any way. I’m just asking questions.

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Agree or Disagree: Twitter is an effective way to communicate to Calgary City Council


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You might have heard a little rumour that I have a Podcast.

The rumour is true. You can listen to the interview I did with Sean Chu here.

I picked Sean Chu for an interview because he is one of the most controversial Councillors on Twitter. Here’s some sample Tweets he gets.

It’s a new day. I wonder what Sean Chu will get wrong today.

you still think like a cop. This is why you will remain a rookie politician.

He is very controversial. There are many times he has expressed his opinion strongly. And it has angered people.

But he’s not the only one that uses Twitter.

We of course have our Mayor Nenshi. He is well known for his Tweets and how he communicates. He has 225 K Followers. He engages.

While we are at it, here are some other numbers for you.

Ward Sutherland @Ward4Ward1 2108 Followers.

Joe Magliocca @Joe_Magliocca 1,655 Followers.

The above mentioned Sean Chu @seanchucalgary 2,255 Followers.

Richard Pootmans @pootmans 2,768 Followers

Druh Farrell @DruhFarrell  6,690 Followers

Gian-Carlo Carra @gccarra 5,498 Followers

Brian Pincott @bpincott 5,666 Followers.

Evan WoolleyWard8 3,531 Followers.

Shane Keating @CouncillorKeats 3,655 Followers

Dianne Colley-Urquhart @BigRedyyc 4,115 Followers

Peter Demong @peterdemong  2,220 Followers

Three Councillors Jim Stevenson, Ray Jones, and Andre Chabot do not have Twitter.

What is interesting is Ray Jones has been a City Councillor for over 20 years. Chabot for 10.

Since you are on the Social Media, and perhaps on Twitter, how effective do you find Twitter in communicating what is working, and well, what is not working in City Council. Do you feel that your voice is heard? Do you see that there has been change? Or, is it a lot of noise that goes nowhere?  Do you see people just being rude, belligerent and snarky to City Council on Twitter?

Who is the most effective City Councillor including Nenshi on Twitter? Why or why not?

In addition, how do you think we can effectively communicate our concerns to City Council on Social Media?

Agree or Disagree: Calgary is an easy place to date.


Agree or Disagree: Calgary is an easy place to date.

The above link is from clover.co. It has dome some research on easy it is to date in different cities.

I would like to point you what they say about Canada.

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“Central Canada is predominately looking for love where the West and East Coast are more casually oriented. The more remote locations in the North seem to show more of an interest in making new friends above all else.”

Then, there is this map below….

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According to this research, Montreal is looking for love and Edmonton looks to hook up.

So Calgarians, you live here. You might be single, or in a relationship or even yes, married.

How easy is it to date in Calgary? If you are single, what are your options? Where do you go?

If you are in a committed relationship, or married how easy was it for you? Are you glad to be out of the so called “scene”?

Agree or Disagree: Calgary has a strong sense of community.


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This week, I’m the curator of @peopleofYYC account. So, there may be some new readers we introduce to the Agree or Disagree concept.

This week, we will be focusing on the things going on the City of Calgary.

The first one we will discuss is Calgary’s sense of community.

Personally, I was one that believes that although people would come to Calgary to work, I perceived that people had trouble calling Calgary “home”.

That was until June 19, 2013.

That was the  flood. You remember it. How can you forget it? We saw people all over the city support those who were affected by the flood. Remember this?

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The large amount of volunteers prepared to help the city recover.

That was when there was I saw a strong sense of community come through. Neighbour invited other neighbours over. Stranger helped out strangers rebuild. People cooked food for blocks of their new friends.

This is where I saw Calgary become a “home”. A place to lay roots. And the city feels different. Less individualistic. More community orientated.

However, that is just my perspective. You might see something different. So, here are some questions for you.

Do you Agree or Disagree that Calgary has a strong sense of community? Why or why not?

Where do you see Calgary’s community the strongest?

Where do you see an area where Calgary can grow in community?

Agree or Disagree: It’s time to get rid of photo radar.


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You have seen them. You have probably been caught by them.

The Photo Radar.

In Edmonton as an example, they have collected over $40 million dollars in fines in 2014. That is over $9.9 million dollars more than projected.

The Edmonton Journal reports that the fines turned into a $10.9 million dollar deficit into a forecast of a $14.1 million surplus.

Now the idea is that photo radars is to prevent speeding. But, the fact is it hasn’t. There is still concerns. I’m going to let you read some thoughts from Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. He is for photo radars. You can read his thoughts here.

However, let’s be fair and look at both sides. This is a perspective from a Calgary man who is fighting against photo radars. You can read that http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/11/09/calgary-man-wages-one-man-war-against-cash-generating-photo-radar-trap-in-citadel

What do you think? Time to get of photo radars?

Agree or Disagree: Save and Rebuild the Tom Baker Cancer Centre


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I’m not sure if this story is getting the notice it should.

Due to the current economy, there is concern about the future of the Tom Baker Centre. There is a delay in building in much needed cancer centre in the city. There is no question that many people have been positively impacted by their work.  There is also no question about the difficulties and struggles those with cancer have had.

As a matter of fact, there was a rally from a group called Concerned Citizens for the Calgary Cancer Centre. This was on Wednesday January 28. You can read that here.

What do you think? Should we save and rebuild the Tom Baker Cancer Centre?

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?