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?

Advertisements

Agree or Disagree: Canada racism problem is worse than America’s


This article is from Maclean’s Magazine. It suggests that Canada’s racism is worse than the America’s.

Now in an instant, this might stun you. I mean we Canadians are so…..tolerant. But the article shows an interesting comparison between how Canada treats Aboriginal Canadians and how America treats African-Americans. In all areas, the Aboriginal population suffers a worse fate than African Americans. You can read the comparisons in the article and you might be surprised.

There is a bunch more on this that you will read and reflect on.

But first of all, do you think Agree or Disagree that Canada has a racism problem?

And second, do you see it as worse than America’s?

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: Canadians are friendly travellers.


canada2

This is inspired by a from a post from an American.

This American suggested that some of her fellow country mates were acted in a  very inappropriate matter in a resort in Mexico.

She signed “today I claimed I was a Canadian”.

What was interesting is we Canadians came to her defence. Some Americans on the post felt defensive.  However, we Canadians became somewhat proud of  our friendly travelling reputation.

But is it true? Are we Canadians friendly travellers?

This is one perspective from a Canadian travelling.

What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree that Canadians are friendly travellers?

Agree or Disagree: Bill C-51


bill-c-51-protest-20150314

This weekend, there were several protests to Bill C-51.

For those who do not know what Bill C-51 is, in short is ” An Act to enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts”

Here are a couple of things you can read.

First, you can read the House Publication. Warning. It’s long.

Second, you can read this from Open Parliament. It is the MP’s debate on the Bill.

I will also add this Bill C-51 for Dummies. It is a succinct explanation of the Bill.

But enough links. Many of you know this Bill. Many of you probably joined the protest.

Do you Agree or Disagree with the Bill C-51?

Why or Why not?

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?

Agree or Disagree: Sweden’s Prostitution Solution would work in Canada


This article has been going around Facebook a little bit.

There are some people that have been very impressed by how Sweden has dealt with prostitution.  As an example, within the last five years Stockholm, the number of women in prostitution  have been reduced by two thirds.  And the number of johns has been reduced by 80%.

How?

Well according to this article, two things.

1)  Criminalizes the buying of sex.

2) Decriminalizes  the selling of sex.

As well as something in their law which says this; This according to the article.

“In Sweden prostitution is regarded as an aspect of male violence against women and children. It is officially acknowledged as a form of exploitation of women and children and constitutes a significant social problem… gender equality will remain unattainable so long as men buy, sell and exploit women and children by prostituting them.”

I’m going to let you read the article, which outlines what has happened quite comprehensively why this works. Then, I will ask you this question.

Can this concept work here in Canada? Or, is this too simplistic of an idea for a complex problem?