School starts Tomorrow!!!! Something you may not be aware about some students….

So I know this weekend, there has been a lot of conversations around Syrian refugees. And it is an important conversation that hopefully opens eyes and challenges hearts.

Now, we are focused on #peegate.

However, I would like to make you aware of something else.
School starts tomorrow. It is an exciting time for many as they are going forward to pursue an education to get a job. To contribute to society in some way. To feel better about themselves. To be better people.

The problem is as school starts tomorrow, there will be many students that will not have a place to stay. At our orientation Friday, several hands went up when asked who needs a place.

I understand that there are many issues surrounding this topic. Here are a couple;

If you call a potential and say you are a student, there is hesitation. If you say you are working, there is more openness to rent.

The cost of coming up with in some provinces, not all, of coming up with one month’s rent plus one month’s damage deposit.

You say live in a Hotel? The Y on Beatty and Robson costs $900 a month. Which being a student, is above my own personal price range.

I find it odd that in a country where we say that we value education, that we would allow students to be homeless. An unsettled student is going to be an disorganized student. A disorganized student will be an unsuccessful student.

We are better off with successful people doing what they are good at.

So be aware and educate yourself on the issues in Syria. If you need too, have a good laugh at #peegate or whatever scandal that comes up today.

But, maybe we can be a bit more aware that there are some Post Secondary Students that will start school living on the streets.

Agree or Disagree: Political Leaders limiting media availability.

I recognize that many people will not like the article we will be using today. But it is in part of an interesting conversation going around the States and in Canada.

First, let’s look at Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided to limit media availability this week.  Which during an election year, is an interesting decision. One might think you would need a solid relationship with the media going forward.

One media person that has expressed his concern was Justin Ling. You can read that article here.

This is also an interesting article on the topic.

Now, this is also happening in the United States. Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton is also…limiting her media  availability. In a recent appearance, the media was actually roped off from speaking with her. Again, an interesting decision considering she is running a campaign. Here is the story.

This leads to a couple of questions in my head.

1) Do the media feel entitled that they can talk to who they want when they want? Just because there is a public appearance, does that mean the media should be asking questions?

2) I mentioned it’s an interesting decision by both Harper and Clinton. It may not be wrong though. Remember when some were upset that Rachel Notley didn’t appear on NewsTalk 770 the weekend before the Provincial Election? I was one that found it odd. But, it’s understandable. When you speak, you have the potential to give your opponent something to criticize. Or, someone to take comments out of context.

But, what do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree when political leaders like Harper, Clinton, or others limit the media from asking questions?

Agree or Disagree: Bill C-51


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: This PC petition opposing someone wearing a niqab while taking the oath.

“Not the way we do things here”

The above petition is from the Federal PC Government.

They are asking you to sign a petition requesting that women not wear a full face covering during the Canadian oath.

To quote the petition here it is;

In Canada, women are full and equal members of society — including when they take the oath of Canadian citizenship.

That is why we are strongly opposed to anyone wearing a niqab – a full face covering – while taking the oath.

As PM Harper said last week, that is not the way we do things here: 

“It is offensive that someone would hide their identity at the very moment where they are committing to join the Canadian family.”

In Canada, women are full and equal members of society. Including when they take the oath of Canadian citizenship.

In order to give some perspective as to why those choose to wear the nijab, I’ll post this link from the BBC. It is from woman who explain why this is very important to them.

So, do you Agree or Disagree with the Federal Government addressing this topic at all?

Would you sign this petition?

If you are an NDP supporter this picture should bother you. Here’s why.


If you are an NDP Supporter, this picture should bother you.


1) It shows many that the NDP has a real lack of knowledge of economy. Harper had nothing to do with the failings of Target. As has been discussed by many, the reason Target is closing is Target.

2) Target is an American company that you expressed concern coming into Canada.

3) Your position is to treat workers fairly. What is interesting is while you are talking about the employees of Target, there have been thousands of people laid off from oil companies that you have said NOTHING about.

The perception is this. While you think you are coming across as standing for”little person” and “equal rights” it would seem to me that you are standing up for the “trendy”. Causes that is what you think you will get attention for.

This picture backfired. Big Time.

It reminded many why they do not want you anywhere near from governing.

That should bother you.

Agree or Disagree: Canada sending military support to stop ISIS

In case you missed it today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a 6 month maximum commitment of air combat to fight ISIS.

For a rundown for the story, here is a link to the story from CBC which you can read here.

What are your thoughts on the decision? Is the right strategy?  Too much?  Too little?  Just right?

What will you remember about Jim Flaherty

There’s lots of time and topics we can Agree or Disagree on. However, for tonight I think it’s important to pause.

Canada lost an important figure this afternoon. Many were saddened and shocked at the tragic loss of Jim Flaherty. He was Canada’s Finance Minister from 2006-2014.

He had a huge impact on his family, his community and his country. And he will be sadly missed.

It was quite a moment when the Opposition crossed the floor to console their Conservative Party Colleagues in the House of Commons.

In the spirit of that, maybe we can, if you pardon the pun, Agree to spend some time sharing your thoughts on the contributions of Jim Flaherty.

The above video is from Prime Minister Stephen Harper about Jim Flaherty.

Our thoughts, and prayers to the Flaherty’s friends and family.

Agree or Disagree: Justin Trudeau is fit to be the PM of Canada

Agree or Disagree: Justin Trudeau is fit to be the PM of Canada


The above article/video is from Sun News.

It is discussing of how Justin Trudeau made, quite frankly, a rather flippant and offensive remark about the very tragic events that have been happening in the Ukraine. 

If you missed it, Trudeau made a joke about how Russia was a threat to Ukraine because “they lost a hockey game”. This was after there was a tragic event that lost over 20 lives. Below is the video.

This has led to some serious questions about the ability of Trudeau to be the Prime Minister of Canada. Now, before you simply argue that this article is from a Conservative perspective, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was upset on Monday saying that ” “You don’t make jokes about people lying dead on the streets of their capital.”

So, what do you think?  Does this incident prove or disprove Justin Trudeau can be the Prime Minister of Canada?

Agree or Disagree: The Senate Scandal will be the demise of the Harper Government

Agree or Disagree: The Senate Scandal will be the demise of the Harper Government

The year was 2004. It was revealed that the Liberal Party of Canada, led by then Prime Minister Paul Martin, was involved in an infamous sponsorship scandal. The scandal was run from 1996 to 2004 and also involved Prime Minister Jean Chretien. $2 million dollars of contracts were awarded without a proper bidding process. $250,000 was added to one contract price for no additional work. $1.5 million was awarded for work that wasn’t done.

In 2006, The Conservative Government formed a minority government.

The year is 2013. Three Conservative Senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau, and Pamela Wallin  are involved in some inappropriately used expense claims. Yesterday, Mike Duffy claimed, or if you would prefer, revealed that the Conservative Government paid a cheque first of $90,000 to pay back the expenses. Then a cheque of $13,500 to cover his legal bills. Duffy claims that Prime Minister Harper coached him to lie about the $90,000 cheque.

 Interestingly enough,the next election is set in 2015. Do you think that this will be the demise of the Harper Government? Or, as Bruce Stewart suggests in the above column, Harper should resign?

Agree or Disagree: It’s time to abolish the Canadian Senate

A major news story last week with the scandals involving Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin and the Canadian Senate.

Duffy and Wallin are both former Conservative Senators who have been questioned for their spending reports. They are former because they have resigned based on these allegations.

Interestingly enough, according to a report in the National Post, Duffy and Wallin are amongst the top 10 of all Senators in expense spending. Wallin was second at $369,593 while Duffy was ninth $298,310.

You can read the article here.

This has lead many to question the actual value of the Senate. A group of people that have been placed, by government. Not elected by the people. For many, it has felt like a patronage appointment. It has given a sense of entitlement for those involved.

The question is, do you think it’s time to abolish the Senate in Canada? Or, are there some sort of reforms that can be considered?