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: Love conquers all.


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The term Love Conquers All comes from this.

Shortly before the start of the first millennium, the Roman poet Virgil wrote “love conquers all things; let us too surrender to Love.”

The phrase and the concept (in Latin and in English) caught on: a character in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, written in the late 1300s, wore a brooch engraved “Amor Vincit Omnia”; Caravaggio used the phrase as the title of his painting of Cupid in the early seventeenth century; the twentieth century poet Edgar Bowers reinterpreted the phrase all over again in the poem with that title.

The ideal Love Conquers All is captured in pretty much every romantic movie that has ever been made.  It’s an ideal that many want to live by.

But do you Agree or Disagree that Love Conquers All?

Agree or Disagree: Canadians are friendly travellers.


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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: 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: American Culture is the probably the least “Christian Culture” we have ever had.


Twitter stirred up a bit with this Tweet from Eugene Peterson.

It reads

American culture is probably the least Christian culture that we’ve ever had because it is so materialistic and it’s so full of lies.

Agree or Disagree: You need chemistry to fall in love


Agree or Disagree: You need chemistry to fall in love.

The above link is one of probably many links one can find on this topic.

One of the definitions of chemistry is the complex emotional or psychological interaction between two people.

Some feel that chemistry can be a little misleading. This above article presents 6 chemistry myths that can lead to an assumption of if you, or you are not in love.

They are

1) Love happens instantly, you must be absolutely sure from the beginning, you’ll know when you find it, and “chemistry” is all you need

2) Physical lust is always the same as love

3) You can’t fall in love with someone you are not immediately excited about.

4) You can’t fall in love with an old friend.

5)  Relief is the same as love.

6)  If I’m this excited, it must be love, and this person must be good for me.

What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree with this?

Agree or Disagree: Caretakers of the mentally ill can publicly talk about their experiences.


Every once in a while, I get requests to do an Agree or Disagree. This is a request. And, it is an important topic.

There has been lots of discussion around the stigma of mental illness. It has been important. However, we haven’t had a lot of discussion around caretakers of the mentally ill.

When I was discussing this with my friend, we decided this word would be best. It covers, friends, family and professional supporters of those who are mentally ill.  So, when you are responding, think of it that way.

Here’s the background of the request. For confidentially reasons, the person who requested this will be kept anonymous.

I feel like people talking about mental health is awesome, but there is a complete lack of support for people who are caretakers/partners/children of the mentally ill. We’re not allowed to talk about our own struggles when our lives are affected by mental illness that isn’t our own.

As someone who comes from mentally ill parent(s), and who has been a partner to people with mentally illness or addiction issues, it can be excruciatingly lonely and difficult. I don’t dare open up about this stuff because it treads a line of “slander” or privacy breach. I’ve been condemned for trying to talk about my experiences and seeking support from my community/friends/family.

Where is the help for the caretakers? Are we to suffer quietly because we should respect the privacy of the mentally ill?

Especially when the mentally ill have no/little respect for us, or have been abusive?

What are your thoughts? Is there support for caretakers of the mentally ill? Can they publicly talk about their experiences? Is it a safe environment for them to speak?