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


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?


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 easy to volunteer in #yyc


If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the latest Agree or Disagree: The Podcast, you can listen to it here.

The topic we discussed was Kids Up Front. A charity here in Calgary.   Nicky and I had a brief discussion about opportunities to volunteer in the city.

Nicky pointed out that if you are on Social Media, it is easy to be aware of causes in the city. Causes like Kids Up Front. However, if you are not on Social Media (Spoiler: There are people not on Social Media), how are you aware of who needs volunteers or for that matter, where to volunteer?

Also, how do organizations promote their story to attract volunteers to their organization? And keep them?

What are your thoughts?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Reflections of #yycflood Part 3-Recovery


This is part 3 of our reflections of the Anniversary of #yycflood.

Today we are talking about recovery. And we are talking with @WURSTCalgary about their recovery efforts. Terry Lo and I talk with them.

WURST was one of the hardest businesses hit by the flood. We all remember how hard the entire community of Mission was hurt.

We speak to Chris Rosamond, who is the Operations Manager at WURST about the following topics .
Where was Chris on June 20,2013?
What happened to WURST during the flood?
How the entire community of Mission during the flood?
The involvement of volunteers
The recovery process
Advice for those in recovery.
How has Calgary changed over the year?

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Agree or Disagree: Monogamy is unnatural.

Agree or Disagree: Monogamy is unnatural.

A while back ago, we discussed if  open relationships work.

You might be surprised to realize that was pretty even. While some did say it was not possible, many did think they can work.

Now, I present the above link. She argues that monogamy is unnatural.

Would you agree with that?

Agree or Disagree: Gay or Straight, Open Marriages are healthy.

Agree or Disagree: Gay or Straight, Open Marriages are healthy.

This above article was found in the New York Times back in 2010.

It discusses an interesting study amongst gay relationships. San Francisco State University followed 556 male couples for three years. During that time, about 50 percent of the couples admitted to have sex with someone outside the confines of their relationship. This was with approval of their current partners.

What is interesting according to the study is that because the couples consented to this, it actually did not have a negative impact on the relationship, rather it remained a healthy relationship. Here is a quote from this article.

 “With straight people, it’s called affairs or cheating,” said Colleen Hoff, the study’s principal investigator, “but with gay people it does not have such negative connotations.

Speaking of straight people, the article continues on and discusses that. They interviewed a couple named Deb and Marius. Deb was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and maintained her virginity until her wedding day at the age of 34. However, during the marriage, the relationship…sputtered was the word they used. They both began liaisons with others. They felt being “open” made their marriage healthy.  Read her quote.

“Our relationship got better,” she said. “I slept better at night. My blood pressure went down.”

Deb and Marius are apparently not the only one. The idea of an open marriage is actually becoming more common.  This is a more current article on the topic.

As an addition, and not to bore you with stats and links, I found this article in Statistics Brain. This is current infidelity stats as of January 1, 2014.

So, what so you think?  Gay or Straight,do you think the idea of an Open Marriage is healthy? 

Agree or Disagree: If you love someone, set them free.




It’s something I have heard in the past after a breakup. Not that I’m going through a breakup now, but it something I have heard. Maybe you have heard it too.

If you love someone, set them free.

In many ways, if you are going through a heartbreak, it’s hard to hear that. I don’t know if it really should be said to someone unless you really know them.

However, there seems to be something powerful about setting things free. Both for yourself and the person you are holding on too.

What do you think?