Sent to City Solicitor, Mayor and council, common clerk, and CBC News
RE: Supreme Court rules against prayer at municipal council meetings
Today the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against the reciting of prayers at municipal council meetings, based on an appeal from the city of Saguenay, Quebec.
As part of the disposition, the following was noted:
“order the respondents to cease the recitation of the prayer in the chambers where the municipal council meets”
The contents of the entire, officialSupreme Court decision can be found here:
Therefore, as a result of today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision against prayer at municipal council meetings, I am requesting that Saint John Common Council immediately stop reciting any public prayers at any time during meetings.
Saint John, NB
Interested in seeing which Canadian political party best represents your views?
iSideWith.com has created an extensive poll to find out where your personal beliefs stand in comparison with the policies of the various federal political parties in Canada.
My results weren’t shocking, I scored:
54% Bloc, and
Apparently half of me wants to separate with Quebec, but only 16% agrees with Conservatives… 🙂
June 5th is ‘Reset the Net‘ day.
This video can help you understand how to Reset the Net:
Today the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that some of the province of Saskatchewan’s Anti Hate Speech laws were permissible because they were ‘reasonable limits’, even though they violate the Charter of Rights and Free Speech.
The story revolves around anti-gay activist Bill Whatcott – an obviously troubled individual – who has taken it upon himself to peddle anti-gay propaganda.
The first two sets of flyers were titled “Keep homosexuality out of Saskatoon’s public schools” and “Sodomites in our public schools.”
The other two were photocopies of classified ads with Whatcott’s handwritten comments on them stating the ads were for “men seeking boys.”
The first two items (pamphlets) were determined to be hate speech, while the latter two were not.
I am torn on this. Primarily, I support anybody’s right to say what they believe, regardless of ludicrous and uneducated that may be. However, I also agree there need to be some restrictions. Interesting case, I think I’ll be reading the full; decision…
“Hallelujah!“, the ‘Stories of the Street‘ are screaming that ‘Everybody Knows‘, like a ‘Bird on a Wire‘, ‘I’m your Man‘ when it comes to loving Leonard Cohen’s music. ‘I Can’t Forget‘ that impressive ‘Tower of Song‘ he has created…
‘Sisters of Mercy‘, ‘Here it is‘! Even if I have to invade the US to get tickets, I want some. ‘First We Take Manhattan‘ and all that. ‘One of Us Cannot Be Wrong‘… And if it is raining, we can be wearing a ‘Famous Blue Raincoat‘, ‘A Bunch Of Lonesome Heros‘, waiting in line for tickets. ‘Why Don’t You Try‘?
Are you going to get tickets too? Hello? Are you there? ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye‘!
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I know this will get me into hot water with my teacher friends, but… While this story was written a bit whiny from the “why do they get special treatment” perspective of the writer, it does contain valid discussion points.
I enjoyed my time as a Community College Instructor, and I particularly enjoyed my time off in the summer. Teaching is a calling I am drawn to, and I know from experience Teachers often have a tough career, but… when the rest of the public service is getting hit with cuts, that doesn’t give them the right to a free pass. Many other professions are just as tough or tougher, and they come with fewer benefits and higher qualification/experience requirements.
Just a quick note to explain my story – I had been receiving what I would consider “spam” calls from an unknown toll-free number (877-330-9754).
Like any good cell phone owner with caller ID, I ignore any number I don’t recognize, preferring to allow human nature and voice mail to weed out the chaff.
But, after a few weeks of persistence on their part – and annoyance on mine – I did some research. I found out exactly who they were, a company called VoxData, and they were soliciting for RBC Insurance.
I bank with the RBC for some of my finances, and according to the rules of the national “do not call registry“, they have the right to call existing clients. However, they are also obliged to remove them upon request from their calling lists.
At this point, I decided it was time to answer their call and tell them to take me from their list, to do it the “right way”. Unfortunately, after 3 attempts to answer the calls and ask them to remove me from their list, I was unsuccessful. I kept getting dead air at the other end, and the calls kept coming, sometimes 4 or 5 times per day. So I gave up being nice.
What is a social media junkie to do? I did what every good social media junkie should do – I tweeted it!.AND I posted it to Facebook and Google+. Yes, some people believe this is the modern day equivalent to screaming at the weather or actually expecting city hall to change. But guess what? It works (sometimes). My buddy Dave Carrol went viral with his United Breaks Guitars videos (12 million views and climbing). And there are many other examples out there.
So I sent this (somewhat snarky) tweet about the spam calls I was receiving on behalf of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC):
What happened? Well, I got the usual feedback, comments from friends and followers who sympathized or were having similar issues, etc. But… I also received this reply tweet from @AskRBCCanada, in which they asked for my info via Direct Message to remove me from unwanted calls.
Kudos to RBC! If they make good on this, it will be a perfect example of how social works. The last piece of this puzzle? My “thank you” tweet:
Now, if more businesses would just understand they need to adopt this type of customer service model…
Run for the Cure this weekend, feel free to support me in an effort to find a cure for cancer!