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Open Letter to Saint John Common Council to stop reciting prayer at Common Council Meetings

Posted on April 15, 2015 by

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:

http://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/15288/index.do?r=AAAAAQAGcHJheWVyAAAAAAE

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.

Thank you,

Chris London

Saint John, NB

 

 

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Which Canadian political party best represents your views? #cdnpoli

Posted on September 26, 2014 by

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:
93% Liberal
83% NDP
72% Green
54% Bloc, and
16% Conservative.

Apparently half of me wants to separate with Quebec, but only 16% agrees with Conservatives… 🙂
iSideWith.com results

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Supreme Court of Canada upholds some parts of anti-hate law, but not all…

Posted on February 27, 2013 by

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.

From the article:

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…

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Leonard Cohen arrives in town on April 15th!

Posted on January 16, 2013 by

(Image linked from www.leonardcohen.com)

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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Tickets go on sale Jan 18, 2013 at 10 AM

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A Politically Correct, Legally Non-Binding Greeting for the season

Posted on December 16, 2012 by

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Received this years ago in an email. I brush it off and share it each year, just for giggles!

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, and without prejudice or consideration, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the secular practices or religious persuasion of your choice, with respect for the secular/religious persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice secular or religious traditions at all; and also my wishes for a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2013, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Canada a great cultural mosaic, (not to imply that Canada is necessarily a greater cultural mosaic than any other country or is the only nation with a cultural mosaic), and without regard to the gender, nationality, race, creed, colour, age, height, weight, intelligence, voting preference, physical ability, food preference, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you also accept and agree to these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher. The wisher accepts no responsibility for any unintended emotional and/or physical discomfort, disruption or stress these greetings may bring to those not subject to societally sanctioned or unsanctioned seasonal emotions, beliefs or traditions.

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Do teachers deserve a free pass during budget cuts? #education

Posted on October 3, 2012 by


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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.

Excessive teachers’ wages a boondoggle we can’t ignore.

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.

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Social media customer service success story. It works! #learnsocial

Posted on September 29, 2012 by

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):

Original Tweet

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.

RBC Response

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:

Thank You Tweet

Now, if more businesses would just understand they need to adopt this type of customer service model


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Why not raise MP salaries and cut the pension completely? #cdnpoli

Posted on September 27, 2012 by

Conservatives back hike in MP pension contributions – Politics – CBC News.

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It’s a good start, but I’m actually a firm believer we should pay our politicians more. Yes, controversial, I know, but I have reasons for saying this.

It is a thankless job most of the time, and most work very hard. More money would also help attract more capable candidates who were willing to try what amounts to a 4 – 8 year “contract” position that allowed them to make a difference in how the country runs.

But…

    take away the pension completely!

Let them invest whatever amount they want from their salaries in self-directed RRSPs. Maybe even offer a matching payment scheme, say 5%, like many private employers offer. The savings on pensions alone would more than cover any salary increases.

Just my $0.02 worth.

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