Nour Kadri for Ottawa’s Mayor

The more I read about him, the more I’m liking Nour Kadri for Ottawa’s Mayor as an alternative to front runners Catherine McKenney or Mark Sutcliffe.

Voter’s Prioroties

CTV has polled voters to determine their priorities in this election. Public transit efficiency, local economy, possible tax hikes, and affordable housing for all residents top the list.

Dog parks, tourism, and millions of dollars for new bike lanes are (understandably) lower.

Catherine McKenney

From what I’ve heard so far in this mayoral race, McKenney seems financially irresponsible, non credible, almost delusional. Accounting basics and common sense dictate you should take the budget into consideration when spending.

For example, does promising free bus fare to anyone make sense when our public transit system is already millions in debt? It sure won’t increase efficiency!

Mark Sutcliffe

While I prefer Sutcliffe’s “look for inefficiencies” approach to McKenney’s “spend, spend, spend” one, he appears too complacent to me. Perhaps that’s just his personality, but he gives the impression his heart is not in the mayoral race.

I do like the fact that Sutcliffe is new to politics, so offers a credible alternative to “more of the same” rhetoric and irresponsible/frivolous spending.

Nour Kadri The Alternative Candidate?

If you haven’t yet heard of him, take a moment to learn. Nour Kadri ticks all the boxes for Ottawa’s mayor in my opinion:

  • Intelligent
  • Well and diversely educated
  • Years of relatable (but not political) experience
  • Great speaker, well versed
  • Financially literate, with budget expertise
Nour Kadri

Unfortunately, Kadri was not invited to debate the front runners. He would have blown them out of the water. This tweet confirms that!

Conclusions

These are just my opinions of course. Do your own research before you exercise your right to vote. You’ve only got 11 more days to decide until the 24th of October election date!

Twitter Response by Scott Morrison wins Gold Medal

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What do the Olympics and gun control have in common?  Twitter, they have Twitter in common.  This exchange of tweets on Twitter was too funny (and tragically accurate) not to share! 

It came after the USA women’s hockey team beat Canada in the gold medal hockey game and the USA men’s curling team beat the Canadian men’s curling team to advance to the gold medal game in the winter Olympics. 

It also came after another shooting rampage in a USA school.

Chris Sedenka‏
@ChrisSedenka

Hey @Canada, what else would you like us to beat you in today?
8:43 AM – 22 Feb 2018

Scott Morrison‏
@scott_morrison

Gun Control

This reply was the BEST! Short and to the point, sad but so true. There was nothing more to be said that could improve that conversation. 

Leave it to a little blue bird to get the last word in!

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Let’s Talk Day sponsored by Bell Canada a huge success

Yesterday’s post sharing a promotion Bell Canada created to raise awareness and money for mental health was to encourage participants far and wide.  Today I am posting to show how effective the promotion has been since its inception.  The numbers for 2016 in the chart were not yet complete when the chart was published, but it shows how successful the campaign is and how it continues to grow each year…

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Aimed at raising both awareness and money for mental health, Let’s Talk Day appeals to all ages, especially the teenagers whose suicide rate has risen dramatically over the past few years.  What better way for them to express themselves than the social media they are so familiar with and dependent on.  The final totals for yesterday were fantastic…

A new Day record. 125,915,295 calls, texts, tweets and shares – and $6,295,764.75 raised for Canadian mental health.

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Here are a few pictures I copied off of Twitter that are symbolic of how people feel about mental health…

 

My favourite picture I saw circulating on both Twitter and Facebook was a sketch (origin unknown) of the faces of Robin Williams in a few of the roles he has played…

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Robin Williams’ face is familiar to just about everyone.  His suicide stunned and saddened the whole world in 2014.  His quote “All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul” is stunning and yet simple in its message;  mental health can affect and take its toll on anyone.

My favourite tweet on Twitter yesterday was…

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Raising over $6 M in one day is one thing. Raising awareness and understanding for 365 days: Priceless.

…a great message to end this post with.  Let’s not forget about the importance of talking and caring and understanding.  Today and every day…

Today is Bell’s Let’s Talk day for mental health

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Bell’s Let’s Talk Day is a promotion to raise awareness for mental health.  Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives for every:

  • Text message sent (by Bell or Bell Aliant customer)
  • Mobile & long distance call made (by Bell or Bell Aliant customer)
  • Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • Share of the Facebook image

 

If you are not a Bell or Bell Aliant Customer, you can participate by tweeting on Twitter using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag or sharing the image circulating on Facebook.

Let’s talk to raise awareness and money for a great cause!

 

 

My favourite tweet after Toronto Blue Jays win Wednesday night

This tweet on Twitter from Phil Kane @carbinekane was my favourite wednesday night, after the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers in game 5….

Attention Americans….your upstairs neighbour’s will be making a lot of noise tonight. We apologize.

Apologies to a Stranger…

Recently my 15 year old son and I encountered a young couple on a street corner that appeared to be out for an early evening (still daylight) run.   She was sitting awkwardly on the sidewalk holding her ankle/lower leg, obviously in pain.  He was standing over her trying to help.  As we approached the couple, I rolled down my window to ask if they needed help in the form of a cellphone or ride etc.    At the same time, before the young man could respond, my son started yelling at me:  “What are you doing?  Why should we stop?  You’re so weird, talking to complete strangers!”

I am embarrassed to say my son’s outburst provoked an angry, hurt and disappointed reaction in me.  Instead of stopping to see if we could help the couple, we drove off towards home.  When I had cooled down I told my son that his reaction was not only hurtful and mean to me, but showed a complete lack of compassion towards others.  What if one of his family members or friends was hurt in a public setting and no one stopped to help?

This may sound harsh or naive on my part, but I have seen similar behaviour in some of the comments I see coming from him on facebook and twitter, even in his regular conversations with friends and family members.  I can’t help but feel his words are a form of bullying, potentially harmful to sensitive teens at the receiving end.

My son did apologize to me and agreed that stopping to help would have been the “right thing to do”  He also agreed that he would make an effort to stop the offensive comments on social media.