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There has been something said that many thought would never happen.  Things written that many journalists thought they would never write.  Those words are simple, but they are shocking.  All of it deals with the recent election in Alberta.

The Alberta NDP will form the next Alberta Government.

It’s shocking for many reasons.  The first being the end of 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule in Alberta.  The second, a complete shift in political ideology from right wing to left wing.  Not only did the NDP form the government, but the Wild Rose Party formed the Official Opposition, leaving the PCs in third place.  This election also brought about the highest number of female MLAs to now sit in any legislature in Canada.  Definitely progress.

That progress, of course, comes on the heels of the election in Prince Edward Island where the Liberal Party won their third majority, but the big news was the fact that PEI’s Premier is only the second openly gay Premier in Canada, and the first for the Province of Prince Edward Island.  Wade MacLauchlan joins Kathlene Wynne who was elected Premier of Ontario in 2013.

But there are those who are being cautious, and those who are breeding fear, about an NDP government in Alberta.  Those who are being cautious are holding a wait and see attitude toward Rachel Notley and her NDP government.  Others are comparing this to the mid 1990’s when Bob Rae lead the NDP to government in Ontario.  Many analysts, however, are pointing to a younger generation of voters who are sick and tired of the attitudes of right wing politicians and right wing governments.  And then there’s those who are looking at this election in Alberta and wondering how that will affect the upcoming Federal election in October.

Everything will have to be a wait and see situation.  From how the NDP performs in Alberta all the way to what the results of this will have on the Federal election.

But make no mistake, the winds of change were definitely blowing.

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Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Life, Opinion, randomness

 

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Change.org: Edmonton’s 100.3 FM The Bear “Win A Wife”


Most radio stations run contests for listeners to win concert tickets and electronics. Edmonton radio station 100.3FM The Bear is “giving away a wife.”

Partnering with a mail order bride company called A Volga Girl, The Bear is appealing to listeners “interested in potential holy matrimony with a hot foreign chick.”  They’re calling the contest “Win A Wife” and have received entries from some men who are seeking genuine companionship, but also others who desire little more than someone to be their sexual partner and maid.

Offended and outraged, Edmonton listener Elicia Elliott has started a petition on Change.org to get this contest cancelled. Sign Elicia’s petition to tell 100.3FM  that women are not commodities to be won or given away and that the contest should be cancelled immediately.

Elicia’s is not the only voice speaking out against 100.3FM’s contest. Alberta’s immigration minister, Thomas Lukaszuk, has pulled his ministry’s ads from the station because of it. He said, “In some parts of the world where women make themselves available to be Internet brides or through international dating agencies … they very seldom have that choice. They are either coerced into that position by despairing economic circumstances or they are coaxed into it by illegal elements.”

The Change.org community has stopped other companies from perpetuating damaging ideas about women’s intelligence and value, with a key victory last week against the “I’m too pretty to do homework” T-shirt sold by American retail giant, JC Penney. Let’s keep the momentum going and tell The Bear that their contest degrades and endangers women by reducing them to contest prizes.

Sign Elicia’s petition to tell 100.3FM The Bear to cancel their “Win A Wife” contest now:

http://www.change.org/petitions/general-manager-the-bear-1003fm-edmonton-close-the-win-a-wife-contest-and-publicly-acknowledge-its-inappropriateness

Thanks for being a change-maker,

– Shelby and the Change.org team

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2011 in Life, randomness

 

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