Chris J Powell

A Day Off – But Why?

School starts for countless thousands tomorrow but today, it is the unofficial end of Summer…Labour Day.  The funny thing about holidays, there is a history to them all.  Christmas is about the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Easter about his Resurrection, Remembrance Day about those who gave their lives defending our Freedom…but what about Labour Day? I am not a fan of Labour Unions and personally think that they have outlived their usefulness in a modern society.   Sure, they are there to protect workers rights…but the reality is, in my humble opinion, they force undo hardships on the rest of us who are not fortunate enough to have the protection of a union in our work places.  Sure a Unionized Employee makes more money, has more job stability and has extra protections (and can go on strike if the employer does not live up to the collective bargaining agreement) but as we enter sit through the 120th Labour Day here in Canada…what have Unions done for us lately?  Should there be a day of celebration for the … Read more

Today is My Labour Day

For the almost 42 years that I have been blessed with the honour to walk this rock we all call home I have never really said to my Mom how much I appreciate how much she has done for me.  On July 12, 1972 she “spit” me out and I took my first breath so I look at today as my Labour Day as this was the day that I decided it was time to start thinking to come out and stay a while! Most people would pay tribute to Mom on the Second Sunday in May when conventionally the world says it is Mother’s Day but I have decided that from this day forward, for me at least…July 11th will be my day to pay a special tribute to my Mom. She is a really special person who has had more than her fair share of challenges and struggles over the years…many of which have been made by being a Mom to 5, small town boys who were and some may say are far from Angels. Mom, I love … Read more