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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Shut up and Sing

Remember the Dixie Chicks documentary 'Shut up and Sing'?

Lead singer Natalie Maines actually received a hate letter with the line, "Shut up and sing"... basically saying 'keep in line and stop stirring things up'.

This happened because of a one-off comment in England where she had said during a concert that she was ashamed that George W. Bush came from Texas... That was it.

All she did was express disapproval and the retaliation started.

I saw them in concert at the ACC as part of this tour and her answer to this was 'I don't know how I am supposed to shut up and sing!'

She had a big grin on her face and the audience roared with laughter... I will never forget this!

At the time it was very tense in the southern states, with people burning their records and holding demonstrations - the usual large scale intimidation/retaliation tactics.

Through out the show she expressed love and appreciation for Canadian fans, the audience, and the level-headedness our country is known for.

What's the lesson in all of this? Stay true to yourself and stand up for what you believe!

Why am I telling you this?

Well to me it seems like a good example of the HRPA's response to the membership whenever we question a decision they have made.

When Mr Zimmer proposed Bill 138 he stated that the membership wanted it... Yet most of the membership was never aware of the contents of the Bill prior to being proposed and are disqusted when they do.

I tried creating discussion around it and have been blocked from several HRPA groups on LinkedIn... Wonderful way to treat your membership.

So rather than 'shut up and sing' people have been flocking to the petition that opposes this ridiculous bill.

Rather than open the floor to discussion, the HRPA continues to try and shove it down our throats and stop any discussion around it:

You want a reason to oppose Bill 138?  How about 10?

Want to have your voice heard? Click Here!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Buffalo North?

So as you may have heard, Target has bought out Zellers for $1.8 Billion.

Like with any change, some people are thrilled and others are not.

Like when Wal-Mart moved North in the early 90's and took over Woolco stores - some Canadians were open to it, some loved it, and others thought we were becoming the 51st state... Fast-forward a few years and Wal-Mart is a staple in many Canadian towns.

Trying to be optimistic, it means that jobs are created in Canada and that less people are headed across the boarder to shop at these retailers.

On the other side of the coin, where is our Canadian identity going?

While retailers like Shoppers Drug Mart, Giant Tiger, and Canadian Tire remain symbolically Canadian, what is the difference?

When you go shopping (for everyday items) do you make an effort to be patriotic, or just look for the best price?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bill 138... then the world!

When I started this blog I didn't want it to be constant rebuttals against the HRPA but with the way things have been going over the past few months, it sort of has been.

While Bill 138 remains controversial amongst members, the HRPA maintains a PR campaign of "It is good for you, now eat!"

While I have said previously that I think that the HR Professionals Act from 1990 could probably use some updating, the attitude of the HRPA prevails.

The attitude of 'trust us, everything is fine'. 

It is not fine.

Regardless of 'how good' this act may be, many paying members are upset that they have not had their voices heard or were made aware of what the contents of this new act would be before being submitted.

In the latest email from Antoinette Blunt (HRPA Chair) there is points like:

  • The plan was outlined in HRPA's strategic plan -- available on our website to all members -- nearly three years ago;
  • Bill 138, which was drafted by the government with input from HRPA, represents the coming of age for the HR profession. For the first time, the Bill puts human resources on par with other first tier professions;
  • Bill 138 provides the human resources profession the same regulatory authority as that given to the accounting profession;

Well here are some questions then:

While a plan was outlined, the content was not... This is where many members feel a disconnect.

Drafted by the government with input? You mean input like this:

52. (1) In conducting an investigation under this Act, an investigator may,

(a) at any reasonable time, enter and inspect the business premises of the individual or firm under investigation, other than any part of the premises used as a dwelling, without the consent of the owner or occupier and without a warrant;

And as far a regulatory authority goes, the CGA that we are being compared to is an empowerment for the Association... not the membership.

Some people will tell you that Bill 138 is in the best interest of the profession, but so far this seems to mostly be HRPA(O) staff... Is anyone not employed by them happy with Bill 138?

Not that I can find.

To completely understand why Bill 138 was initiated, you need to understand the HRPA(O); here is a brief history:

As recently as 2007, they were still called HRPAO - a provincial organization.

In May of 2010 they took away the NPPA - the second exam required for the CHRP.  Other provinces still have it; Where is the national unity?

In November 2010, Bill 138 was snuck into its first reading.  If passed, the HRPA(O) will be granted significant powers over their membership

Experts in change management and public relations, these things have been introduced slowly, but still met with controversy at each stage.

As per my previous blog, trying to open discussion with them has been a futile effort. 

As per the HRPA website, they changed their name to HRPA, "In an effort to create a brand that’s relevant to audiences everywhere."

Why would a provincial organization need to do that?  Oh right, it's because they are hungry for power!

Bill 138 in my opinion is the HRPA's next step in trying to be a national organization - taking over rather than working together... very un-Canadian.

Recently, the THRPA created an online petition so we can have our voices heard... If you disagree with Bill 138 then perhaps you should sign it by clicking here!