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September 2014

Labour Day Classic: It wasn't pretty, but neither was the stadium

Sep 2, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Congratulations to your Hamilton Ticats on their first win, at the ‘so new’ it ain’t even finished yet, Tim Horton’s Field.

The Ticats new ‘no frills’ look, to match the new ‘no frills’ stadium, proved to be nothing short of intimidating to the Argos who clearly left their game down the QEW.

However they kept it a nail biter when the Ticats kept failing to seal the deal in a game that is not reminiscent of the score.

The new stadium looked okay on TV but the fans made it a show and were obviously excited just to have a seat to sit on at the Labour Day classic.

As commented on TSN, one of the great advantages to having an open-ended concept stadium in a highly residential neighbourhood, is the guy who parked your car on his front lawn can now watch the game himself by simply setting up a deck chair on his roof.

Only in the hammer!

But a win is a win, and like the stadium, wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it.

I’m Scott Thompson.






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August 2014

Gourmet foodbanks???

Aug 22, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There seems to be a refocus needed on what the role of food banks are in Ottawa.

The Parkdale food bank in that city has said, thanks but no thanks, to everything from Kraft dinner to margarine and hot dogs.

Obviously they don’t need the food?

They say everybody deserves good quality food, even those who can't afford to buy it.

They also give classes to teach clients how to cook.

That sounds nice, and all, but local food banks here leave that choice to the user.

And to be blunt, most food banks can’t afford to be picky.

So when a load of gum came in it was accepted and distributed across various outlets across Hamilton as a treat.

After all, doesn’t everybody deserve a treat once in a while too?

Are we not told what to buy for the food bank?

They buy the food with the money you donate.

Issues such as storage, refrigeration, and facilities needed to prepare such a meal are also limited.

I’m sure their hearts are in the right place, but it’s simply not the reality in most food banks.

It seems the energy could be better spent in the ongoing struggle to get people off of food banks, rather than making the experience long term.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Another study saying more competition is needed in alcohol sales

Aug 21, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You can tell its summer time because we’re talking the Beer Store and LCBO.

Mind you, lately, this seems to be a discussion we’re having 12 months of year.

Yet another study has come out saying the provincial government would make more money, and we would be paying less, if competition was added to the way we sell alcohol in this province.

The Liberals have their own study from 2005 that says the same.

This is not about selling or eliminating these institutions, it’s about having those and adding more competition.

The stake holders in the monopoly say its better this way.

The others, including the majority of Ontarians, say give it a try.

After all if the way it, is better, the rest will die on the vine.

That’s competition.

The reality is in the numbers.

Across the river in Gatineau you can buy cases of tins of Molson Canadian for a buck a beer.

Meanwhile in Ottawa you’re paying over $40 for 24 cans.

If the Beer Store and LCBO are best, they will survive.  The province will make its money either way.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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