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August 2017

Why not name hospital after Neville-Lake family

Aug 18, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The family of Marco Muzzo, the drunk driver who killed 4 members of the Neville-Lake family including their 3 young kids in 2015, have made a donation to the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

The $15 million donation, made with another family, is the single largest donation for the new state of the art hospital 12 km from the accident site.

In honour of the donation, which was organized before the tragic collision, the hospital has named a wing after the Muzzo family.

Feel differently now?

The donation is very generous from a family that is known for their philanthropy and I’m sure townsfolk are more than happy for it.

But why not just cut the cheque and enjoy the gala? People will know where the money came from.

Again, it is a very generous donation but there are many who give (somewhat) anonymously.

It’s almost as if it is a distraction from the reality of what happened, as much as it is making good for it.

As a statement against drunk driving and a tribute to little Daniel, Harrison, sister Milly and grandad Gary, why not name the hospital wing after the Neville-Lake family?

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Are minimum wage jobs a stepping stone or career path?

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

When I was young and had a minimum wage job sweeping floors and taking out the garbage at my local Woolworth’s store, I never thought about how I was going live off what I was making part time.

It was my first job, a starter job.

It now seems the objective of those jobs are to provide a livable wage, instead of extra cash or a stepping stone internship of work/life experience.

Advocates of a minimum wage increase say that the role of those jobs is different now.

Minimum wage jobs are all that is left due to job loss, and many have to have more than one, in order to make ends meet and survive.

Ian Lee of Sprout School of Business at Carlton University says that’s not accurate.

The percentage of employees in the province who work for minimum wage is around 9%.

Of that 9% who earn a minimum wage, 2/3rds are under the age of 25, (teens and young adults).

Whatever side of the issue you are on you must first decide what the objective of a starter or minimum wage job is.

A stepping stone or full time career?

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Trump flip flops on "both sides"

Aug 16, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

After the clashes between white nationalist supporters and non-supporters in Charlottesville Virginia over the weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump was widely criticized for his vague public reaction.

Initially on Saturday the President refused to acknowledge the actions of neo-Nazi groups and white supremists like the Ku Klux Klan, one of which drove a car into a crowd of demonstrators, killing 32 year old Heather Heyer.

Instead Trump said there was blame on “many sides” of this issue.

Then in a ‘not so quick’ turnabout on Monday, he made a statement condemning the very groups he did not mention two days earlier.

In a prepared script that Trump stuck to, he then called out neo-Nazi’s, the KKK, and other white supremist groups as being “repugnant” with no place in America.

All seemed relatively good again in the Trump House, until yesterday’s dreaded press conference.

When pressed by reporters to explain his recent responses, in classic Trump style, he bit the bait and staunchly defended his initial comments again repeating “both sides” are to blame.

What Trump seems to forget in his “both sides” analogy is, historically the “alt left” (as he calls it) hasn’t been linked to ethnic cleansing via the gas chamber or lynching.

We can’t say that about the neo-Nazis or KKK who claim the “alt right”.

The president seems oblivious to the reasons for defeating the Nazi’s back in World War II.

Or, were “both sides” to blame then too?

I’m Scott Thompson.

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