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January 2015

How do we prevent 'stadium' mistakes on 'transit'?

Jan 29, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It’s amazing how the premier reaffirming her commitment to Hamilton’s rapid transit system is giving city council a chance to hit the reset button on the file, and their brains.

The usual councillors are rising from the ashes again saying we must consult with the people now that we have a commitment from the government.

(Many are still unsure of what we now have?)

Citizen’s panels, consultations; what’s all this public opinion talk?

Don’t get me wrong public speak is essential but shouldn’t we have consulted with the people before we picked an East/West LRT line, council voted on it, and went to government to ask them to pay for it?

Now that the money may be closer than ever, we have a city deeply divided on LRT, a divided council that killed a bus lane and a public that is lacking confidence due the way it has been all handled to date.

Some will blame the last Mayor, he did send mixed messages.

But excluding Mayor Fred Eisenberger and a few new young exciting council members it’s the same old fart show. Majority still rules.

Wynne’s transit promises could be another big windfall for Hamilton, just like the stadium was, if they survive that long.

My fear is once again we won’t get maximum return for our investment due to poor council leadership, just like the stadium.

How do we make sure that doesn’t happen, and Hamilton gets what it deserves?

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Is it time to throw councillors on the bus?

http://www.900chml.com/2015/01/28/29126/

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Forget the New Years resolution!

Jan 28, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

January is normally the time of year when we look to the future and resolutions that will enhance our lives.

Working out, quitting smoking, losing weight, divorce, it can all be a catalyst to a new beginning.

So just in time for that life changing experience is the devil that hopes to deprive us of our goals.

This year it is called the KFC Double Down Dog.

A new greasy dish served up by the Colonel himself incorporating his traditional deep fried bird with the fan favourite tube steak.

Yes you got that right.

A hot dog wrapped in a friend chicken bun covered with cheese.

The only thing missing is the bacon.

No, that was last year’s Double Down, don’t you remember?

The good news for our already strapped healthcare system is, it is only available in the Philippines.

The bad news, they’re selling out.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on air and gearing up for election. Send me your question?

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"LRT must connect to Go." At least we can agree on that!

Jan 27, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Have you noticed that it seems to be quite difficult for our premier Wynne to utter the letters LRT?

Early yesterday afternoon we broke news that Mayor Fred Eisenberger said Premier Wynne promised Hamilton full funding of LRT in a meeting.

However when she addressed the media later in the afternoon she didn’t use the term LRT.

She said they are committed to full funding of rapid transit, but did not mention LRT.

The cost difference between the two is substantial.

However, Fred added, the province has also signalled that it wants Hamilton to integrate LRT with GO, likely via a spur from the proposed B-line to the James North station.

So one thing we can agree on is the Premier did say what I have been saying since this whole discussion started, whatever it is, it MUST connect to the new GO system.

Why didn’t city council figure that out before it voted on an East/West line that only connected Eastgate Square with McMaster?

Why wasn’t connectivity to the GO part of the discussion until now?

It’s this lack of vision and due diligence at city council that scares me.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Why won’t Wynne say ‘LRT’? Does it matter if Mayor does?

http://www.900chml.com/2015/01/27/did-they-say-full-funding-for-lrt-or-not/

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Will Mayor and Premier talk about transit, or a split council?

Jan 26, 2015 10:26 AM
Scott Thompson

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger is meeting with Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne today.

What do you think the chances are of either one coming out of the meeting with anything more to say than vague generalities and promises to talk again?

City Hall said transit would be on the agenda but failed to add anything more.

I’m not sure what we are expecting to happen and I highly doubt they’ll be writing a blank cheque for transit funding.

The CBC asked the Mayor if the visit would need to address a possibly strained relationship between the two parties left behind by former mayor Bob Bratina.

I’d be far more concerned with the stained relationship left behind from yet another split down the middle council vote that has most wondering how we can manage BRT or an LRT when we can’t even manage a bus lane?

But call me crazy!

Talk is good, but sometimes cheap.

I have a feeling Premier Wynne will spend more time questioning the Mayor about a split, indecisive council that sends mixed messages, than opening her purse.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Monday on The Scott Thompson Show!

The Mayor and the Premier will meet today. Will tomorrow be any different?

http://www.900chml.com/2015/01/26/will-mayor-and-premier-talk-about-transit-or-a-split-council/

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Transit, is the stadium, all over again!!!

Jan 23, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

This is one of those occasions when it’s NOT nice that things have stayed exactly the same.

City Council voted 9-7 to kill the bus only lane in downtown Hamilton.

I am not a city planner and don’t pretend to know the answer to Hamilton’s transit issues.

But I do have common sense.

When you try something new and it fails, it makes more sense to exercise all of your options before you scrap it, otherwise you have wasted money and resolved nothing.

Instead Hamilton’s old fart city councillors voted to cancel the divisive bus lane rather than talk to the users and improve it for everyone.

Those who the lane affects directly, voted in favour of the bus only lane.

The clear message it sends to the world is, how Hamilton can manage BRT or LRT, if it can’t manage a bus lane.

This just reeks of the stadium dysfunction, complete with a split council vote, further proof of block voting on council.

This is just like the good old days, that never left!

Supercrawl can’t come fast enough, so we can celebrate a community with vision, and numb ourselves of this council incompetence!

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Are you making less than you used to?

http://www.900chml.com/2015/01/23/28851/

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How many tickets is too many?

Jan 22, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There was an interesting memo that was allegedly leaked from a Hamilton Mountain police station that talked about a quota of tickets each police officer should write over the course of a month.

That number was 15.

I guess this is verification what we all knew, or more accurately, anyone who holds down a job would know.

That being you have to be accountable for your pay. In other words, you have to do the job.

I have mentioned several times, I have been on a police ride along and witnessed it with my own eyes, it is extremely easy to write a ticket.

You don’t have to set up a speed trap or enforce quotas, all you have to do is open your eyes. 

It’s very easy to spot an offender, you do NOT have to go looking for it.

So is it asking too much of our officers to give out 1 ticket per 12 hour shift on average?

Is that not what we pay them to do?

And believe me, in my ride along, they let way more people go then they write up.

Reason, there isn’t enough time in the day.

And after going to your phone calls, most agreed.

Some even suggested the quota should be higher.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!

If city council can’t manage a bus lane, can they manage BRT or LRT?

Where is transit now?

http://www.900chml.com/2015/01/22/council-ends-bus-only-lane /

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Stand up or die!

Jan 21, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Everybody stand up!,,,For your own good health, you must stand right now.

If you are not standing you run the risk of dying.

Forget couch potatoes and the obese, even those of you with a stern work out regime are in danger.

That’s what the data says pooled from 41 international studies examined by Toronto researchers.

It revealed the amount of time a person sits during the day is directly associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death.

And that is regardless of your regular exercise routine.

Think about it, do you spend the majority of your time at a desk sitting in front of a computer?

Just because you work out every day does not mean you can then sit on your butt for the rest of it.

We are simply spending too much time doing nothing other than staring at a screen.

Doctors recommend standing for a period of time each day or simply taking the stairs.

Walk around for a few minutes every half hour to get the blood flowing to muscles and vital organs.

Ironically, it seems the only ones getting enough exercise at work are the smokers who have to walk downstairs and outside for a puff.

At least they’re moving.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Is it asking police officers too much to issue 1 ticket in 2 days?

http://www.900chml.com/2015/01/21/leaked-e-mail-reveals-ticket-quotas/

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Kid birthday party etiquette

Jan 20, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Like our discussion yesterday about backyard skating rinks, the kid’s birthday party is not like it used to be either.

Remember when a kid’s birthday party consisted of going over to a friend’s house for hot dogs and pin the tail on the donkey?

Now you rarely get to the kids house because the event is held at one of those play places filled with jungle gyms, slides and let’s not forget the bottomless pit of plastic balls that haven’t been clean since the first day it opened.

We hear news out of London England where a kid was holding their party at a ski centre.

When one of the kids didn’t show after confirming, birthday boy’s parents slapped the no shower with a $24.00 fee to cover the cost.

They want the friend to pay for not cancelling ahead of time which would have saved the hosts a cancellation fee.

This seems odd considering they would have had to pay anyway even if the kid did attend.  He was the one who lost out.

I am not condoning standing up birthday boy, you should be more considerate.

But to charge for not attending will only guarantee the gossip will be more about the ‘cheapskate’ and not the ‘no show’.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Today's Hamilton Spectator column:

http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/5265272-scott-thompson-we-are-all-in-this-together/

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Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

An 11 year old First Nations girl, who refused chemotherapy, has died. Should we have done more?

http://www.900chml.com/2015/01/20/one-of-two-aboriginal-girls-who-refused-chemo-dies/ 

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Game on!!!

Jan 19, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

My son Kurt got to do something for the first time this weekend.

Something that my generation would do several times a winter.

Skate on an outdoor rink. But not any rink, a backyard rink.

The boys were without a practice rink this weekend due to a tournament.

One of the buddies on his hockey team has a backyard rink so invited the boys over for a game there.

I have never seen the team play so hard at a practice. Atmosphere is everything.

It also ran over time at about three hours instead of the usual one.

The backyard rink has evolved over the years from flooding the grass and lots of bumps to boards and a surface like glass.

These guys even had lights mounted and heaters for the parents.

It was like a BBQ in the winter.

The only thing missing was a garden tractor converted into a Zamboni.

That’s coming next year I’m told.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Monday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Should fired Hamilton city workers get their jobs back?

 http://www.900chml.com/2015/01/19/21-fired-hamilton-public-works-employees-fight-to-get-jobs-back/

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Target misses bulls eye by a ... kilometre

Jan 16, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Target has missed the bull’s eye by a … kilometre!

If you are a fan you already know that Target stores are leaving Canada.

But you may not, as clearly, there weren’t many fans.

Experts say it was too big too fast, a poor linear goods distribution system, (no stock on the shelves) and less the experience than what you could get in the U.S. at the same store.

Obviously they didn’t have their ducks in a row and thought Canada is an easy target allowing them to ride on their name and the U.S. experience.

I remember when my parents would always say, “Oh it’s a lot better in the U.S. They know how to do it!”

But Canada has matured in the last millennium.

You have to give Canadians more than an American flag to take notice.

It ain’t the 60’s anymore.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Pope speaks out on Charlie Hebdo. Where is the line between freedom of speech and respect?

http://time.com/3668875/pope-francis-charlie-hebdo/

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