February 2014


Team Canada comeback!

Feb 20, 2014 6:30 PM
Scott Thompson

How ‘bout them girls?!

You know which ones I’m talking about!

Canada’s women’s Olympic hockey team who pulled off the turnaround of the century yesterday in Sochi.

For me, the only thing harder than doing a radio show, is doing one while the muted TV above my head features an Olympic gold medal hockey game.

It kind of spoils your concentration when you scream out loud while interviewing someone about the impending rain storm.

But hey it’s not about me it’s about Team Canada who after 2 periods of play were getting a thorough thumping from the USA.

After failing to score during a 2 person advantage penalty you could feel the desperation and the realization the dynasty might be over.

Towards the latter half of the third period a break when we finally score.  But as the minutes dwindled it looked like as lost cause.

Then with less than a minute to play Marie-Philip Poulin sends it to overtime and Canada is reborn.

She puts it away after 8 minutes of gruelling overtime, which either team could have won, and brings home the gold.

It’ll go down in history as one of the greatest come back in the game.  Proving, you never give up.

It was a nail biter and we haven’t even mentioned the one off the goal post on an empty net.

Thanks girls, you made us proud, again!

 

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Justin Trudeau rolling papers hurt, or help, campaign?

Feb 20, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

When we first heard of Justin Trudeau rolling papers it was rumoured to be a stunt the Conservatives were planning on punking the Liberals with at their convention in Montreal this weekend.

It was supposedly leaked to the Toronto Star, who made it news.

Not sure how much credence anyone put on this, but that didn’t stop a pot smoking entrepreneur from making it his own story.

Chris Goodwin of Vapor Central decided to make it a reality.

So he invested his stash money and got 2500 of his own JT rolling papers printed up, and started selling.

By the time you hear/read this they’re pretty much gobbled up like a bag of Dorito’s.  The T-shirts are coming soon.

He has taken the pirate off the Zig Zag papers and installed Justin’s face complete with bandana and a smoke.

Obviously when the PC’s thought of the idea they knew exactly what they were talking about (nudge nudge, wink wink)!

Perhaps the PC’s are behind the whole thing and encouraged Goodwin?  Those party animals!

He did say he was fiscally conservative.

Either way, Pierre would be proud!

The question is, will this hinder Trudeau, or turn him into a pop culture icon?

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Wynne's archiac view on craft brewers and the Beer Store

Feb 19, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

On Family Day Monday Premiere Kathleen Wynne went to a Toronto outdoor rink for a nice skate with her grandchild, and a photo op for the rest of Ontario.

In such a setting she hadn’t planned to be challenged by a craft brewer who was setting up a tasting, and yelled out, “Why do you hate craft brewers?”

Had she showed some interest in the entrepreneur or what he had to say she would have learned, “if you’re interested in creating jobs that aren’t minimum wage, Ontario craft breweries are booming” he said.

If it were only easier to open, and distribute, the industry could create 1000’s of new jobs and sell worldwide.

However, that would mean creating more competition for the Beer Store and LCBO to help this blossoming industry.

Wynne has expressed she has no interest in doing that.

Why she is letting the Beer Store away with such a monopoly, which isn’t even majority Canadian owned any more, is archaic at best.

Perhaps it’s her motherly instinct to keep this bad industry a slave to the conglomerates rather than create jobs for Ontario.

Yet she feels it’s okay to let Niagara wineries sell at local farmers markets.  I guess security at famers markets has increased of late.

Or maybe it’s because the craft brewers weren’t in a riding where she was trying to win a by-election last week.

More of the same old McGuinty,,,,,

Had enough yet?

 

I’m Scott Thompson.

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McMaster 3MT competition shines bright

Feb 14, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The Three Minute Thesis competition, or 3MT, is a university-wide competition for research-based masters and doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows.

More and more students have the ability to discover great things and achieve big goals in academia, but in the real world, you have to be able to explain to someone not abreast of the topic what it is all about and why they should be interested.

The best from McMaster assembled over three days to pitch their years of work in a thesis in under 3 minutes.

Just the student, a static slide, and a cordless mic while a panel of distinguished judges annualized.

It was like a Dragons Den for brainiacs!

Minus the props, singing and dancing.

Twelve students spanning Mac’s faculty of Science, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities competed for a run at the provincials at Mac in April.

Michelle Reid was the big winner who got that honour with great runner up efforts from Ben Hamby and Anthony Gatti.

Many middle agers look at today’s youth and think we’re going to hell in a hand basket.

If the 3MT competition was any indication, I think we’ll be fine…

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Honouring Victor Copps

Feb 13, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

After renaming Copp’s Coliseum, First Ontario Centre, Hamilton city council vowed to honour the late Mayor Victor Copps in an appropriate way.

City council is now hoping to name the Hamilton Public Library after the family.

That decision is made by the library board who has strict guidelines for the process.

Personally I think it’s a positive solution but it has again sparked the debate about whether buildings should be named after politicians.

And should the name be changed after it is awarded? (Arena’s, entertainment venues and hospitals exempt.)

It’s nice to preserve local history and the name draws attention to that.

The reaction really depends on your stripes and if you liked the politician or not.

If you didn’t (or wouldn’t) vote for them, chances are, you’re not going to want a structure named after them.

Some may also view it as a political endorsement; remember what this team did for Hamilton?

One thing is certain, it will be discussed with as much vigor as another great Hammer debate as old as the Coliseum itself.

Whether we’ll ever see an NHL team call it home.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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X Games & Olympics need each other

Feb 12, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I heard an Olympic commentator say during the coverage of a snowboarding event, it’s great to see the X Games has melded with the Olympic movement.

Personality and tradition aside, they both need each other.

Yes more work needs to be done to make judging consistent.

The X Games need the Olympics for real credibility as best in the world.

The Olympics need the X Games to stay hip and relevant.

After all, how long can they keep selling the biathlon to today’s youth, unless you incorporate the weapons from ‘Call of Duty’?

Thank goodness the IOC saw the real significance of women’s ski jumping and finally allowed it this year.

This radicalization of the Olympic movement is what’s keeping the next generation interested.

We see that with a host of new events that represent today’s youth.

A perfect example was Dara Howell’s slope style ski event which saw her skiing backwards over a jump, landing and then crossing the finish line in reverse.

I wasn’t sure if it was planned or just a really good recovery of a run gone terribly wrong.

Either way it’s a gold medal performance in 2014.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Wind turbines, more proof of lack of Liberal R & D

Feb 11, 2014 5:00 PM
Scott Thompson

The West Lincoln Glambrook Wind Action Group has been fighting against wind turbines for years saying their interests are not being considered because the Liberal government has taken away powers at the local level leaving them unrepresented and vulnerable.

The result, many communities are unwilling hosts, but the turbines are built anyway.

Lots has been said about the distance or set back these turbines must be from residential buildings and property lines.

 The action group says the current guidelines say the turbines must be back from properties lines at least the height of the turbine at its hub.

The Ministry of the Environment has measured, and three of the five turbines are in violation, against the wishes of the neighbouring properties.

The MOE says it will try to rectify the violation with the neighbours, which really means, we’ll write you a big cheque with taxpayer’s money to look the other way.

Whether you agree or disagree with the citizens, clearly there was not enough research done before these projects were started and there certainly isn’t any follow up inspection during construction or after the fact.

You think moving power plants was costly, wait ‘till we see what this Liberal screw up ends up costing us.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Canadian Olympic attitude!

Feb 10, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Like most Canadians I had my eyes glued to the Olympics in Sochi over the weekend.

There are lot of highlights to celebrate but what I noticed more than ever so far this year, is the attitude of the Canadian athletes.

On several occasions during the big interview after a successful performance athletes expressed a common denominator.

The ‘me, myself, and I” persona.

This was ‘my time’, this was ‘my moment to shine’ this was ‘my zone’.

It was almost UN Canadian.  Certainty not the unassuming stereotype we’re used to.

Then I realized this was the ‘own the podium’ campaign in full swing.

Steve Podborski said Canadian athletes have a swagger and confidence they have earned.

It’s more than a check list of preparation designed to peak at the right moment.

All the athletes have the skill to be there.

It’s those who can isolate themselves from their surroundings and dig the deepest to perform the task at hand flawlessly, at just the right moment, who win.

That takes a lot of concentration on oneself.

If you can flip it on and off, like a switch, you’re gold!

I’m Scott Thompson.

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No ruckus for Jay Leno,,,,

Feb 7, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The late nite TV battle plan changed again last night when Jay leno finished up his stint as host of ‘The Tonight Show’ on NBC.

Opinion on the show depends on whether you really liked him in the first place.  Not much new there.

Whether you do or don’t or really don’t care, either way, he did hold down the fort for over 20 years with the vast majority of those at number one.

Today those accomplishments are over shadowed by his off screen persona and a general ‘hate on’ from his fellow comedians.

A riff that’s mired deep in the late nite wars and came to a head when Jay took the Tonight Show back form Conan O’Brian.

What a tangled TV web we weave!

When Johnny Carson gave up the reigns it was like a royal wedding that lasted a year.

Enough to make everyone forget that most thought he had seen better days, prior to the victory lap.

No such send off or ruckus for Jay…

For that kind of ceremony you’d have to go back to the days when there was only 3 networks and one phone company.

Has anyone seen the remote?

I’m Scott Thompson.

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More 'accomodation' trumping gender equality

Feb 6, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You heard the story of the York University student who asked to be exempt from a class because he had to participate with female students.  His religion forbids him from doing so. York has yet to change its policy of allowing religious accommodation to trump gender equality.

Fast forward to a week later and a Halifax teen has her martial arts class segregated because one of the men refused to be in a class with women.  Despite it being advertised as a mixed gender class.  Once again the religious accommodation is recognized and trumps gender equality rights.

This week another example, minus the religion, when a University of Toronto students asked to be excused from a class that is all women.

He took the Women and Gender Studies course because it fit his time table, it was a class of all women.

He took his case to an Ontario Human Rights tribunal when the prof would not give him the mark anyway despite not attending class.

"I'm generally a shy person, especially around women, and it would have been a burden if I had had to choose a group for group work."

Thank goodness the Ontario Human Rights tribunal and U of T saw this as “backwards” and did what York has yet the ‘cahonies’ to do.

I’m beginning to think this is just lazy students who are hiding behind their own selfish cultural values to take advantages of the generosity of Canadian culture.  Do you think their future bosses will be as accommodating?

I’m Scott Thompson.

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