September 2014

Council as 'unplanned' for LRT as they were for stadium

Sep 4, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Hamilton mayoral candidate Brad Clark has said “No” to LRT, at this time.

He says we cannot afford it right now due to mounting debt plus major dollars are needed to improve infrastructure and bring the HSR up to optimal operating standards.

In other words, how can we have a productive LRT system when there are so many holes in HSR service?

Many questions are still unanswered about the cost and many more have arose, even regarding the suggested route, proving more research needs to be done.

We have an elected council who failed to get even close to the maximum return on our stadium investment.

How can the same old group feel they have a handle on transit infrastructure and LRT?

The fact that this council approved an LRT line that does not connect to the much publicized GO Big Move project/James St Station, proves at the very least, their research is already outdated.

As I have stated here many times, LRT that is not connected to a modern transit hub like GO is NOT modern transit.

Clearly more work needs to be done here before the majority of Hamiltonians are on board.

Perhaps more time should be spent on that, before there is any more talk about who wants it, and who does not.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Don't forget elected officials who failed to deliver maximum return on stadium

Sep 3, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

With the opening of Tim Horton’s Field comes the close of a book most Hamiltonian’s would rather not have been a part of.

From an incredible city building windfall,  to an embarrassing,  bitter, divisive argument between a football team and  a city council, all at the expense of Hamiltonians on several different levels.

But the stadium is open now and this issue has been passed to the next generation who will judge whether it was a good or bad idea, or in reality, the only option Hamilton was left with after the carnage.

Yes we have to move on and enjoy what our leaders spent our money on to the best of our ability, anything less who would only add to the pain.

But with the looming decisions this city is facing, especially on transit and LRT, we must never forget that the majority of elected officials who failed to get maximum impact from this investment are still involved today.

The stadium WILL be an election issue, simply because it’s yet another example of a high priority project the city council could not get its arms around.

And with a Liberal government poised to dole out more money on transit there is a good chance this same group will screw that up too.

Please remember, you do have a say, it called your vote.

Use it in October to instigate real change. 

It’s time we had leaders that are keeping up with the city, not dragging it down.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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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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Calling all city councilors to ice bucket challenge!

Aug 20, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I have been sucked into the ‘Ice bucket challenge’ by my radio peers Darrin and Colleen at Fresh 95.3FM.

I have said before, just donate, and forget the 15 seconds of fame on Facebook.

That being said once you are inhaled by the social media vortex it’s hard to get away, and still have your pants on.

So for my ‘ice bucket challenge’ I want every single Hamilton councilor to come down to CHML at 2:30pm on Friday so the people of Hamilton can drop the water (from the roof of CHML).

Calls are going out now.  Call your councilor to participate and come on down Friday.

That includes a personal invite from me, Scott Thompson, to all 15 elected councilors.

That’s Brian McHattie, Jason Farr, Chad Collins, Tom Jackson, Scott Duvall, Terry Whitehead, Brad Clark, Maria Pearson, Brenda Johnson, Lloyd Ferguson, Russ Powers, Robert Pasuta, Judi Partridge, even that other one. 

And Bob Morrow can come if he wants but gets a personal exemption for past performance.

All are invited to participate in the “Ice bucket challenge” with me live on air Friday at 2:30pm on CHML.

The nomination is out!  The challenge is out!

Call your councilors now! Mayoral candidates are welcome! Bring your own bucket.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 19, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Many of you who regularly follow social media know about the “Ice Bucket Challenge”.

For those who don’t.

Participants are challenged to record themselves being doused in a bucket of ice and post it on social media, OR donate $100.  to their favourite charity.

Then pass the challenge on to others via your ‘friends & followers’.

Everyone from celebrities to common folk are recording their antics and posting on Twitter and Facebook.

It’s a stunt that started with a group of pro athletes.

 The charity part was an afterthought because most dared and gave anyway.

However, now more are just taking their 15 seconds of fame on the coat tails of their favourite social media site, instead of actually donating to charity.

Either way I’m sure any PR is good PR for charities.

But in the end, it would be nice if people would just give the money.

Because it was in their hearts, not because it gave them more ‘likes’.

I’m Scott Thompson.



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The leaves are turning colour...

Aug 18, 2014 5:00 PM
Scott Thompson

For those of you who are still waiting for those long hazy days of summer to arrive this is sure to rain on your picnic.

The leaves have already started to turn colour in cottage country.

Yes that’s correct.  Before you even have you inflatable lounge chair blown up, it’s pretty much over.

Normally you start to see the ground cover turn up north by the end of the mouth.

That started a couple of weeks early and now the trees are turning.

No worries, it doesn’t look like Thanksgiving yet although I did see a wild turkey this weekend, but it is proving the best of summer may already be behind us.

No wonder Labour Day is early.

Hell you might as well fire up the snow blower and start your Christmas shopping.

But then your Canadian, so chances are, you already have…

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Teachers Unions want 'snow days' like the kids get!

Aug 15, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

While you are trying to relax and enjoy your limited summer vacation, the teachers unions are quietly working on policy that replaces their banking of sick days with snow days.

So quietly, that they even refused to come on The Scott Thompson Show yesterday saying it wasn’t in their best interest.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario voted this week to recommend boards close schools whenever the buses are cancelled due to bad weather.

Now the schools remain open for the two thirds of students who don’t; take the bus.

"No one's looking for days off, but we want the same measure of concern for teachers as students, and if it's not safe for buses, teachers shouldn't be made to try to come to school either," said Marg Macfarlane, president of the ETFO in the Halton District School Board.

I’m not sure if that sounds like common sense or a kindergarten class.

Hell why don’t we all stay home?

Because the majority of us have to work, and the majority of the kids walk to school, not bus.

Every case has exceptions and I’m sure a teacher in dire consequences is now accommodated if needed. 

More than we can say for the rest of us who shoulder the cost.

This is nothing more than the teachers union once again using your kid as bargaining chip to regain what was lost when the public had enough with the cost of banking of their sick days, which McGuinty scrapped.

Get ready Ms. Wynne!

I’m Scot Thompson.


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Just plant a chip in my head!

Aug 14, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

What’s the biggest problem in your tech filled life?

If you’re my wife, it’s typing in her password so she can use her smart phone.

What she is going to do with the extra 2.3 seconds it takes to unlock the average phone is beyond me.

But apparently this is a royal pain in the arse for many.

As a result you can now buy a digital tattoo.  IT is a sticker that carries the password needed to unlock your phone.

Simply peel and stick on your person, touch your phone against the sticker, and you’re talking.

You can even wear it in the shower!

But since it takes a full second to touch the phone to your tattoo, it’s really only a savings of 1.3 seconds.

Why don’t we just cut to the chase and plant a chip in my head now with all the info needed.

Driver’s license, health card, birth certificate, blood type, even the grocery list.

Everyone would be tapping their heads against everything from a gas pump to the cash register at Timmy’s.

You could now pay by simply head butting the driv thru speaker!

Just tap your head and go!

Although it would be hard to tell if a couple was kissing or just lending each other money.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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