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March 2016

Muzzo name more synonymous for deaths, than development

Mar 31, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

City Council in Mississauga has voted to rename Marco Muzzo Memorial Woods and Park due to concerns from the community.

The park was originally dedicated back in 2007 in honour of Marco Muzzo Sr.,  who died two years earlier, and built a lot of the surrounding neighbourhood.

The motion calls for the park to be renamed “Marco Muzzo Senior Memorial Woods and Park” to avoid any confusion with his grandson.

Seniors grandson is the Marco Muzzo, who was just sentenced 10 years in prison for the drunk driving crash that killed three children and their grandfather.

Then former mayor Hazel McCallion presided over the dedication.

The name change takes effect immediately after city council waved the 30 day waiting period and community notification process.

I’m not sure that was a good idea.

If they really wanted to do the right thing, they should have renamed the park after the Neville-Lake family.

I’m sure the name Muzzo is now more synonymous for these deaths, than a neighbourhood.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Teachers cost taxpayers an extra $1 billion in sick days by taking more....

Mar 30, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I am fortunate to have a job that when I am sick I can take a day off and still be paid.

I’m not even sure how many days I am allowed to take off a year before I am not paid.

The reason is, I never really take more than one or two a year, if that.

In 2012, the Liberals sliced teachers’ annual sick days from 20 a year to 11, and removed their ability to bank unused days that they could cash out at retirement.

Can you image, on top of a huge pension, getting an extra cheque at retirement because you came to work instead of using your 20 free sick days every year?

That's 4 extra weeks every year above holidays.

Now, for some reason this past year, the amount of sick days the average elementary teacher uses has climbed from 8.6 to 10.2.

That means that average elementary teacher takes 2 weeks off a year due to sickness?  That’s the average!

How many sick days do you take a year?

In the world of fat corporate public sector teacher unions, a sick day has moved from being a well-deserved benefit, to a paid currency for the entitled elite.

A currency they can barter like cash to get more out of the depleted tax payer, usually going unnoticed in the layers of political B.S.

Had enough yet?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Police: It's a tough gig....

Mar 29, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Last week I had the honour of being the Master of Ceremonies for Hamilton Police chief Glenn DeCaire’s retirement dinner.

When you watch a retrospective of someone’s life unfold over an evening it gives you a greater appreciation of the sacrifices we all make to do the right thing and contribute to society in some way.

Like with many issues in life, we often only hear or focus not the negative, failing to see the majority who are great people.

It seems lately police are getting a bum rap and are the target of people’s anti-establishment anger.

Perhaps this is media flowing up from the U.S. where life is a lot different than it is here.

Perhaps it’s the reality there are good and bad in every profession or walk of life.

The very vast majority of those on the Hamiton Police Service are trying to do the right thing in protecting you and me every day in search of the truth.

As our hearts go out to the Tim Bosma family it is reassuring to hear, daily, of the great work and dedication police have gone to, to preserve this case.

Maybe we should be just as quick to recognize their good points, as well as bad.

It’s a tough gig.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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"Dad, why do terrorists blow themselves up. Now they're dead too?"

Mar 24, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

My family and I were having our nightly conversation around the dinner table and my 8 year old son asked me this question.

“Dad, why would a terrorist blow himself up to kill other people?  Now he’s dead too!”

My first reaction was, my 8 year old son gets it, why can’t these adults?

Is my son smarter than the average terrorist? More privileged?

Or just lucky enough to have grown up in a culture that is sophisticated enough to know religion is not worth dying over.

A professor told me these religious extremists think the world after this one is somehow better than the one we’re in, so this one needs to be destroyed.

In other words, their heaven is way better than life on earth. You know, the 50 virgins thing….

But how can you call them crazy when Christians believe they are all going see their dead relatives in their version of heaven?

Is one anymore reality than the other? Or do we just chalk it up to interpretation?

Which made it even harder to explain to my son….

I’m Scott Thompson.


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What did Rob Ford & Donald Trump have in common and why should politicians be concerned?

Mar 23, 2016 6:29 PM
Scott Thompson

n the last couple of days some have compared former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.

You could spend as much time debating whether that was true or not, as you could their similarities and differences.

In other words, it depends who you ask.

However I do think they both hit a similar cord in their respective races.

A common denominator that translates from Canada to the United States and around the world, in most cases.

That is the average citizen feels neglected, disenfranchised, that government is more interested in re-electing its party than it is the betterment of their country and their lives.

They’re tired of more taxes with less results, broken promises, scandal, and nothing to show for their hard earned dollars...

They’re feeling left behind and the dream is passing them by.

Simply put, The Rob Ford vote, the Donald Trump vote, (just as the NDP Bob Rae vote in Ontario and same later in Alberta), are protest votes.

It’s the citizenry letting their politicians know they are NOT happy with the status quo and want change, at any cost.

We can only hope they soon recognize this comparison…..

I’m Scott Thompson.


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The Metrolinx train that nobody rides....

Mar 22, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It’s stories like this that are scaring the hell out of Ontarians when it comes to the Wynne Liberals, Metrolinx and their transportation plans for the province.

Remember the train that was needed to whisk Pan Am passengers between Toronto’s Union (train) Station and Pearson Airport?

Remember how it was going to help with Toronto’s mind numbing gridlock?

Now everyone is asking the question, how badly was it needed, if no one is riding it?

And shouldn’t the money have been spent some where it is so badly needed?

The train’s performance has been so dismal in its first year the fares have been cut to less than half the original price trying to get someone on board. (From $27.50 to $12.)

My question is, as it always seems to be with this Liberal government, did anyone do any kind of research to see if anyone would ride this train and the price they would pay to use it?

Clearly that wasn’t the case, or it wouldn’t be running empty now on a daily basis.

When the Auditor General says the Wynne government “over paid” for their green energy plan by $37 billion, what makes us think they can build a transportation system without the same short sightedness?

We need upgrades to transit and infrastructure, but like electricity, I’m not confidant this government does its due diligence and can give us something we need, or will use, at a price everyone can afford.

And that’s too bad…for everyone.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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From March Break to Easter Weekend

Mar 21, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

March Break is over for the kids for another year.

Time to remove their face from their screen and send them back to school.

Is that the collective cheering of parents I hear?

My kids and wife spent 3 days in Montreal over the break.

No I had to work and couldn’t go, but with the peace and quiet here, I’m thinking Camp Thompson was the better option.

The truth is, the first 24 hours were bliss, but then it got lonely rattling around in the house by myself.

The kids had fun, Alicia touring old churches, for Kurt is was his first long distance train ride, but questioned why there wasn’t more security.

What ever happened, they all slept for ever, once they returned.

It’s a good thing they have a long Easter weekend coming up, so they can rest and recoup from March Break.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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From SeaWorld to trout ponds?

Mar 18, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

SeaWorld has announced it will shut down its Orca killer whale exhibit and shows in Texas, Florida and California; and halt its breeding programs.

The remaining whales will be put into a larger more natural setting for the remainder of their lives.

Most of the whales were born in captivity and would not survive the wild.

SeaWorld hasn't collected an orca from the wild in almost four decades.

Oddly enough they have teamed up with their old nemesis, the Humane Society, to create a more educational environment.

I think it’s called an aquarium?

No word on whether the dolphins or sea lions got a reprieve.

I’m guessing that would have been in the announcement.

So the big question is, what will the new SeaWorld look like?

Rumour has it Bass Pro Shops wants to buy the whole shebang!

Three words… Giant trout ponds.

But that could be another fish tale…

Enjoy your Friday!

I’m Scott Thompson.


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"It's 2016, how can people be like this?"

Mar 17, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There was an embarrassing incident for a father and son aboard a TTC bus in Toronto this week.

The two were enjoying their ride home when the bus stopped and driver would not let anyone off the bus.

Soon police arrived and quietly asked the father and son to step off.

They respectfully told the father someone called and said something didn’t look right.

‘What didn’t look right’ was dad is white and son is brown.

A quick explanation reveled the mother was East Indian both parents have albinism, the child does not.

Police were great, the man said, giving them a ride home and letting the boy turn on the siren.

 “It’s 2016. How can people be like this?” the dad asked.

His answer is in his question.

“It’s 2016”.

People are fearful and trying to do the right thing.

Perhaps its time we all stepped back and took a deep breath.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Ketchup consumers vote with their money, not Facebook posts.

Mar 16, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

With the publicity French’s Ketchup has generated from an online campaign started when Loblaw’s removed the product from store shelves, they should be counting their tomatoes well into next year.

That’s good news for Leamington which produces the tomatoes for the American company that produces French’s.

But let’s dig down into the garden...

It turns out the product was removed from store shelves because it simply wasn’t selling.

Add to that the fact that the person who started this campaign does not even eat the product, but did this to complain that Loblaw’s would not buy a product that used Canadian tomatoes.

Even if that company was American.

It will interesting to see if after the media hoopla dies down people are still willing to give up their ‘other’ brand just to support a Canadian supplier to another American owned company.

This may have more to do with marketing than taste.

Customers vote with their money, not with their Facebook posts.

And that is what all companies base their decisions on.

French’s Ketchup merely has a second chance.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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