June 2014

Who won the debate???

Jun 4, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Last night was the provincial leadership debate.  Did you watch?

It’s hard to pick a winner as everyone looks for something a little different.

Debates can be everything from policy to popularity, with most being the latter.

Here is my view how the candidates did.

I thought Andrea Horwath came out very strong and put premier Kathleen Wynne back on her heels in the early going on the Liberals track record of scandal and fiscal mismanagement.

However Horwath lacked the same confidence and conviction when selling her own leadership and party policy. 

Tim Hudak kept his message on jobs and seemed the most relaxed. I thought he would address the economic view of his million jobs plan numbers but never really had to defend it.

Kathleen Wynne continued with the fear mongering and spend approach. 

She apologized again for the scandals but that, along with her performance, may not be enough to make Ontarians forget the money wasted.

At times she sounded desperate.

I don’t think there were any knock out punches thrown last night but there could have been on all fronts.

Wynne needed to win trust, not sure she did that.

Horwath needed to prove she can lead, not sure I saw that.

Therefore I think Hudak won for making the least mistakes.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Who do you think won the provincial leadership debate last night?
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Are voting for personality or policy???

Jun 4, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

After this week’s provincial leadership debate I was taken back, but not surprized, at some of the response.

After watching the debate the majority of the comments were not about who won or lost, or what the policy was, but more about the candidate’s personality.

I even heard one radio commentator quoted as saying Tim Hudak was “creepy”

I don’t understand some peoples thinking.  Creepy?

We’re looking for a leader, not a BFF.  It’s an election campaign, not The Dating Game.

I don’t base my decision who to vote for on their personality, unless it’s over powering, but what their policy and plan for the province is.

I not sure where this notion of “I have to vote for a person I can sit down and have a beer” came from.

Do you want to sit down and have a beer with your boss?

Maybe, but I’m sure it’s not one of your first choices?

Can you name a current politician you would like to have a beer with?

There was a time when we frowned upon those who made fun of candidates.  Remember when the PC’s made fun of Jean Chretien?

Yet it’s okay now to attack a politician for the way they look or their personality.

Some may call that bullying.

I’m Scott Thompson.






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Will you watch the debate tonight???

Jun 3, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Tonight at 6:30pm the three major political parties will debate live the issues of Ontario’s 2014 provincial election.

Yes, you should watch.

It’s a great opportunity to see the candidates in action and the policies they hope will shape our future.

Yesterday poll question of the day at www.900chml.com  asked you whether the debates would sway your opinion on who to vote for.

Hard to tell until it happens, you never know when someone is going to pull out their political hand gun, and blow off their big toe.

That being said 87% of you said the debate will NOT sway your vote, 11% said maybe, 2% said it could.

This could mean 87% already know who you are voting for, 11% are remaining open minded, and 2 % are willing to change.

Or it could mean 87% of you think you know the outcome, or don’t care, therefore don’t need to vote.

Short of making the 3 candidates wrestle in mud I’m not sure what will engage Ontario.

Stop waiting for the perfect candidate that never appears and vote through process of elimination.

Even if you have to hold your nose.  Just vote!

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Sleep walking...

Jun 2, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

My son asked me to do something this weekend lots of kids ask their Dad to do.

He said, “Dad, can you fix my bike?”

What’s odd here is he said it to me at 2 in the morning while standing at my bed side, the house dark with sleep.

It started when I was awaking from sleep by someone walking up and down the hall.

I could see it was Kurt and asked him to come here.

When he got to my bed I asked him what he was doing.  He said, “Nothing”.

When I asked him why he wasn’t in bed he said, “Dad, can you fix my bike?”

Its 2 in the morning, were you going to ride it now, I asked?

He said, “Yes”.

Thank fully he woke up before making it to the front door.

Too bad he didn’t stay asleep long enough for me to have got him to clean his room.

That’s me dreaming…..

I’m Scott Thompson.


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May 2014

City of Waterfalls visionary, was right

May 29, 2014 8:56 PM
Scott Thompson

Anyone who has been in the Hammer for a few years knows there has been an active movement to attract attention to the 100 plus waterfalls that grace Hamilton and the escarpment.

This was largely driven by a man named Chris Ecklund who was determined to crown Hamilton the City of Waterfalls and the Waterfall Capital of the World.

Many thought it was a cute idea but never really appreciated the draw of the falls, which most of us take for granted.

Ecklund created a website, www.cityofwaterfalls.ca  wrapped up his personal vehicle in a waterfall portrait and hit the street.

His idea has caught on.

Tourism Hamilton reports now the most sought after pamphlet and on line search item in their offices is for information on Hamilton’s waterfalls.

It’s no wonder MSN Travel recently featured a great piece on the attractions.

'Canada's most underrated places' was the headline of the feature. Goodbye 'Armpit of Ontario,' hello 'City of Waterfalls' was dedicated to Hamilton...


This type of publicity is hard to put a price on.

One thing is certain, Chris Ecklund was right.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Do the Liberals have another scandal on their hands?
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Turks and Cacaos replaces Quebec?

May 29, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Does Canada need its own Hawaii?

Wouldn’t it be cool if Turks and Cacaos became Canada’s 11th province?

A delegation from the Caribbean island nation, traveled to Ottawa to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Premier Rufus Ewing, says he is seeking a stronger socio-economic relationship with Canada.

Canadian officials said they’d like that, but aren’t sure annexing a Caribbean island is the answer.

The idea of a formal union was first broached by Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden in 1917.

Apparently the majority of residence there would love to be Canadian.

However it doesn’t mean, like a family cottage, we could get it for the weekend for free.

Now if you could cut out Quebec and drop Turks in between Ontario and New Brunswick that would be nice, and make the drive to the Maritimes more enjoyable.

Can you image crossing over the bridge in Ottawa and instead of Gatineau you’ve got a beautiful Caribbean white sandy beach?

However as Canadians have learned over the last 100 years of sovereignty debate, unfortunately, you can’t pick your neighbours.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Has the image of Hamilton changed, and in whose mind?
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What are you more scared of, past, present or future?

May 28, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Kathleen Wynne is a great conversationalist, except when she has to lie and mislead the public to make a point, like she is now.

Listening to Kathleen Wynne accuse Andrea Horwath or Tim Hudak of lying about their plat form is like listening to your mother trying to convince you the Easter Bunny is real.

She has spent the last few weeks spreading the doom and gloom scenario of what will happen if you elect any government other than hers.

She has brought up the tainted water of Walkerton, teachers strikes, doctors shortages, all in an attempt to scare you into thinking the Liberals are the only party who can govern the province.

It didn’t take long for her to dredge up the Mike Harris years, then attack Andrea Horwath for her accusations of Liberal corruption on the gas plant scandals.

What’s next, another lawsuit to try and shut up the NDP?

Seems Wynne likes to point out the past except when it involves her McGuinty Liberals who were in power long after the Bob Rae or Mike Harris years.

The question you have to ask yourself is…

What are you more scared of, Conservative or NDP governments from decades gone by, or the latest Liberal government that followed them and has been in power for over the last decade?

And cost you BILLIONS on cancelled power plants, failed electricity policy, eHealth, Ornge helicopters, no transportation upgrades, while decimating a race horse industry trying to shove casinos on cities that didn’t want them.

I thought people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones…..

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Grass bad! Weeds good....

May 27, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Is everyone out there willing to just sit back while we watch our sport fields, school yards, rec areas and playgrounds become over run in a sea of dandelions?

I remember when we moved into our house there were a couple of lots available that backed onto open park land of some sort.

I often think how it would be nice to be on those primo lots with open space behind you.

But those lots were out of our price range.

We rode our bikes on those nearby paths this past weekend.

I said to my wife, would you pay a premium to be next to those weed infested lots now?

Who would want to be next to any open space that is literally wall to wall dandelions? (Thanks to the banning of the tools that solve the problem)?

I’m all for saving the environment but we are currently watching millions of dollars’ worth of sod being consumed every year until there won’t be anything left.

It’s not about having a nice green lawn, its simple math.

Who’s going to pay to replace it or the resulting allergenic lawsuits?

Or should we just pave it all over? 

Grass bad! 

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Nigerian school girls located. Now what?
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Another shooting. Do we care enough to change?

May 26, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You no doubt heard about the weekend shooting at the University of California that took the lives of 7 young people with bright futures.

"You don't think it'll happen to your child until it does." Said a father who lost his son.

"The talk about gun rights. What about Chris' right to live?" he said. "When will enough people say: 'Stop this madness? We don't have to live like this! Too many people have died!"

A short time later a man was killed in a parking lot across from where the Indy 500 was being held. All you have to do is listen to any U.S. newscast to know this is a common occurrence there.

Gun lobbyists will say it’s their constitutional right and if the victims had guns maybe they could have defended themselves.

We here shake our heads at those wacky Americans and their Wild West mentality.

But are we far behind?

Rewind to Saturdays nights shooting death of a Toronto man in the cities south east end.

Another teen is fighting for his life in a case with no witnesses.

Like a creeping weed, this problem seems to be getting worse every year, and we all seem helpless to do little more than offer feeble excuses that don’t solve the problem.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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California shooter showed many signs.  Can we prevent these tragedies?
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Even the Communist Party looks ,,,,

May 23, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

What would you say if a political party offered a government that gave you?

• Good jobs, better pensions, a livable minimum wage

• An industrial and manufacturing strategy for Ontario

• Affordable housing

• Quality public services, healthcare and hospitals

• One universal, quality, secular education system

• A quality, affordable public childcare system

• A healthy, sustainable environment

•Improved public transit

• Public power and lower rates

• Strong labour, democratic and equality rights

• Tax relief

Would you elect them?

How bad have mainstream political parties become when even the platform of the Communist Party of Ontario looks appealing?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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E-cigarettes and vapour lounges, flash in the pan, or here to stay?
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