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June 2016

Suicide prevention requires talking to our kids....

Jun 7, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There is tragic news coming out of Woodstock Ontario where 5 young people have committed suicide in the last 4 months.

Many more attempts have been reported.

This would create waves anywhere but in a town of just over 30,000 it’s like waiting for a tsunami.

Reasons behind the deaths are not uncommon with stress being caused by bullying and anxiety.

Meetings are taking place between parents and officials. Health care workers are trying to ease concerns.

It seems stigma still surrounds suicide and some question whether acknowledgement helps or encourages others to do the same.

I think communication is key.

Kids don’t need their parents’ permission to speak their minds, they do it on social media every day.

Many times their parents are oblivious to what is going on or writing it off to adolescence.

A Facebook page set up by a concerned citizen is providing a platform for those who want to talk in the town.

And it seems to be working. 

Perhaps that’s what parents and officials should be focused on, communicating with the kids.

That’s what seems to be lacking these days.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Praise of Muhammad Ali well deserved, but ironic...

Jun 6, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Millions are mourning the death of boxing legend Mohamed Ali.

Ali was a cultural icon of his era transcending not only sport but the civil rights movement.

He was as widely recognized for this battles outside the ring, as he was inside.

Including refusing to fight in Vietnam in a war he staunchly opposed for religious reasons, and going to jail.

Although fighting was his profession, he did not want to kill.

His excellence in his sport allowed him the platform needed to inflict change.

Now he is being praised as a hero.

How ironic this man, who converted to Islam, is praised in today’s environment for his peace efforts.

While some in America want to ban Ali’s brothers and sisters from the country, because they are Muslim, and celebrate the same religion he did.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Assisted dying law deadline passes. Now what? 905-645-3221





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Tim Bosma reminds us there are bad people out there...

Jun 3, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

All sides have rested in the tragic Tim Bosma murder trial.

Next the judge will charge the jury and the rest is up to them.

Since February we have been riveted to the proceedings following the arrest of two for a murder no one could understand.

You could not find a person who had anything bad to say about Tim Bosma.

But how did he get messed up with these two, and how could it possibly end this way, over a truck?

The last 3 months have been a nightmare roller coaster ride into the minds of killers and the people they hang with.

How does someone end up so directionless?

How does someone end up with such a low regard for life they would resort to such a thing?

And the final question after the verdict is read...

Why did it have to cost a good man his life?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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The crown rests in the Tim Bosma murder trial. An update at noon.

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The Tragically Hip tour = technology greed

Jun 2, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

What is happening with the Tragically Hip and the ticketing of their farewell tour is both ‘tragic’ and ‘hip’.

‘Tragic’ obviously because a few are trying desperately to profit off of what is supposed to be a sensitive occasion.

As much a memorial, or celebration of life, as it is a concert tour.

‘Hip’, is being on line to get the latest and greatest you can get for your money.

‘Hip’, is the chance for the user to be both the retailer and customer. A chance to be a modern day barterer.

Are the higher prices being charged for resale concert tickets any different than price surging with Uber?

It’s simply supply and demand but, it’s now in the user’s hands.

When the internet started it was all about control, getting what you want when you want.

Shifting the control away from the establishment and into the hands of the consumer.

Now the internet, technology, entrepreneurs, start-ups, whatever you want to call them, have become the modern day establishment.

Except now it’s the user or consumer who controls the greed, and is just as responsible for it.

I’m Scott Thompson 


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What do you do if your car has a hazardous air bag? 905-645-3221



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Gorilla boy

Jun 1, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Alright enough already of the boy climbing into the gorilla compound.


Boy gets into gorilla enclosure.

It has never happened in the 38 years history of this exhibit which is well respected around the world for their breeding program.

I’m sure they will re-examine their protocols.


No matter your feelings on the gorilla, or zoos, the boy’s life was in danger and that is the priority.

Not saving the life of even an endangered animal.


The backlash this mother has received on social media is brutal, but not surprising.

Most look for someone to blame rather than finding a solution.

In the end, this story has more to do with an anti-zoo movement than it does a boys safety.

Reputable research, educational and breeding programs serve a purpose.

Accidents happen.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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May 2016

Can you help find Ryan Robichaud?

May 31, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Can you imagine what it must be like to go to bed at night and not know where your child is?

That is the reality for Tracy Beeso-Robichaud of Burlington and her 23 year old son Ryan.

In December Ryan was involved in a near fatal car accident in which his mother believes he received an undiagnosed brain injury.

Within a couple of weeks, Ryan’s personality changed and he had driven his rental car to Los Angeles calling his mother in a disoriented state.

He had no idea what he was doing and his mother requested LAPD detain him and send him back home.

They drove him to the airport but he never boarded the plane.

She has been searching for him ever since.

Her last known contact with him was February and a credit card transaction, since then he has been untraceable.

She has been to California searching for answers to no avail.

There is only so much LAPD can do.

Social media has been helpful but still no sign of Ryan and what happened to him in California...

Visit the sites listed on this blog at to help solve the mystery.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Home reno tests the family

May 30, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There is nothing that tests the true resilience of a family like a home renovation.

It does not matter whether you’re painting a room or building a wing, there is nothing simple about family displacement.

I feel for the families of Ft McMurray displaced by wild fires and think, my family can’t handle it when they don’t have access to a closet for 24 hours.

I don’t want to bore you with the details because frankly, it’s boring, and if my wife heard this it would only add to the living hell.

But we are painting.

I have no problem with the chaos because I know, in the end, it will be worth it.

But some have a hard time not knowing where their shoes are every waking moment of the day.

When we see the ads for home improvement they never talk about this stuff, just that the paint is on sale.

But the costs of family survival is much more.

I now know why.

No one wants to clean their sock drawer!... And now, we are forced to.

Good luck!

I’m Scott Thompson.


Monday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Closing arguments in Tim Bosma murder trial begin tomorrow. 905-645-3221






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President Doanld Trump! That'll show 'em...

May 27, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has now secured enough delegates to win the party’s nomination.

This brings most of us to a new higher level of shock as everyone, including pundits on both sides, try to explain his success.

‘Appealing to the right wing wacko, the disenfranchised, the racists, and the stupid’, are heard most often.

How long can people, especially politicians, makes excuses for what (to me) has been the attraction since day one?

Donald Trump is the ultimate ‘protest vote’.

He doesn’t need the establishment and can buy what he wants.

He’s living most Americans Dream.

It certainly isn’t about policy. Give Americans more credit than that.

When the latest poll came out and suggested neither Trump or Hilary Clinton were wanted by most Americans, the writing was on “the wall”.

This is about sending a message to the status quo they are sick of the norm in Washington, on both sides, and are even willing to send a Trump to the White House to prove their point.

Why? Because it’s about the only thing left they feel they can do.

For some, it’s their only hope ‘better politics’ will pass out the other end.

…And good for them.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Council is holding Hamilton back

May 26, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Here is an excerpt from a letter addressed to Councillor Sam Merulla from developer Darko Vranich that was sent yesterday to all media.


Dear Councillor Merulla:

Reports in the news media about the re-ignited debate over Hamilton’s Light Rail Transit initiative are very alarming to both me and many others in Hamilton’s development community.

It is fair to say virtually everyone, myself included, in Hamilton’s development community understood this to be a done deal.

We were of this understanding because Premier Kathleen Wynne herself came to Hamilton to make the announcement.  

City Council requested 100% provincial funding of the $1 billion cost of this initiative and that is exactly what the Premier delivered.

To learn now that there is a question mark over this initiative and indeed it is in jeopardy, is extremely concerning to those of us investing in Hamilton.

Council got everything it asked for: a $1 billion, fully funded project.

To turn that down now would be tantamount to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

If the LRT for some reason does not go ahead it would send a very negative message about the direction of the City to developers both inside and outside the city.


Further proof some councillors, are lost in the past and holding this city back.

I’m Scott Thompson


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Oil breaks $50 a barrel. What does that mean for us? 905-645-3221



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Premier laughing at our city, along with everyone else.

May 25, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

A quote from a laughing Premier Kathleen Wynne on Hamilton.
“I thought we were done with that? Uhh?! (laugh). “
“I want new transit in Hamilton. I know the Mayor is very supportive of getting this transit built. “
“So, were going to let, once again, (laugh) Hamilton council have this conversation. I honestly thought the conversation was done. “
Welcome to Hamilton Ms. Premier, where if you leave it to the old guard it will never get done!
These were her words after being informed that Hamilton council was holding a vote to reaffirm where it stands on LRT.
Kathleen Wynne, like the rest of us, thought that was covered when council accepted the giant cheque to pay for it.
But in true council form, there is always at least one attention grabber that will embarrass the rest and drag down the city in the process.
The same old 1 step forward, 2 steps back routine, of the last couple of decades. Like the stadium, Red Hill and fight to bring back home mail delivery.
No matter what your position is on LRT to have any premier say this to a city that has just received $1 billion is beyond embarrassing.
It makes city council sound unqualified.
The councillors involved should step down.
I’m Scott Thompson.


Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Embarrassing City Council confusion over LRT has Wynne giggling at us. (Again) 905-645-3221


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