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April 2017

Extremism isn't healthy in any form

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The Hamilton Children’s Aid Society has taken away a foster child because of the Easter Bunny?

How can that be?

As in most cases, there is more to this story.

The couple in question (now living in Calgary where he is a pastor) are devote Christian who don’t believe in lying to their foster kids about the existence of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or Halloween, which they are against.

When I asked the father about depriving the two foster girls (under age 5) of the fantasy of childhood, he stated we were getting off point and the real issue here was his religious freedom.

I heard lots of that, and little about the girls, who were with them less than 90 days.

After briefly interviewing the man I came away thinking this was less about religious freedom and more about extremism.

Extremism isn’t healthy in anything whether it’s religion, politics, or lifestyle.

The word ‘balance’ comes to mind.

Perhaps that’s what was lacking here.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Minimalist movement, or economic reality?

Apr 11, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Looking for a life style change?

Caught in a rut?

There is a growing fad in Japan that some are hoping makes its way into Canadian culture, the sooner the better.

It seems more and more Japanese are opting for less and less.

The movement focuses on a lifestyle free of possessions and clutter commonly associated with success.

It’s not about how much stuff you have but how much time do you have for your stuff.

Too much stuff in your life equals, no time.

They are accumulating less, but enjoying more.

That means less clothes, less house, less car, allows more time for you, rather than the rate race that got you there.

However some question if it is a cultural shift or just economic reality.

When one cannot find financial stability they have no choice but to become minimalist.

Just ask anyone who lives on the street.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Leafs in playoffs, check Hell!

Apr 10, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

As the world ponders climate change there may even be a greater fear.

If hell has not completely frozen over, it certainly is worthy of a fishing hut or two.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs!

Correct, no one expected it this year, but no one has expected it for decades.

My Dad has been throwing his slipper at the TV set every Saturday night for as long as I can remember.

This year, although inconsistent with youth, they are at least exciting to watch.

Fans are just happy to be entertained.

Although, you’d be hard pressed to find a Leaf kid in my house and the same is said for their friends.

They have no memory of Leaf glory and have moved on.

Hopefully this team can unite a fan base lost on their parents and grandparents.

Maybe it’s a start when Saturday, Dad flipped his slipper in the air, instead at the big screen.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Wynne ads add insult to injury

Apr 6, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You may have heard or seen the commercials selling Premier Wynne’s self-inflicted energy mistake.

Do you really need an ad to tell you that your bill will be reduced because Premier Wynne is spreading the cost of her mistake to the next generation?

Wouldn’t opening up your bill in June not suffice? Or perhaps following the news of the day?

Isn’t it odd she is trying desperately to explain her hocus pocus savings in this shell game, but won’t decode the global adjustment and delivery charges?

How do you feel about her spending even more of your tax dollars on ads, after she over paid on her Green Energy Act by $37 billion?

Other provinces are looking at us as an example of what NOT to do, or how NOT to get elected.

I wouldn’t mind her telling her story if she would simply tell the truth.

That the solution to her mistake is not to continue with this scheme, while punting the cost down the hydro field another 30 years.

Once again it sounds to me like she is playing to our environmental sensitivities, like when she called us all ‘bad actors’.

I’m tired of this play, are you?

I’m Scott Thompson.







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L.C.B.O. strike? Really?

Apr 5, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Here is something that used to make you cry, but now may make you laugh.

L.C.B.O. staff will hold a strike vote on April 24.  Really.

Their union is not happy with the reality you can now buy beer and wine in grocery stores calling it ‘creeping privatization’.

Here we are finally catching up to the rest of the country when it comes to our archaic liquor laws, do you think the public has ANY patience for a strike?

A strike will only encourage more to get rid of this clumsy monopoly once and for all.

Being a Canadian is about having choice and most Ontarians grew tired of your great grandparents set up decades ago.

A disruption in service will only drive the public over the edge and to demand more options.

With experts warning against selling alcohol and weed out of the same outlet, could this aging model finally be running its course?


Next, bring on the Beer Store and competitive pricing!






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Pub celebrates our similarities

Apr 4, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

In a time when it seems the world is upset with itself, its great to see something simple bring a community together.

Something that celebrates our ‘similarities’ rather than points out our ‘differences’.

That is what has been happening since St. Patrick’s Day at the Earl of Whitchurch Pub in Stouffville just north of Toronto.

They set out to break the Guinness World Record for the longest live concert.

What makes a live concert?

The musicians are allowed to break 30 seconds between songs, 5 minutes per hour between sets or bands, and there must be at least 10 conscious people in the crowd.

The Pub had no problem fulfilling every task.

The record was broken Sunday morning, they are padding the total until later today when the stage goes silent, for about an hour.

By the way, those ‘similarities’?

A love for your common man.

They raised tens of thousands of dollars for local charities, just for fun.


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Junos have come a long way...

Apr 3, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Last night we watched Bryan Adam and Russel Peters host the best in Canadian music at the 47th Juno Awards.

Before the Junos were the Junos, in 1964, a Canadian radio and records industry magazine called RPM began polling its readers to find the best in the country for that year.

The results were announced each December in their year-end issue.

The first actual event, or gala, to celebrate the list didn’t happen until February of 1970 and was called the Golden Leaf Awards.

After a contest was held for readers to pick a new name, the awards were named after the first president of the CRTC Pierre Juneau, who was instrumental in promoting Canadian artist’s though 30% Canadian content rules on radio.

The Junos were first televised in 1975.

Vancouver was the first city outside of Toronto to host the award show, Hamilton was the second and has had it 6 times more than any other city other than Toronto.

We’ve come a long way since The Guess Who, Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot had to head to the U.S. for success.

I’m Scott Thompson.











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March 2017

No inclusivity? No funding for Pride Parade.

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

A Toronto city councillor will put forth a motion to drop that city’s funding from their annual Pride Parade.

Black Lives Matter stopped the parade last year and announced their demands must be met by the Pride committee, or the parade would not continue.

I’m not sure why, or how, that was allowed to happen.

Pride obliged with the disruptive group to get the event rolling again.

Fast forward to a Pride committee meeting, that more resembled a kangaroo court, where they apparently voted to ban gay police from participating in uniform.

Although, they would still like the hundreds of thousands of dollars in city grants and police security.

Having bigger fish to fry, the police chief pulled out of this year’s parade saying he would still provide the security required to let them hold the event.

I have interviewed both sides several times, but there is nothing right about this.

I thought Pride was about inclusion, not exclusion.

How can you come together and solve issues if you are banned from the celebration?

Pride, at the very least, needs to show courageous leadership and bring these two sides (which are under the Pride umbrella) together to moderate a solution for this event.

Until Pride does more to promote inclusivity, no public funding.

I’m Scott Thompson.






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LRT, a leap of faith for some

Mar 29, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

We can argue until the cows come home and we still will never know all the answers to everyone’s LRT questions until we get farther along in the process.

If you have ever built anything you know, until you can come up with a complete itemized list of everything you need to complete the job, you can never guarantee the price of the project.

That’s why a contractor will start by asking how much do you want to spend and then hopefully keep it within that range, while providing you with you asked for.

LRT is the same thing but on a much bigger scale.

How can you provide final cost until you have sourced the final product?

How can you determine the final cost of operation until the project is complete and in use?

Yes there are projections, but there are always challenges along the way.

In the end, you prepare as best you can, and move ‘forward’.

You never progress, or learn, if you stand still.

I’d rather try and fail, then to have never tried.

Isn’t that where that whole ‘Ambitious City’ thing came from?

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Is America winning yet?

Mar 27, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Donald Trump lost his first big presidential battle last week, on health care, when his own party refused to vote for his ‘Trumpcare’ plan scrapping a campaign promise to abolish ‘Obamacare’.

It seems even members of his Republican Party don’t want to take away the plan that Obama started, leaving U.S. citizens without healthcare.

But what is truly shocking is Donald Trump had the audacity to blame this on the Democrats.

How do you blame the opposition for the way your members vote, especially when you have a majority?

He cannot even persuade his own party to support his plan, and he expects the opposition to do so?

Where is that logic?

That is like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introducing something that even his own Liberal majority rejects, then blaming it on the Conservatives.

I guess it does partially explain how some can be so brainwashed by others, until even the truth does not count.

Maybe Donald Trump is the ‘fake’ he has accused everybody else of being...

It’s too bad he has let his personality get in the way of the great opportunity his supporters have given him, to truly make American great again.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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