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June 2015

Naked nothing new

Jun 9, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

What is it about sacred historical sites that makes some of us want to strip down naked?

Like it or not it is an increasing trend, with the help of social media.

The latest flash comes to us from high atop a sacred mountainside in Malaysia.

Seems a group of young tourists (including 2 Cdn) thought it would be enjoyable to disrobe at the peak of such mountain, take pics, post them on line, including one on the parks website.

Locals immediately became incensed and blamed the action as the cause of an earthquake and mudslide that hit the area along with the resulting death and destruction.

The Canadians are banned from leaving the country until officials decide what to do with them.

Some have suggested a few lashes.

‘Streaking’ was a big western fad as was ‘mooning’ and always at an eye brow raising event, but never a place of worship or sacred ritual.

It’s hard to believe these people traveled this distance and didn’t know the cultural limitations surrounding their host.

But then if they did, they would surely have known of the consequences they now find themselves in, and that can’t be enjoyable.

I’m Scott Thompson.






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Poverty porn

Jun 8, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I guess we should no longer be surprized at what some people spend their time watching, sorry Honey Boo Boo fans.

Now, with personal devices, we can be become brain dead virtually every second of the day, in any location.

Reality TV is nothing new, but when you think of it, is there anything real about it?

The latest TV trend is poverty porn.

This is where others watch those less fortunate be exploited, not to help, but for entertainment.

It’s right up there with posing for a selfie with a homeless person.

Now that’s comedy.

One show pits two desperate families against each other while trying to decide if they should give their new won fortune to the other in more need.

Why aren’t there any shows where we toss people to the lions?

Now that TV is trying to compete with social media I think its standards have dropped even further.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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The new Hamilton

Jun 5, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The best thing about my job is you get to meet all kinds of incredible people.

When we take the show on the road that sense is heightened even further.

Yesterday Bill Kelly and I got to broadcast from the Lister Block in a Salute to Tourism Hamilton.

CHML has done this sort of thing for decades, part of our never ending commitment to the community.

But it wasn’t that long ago people would say, Hamiton has a tourism industry?

There was no shortage of guests on both shows who gladly came to spout the success they had achieved in this great city.

From Tim Potocic‘s Supercrawl to Prof Brian Cameron of McMaster who brought a convention of pediatric surgeons to town, tourism is one of several sleeping giants in this city.

A sleeping giant that is finally wide awake.

If you have not been down town in a while you should come down here every two weeks.

I guarantee you’ll see a change you didn’t the weeks before.

What an exciting time to be in this city.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Church should help pay for reconciliation

Jun 4, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Many Canadians are embarrassed and ashamed at the revelations brought forth by the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

Canada, over time, must correct past mistakes and the solution cannot lead to more pain as the residential schools did.

To me, there are two issues here.

The first is the mandate of residential schools, it was a bad idea that was left to fester.

The second is the abuse, emotional, physical and most importantly, sexual.

The mandate from the federal government was to mainstream aboriginals.

The mandate was never to sexually assault anyone.

Yes the government created the schools but it was the church who ran them.

It’s nice to see religious leaders apologizing for the hell their organizations help put these kids through.

But reconciliation takes more than an apology, it takes cash.

It would be nice if when the Pope shows up for an apology, he brings his cheque book with him, to help us pay for the 94 recommendations the commission has made.

It should be their responsibly as much as the governments of the day, to make this right…

I’m Scott Thompson


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Residential schools

Jun 3, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

“The residential school experience is clearly one of the darkest most troubling chapters in our collective history,” said Justice Murray Sinclair head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

He described the period between confederation and the 120 years that followed as “cultural genocide”.

Over 150,000 First Nation, Métis, and Inuit youth were stripped from their families and forced to attend the schools which were thought to be the best option to integrate them into mainstream society.

However something went horribly wrong, no one stopped to ask First Nations their opinion.

The report is staggering listing sexual and emotional abuse, substandard education, living conditions and nutrition, and elimination of anything aboriginal.

Instead of integrating into society the result was broken homes and scares that have affected generations.

The real tragedy is this was designed to help native communities and instead has created hell.

As we move forward and try to help again, we must make sure the policy works for everyone.

The last thing we need is another solution, that makes the problem worse.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Religious freedom vs. gender equality

Jun 2, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

We have again been presented with a scenario where religious beliefs have trumped gender equality in Canada.

In a recent Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association boys soccer tournament, a Muslim high school played a Catholic school.

At half time after being down 3-1, the coach from the Muslin school asked to forfeit the game or have the opposing team remove the two girls from the pitch, suggesting playing them is against their religious belief.

Region policy and rules state if there are not enough girls to form a girls team they can try out for the boys and play if good enough. 

The girls chose to sit out as the tourney bases progression on scoring the most goals and didn’t want to ruin the chances for their team.  The girls team went on to win 6-1 and advance.

Officials say the rules are clear, girls are welcome. The team should have known that before half time.

One listener wrote, ‘For the Muslims that complain about Islam phobia, they must surely realize how often they bring it upon themselves’.

In this case, I would have to agree. Where’s the leadership?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Hamilton is big time

Jun 1, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Have you stopped to think how historical last week was to Hamilton?

It started with an LRT commitment that will change the face of the city at a time when Hamiton is already seeing monumental growth.

On Friday night over 23,000 packed Tim Hortons Field to watch a soccer friendly where team Canada beat England ahead of the women’s FIFA World Cup in Edmonton.

An attendance figure that once could only be imagined.

This is not just about soccer.

This is about a buzz in a city that is the place to be, now and in the future, no matter what event we’re hosting.

This buzz is all happening as the Pan Am Games torch arrives in Toronto from Mexico for its Canadian journey which will eventually ignite our celebration here in Hamilton.

Get ready Hammer, the world will be watching, and our spirit won’t disappoint.

I remember a naysayer tweeting me last week spouting, ‘Hamilton has to stop trying to be a big city’…

Attention Hamiltonians, Hamilton already is a big city.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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May 2015

Be an organ donor, save someone's life.

May 29, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

If you haven’t heard my interview with Dave Allingham please take the time to listen to it on my show page at

Dave was diagnosed with a genetic heart condition at 31, the same that claimed his father at age 36, when Dave was just 5.

Eventually his heart degenerated to the point where Dave was living in a hospital, a machine keeping him alive. He needed a heart transplant.

At 3am Dave received a phone call that would save his life.

A 15 year old boy named Tyler had lost his, and his family agreed to an organ donation.

That was the type of giving boy Tyler was, he would have wanted that, said his mother.

Through the sheer coincidence of a friend Dave actually met the donor family.

This normally does not happen for privacy reasons.

Tyler’s mother sat across from Dave and asked to touch his chest to feel the beating heart of her son.

She feels great comfort knowing her boy’s death has saved the life of another person.

We can all do this.

All you have to do is go to and register.

Be a donor, save up to 8 lives, after you have lived yours.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Crop top vs. the niqab

May 28, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It wasn’t that long ago we were debating the wearing of full face coverings (or the niqab) during a citizenship ceremony.

Now (as we seem to every year at this time) we are debating what is appropriate attire at school during the warmer months.

How ironic is it, one is about wearing too little, and the other about wearing too much?

Although they seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, do they have anything in common?

Let’s compare issues.

Both involve women. Both involve dress. Both involve individual rights.

No matter what your position is on either issue, it seems we are trying to tell people what they should or shouldn’t be doing.

Perhaps the time could be better spent asking ourselves what we should be doing, rather than others.

No I’m not trying to change your mind on either issue, because it’s a personal choice.

All we can do is educate, parent, and lead by example.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Teacher union strike is illegal

May 27, 2015 5:00 PM
Scott Thompson

As you know the Ontario government has ordered the striking high school teachers in Durham, Peel and Sudbury back to work.

They said the reason is that the student’s year is in jeopardy.

As a result the teachers unions have decided to ramp up their work to rule action as of June 1st.

A copy of the bulletin, says that as of June 1, teachers must refuse to plan field trips for next year, take part in meetings about students’ transition from one grade to the next or participate in professional development programs at the end of June or the start of September.

This should make for an interesting time come September.

Late yesterday the decision everyone was waiting for on whether this strike was even legal or not came down from the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled the strike is ‘illegal’.

In its decision, the OLRB said the strikes were “in contravention of the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014″ and have ordered the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), to “cease and desist their unlawful strike” immediately.

I went through this crap when I was a kid and now watching my kids go through it after over 40 years of non-stop bullying by teachers unions.

I think Ontarians have finally had enough of the same teacher union rhetoric decade after decade.

The actions of the teacher unions are unacceptable by the majority of Ontarians, and have been for decades.

They simply have too much control over your family and future.  And that’s not right.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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