July 2014

New 'Welcome to Hamitlon' sign?

Jul 14, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

We all know the history involving the saga of the Welcome sign for Hamilton.

Some well-meaning movers and shakers in town thought it would be a good idea to have a sign ready for the 2015 Pam Am games.

Little did we remember this was all dealt with over a decade ago but nothing was ever done by council to complete the project. Surprised?

Now the mad dash to get something up in time, may prove fruitless as more consultation has to be done.

Forget about a stadium, we can’t even get a sign up in time for the games.

Although one aimless councillor thought the old City Motor Hotel sign was worth saving so it can be restored.

The councillor lamented it’s a piece of Hamilton history and wants it stored to be resurrected again.

Really, I thought we were trying to rid ourselves of the run down, derelict, backwards city image.

Seems some at council still refuse to get out of the past.

Perhaps like Spec cartoonist Graeme MacKay captured in his weekend drawing, maybe the City Motor Hotel sign can be retrofitted and used as a Welcome to Hamilton sign.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Driving without a license?

Jul 11, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Ontario Provincial Police are test driving a new tool in the search for people driving while their license is suspended.

It’s called automatic license plate recognition technology, that allows the officer to process the info on up to 3,600 plates an hour all while still behind the wheel.

The unit, mounted on the roof of the cruiser,  sounds an alarm when approaching a vehicle with a suspended plate or license.

The officer still has to investigate whether the driver is the one suspended, but this scans a plate automatically instead of an officer having to type in the number, greatly speeding up the process while on patrol.

Some have raised concerns about privacy but the privacy commissioner was consulted on this issue, and the info on non-offenders is deleted, preventing the gathering of data.

What it does is allow police to process an incredible amount of information while performing regular duties.

No this is not like photo radar as nothing is sent in the mail and the officer still has to investigate every situation personally.

It’s technology finally catching up to the bad guys.

And as the chief always says, ‘compliance is free!’

I’m Scott Thompson.


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YOU, are part of the media...

Jul 10, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Blame the media!

That's the line we hear whenever a story breaks revealing the downfall of society.

I have said often, the media merely reflects what society wants to see, like holding up a mirror to the world.

However being in the media my view is brushed off as biased, forgetting I consume it too.

Recently on my show Gary McHale blamed the media in the Caledonia dispute saying they are only interested in broadcasting a brawling protest rather than the court decision that declares the natives have no more right to the DCE lands than you and me.

I could list many more examples of media scape goating.

However when Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ( a person many have said the media has crucified) refused to stand when the rest of council gave an ovation to the organizers of World Pride Toronto, the message spread like wild fire across social media long before the 6pm news.

My point is, YOU are the media now too.  YOU have just as much say as we do, if people are interested in your message.

This was never more clear when DC Comics said a sculptor could NOT use the Superman logo on a statue paying tribute to Jeffrey Baldwin,  the little boy who was starved to death by his grand parents.

After an outcry, that started on social media, DC Comics reversed its decision and let the logo be used.

So the next time you chose to ‘blame the media’, perhaps look in the mirror first, especially before you post.

I'm Scott Thompson.


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Everyone meets with the Aboriginal Minister on Caledonia blockade except natives.  Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt was there.
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Just shut off your cell phone!

Jul 8, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

A Vancouver artist has designed a dead zone café for those looking to unplug from the rest of the world.

The Faraday Café has an 8 x 16 foot cage made of fine wire mesh fencing with two picnic tables inside.

The wire mesh prevents any type of cell phone or internet signal from penetrating the room.

Just close the door and your device is rendered useless disconnecting you from the outside world.

Unless of course you want to revert to the old fashioned face to face method of communication, that’s what the picnic table is for.

“You can come for a coffee, you can hang out in a cage, have a chat with people, put your phone away, and not have to worry about it buzzing or making any noises while you’re here,”

said the designer.

Or, of course, you could simply do what most would do if they wanted to disconnect from the internet?

You could simply shut off your phone!

What, did I just say something dirty?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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The barricade is still up in Caledonia. What’s next?
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Surprised at stadium delay?

Jul 7, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It wasn’t that long ago Ticat brass said the new stadium will be ready by the start of this year’s  CFL season, although many questioned the optimism.

It wasn’t that long ago they said it will be ready, but just not finished.

Yesterday they admitted the new stadium will not be complete in time for the home opener and have moved the first two games in July to McMaster.

Hesitating to commit to the August 16 game, the team reminded us the builders remain adamant that it will be ready no later than Labour Day.

In the end, it does not matter as long as it is ready to host the Pan Am Games next year, the reason we got the government money to buy and build it in the first place.

Although, that does not stop you from shaking your head and muttering the words, “it doesn’t surprize me” considering how this whole debacle went down.

And when you weigh the pros and cons of the project to date, like having nowhere to put the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, you have to wonder now if they regret sticking to the same old, bad location, instead of the west harbour?

But the game being as tough as it is, they’d never have the courage to admit it, or try to explain why the old location is better than west harbour.

And more importantly, why are Hamiltonians always the ones that have to continually pay and suffer from bad planning.

I’m Scott Thompson.






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June 2014

Sex and soccer

Jun 27, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

How’s your sex, with the World Cup, coming along?

Better, worse, or irrelevant?

A condom company is cashing in on the fever.

They say, according to a recent study commissioned by condom giants Durex, a shocking 40% of men said that they would turn down sex in order to watch soccer.

Although the recent biting may have changed this.

The top excuses provided by men included 'I've got a bad back' or 'I'm too tired', with 'I've got a headache' and 'I've been working late' rounding out the top five.

 As a spokesperson for Durex explains, “There is a well-worn stereotype of women making excuses to avoid sex but it seems that when the football is on, the tables are turned.”

 The study also revealed that over one quarter of men have thought about soccer while being intimate with their partner.

Really? Are they watching mixed soccer?

And a whopping 42% admit to wanting to get sex over with quickly, so that they can get back to watching the game.  However many have also said that about pizza.

It gets better… More than a third (37%) say they would accept their partner's offer of sex - if they could still have the TV on to keep an eye on the pitch-side action at the same time.

I can see that. GOOOOOOAAAL!!!!

Followed by a smoke, sandwich and cuddle.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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What does the Supreme Court’s  B.C.  land-claim ruling mean to Caledonia and rest of Canada?
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Caledonia, again.

Jun 26, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt and his council voted to remove a barricade constructed by native protestors a few weeks ago outside the Douglas Creek Estates.

They have informed the OPP that a private contractor will begin removal soon.

Things have been relatively peaceful in the area, with the exception of some minor situations including the barricade, since the demonstrations of 2006.

Six Nations Elected Council is asking Haldiman County to change its mind saying it will only cause problems and disrupt the peace if the barricade is removed.

I find it ironic no one saw the problems or threat to peace when the barricade was erected earlier in the month?

There is only a threat, it seems, when it comes to removing the source that is dividing the town, not its arrival.

I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want cement blocks and a bent up metal tower gracing their streets?

Looks like premier Wynne is about to have her first real test as boss.

The solution to this latest concern may be in the answer as to why this blockade was even allowed to be put up in the first place.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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No need to fight, just bite!

Jun 25, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Just when you thought the World Cup was really becoming about the play another ugly incident in the beautiful game.

Italy and Uruguay were battling it out yesterday through most of which was a scoreless tie.

When Uruguay's Luis Suarez, appeared to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder.

The official missed the chomp even though he was showed the aftermath.  No penalty.

Apparently the Uruguay player is known for his hunger of human flesh and has gnawed on a few players.

Perhaps the pregame meals are not what they used to be.

Sport is highly competitive and brings out the animal in all of us, but to bite.

What’s next to drag your rear end along the field.

Remember what we thought of Mike Tyson when he nibbled the ear of Evander Holyfield?

Hockey is beginning to look like the choir.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Is the Caledonia blockade finally coming down? What does it mean?
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Signs, signs, everywhere is signs...

Jun 24, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Have you ever been driving along a U.S. interstate and off in the distance, peaking over the trees, you see a giant gas station sign that seems as tall as the CN Tower?

You think you’re only a short distance from the rest stop but it turns out its still miles away because the sign is as big as a house.

Mobile, Texaco, South of the Border, Stuckys home of the pecan log. 

I remember on our annual car trip to Myrtle Beach us kids would try to guess how long before we would arrive at the location after spotting the sign.

Although it has taken decades for the city to come up with a Welcome to Hamilton sign it has taken no time for the Ticats to get going on the giant moniker that will tan the QEW from the Woodward Avenue treatment plant.

Since one of the major reasons they wanted a new stadium was because of a bad location no one could find, perhaps lighting the way will inspire those to finally travel into the residential area like moths to a bug zapper.

At one time we had no Hamilton signs, soon it will be a race to see which one is finished first.

My how things have changed, or have they.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Quebec jail breakers caught

Jun 23, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

We heard over the weekend the three bad guys involved in that daring Quebec prison escape have been recaptured.

They temporarily experienced freedom after a helicopter touched down within the facilities walls in a daring maneuver only seen in the movies, or Quebec.

We learned that the day before the break out a judge had ordered an easing of restrictions on the prisoners, removing their shackles when outside their cells the day before their escape, allowing them to run to the helicopter.

Apparently the judge was rewarding their good behaviour despite the trio’s charges of gangsterism and murder.

Even police warned them they had suspicion of a break out.

Detention centre guards could only watch as they are not armed.

This, again, raises the question of how we seem to give more rights to prisoners than we do the public.

Either these conditions are not strict enough or the corruption in the province is worse than we thought.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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The Burlington Pier is built but the litigation continues.
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