May 2014

D- in physical activity?

May 22, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Active Healthy Kids has issued its annual report card on the physical activity of our kids, and gave us a D-.

However, the odd result in the survey showed us with a C to a B when it came to organized sports and community involvement.

What does that mean?

It means when it comes to putting our kids in organized sport we’re good but that only accounts for very limited amount of time.

Where we’re failing is the rest of the week.  

When not playing organized sport they’re veg’ing on the couch and experts say that isn’t good enough.

It’s not about organized sport for an hour a week it’s about active play time every day.

“A child’s day is so structured that there is no room for free play or walking or biking to school.”

That means outside playing with kids, just goofing off.

Maybe if the parents showed this type of commitment to fun and a well-balanced life, the kids would too.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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New blood

May 21, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Canadians are pretty cynical when it comes to politicians, and no wonder.

We all say we want change but are we willing to make the effort to even vote, let alone change.

Change takes work, usually education.

IF you want a change in leadership you’ll have to do some research into what your options are.

Lots will say we need new blood but are our willing to find out more about that new blood?

Recently Cam Galindo answered the call.  He got tired of being complacent and decided to serve.

AS a result he has thrown his hat in the ring for councillor of ward 9 vacated by Brad Clark who is running for Mayor.

Cam feels blessed by the opportunity this country has given him and wants to pay it forward.

An opportunity not afforded him in his native Columbia he left a few years ago.

The question is are you willing to give the privilege to someone who is just 19?

It doesn’t get much more ‘new blood’ than that.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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The Reverse Happy Birthday!

May 20, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

This past weekend I celebrated my birth day.

I think my daughter said it best when my son asked, “Hey Dad are you excited about your birthday this weekend?”

She answered, “Old people don’t get excited about birthdays Kurt, just kids do.”

Although I must admit I was excited when my wife surprised us with co-carting.

My daughter was right.  And I remember my parents saying the same thing.

Here’s another thing my parents said that I’m saying.

At 50, I stopped counting forward. Then I started counting backwards.

So this weekend I’m officially 48.

I’m told I look young for my age so perhaps I’ll eventually hit the age that I appear to be.

 Hopefully I’ll be alive to see 0.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Breathalyser at prom???

May 16, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There is a Toronto high school that wants to make every student attending the senior prom to take a breathalyser test before entering.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says that violates civil rights.

When do civil rights trump safety? Usually when common sense is left out of the equation.

I can remember being a bouncer at high school dances.

It was pretty easy to spot when someone was that intoxicated.

At that point a teacher would step in, and if needed the pay duty police officer at every event, cooled the situation pretty quick.

Having every student take a breathalyser to enter assumes guilt and paints everyone with the same brush.

All this will do is push the party off school grounds to a location where there is no supervision.

If we want to teach them to act like adults, we also have to treat them like adults.

A better idea might be promoting the fact a police RIDE check stop will be in operation in the area the night of the party and encourage everyone to be responsible.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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How short is too short???

May 15, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It seems this time of the year when the weather starts to get warmer, we begin to hear stories about the dress of our youth.

Although longer to arrive, the same thing is happening this year.

This time it’s coming out of that hot bed of sexual deviance known as Truro, Nova Scotia.

Seems a grade 8 girl was given detention for wearing too short shorts and distracting the boys. The age old debate.

Oddly enough, a buddy and I were having this same discussion about our 12 year old daughters not too long ago.

Rule of thumb we came up with is shorts have to be at least at your fingertips when standing with arms at sides.

Truro girls were higher than her thumbs so the inside pockets were flapping in the breeze.

Daughters said ‘no way’ they are too short, they’re fine and we were, ‘old’.

The trouble is I remember the same Dad slobbering over similar shorts when we were teens.

So we decided to ground them all, until they’re 21.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Green Party making the most noise?!

May 14, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The provincial election campaign has been underway for several days.
The 3 big parties have their buses painted up, megaphones charged and are criss crossing the province.

Yesterday, with barely a whimper, the Green Party just kicked off their campaign taking a little more time to assemble due to lack of resources.

However their first day of campaigning got more attention than all 3 main political parties’ platforms have gained over several days.

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said at Queen’s Park his party would save money by merging all Ontario's school boards into one single system.

Setting out his Green party's platform he identified "jobs, kids and the environment" as the three main priorities.

He says combining the public and Catholic school boards into one single French and English system would save $1.2 to $1.6 billion every year by cutting out duplicated administration, busing and buildings.

He says the school system is long overdue for an overhaul and the move would address human rights concerns and allow more money to be invested in classrooms.

Wow who wold have 'thunk' such a progressive common sense suggestion would come from the Green Party?

Who would have thought they could upstage the usual players in this dog and pony show?

It’s unfortunate a fringe candidate who has a slim chance of ever getting elected has had the first good idea.

Perhaps the old stalwarts could take a page from the Green’s common sense approach.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Premiere Wynne stood me up again!

May 13, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I was stood up again and I don’t know why?

Yesterday Premiere Kathleen Wynne was in Stoney Creek campaigning at Mohawk College.

We thought this might be a great time to snag the premier for a little chin wag since she was in the hood.

We placed calls, our people talked to their people, as we desperately tried to fandangle an interview.  No such luck.

I’m starting to get a complex.

Does she not like me? Does she not trust me? Does she not think I’ll be fair?

She has been on with Bill Kelly a few times but never with me.

What’s the difference other than perhaps I’m not a card carrying member of her party?

Just because I don’t belong to the club they shut me out?

All I want to ask her is for some clarification on our cities transit plans. 

After dodging the issue, she has finally said, she will fully fund transit but left the key word ‘LRT’ out of the equation.

Leaving most with more questions than answers and wondering what exactly she will fund.

You’d think when a candidate comes to town they would do everything they can to talk to the public and clarify their plans for our future.

Unless of course the questions are issues you don’t have an electable answer for...

I’m Scott Thompson.  


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Happy Mother's Day!!!

May 12, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Yesterday was Mother Day, I know this is a day late, but I think is important to point out the obvious when it comes to the day that celebrates the woman who gave us life.

My mother is a hard working lady who was a working mom back in an era when they were looked down upon.

Women who did two jobs, raising the family and bringing in an income.

When the ladies of the neighbourhood were out enjoying coffee at 4pm my mom was coming home from the costmesmics plant and starting dinner.

She didn’t have time for socializing. 

She wouldn’t put her feet up until it was time to watch the 11pm news, then back up at 6am.

My wife is very similar, puts in a full day’s work and is still the perfect mother.

Often there isn’t enough hours in the day.

Where is the balance?  There is none.

It inevitable, it comes out of her half, and that’s why she is a great mom.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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National Day of Honour

May 9, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Today marks the National Day of Honour in Canada to say thanks to those men and women who served our country in Afghanistan.

Our military has evolved a lot in the last two decades.

From being a powerhouse and defender of freedom in the First and Second World Wars to reducing itself to peace keeper and often ridiculed in the 80’s and 90’s.

Many thought it was a nice way to reduce defence budgets.

But after 9/11 Canada rose to the occasion again finally realizing, that although the cold war was over, there are still many threats in today’s world.

And to those who thought the Cold War was over, only have to look at what is happening again in Ukraine, to be disappointed.

The fact is our military is as relevant today as it’s ever been in Canada’s history.

And all you have to do is look at the world news of the day to realize this.

World peace is an anomaly.  Which is why they need our support, more than ever, on the battlefield and when they return.

Would you want to do it?

Thank someone who has served.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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More Liberal confusion. Does 100% funding include LRT?

May 8, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Can we please get some clarity from our provincial Liberal government instead of more election B.S?

Last week on the Bill Kelly show premier Kathleen Wynne dodged the question on whether her government would 100% fully fund LRT in Hamilton.

Instead she suggested more discussion.

Later that week I pressured Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin on 100% full funding for LRT.  HE did the same dodging, instead talking partnerships.

When I finally cornered him on the 100% full funding for LRT he eventually answered “doubt it”.

Yesterday Kathleen Wynne announces Hamilton will get 100 % full funding, but yet again, clouded the issue by excluding the term LRT instead using “rapid transit”.

So which is it Mother Premier, is it 100% full funding for LRT, or as you say for “rapid transit” which includes buses?

Some may say what’s the difference?  The difference in LRT over BRT is about half a billion dollars.

Again, until the city knows exactly how much the Liberals are really going to spend, it’s pretty hard to assemble a transit grocery list.

But when we do, it should include an LRT (that at least) hooks up to the Big Move GO system at the James St. North station.

That is if your priorities are really about congestion, the environment and moving more people efficiently.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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