August 2014

Calling all city councilors to ice bucket challenge!

Aug 20, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I have been sucked into the ‘Ice bucket challenge’ by my radio peers Darrin and Colleen at Fresh 95.3FM.

I have said before, just donate, and forget the 15 seconds of fame on Facebook.

That being said once you are inhaled by the social media vortex it’s hard to get away, and still have your pants on.

So for my ‘ice bucket challenge’ I want every single Hamilton councilor to come down to CHML at 2:30pm on Friday so the people of Hamilton can drop the water (from the roof of CHML).

Calls are going out now.  Call your councilor to participate and come on down Friday.

That includes a personal invite from me, Scott Thompson, to all 15 elected councilors.

That’s Brian McHattie, Jason Farr, Chad Collins, Tom Jackson, Scott Duvall, Terry Whitehead, Brad Clark, Maria Pearson, Brenda Johnson, Lloyd Ferguson, Russ Powers, Robert Pasuta, Judi Partridge, even that other one. 

And Bob Morrow can come if he wants but gets a personal exemption for past performance.

All are invited to participate in the “Ice bucket challenge” with me live on air Friday at 2:30pm on CHML.

The nomination is out!  The challenge is out!

Call your councilors now! Mayoral candidates are welcome! Bring your own bucket.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 19, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Many of you who regularly follow social media know about the “Ice Bucket Challenge”.

For those who don’t.

Participants are challenged to record themselves being doused in a bucket of ice and post it on social media, OR donate $100.  to their favourite charity.

Then pass the challenge on to others via your ‘friends & followers’.

Everyone from celebrities to common folk are recording their antics and posting on Twitter and Facebook.

It’s a stunt that started with a group of pro athletes.

 The charity part was an afterthought because most dared and gave anyway.

However, now more are just taking their 15 seconds of fame on the coat tails of their favourite social media site, instead of actually donating to charity.

Either way I’m sure any PR is good PR for charities.

But in the end, it would be nice if people would just give the money.

Because it was in their hearts, not because it gave them more ‘likes’.

I’m Scott Thompson.



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The leaves are turning colour...

Aug 18, 2014 5:00 PM
Scott Thompson

For those of you who are still waiting for those long hazy days of summer to arrive this is sure to rain on your picnic.

The leaves have already started to turn colour in cottage country.

Yes that’s correct.  Before you even have you inflatable lounge chair blown up, it’s pretty much over.

Normally you start to see the ground cover turn up north by the end of the mouth.

That started a couple of weeks early and now the trees are turning.

No worries, it doesn’t look like Thanksgiving yet although I did see a wild turkey this weekend, but it is proving the best of summer may already be behind us.

No wonder Labour Day is early.

Hell you might as well fire up the snow blower and start your Christmas shopping.

But then your Canadian, so chances are, you already have…

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Teachers Unions want 'snow days' like the kids get!

Aug 15, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

While you are trying to relax and enjoy your limited summer vacation, the teachers unions are quietly working on policy that replaces their banking of sick days with snow days.

So quietly, that they even refused to come on The Scott Thompson Show yesterday saying it wasn’t in their best interest.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario voted this week to recommend boards close schools whenever the buses are cancelled due to bad weather.

Now the schools remain open for the two thirds of students who don’t; take the bus.

"No one's looking for days off, but we want the same measure of concern for teachers as students, and if it's not safe for buses, teachers shouldn't be made to try to come to school either," said Marg Macfarlane, president of the ETFO in the Halton District School Board.

I’m not sure if that sounds like common sense or a kindergarten class.

Hell why don’t we all stay home?

Because the majority of us have to work, and the majority of the kids walk to school, not bus.

Every case has exceptions and I’m sure a teacher in dire consequences is now accommodated if needed. 

More than we can say for the rest of us who shoulder the cost.

This is nothing more than the teachers union once again using your kid as bargaining chip to regain what was lost when the public had enough with the cost of banking of their sick days, which McGuinty scrapped.

Get ready Ms. Wynne!

I’m Scot Thompson.


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Just plant a chip in my head!

Aug 14, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

What’s the biggest problem in your tech filled life?

If you’re my wife, it’s typing in her password so she can use her smart phone.

What she is going to do with the extra 2.3 seconds it takes to unlock the average phone is beyond me.

But apparently this is a royal pain in the arse for many.

As a result you can now buy a digital tattoo.  IT is a sticker that carries the password needed to unlock your phone.

Simply peel and stick on your person, touch your phone against the sticker, and you’re talking.

You can even wear it in the shower!

But since it takes a full second to touch the phone to your tattoo, it’s really only a savings of 1.3 seconds.

Why don’t we just cut to the chase and plant a chip in my head now with all the info needed.

Driver’s license, health card, birth certificate, blood type, even the grocery list.

Everyone would be tapping their heads against everything from a gas pump to the cash register at Timmy’s.

You could now pay by simply head butting the driv thru speaker!

Just tap your head and go!

Although it would be hard to tell if a couple was kissing or just lending each other money.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Should teachers get the day off too when school buses are cancelled due to snow?  905-645-3221



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Talking about mental illness.....

Aug 13, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Whenever we hear a story about mental illness, such as the tragic news of the death of Robin Williams, it’s often followed by a statement like; we never talk about mental illness.

Well I am using this space to talk about mental illness and what I have learned over the years.

The first thing is, it is an illness, not a state of mind.

You can’t cure cancer by changing your attitude, the same can be said for mental illness.

Both require treatment from those who know the disease.

The second is, it can affect anyone, including one of the funniest men on the planet.

Mental illness strikes rich and poor, tall and short, fat and skinny, old and young.

Many say ‘don’t be afraid to ask for help’.

Are they scared about asking for help or scared that the person asking won’t care enough to help?

It can start with a simple, ‘how are you doing?’

If a tragedy like this does not bring the issue to the surface, I’m not sure there is anything else that will.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Are we reducing stigma around mental illness or just talking about it?  905-645-3221




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We forget how dangerous some professional sports are...

Aug 12, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

A lot has been said about the on track death of a race car driver when he got out of his car, ran onto the track surface after an encounter with another car.

Thought is, his hope was to flip the bird to 3 time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart as he drove by.

However Kevin Ward Jr. was hard to see in his dark fire suit and helmet when ran up to Stewart’s car which was in the traveling in the high groove of the track.

I’m sure you’ve seen the video, and the tragic ending for the 20 year old driver being struck.

There has been talk it was intentional, experts in the sport say Stewart was trying to avoid the pedestrian.

Spec sports columnist Scott Radley said on the show said it was disgusting when these high speed chariots collide.

Some have said the same about, what others would call, a good hockey fight.

The truth is there is passion and danger in most professional sport.

That’s part of what makes the participants special.

However instead of Kevin Ward Jr. giving the finger, he gave his life.

Sometimes even the players forget how dangerous most professional sports are.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Summer vacation with JAWS!!!

Aug 11, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The great thing about summer vacation is you get to do stupid things that you never seem to have time for, or a real desire for, at any other time of the year.

That was the case when I sat down with the kids and watched JAWS!

Their choice not mine, my fear being they would never set foot in the lake again.

It had been so long ago I had seen it, I had to think to remember how it ended, other than the obvious.

My first reaction, after the wacky 70’s hair and cars, was the low budget and period special effects that make the young laugh at Star Wars.

But after it got going I was glued, as were the kids.

We watched it over two days because I refuse to spend any time in front of a screen at the cottage, but this is one of those funny moments the kids will never forget.

Once we can finally get them to sleep through the night again.

IF you haven’t seen it it’s still a great thriller, and if you have it may be worth another cast, just for the halibut.

I’m Scott Thompson.










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July 2014

CHML Golf Tourney

Jul 25, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It’s true even a bad day of golf is better than a good day of work.

I proved that yesterday when I carved a mean furrow and lost a bucket of balls at Flamborough Hills Golf club with the CHML Children’s Fund Golf Tourney.

This is always a great event and a chance to meet with listeners and clients who support this amazing charity.

Thanks to all of our sponsors including Pioneer and US Steel who stepped up this year and helped make the tourney a success.

And especially thanks to Gary Molinaro from Solaris Dental Solutions, partner Frank the shank  and associate Mark the shark who bought my foursome.

Although after seeing me with a club in my hand, they were glad they brought a ringer.

Hard to believe these guys were the winning bidders two years in a row.

Clearly it wasn’t for my play.

I blamed it on the ribs.

What you’ve never had ribs while playing golf?

When the cursing and trash talking got out of hand we had to remind ourselves, it’s for the kids!

Be sure to grab some friends and join us next year.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!
The politics stop and the transit meeting begins, hopefully.  905-645-3221










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New stadium lottery; guess when it will be finished and win

Jul 24, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It does not look like the new Pan Am Stadium will be ready for the Ticats August schedule. No surprises here!

We kind of figuired that out when they announced it wouldn't be ready for the home opener in July.

Its too bad its left up to the fans to try and figuire out. 

You'd think they could nail down a more concrete opening date, it ain't rocket science. 

It would be nice if those involved would just call it like it is and stop pretending it will be ready when it won't, or be something that it is not.

You know, under promise and over deliver.

To try and make good of a continually bad situation I suggest we start a pool.‚Äč A lottery.

Guess the date the new stadium will be finished, win a prize.

Just like your typical Superbowl pool, just pick a square and throw down your $10.

It could even be used as a fund raiser to help pay for the place, or maybe get us some upgraded carpet.

One thing is for sure, it will make the wait a lot more fun.

I'm Scott Thompson.


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