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September 2016

How Are HOT Lanes encouraging car pooling?

Sep 16, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

This week the provinces HOT Lane experiment started on the stretch of QEW between the 403/407 split in Burlington to Oakville.

The permit cost is $180. for 3 months and 500 were awarded out of the over 3400 that applied for the privilege, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca told us on the show.

Buy one and ride as a single occupant or car pool for free.

When these lanes went into effect, as HOV lanes, we were told they was designed to save the environment by encouraging car-pooling.

How is giving a single occupancy driver the use of the lane, as long as they can afford to pay, saving the environment?

How is it car-pooling?

The Minister told me this is part of their overall plan to control congestion and help the environment.

We really won’t know if any of it works until after the study two years from now.

But considering the limited supply of permits made available and the fact these lanes are already starting to slow, I’m not convinced it will all be worth it.

The idea seems to work more efficiently at an amusement park like Disney or Wonderland than a 400 series highway.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Energy Minister, Glenn Thibeault & PC leader Patrick Brown talk soaring electricity rates. 905-645-3221




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Canada Post: More money wasted on the obvious...

Sep 15, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Our struggling postal service continues to be a volleyball for politicians of the day while constantly ignoring the facts that have been staring it the face for years.

Before the last election Canada Post was completing the installation of the last super mail boxes into Canadian neighbourhoods.

About a third of the population still received home mail delivery that had been grandfathered in since the project started in the 1980’s.

The superboxes were installed way back then for the same reasons they want the job completed 30 years later.

Mail delivery is way down due to technology.

But that didn’t stop Mulcair and Trudeau from jumping on the home delivery mail wagon promising to stop supermail boxes, and continue home mail delivery for a lucky few who happened to live in the right hood.

And Trudeau did just that.

Fast forward to the promised federal task force that was assigned to report the obvious, confirms the corps best chance for survival is supermail boxes.

Too bad politicians waste so much money telling us what we already know, instead of providing a solution.

Too bad we fall for it…

I’m Scott Thompson.


Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Hot Lanes open on QEW. Will Q users buy pass? 905-645-3221




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How do you screen for Canadian values?

Sep 14, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

If you’re a political news junkie like me you follow events that most don’t have time for, but are important none the less, for the success of our country.

One of those events is the race for leader for the federal Progressive Conservative Party.

Quick update. Former Minister of Justice, Peter MacKay, has dropped out of the race.

The candidate that seems to be getting the most attention, good or bad, is KellieLeitch.

She is the MP that has called for a screening for “Canadian values” during the immigration process.

It sounds good to some, the rest it wreaks of right wing fear mongering.

My questions are?

How and who decides what Canadian values are, and how do we test for compliance?

And wouldn’t that be easy to fake?

For example, “I love Canada, I have found a better way”

Don’t we have laws in place that do that? Just enforce them.

You have to respect what is the law of the land (no matter where you are from) and that includes equality under our charter for all differences, not just religion.

To me, her suggestion would cloud the issue, more than clarify it.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Are we the City of Waterfalls, or not? How do we fix? 905-645-3221




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Hydro rebates are a band-aid, not a solution

Sep 13, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Your electricity bills have risen over 60% in the decade since the Liberals took office.

What’s even more astonishing is Kathleen Wynne is just now admitting you are angry about it?

What has happened is the public has finally realized what I have been saying for years.

The Liberals are appealing to Ontarians caring nature by using the environment as an excuse to gouge them to pay for Wynne’s inefficient green policies.

If you question their protocol, you’re shut down as some sort of right wing fossil fuel burning Neanderthal.

If it wasn’t for a lost by-election in Scarborough, Wynne wouldn’t even be talking about it.

So now she offers us our own money back in the form of a rebate which doesn’t come close to covering the scheduled rate increases that plague Ontarians every few months.

And no solution on how to make our energy efficient long term.

All nicely packaged in a prorogued government throne speech.

If this government was the same old McGuinty car with a new coat of Wynne paint, this is a spray bob over rust spots.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Who will lead Canada’s PC party?  Why? 905-645-3221















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Remembering 9/11

Sep 12, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Over the weekend most acknowledged it has been 15 years since the world changed on Sept 11, 2001.

If you are old enough to remember, most can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the news and saw those images.

It’s interesting how our view of the day has changed in 15 years.

That first year changed the way we travel and crossed borders.

When the first anniversary arrived many were concerned of another attack.

Despite seeing the horrifying images for a week straight after the attacks, they all but disappeared until the 10th anniversary.

It seemed then the mourning was over and it was no longer in bad taste to show the two planes crashing into the World Trade Centers.

Now at year 15, 9/11 has become another historic memorial like those of the Second World War.

The only difference is, this anniversary reminds us of a problem that still very much exists, and continues to terrify.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Monday on The Scott Thompson Show

Will Wynne Liberals help soaring electricity rates today? How? 905-645-3221






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Ontario's rebelling aginst soaring energy rates

Sep 9, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

This week Kathleen Wynn finally heard the deafening cry that has been resonating across the land, but hasn’t managed to penetrate the bubble that surrounds her, until now.

So after years of previously unheard of rate increases (and more on the horizon) why is she finally acknowledging she has created the term “energy poverty” in this province?

Why now?

Because the Liberals just lost a by-election in a Scarborough riding they had held since its inception.

What was the hot button issue of the election?

Not the new sex ed curriculum.

Soaring electricity rates.

Seems the premier is now aware you are livid about paying for her activism, which is really just a scheme to raise money to pay for their many inefficiencies.

After all, isn’t everybody ‘green’ now?

But then she prorogued government to distract you from both of these failures.

How long are you willing to pay for their mistakes?

I’m Scott Thompson.




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Enjoy the heat! Snow is coming...

Sep 8, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Hard to believe it is the second and week of September and we’re having the temperatures we are.

Normally we see evidence of fall by this time of the year, certainly in the northern areas.

Instead we have heat warnings and humility factors.

But before you whine too much about the repressive heat, let me read you a couple of headlines from the last few winters.

“Record snow fall for Hamilton’s first storm of the season”

“City digs out of snow fall, more on the way”

“Winter storm watch warns of ice and snow for Hamilton”

Whenever you feel the heat is too much, ask yourself, what would you rather have?

I know a happy medium would be the answer, but life is not like that.

So enjoy your extended Canadian summer, while it lasts. 

I’m Scott Thompson.


Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Wynne wakes up on hydro rates, but what can she do? 905-645-3221




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Thank you Maverick!

Sep 7, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

One of the great advantages of having this job is you get to meet all kinds of interesting people from all walks of life and ask them questions.

However not all are human.

Every year members of the Hamilton Police Service K9 unit make a stop at CHML, usually when they are on their way to McMaster Children’s Hospital for a visit to cheer up the kids.

Over the years I have met a few of the dogs and their police officer handlers.

I was always amazed at the relationship between dog and cop and how such large dominating animals are so well trained and controlled.

Whenever here they were like any other loving animal who enjoyed the attention.

But when given the command their focus changes immediately and are all business.

You can imagine the bond that develops between dog and cop as they train together and become each other’s lifeline.

So it was so sad to hear of the loss of Maverick a giant purebred German Shepard who was Const. Johnny Sabatini’s wing man for 7 years.

What makes this story even sadder is the fact that this week Maverick was set to retire and spend the rest of his life as their family pet before unexpectedly passing from medical complications.

Thank you Maverick for your service to this great city.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Trudeau talks Neil Bantleman. Did it help? 905-645-3221



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Back to school!

Sep 6, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The back to school ads started weeks ago, soon followed by nervous tummies and sleepless nights in anticipation of the first day of class.

Haircuts, back packs, school supplies, new clothes that fit, all part of the ritual signalling the unofficial end of summer.

This year my son Kurt heads into grade 4 while my daughter Alicia takes the next big step, entering grade 9.

Most kids are anxious the first day but entering high school is a completely different head space.

It seems her attire is just as important as her classes or teachers?

When did that happen?

So as she heads back looking for old friends and trying to make new ones, my view has also changed.

Not only do I want to dress her in a burlap sack, I also want to keep her braces on an extra year…

Just to make sure the teeth are straight, (of course)

Good luck kids!

And parents!

I’m Scott Thompson.


Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Back to school: Homework and kid cell phones.  905-645-3221






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August 2016

Okay, Blue Jays, let's play ball....

Aug 26, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Last night the family and I went to a Toronto Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre.

I remember watching the team at the old Exhibition Stadium where when the ball went high the wind off of Lake Ontario would take it in a completely different direction.

I was also lucky enough to be at the then Skydome in 1993 when Joe Carter knocked it out of the park for the second World Series win in a row.

I will never forget the celebration outside the stadium.

I also remember the lean years that followed and going to a game when there was 15,000 people in the stands.

That sounds like a lot but not when the stadium holds close to 50,000.

So it was great to see over 46,000 at a Thursday night game against a bottom feeder like California.

It’s amazing the difference a winning team can make.

It’s also amazing how prices go up.

I got my first Blue Jay baseball cap from the Woolworths store I worked at when I was 16 for a couple of bucks.

Oddly enough it was a geeking looking old school original blue and white flat cap like my son just bought for $40.

Everything is the same, except the price.

I’m Scott Thompson


Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Stephen Harper resigns today, how will he be remembered? 905-645-3221

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