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April 2015

Hamilton can't suck & blow at the same time

Apr 10, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You have all heard of the push back from some city residents about the Tivoli theatre condo project that will tower 22 stories over the James St north ‘hood.
For years people have been crying for urban renewal in their city. 
For an equal amount of time experts have been telling us we need to move more people into the downtown core.
Hamilton is quickly realizing it can’t suck and blow at the same time.
You can’t have a successful downtown and urban living without high rises.
Now that development is coming some don’t like the type or pace of development.
Constructive criticism and debate are always good for city planning, but if you don’t think Hamilton will look drastically different in the next ten years, you are living under a rock.
Yes it is essential that Hamilton meticulously plan its future, you don’t want regrets.
But the only thing that is constant here, is change.
So get ready for plenty of it, as Hamilton transforms into a big city.
I’m Scott Thompson.


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White cop shoots black man

Apr 9, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

White cop kills black man’. 

It’s a scenario that has played out in American media for years.

Lately it seems we are hearing more of these stories, Ferguson Moursi most recently infamous.

Smart phones and social media have exposed what never used to get out of the ‘hood.

But the latest video that shows a South Carolina police officer shooting a black man several times in the back while he was running away,  is the first time an image has drawn immediate reaction.

The cop has been fired and is charged with murder.

Oddly enough the city’s police dept. was waiting for state funding for the cops cams they had approved.

Officials are hoping their swift actions will prevent a Ferguson.

But even if it does there is clearly an age old issue regarding the use of deadly force that is still being questioned in the U.S.

An old issue that may now be finally resolved with new technology.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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A ‘Go back to Toronto’ sticker graces the sign outside Hamilton’s new Tivoli high rise condo project. Divided city?  905-645-3221

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Bone rack vs. average size model?

Apr 8, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Do bone rack type models actually inspire women to buy clothes?
A study out of Brock University says, ‘No!’
Proving women are ready to see models that look more like them, or at least how they would like to look.
And that ‘look’ ain’t wafer thin.
The study reveals that fashion brands can substitute their size zero models with average sized models without impacting either the model attractiveness rating or the product evaluation.
The study used both established and new brands in the experiment to avoid preconceived expectations.
In the established brand, replacing the traditional skinny model with an average size, had no impact.
With a new brand, woman wanted a more average size model and expected less stereotypes, especially among participants who had lower self-esteem.
With all we hear about eating disorders and the media created image being harmful, you have to ask yourself why designers still use them?
If women prefer models who are of average size, especially when purchasing, why is the fashion industry using those who resemble pre-adolescent boys?
I’m Scott Thompson.


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Play ball!

Apr 7, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There are quite a few signs of spring we have become accustom to as Canadians..

Most arrive long before the warm temperatures do.

The clocks moving forward is usually the first sign, followed by the first day of the season itself.

But if you are a Canadian you may have other unofficial indicators like…..

Taking down Christmas lights and rink boards.
Setting up the patio, hammock and horse shoe pit.

Replacing your felt lined boots with running shoes, sheading your heavy coat for a hoodie and shorts.

Storing your snow shovels and sleds, breaking out the bicycles and skateboards.

Cleaning up the garbage that magically appeared when the snow melted.

The thawing of the winter poo allowing you to stoop and scoop instead of chip and pick.

But there is no bigger sign of spring than the opening of the Blue Jays season.

If only, briefly, to make you forget about that long cold winter, and the Leafs....

I’m Scott Thompson


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Happy Easter

Apr 6, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

With my kids being age 7 and 12 Easter morning is still a big deal around the Thompson household.

However this weekend with my daughter playing in a hockey tournament the typical tradition became a little more challenging.

Normally the kids wake up way too early and start hunting for chocolate.

Instead it was up at the crack of dawn for a hockey game.

Stepping over what the Easter bunny left until later proved tough until my boy suddenly realized he had a bout of the flu and started throwing up.

My goodness can we fit any more action into this weekend?

You know your kids sick when the eggs remain hidden and untouched for the weekend, as the Easter bunny left them.

It was almost as bad as when I was a kid and our dog ate all the hidden chocolate eggs over night while the family slept.

Oh we eventually got the eggs but after they passed through the dog, which they had done, before we all awoke.

I’m Scott Thompson.



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City Hall culture needs to change

Apr 2, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

So a new comer arrives in town, buys a condo, and notices in his view, a vacant lot filled with garbage.

So the urban dweller comes down to the street and proceeds to clean up a small piece of our city.

A bylaw officer witnesses this and gives the Good Samaritan a ticket for illegal dumping.

It seems he stacked the garbage in the wrong spot.

So instead of communicating the rules and rewarding a good deed, a $125. ticket was issued.

"Why would you make an example out of someone who's trying to clean up the neighbourhood?” asked the new comer.

"This is really bad PR in a city that's trying to revitalize their downtown and get people to care."

A city spokesperson said, "We have to protect the taxpayer within the City of Hamilton, and we have to do our due diligence for illegal dumping on city property,”

This is exactly the type of lunacy we have to eradicate from city hall culture, and it starts at the top.

How many more examples do we need?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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New phone!

Apr 1, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You heard me tell the stupid story of dropping my smart phone into a big glass of water while riding an exercise bike.

Normally I have a water bottle, this time I had giant glass with big rim.

I simply sat it on that flat display between the handle bars and it slid right into the water in the stand below.

A split second was all it took and plop in it went.

My wife surprised me with an early birthday present of a new phone.

It was in my hand 30 seconds before it rang with a telemarketer.

Technology has come a long way, yet we can’t get rid of those.

My kids were more excited than I was of the new phone.

After answering that call I handed it to them and I didn’t see it again until this morning.

My daughter insisted I was better off with her phone and she should have mine?

I have a feeling that type of negotiation will continue through her teen years….

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Do Hamiltonians want a real downtown or not? You can’t suck & blow at the same time.   905-645-3221





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March 2015

Should Wynne be asking for apologies?

Mar 31, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The National Post reports— Premier Kathleen Wynne says if the Progressive Conservatives want her to drop a lawsuit against two of their members, all they have to do is apologize.

You have to wonder what Kool-Aid they’re drinking.

Wynne launched a suit last April against then PC leader Tim Hudak and MPP Lisa MacLeod for saying she oversaw and possibly ordered the destruction of documents on cancelled gas plants.

MacLeod says Wynne filed the suit to quash legitimate opposition criticism, and accuses the Liberals of killing legislation the very next day that would have allowed her and Hudak to challenge the lawsuit.

This on the heels of a new Forum Research Poll that says if an election were held today the PC’s would win, followed by the NDP, relegating the Liberals to third party status.

Sound familiar?

Proving maybe it’s Wynne who should be apologizing, to Ontarians.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Around the Bay!

Mar 30, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

This past weekend my wife and family got to experience Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race along with its rich history dating back to 1894.

This is one of the many events that Hamilton does really well.

There is nothing more amazing than watching the start when 1000s set off on the 30k.

It’s like being at a railway crossing watching the longest train you have ever seen go by, but you want to look at every car.

Team CHML was well represented and my wife did the family proud.

Like any race the ending is equally as inspirational watching every shape, size, and age, cross the finish line.

Kudos to the fire fighters who ran the course in full gear including face mask and O2 tank.

And Police Chief Glenn DeCaire who flew by in just over 25 minutes I think. He was definitely speeding!

Every person who crosses under the timing lights looks up to see their personal goal.

Everyone has a story, you can see it in their faces.

Kudos to all!

I’m Scott Thompson.


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It's hard to plan for an attack, most can't comprehend

Mar 27, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

How ironic is it the very device that was put in place to protect passenger airliners is at the root cause of bringing one down?

In the end the security door that was installed to keep the bad guys out of the cockpit, was the same door that prevented the good guys from getting in.

If somehow the flight crew could have opened that door, chances are there’d still be 150 more people walking the earth today.

It appears the Germanwing co-pilot locked his pilot out of the flight deck and then proceeded to crash the plane.

Frantic attempts were made to open a door designed to handle the force of an explosion, to no avail.

Security experts say the system is designed to protect against external forces.  Unfortunately this attack was internal.

The Canadian government and airline industry reacted swiftly and insisted all commercial jets must have 2 staff in the cockpit at all times.

But just like the door that was ordered secured and could not be opened when needed, would a second person in the cockpit, just be the first victim.

It’s hard to plan for an attack, most can’t even comprehend.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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