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November 2015

Ontarians object to Wynne's secret teacher union payouts

Nov 9, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

A new poll by Forum Research reveals over two-thirds of Ontario taxpayers object to Premier Wynne’s secret payouts to teacher unions.

It says 67% do not approve of the millions that were paid to unions to apparently cover the cost of these negotiations.

However it was later discovered, it happens all the time.

Whether it does or does not, one thing is clear, citizens are not happy about it.

Especially when it’s announced the unions are rolling in millions and don’t need the cash. (The high school teacher union alone is sitting on a $65 million cash reserve.)

So why is Wynne giving more money to the big corporate unions that are constantly putting your family through hell?

Because the Wynne government needs the teachers support to get her never ending majority at the expense of the rest of us.

The only people that seem to be benefitting from this childish dance is the big corporate unions, the Liberals and their lawyers.

Not the tax payers, and certainly not the kids.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Curling with crash helmets!

Nov 6, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You may have seen the video of Newfoundland Olympic gold medal curler Brad Gushue when he fell face-first onto the ice at the Masters in Nova Scotia last weekend, leaving behind a pool of blood.

The face plant  earned him stitches for a gash above his eye, fortunately he was able to return to the game.

But it has raised the question of whether curling should make wearing helmets mandatory? (Stop laughing!)

Apparently some clubs already mandate them for players under 12.

As a result you see everything from bike helmets to hockey and ski helmets since there is no official design.

There are a few manufacturers who offer them.

They’re often made to look like toques, caps or headbands with a protective foam ring inside.

Why does this make me chuckle?

I see more of a football helmet design with two cup holders (one mounted to each side)  and a clear tube that allows you to drink during play.

Isn’t  that allowed in curling?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Auditor General to review millions Wynne secretly paid to teacher unions

Nov 5, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The last thing I feel like talking about after the week that was, is the teachers strike.

But when their shenanigans keep making the news, we really have no choice, but to report their ongoing actions.

It was announced yesterday that the Auditor General will now review the millions of dollars in payouts made to teachers’ unions from 2008 to the current year.

This came after a motion passed, requested by the Conservatives and supported by the legislature, to investigate the millions paid to teacher unions in secret deals by the government.

The secret millions were designed to resolve the teacher labour strife before the federal election, in which Wynne actively campaigned for Trudeau.

The deal revealed by the media after his election has caused a stir among those wanting to know where the money went.

Initially the government said it was a one-time deal to cover negotiating costs but now proof has surfaced this has been going on for years.

They also said no receipts were needed to verify the union payouts but Wynne has since flip flopped on this saying they will ask for accountability.

Maybe now we can strive for change in this system of negotiation that has been holding tax paying parents and children hostage since the 1970’s

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Union sucks honour out of teaching....

Nov 4, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Here is my response to the many great teachers who are upset at the negativity they are getting from parents.

You elect the most militant union leader, and you elect the party that gives you the most benefits for your vote, even if it comes from the same purse as a student needs fund.

Then you complain, it's not enough.

You don't vote for change.

The student always comes last in your negotiations. (Ask a parent).

Its time your union, and party put them first, instead of their paying membership or voter.

Your union, is just another political party in the eyes of Ontarians.

Except we have NO say or vote in any of this, despite being tax paying parents.

Only you, the union members, do.

So, do, what’s right and demand your values are upheld at the bargaining table without bankrupting the rest of us or swaying elections in your favour by trying to influence a vote.

Stick to the kids, and get the corporate union politics out of the classroom.

Then respect, and perhaps funds, for the profession will return.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Teacher strike always about their paycheque, not class size.

Nov 3, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario Union has reached a tentative deal with the government, which means the childish game your kids have had to endure over the last couples of years is over, until next time anyway.

Despite waiting until September to even start negotiating, EFTO then complained the government left the bargaining table when there was no more money left for teacher raises.

Remember when this started, the teachers claimed it was all about class sizes..?? No ever really talked about class size during the negotiating.

Clearly that was not the hold out here.

Apparently the deals are similar to what the other boards have, who settled weeks ago.

Those deals included raises of 1.5 per cent, plus another one-per-cent bonus.

And, like those deals, Liberal Ed minister Liz Sandals said these new agreements are net zero, meaning any salary increases are offset by savings elsewhere.

Where is that money coming from? Special programs and smaller class sizes?

Clearly there is an awful lot of waste in the education system if money can be found elsewhere for raises and special secret signing bonuses (once Wynne decided to grow a back bone and threaten a pay cut).

As always, this was about money for the teachers, not about class sizes.

And certainly not about the kids.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Halloween over, finally!

Nov 2, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Halloween is over for another year…..

Thank goodness. 

I’m not sure I can take another night huddled in front of the TV with a box of little chocolate bars in my lap.

Halloween really starts the day my wife begins buying candy, which is usually about two weeks out.

The good news is, we had a ton of kids Saturday night which means, we’re out! Finally!

By the time Halloween comes around just the sight of a mini Snickers sends my blood sugar through the roof.

Then the kids come home from trick or treating, and dump the equivalent of what we gave out, all over the living room floor.

I have to do the responsible, parent thing, and examine their loot.

Two for me, one for you!

By mid-week I should be down from the sugar high.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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October 2015

Liberal watchdog says don't sell Hydro One

Oct 30, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

In a deal with the NDP to support her then minority government, Premier Kathleen Wynne appointed a ‘financial accountability officer’, as a watchdog.
The objective, to keep an eye on where our money is going.
The first task Stephen LeClair had was to analyze the sale of Hydro One.
He came back this week saying,
“In the years following the sale of 60 per cent of Hydro One, the province’s budget balance would be worse than it would have been without the sale”.
“The province’s net debt would initially be reduced, but will eventually be higher than it would have been without the sale,”
That’s because we can’t make money off of something we no longer own.
Can you say Highway 407?
And let’s not forget she heavily endorsed the new PM Trudeau who vowed to bring back home mail delivery?
And we all know how cost effective that is.
At a time when everyone is screaming change, Ontario keeps going around in circles, again and again.
I’m Scott Thompson.


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Canada Post moving backwards. I thought this election was about change???

Oct 28, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Canada Post announced it is temporarily suspending installation of super mail boxes until it figures out what direction the Trudeau Liberals are going to take.

They, like the NDP, promised to bring back home mail delivery to the 1/3 that were going to lose it but not the other 2/3rds of the country who have been doing fine without it since the 1980’s.

Remember when talk of a postal strike happened every few years (like the teachers) as they threatened to shut down the country, because they were the only game in town?

That doesn’t happen anymore.

Why? The last time the postal service had a strike less customers returned, choosing to use other options.

Simply put, technology and changing times, have made this government monopoly’s home mail delivery obsolete.

So why would any party pump millions of dollars into a failed business model that the majority of us have moved on from?

Because it’s a wedge issue that some will fall for and cast their ballot in favour of.

Just like Harpers Conservatives tried to do with the nicab issue. It’s divisive.

Except the cost is way higher than removing a face covering.

And I heard this election was all about change.

Changing to what? Backwards to the era of 8 track tapes, no seat belts and smoking on air planes?

I’m Scott Thompson.




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Shame on the Globe and Mail, and Wynne

Oct 27, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You may remember the Globe and Mail broke a story (the Wednesday after the Monday election) telling how the Wynne government secretly paid out millions to teacher unions to get a settlement before the federal election.

Don’t forget she was actively endorsing Trudeau and the ugly teacher issue doesn’t help…

Readers, and listeners to this show, questioned the timing of the Globe story asking ‘who knew what when?’

It turns out the conspiracy theorists were right and the Globe did withhold the story until after Trudeau was elected, the national editor saying,

“Voters were not being asked to elect a provincial government, so I did not feel that we were withholding essential information that could inform their decision at the polls. We did risk our appearance of neutrality, however, were we to have published on Election Day,” Mr. Dennis Choquette said.

So they chose not to run it so not to influence the election but by doing so may have in fact influenced the election.

Why even question it, just run it when you know it?

So much for damaging your ‘neutrality’, which went out the window when you even questioned the risk.

Shame on the Globe and Mail for making the audience even more skeptical of the media.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Fire the teachers!!! Part 2.

Oct 26, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

My blog on Friday entitled ‘Fire the Teachers’ received a tremendous amount of support from the vast majority, thanking me for saying what most are thinking.

The teachers are losing the support of tax paying parents with every additional job action, and day, their childish strike drags on.

The facts are, the other unions have settled thanks to secret deals with the government while the elementary teachers are holding out for God knows what, as the cupboards are bare.

From where I sit, the elementary teacher union has backed itself into a corner and there are only two options left for the teachers who voted for and gave Wynne her majority.

Get back to work, or go out on strike, and face the ire of screaming parents disgusted with the antics of union grand pupa Sam Hammond.

It’s only a matter of time before the union publicly realizes it is biting the hand that has over fed it for the last decade and there is no other political party that will give them what the Liberals have for years.

Simply put, they are out of allies. 

Wynne knows this, as it was the teachers who gave her a majority government in the first place.

It’s now their bed to lie in.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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