November 2014

Ghomeshi case has turned the tide

Nov 7, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

When the Jian Ghomeshi case first surfaced it felt like a greasy TMZ story.

Most thought this was another celebrity sex show and weren’t sure who to believe.

However when the number of stories kept growing, the tide turned.

The tipping point was when the obvious sexual harassment became physical.

When the story went from perverse sex to assault, attitudes changed.

Ghomeshi is the first of many dominos to fall pointing at incorrect behaviour in all walks of life.

Women have been mobilized.

The saga has ignited a bigger conversation of what is acceptable in human interaction and respect is paramount.

Most thought we had done all of this decades ago when policy was drawn up by most HR departments.

Clearly it is a message that must be continually reinforced, generation after generation.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Halloween is no excuse for blackface

Nov 6, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

In regard to the Brock students who dressed in blackface as the Jamaican bobsled team for Halloween and won 1st prize, a listener emailed me this:

I was listening to your show today for a little bit while in the car and it was all I could do to not change the station. That dude you were talking to about the bobsled costume should be a politician, he was moving his mouth a lot but what was coming out was horse poop. His reasoning is like using a sledge hammer to drive in a finishing nail, it was a costume and only that.... a costume. The people that read more in to it then that are the ones that have the issues and probably see racism in just about everything they look at.

This topic is blown way out of proportion, it's all about what other people think is politically correct and are trying to make the rest of us conform to their views. If they were 4 black guys would it be OK or would they actually have to be Jamaican to make it acceptable. What if it was 4 white guys wearing dark colored masks? What if I wanted to go as Jimi Hendrix would it be offensive to color my face then? What if 4 black people wanted to go as the 3 Stooges and colored their faces white? In my view all acceptable costumes for Halloween.

After questioning this persons math my next question is, have you had this historic discussion with a black person? Please write back after you have.

Educatiuon is key.

I'm Scott Thompson.


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Best way to celebrate freedom is to make Remembrance Day a holiday

Nov 5, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There are renewed calls for Remembrance Day to be declared a National holiday.

I know, every year at this time, the debates heats up again.

But this year, considering the deaths of two soldiers at the hands of home grown terrorism, it seems more appropriate, (too most).

The hard part has been getting it through government.

That may be a bit easier now that our MP’s have had to board themselves up inside offices while a terrorist shot up  the House.

Some say, if a holiday is allowed, people will only goof off or spend time with friends.

So let me get this straight,,, you don’t like goofing off or spending time with friends, or whatever?

Those all sound like a great ways to celebrate freedom, as does wearing a poppy or any other Remembrance activity .

I think most work very hard, and would enjoy the time this freedom has afforded us.

And if you feel like you really must work that day, try volunteering.

Another freedom that our soldiers very much believe in, you can honour.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Cirillo is a hero, and the coward who shot him, is a terrorist.

Nov 4, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There are 2 questions Canadians seems to be at odds with lately and it’s so ‘typically Canadian’.

The 2 questions are: Is Cpl. Nathan Cirillo a hero? And. Was the shooter a terrorist?

First of all, yes.

By the way, there is no set ‘hero’ criteria, its society who chooses their heroes and clearly they have chosen Cirillo.  ‘Nuff said.

But why are we even asking? Is there anything to be gained?

This is another example of those with low self-esteem for their country looking for a debate to avoid the obvious. 

Take the compliment and move on!

Second, if a person who shoots and unarmed soldier in cold blood then storms Parliament trying to do more of the same, I’d call that terror.

I don’t care where they are from or what their mental state is.

It’s as if we’re a country in constant denial, whether it’s assessing the risks we now face or even taking the glory for a job well done.

There are much more pressing questions to be asked, and answered like, how do we stop the spread of this lunacy?

Buck up Canada!  Cirillo is a hero, and the coward who shot him, is a terrorist.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Never too old for Halloween

Nov 3, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Halloween is over for another year.

Rain may have dampened the festivities on Friday night but when Halloween falls on a weekend it seems to last a little longer.

Or maybe that’s simply because our next door neighbour has a party every year to coincide with his wife’s birthday.

So dress up we did.

It was a musician theme so Daddy went as a member of DEVO complete with white paper coveralls and red flower pot on my head.  Or as diehards call it, an energy dome.

My wife did the Katy Perry but even after my begging she refused to attach propellers to her breasts.

Our saving grace was the extra hour of sleep we got due to the clocks going back one hour.  I’m not as young as I used to be.

I think there were as many cob webs in my head as there were decorating the house.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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October 2014

Happy Halloween!!!

Oct 31, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Halloween 2014 edition.

It’s a little more exciting this year because it’s happening on a Friday night…

Every year my kids ask for those stupid store bought costumes, and every year I lecture them about how we used to make our own and that’s half the fun.

Just when you think nothing you ever say seems to sinks in, they do a 180.

This year they have discovered face paint and are now creating their costume around their imagination, instead of what the Big Box Stores say.

Have you noticed the costume for little girls are all basically the same?

Some sort of mini skirt up their arse and low cut top and hat that fits.

It’s like Halloween at Hooters!

The boy is easy, he just wants to look like a Zombie with guts flowing out of his mouth.

Now that’s Halloween!

One thing that never changes is the sugar buzz that follows!

Watch out for the chit-lens!

I’m Scott Thompson.






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How to increase voter turn out

Oct 30, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It’s almost hilarious, if it wasn’t so sad, to hear a couple of members of city council actually trying to justify (or better yet trying to find a solution) to the pathetic low voter turnout for the election.

One even suggested a study needs to be done to see if paying people to vote would help.

Let’s look at what we know.

Where was the greatest turnout in the city for the election?

In the wards where there was no incumbent running.

Not only that, we also saw the largest and most qualified groups of candidates in those wards with no incumbent.

Rather than wasting more public dollars to hold another study that leads to nothing, why not simply do the obvious.

Remove the incumbent with term limits and watch the candidates and voters fall from the heavens.

By bringing both the city council and the voting system into this century, perhaps we can encourage more young people to get engaged, shoving out the lifers.

The current generation of Hamiltonians are screwed, but perhaps we can change it for our kids.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Only 34% of Hamilton even bothered to vote...

Oct 29, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I have received a few emails like this one in the last few days.


It was pretty amazing how Hamilton lined the streets in thousands for Corporal Cirillo's funeral procession, yet the day before, most did NOT vote!  The very thing he died for!!

Hamilton voter turnout in the very midst of this tragedy was one of the worst...34% is so sad!

I find this completely unacceptable! 

How can you lay flowers everywhere...wave and sign our flag and not go to a ballot box??

I did more than anything for this young man...I VOTED!   Shame on those who didn't!  (66%..WOW!!)



Some will blame the politicians, but isn’t that just passing the buck?

Unfortunately I also saw a tweet condemning me for drawing a parallel between the fallen soldiers and voting.

Tracy is right.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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We honour Corp. Nathan Cirillo

Oct 27, 2014 9:31 PM
Scott Thompson

Today we honour the life of Corp. Nathan Cirillo.

The out pouring of emotion from all over the world has been heartwarming to say the least.

Whether it was Americans singing our national anthem at hockey games (when no Canadian teams played) or the countless who lined the highway of heroes, the world is watching and grieving with Hamilton.

People will have differing opinions on what happened and what the cause was.

What no one disagrees with is that Nathan Cirillo was a great guy.

Whether it was his co-horts at the Armory, or friends he grew up with, all report he was an outstanding individual.

The images of he and his boy, and pets, are forever ingrained in our memories.

He solidifies what people in this city are all about.

Hard working, real, and always looking out for those who may need a hand.

Hamilton can be nothing but proud of Corp. Nathan Cirillo, as is the rest of the country.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Honour the fallen by casting your ballot

Oct 27, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

As we prepare to celebrate the life of Corp. Nathan Cirillo, there is one way to make sure he didn’t die in vain. Exercising your right to vote.

Soldiers have been fighting for our freedoms for years.

The most important freedom is the right to vote in a democratic society.

Every day our men and women in uniform go to work so we can take for granted the opportunity to live in a free world.

Today we get a chance to exercise those rights and freedoms by being given a chance to cast a ballot.

Something we take so for granted, most don’t even bother to show up, let alone show interest.

If that isn’t a smack in the face to our brothers and sisters in arms, I don’t know what is.

If you’re one of those who never ‘bothers’ to vote perhaps today you can find the energy, if  for nothing else, for the memory of Nathan Cirillo.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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