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June 2015

What is to be gained by city appealing super mailbox decision?

Jun 18, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Hamilton city council has voted 9-4 to appeal the Superior Court decision favouring Canada Post and denying the city more control over installation of super mailboxes.

Canada Post says it has tried to work with the city (as it does with all cities) to keep everybody happy, but the city instead decided on costly litigation.

Noting how these cases can drag out (often with no winner) Mayor Fred said he’d prefer a more “collaborative approach”.

Where is ‘that’ common sense on the rest of council?

What is hoped to be gained here?  What’s a win for the city of Hamilton?

Councillor Whitehead, who leads this misguided charge, says it’s all about safety.

Are there any more people getting killed around super mailboxes then are waiting at bus stops, standing on street corners, crossing or cycling on city streets?

What am I missing here? Why are we doing this? Why not just work with Canada Post and the citizens?

I think because some are delusional that it may actually bring back door to door delivery in a dying industry, and your politicians are exploiting that.

Why else?

I’m Scott Thompson







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Trump for president. He must have a new TV show in the works...

Jun 17, 2015 5:05 AM
Scott Thompson

In case you haven’ t heard reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump announced he is running for president of the United States.

Well they have had an actor and the same family on more than one occasion, so why not.

You could almost hear every late night comic let out a simultaneous,  ‘Yes!’

Donald said things like, “We are going to make our country great again."

"I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

“Sadly the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back, bigger, and better, and stronger than ever before."

It sounds like he’s promoting another reality TV show or maybe a hotel.

Maybe he pitched an idea to the TV industry and they said, “You know Donald you’re getting a little long in the tooth and we don’t think you’re the draw you once were.

It’s not like you’re running for president or anything.”

His eyes widen and he said, “I could” and off he went.

Stay tuned for a new TV series in the fall.

I’m Scott Thompson.






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Does it matter if you're white or black?

Jun 16, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There are lots of people who are uncomfortable with who they are and have made changes to themselves, in a variety of different ways.

It can be something as simple as a character flaw that needs adjusting, to complicated corrective surgery.

These decisions can be painstaking and usually arrived at after a long period of soul searching.

But why did the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP resign amid allegations she lied about her true ethnicity to gain a spot on the local police board?

It seems the lady, who is a long time human rights advocate and teaches a college course on African studies, is only pretending to be black.

After the lies got out of hand, her parents called her out saying she is of Czech, Swedish and German decent with a trace of Native American.

Is black the new white?  Or is white the new black?

Does it matter?

Clearly she is committed to the cause.  But how much is too much?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Parents angry at teacher union

Jun 15, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Principals affected by the teachers work to rule campaign say they are overwhelmed by angry parents upset that their kids are getting nothing more than a pass or fail note instead of a proper report card.

By the way that is exactly what the union is trying to do, make you angry.

The more you and your kid are inconvenienced the more power they feel they have.

It’s time to prove them wrong.

Teachers, under direction from their union, have withheld marks leaving it up to the principal or dedicated rogue teachers to get the marks the children deserve from a fair system.

The union should NOT be confused that the parent’s calls to the principals mean they are angry at the principals.

They’re angry at a teachers union who has too much control over the average Ontario family and is bullying our kids.

Name me another industry that has such control over your family.

It’s time to modernize this system that has seen the same problems since the 1970’s, what ever the political party.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Hamilton loses its battle with Canada Post

Jun 12, 2015 10:34 AM
Scott Thompson

Hamiton has lost its legal battle with Canada Post.

I wonder how much that cost?

Is anybody surprized? After all super mail boxes have been the future since the mid 1980’s.

Which is still later than the decade Councillor Terry Whitehead, and those who think like him, are lost in.

This exercise was nothing more than the same few old grandstanding councillors trying to make it look like they are actually doing something for citizens.

It had all the earmarks for the media hungry councillors.

-A hot button issue that appeals to their core of older voters.

-A cause that doesn’t require a decision of any kind.

-An exercise in futility where your only comment has to be “I’m just doing what my constituents want”

Perfect for the older farts on councillor.

Plus, it’ll help them round up the small group they drive to the polls every election to guarantee themselves a win.

Let’s hear it for the new blood!

I’m Scott Thompson.


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James St. GO, just do it right, the first time.

Jun 11, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It seems when Hamilton hosts a sporting event the big bets have been won and lost long before the game is ever played.

Lately, if you’re a gambler the big bet is not on the field, it’s whether the infrastructure will be in place by game time.

We all know the stadium story, but there may be a new embarrassment on the horizon.

Will the new James St. GO station be finished before the torch arrives?

Officials say it’s all a GO, and will be ‘operational’ but there are many definitions of what that means.

It could be anything from an ‘almost a finished product’ to ‘a platform with a Tim Horton’s trailer and drive thru.

Wait, maybe we have a new event here. Athletes jumping from the train!

The train doesn’t even have to stop.

Just grab your bag, jump, tuck and roll!

Judging could include everything from take-off to landing….

The best show could be the fans disembarking…

Personally I’d like them to take their time and just do it right, the first time.

After all, Hamiton is going to be under construction for a very long time, no matter what the event.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Cpl. Nathan Cirillo honoured

Jun 10, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Everyone remembers the day Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed while standing guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa.

We also remember the images that immerged over the following days that captured the moment in time.

One that stands out for me is Nathan’s son Marcus who was wearing his father’s cap and colours while marching in the precession.

Other memorable images were those of Nathan and his beloved dogs.

One sleeping on Nathans shoulder, the other, of his dogs peering under the fence wondering where their master was.

So it seems only fitting that Nathan get a leash free park named in his honour, specifically one he frequented, in the Meadowlands.

A plaque will be dedicated in his honour.

This not only pays tribute to the man, but the creatures he helped to rescue, who were dear to him.

Well done Hamilton.

And in case we have forgotten, Corporal Nathan Cirillo was a hero, and the man who killed him a terrorist.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Naked nothing new

Jun 9, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

What is it about sacred historical sites that makes some of us want to strip down naked?

Like it or not it is an increasing trend, with the help of social media.

The latest flash comes to us from high atop a sacred mountainside in Malaysia.

Seems a group of young tourists (including 2 Cdn) thought it would be enjoyable to disrobe at the peak of such mountain, take pics, post them on line, including one on the parks website.

Locals immediately became incensed and blamed the action as the cause of an earthquake and mudslide that hit the area along with the resulting death and destruction.

The Canadians are banned from leaving the country until officials decide what to do with them.

Some have suggested a few lashes.

‘Streaking’ was a big western fad as was ‘mooning’ and always at an eye brow raising event, but never a place of worship or sacred ritual.

It’s hard to believe these people traveled this distance and didn’t know the cultural limitations surrounding their host.

But then if they did, they would surely have known of the consequences they now find themselves in, and that can’t be enjoyable.

I’m Scott Thompson.






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Poverty porn

Jun 8, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I guess we should no longer be surprized at what some people spend their time watching, sorry Honey Boo Boo fans.

Now, with personal devices, we can be become brain dead virtually every second of the day, in any location.

Reality TV is nothing new, but when you think of it, is there anything real about it?

The latest TV trend is poverty porn.

This is where others watch those less fortunate be exploited, not to help, but for entertainment.

It’s right up there with posing for a selfie with a homeless person.

Now that’s comedy.

One show pits two desperate families against each other while trying to decide if they should give their new won fortune to the other in more need.

Why aren’t there any shows where we toss people to the lions?

Now that TV is trying to compete with social media I think its standards have dropped even further.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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The new Hamilton

Jun 5, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The best thing about my job is you get to meet all kinds of incredible people.

When we take the show on the road that sense is heightened even further.

Yesterday Bill Kelly and I got to broadcast from the Lister Block in a Salute to Tourism Hamilton.

CHML has done this sort of thing for decades, part of our never ending commitment to the community.

But it wasn’t that long ago people would say, Hamiton has a tourism industry?

There was no shortage of guests on both shows who gladly came to spout the success they had achieved in this great city.

From Tim Potocic‘s Supercrawl to Prof Brian Cameron of McMaster who brought a convention of pediatric surgeons to town, tourism is one of several sleeping giants in this city.

A sleeping giant that is finally wide awake.

If you have not been down town in a while you should come down here every two weeks.

I guarantee you’ll see a change you didn’t the weeks before.

What an exciting time to be in this city.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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