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June 2015

Happy Canada Day eh!

Jun 30, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Happy Canada Day eh!

But what does it all mean?

Other than we get the day off and banks, beer stores, LCBO, government offices are closed.

Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.

It is affectionately known as Canada’s birthday marking the union of the British North American Colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada which included Ontario and Quebec.

Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed and the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.

That is why it is always held on July 1st despite the day of the week, which makes the Canadian long weekend even more elusive.

No wonder there is always drinking and fireworks….

I’m Scott Thompson.


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HOV lanes a shell game

Jun 29, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Do HOV lanes actually encourage people to car pool or are they just a boom for those who already have more than one in a vehicle, like a family in a mini-van?

As of today the target becomes even harder to hit as you must have 3 in a car to use them.

Will they help Pan Am big wigs get around? 

Of course they will, no one ever uses them now, add on 3 in a car and you’ll be able to shoot a cannon down the lane.

HOV lanes are a band aid solution at best which accommodate those lucky enough to be flexible to use them, to the rest they discriminate against.

HOV lanes are successful, when few use them.

If everyone could take advantage of the HOV lanes, there would be no advantage.

It’s a shell game that will no doubt stay in place after the games…The only difference,,,, you’ll have to pay to use them.

It’s not about the environment or even moving traffic for a privileged few, it’s about creating another revenue stream for a government severely in debt.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Prom memories snatched....

Jun 26, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There is a story of an 18 year old Hamilton girl who was not allowed to bring her boyfriend of 10 months to her high school prom, because he was 23.

It doesn’t take long to list the safety reasons why this would not be allowed.

In this case the girl had left high school for period of time to care for a family member.

While doing so she kept up her studies in an adult learning program.

Coming full circle, she returned to her high school to finish her final semester, like every other student. Quite an accomplishment.

Despite filling out the appropriate guest requirements, she was notified by the principal, the day before the prom, her boyfriend was not permitted.

In the end he had been out so long he had no one to vouch for him.

The two celebrated with all the trimmings by themselves at a restaurant.

You’d think with having to endure the route to a diploma she did, they might look at her as a mature student.

After all, everyone’s journey through life is unique.

Prom memories snatched!

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Hey, get your couch off the front porch!

Jun 25, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Hey, get that couch off your front porch and move that tranny, unless you’re going to plant flowers in it!

No that is not the official city message but that is how some feel who live in the area around the stadium.

That’s what happens when you build a stadium in the same old residential location you were trying to get out of, but we’ve been there and done that.

They feel the bylaw pinch is an attempt to spruce up the hood before the Pan Am Games.

The city says it’s all part of the normal by-law process that is happening across the city.

Whether it’s directly connected to the Pan Am Games is irrelevant really.

The truth is standards are changing and it is becoming a priority for those looking for investment in the city.

Do you normally not clean the house before company arrives?

If everyone did their share and kept their little patch of home tidy, the whole city would look good.

And that is a benefit to everyone.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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America's gun culture is terrorism

Jun 24, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The discussion on America’s gun culture took a different turn after the shooting of 9 black worshipers inside a South Carolina church.

Not because of the event itself, but because someone finally drew attention to the parrell between fighting foreign terrorism and domestic terrorism.

Jon Stewart started the conversation when he said what most north of the border are thinking.

How can you spend so much energy on fighting ISIS terror and have little concern over the gun culture terror in your own backyard that kills more.

Are Americans finally seeing the parrel between an ISIS terrorist who kills for his believes and that of a wacko white extremist who kills for his?

A hate crime is a hate crime. A terrorist is a terrorist.

Walmart, Sears and eBay have announced they will stop all sales of merchandise displaying the confederate flag, the governor said their flag should come down.

These are strong statements but if they really want to make a difference, as well as removing the confederate flag from store shelves, why not also remove the guns.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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City council could learn from Taylor Swift

Jun 23, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Taylor Swift has taken on Apple and won.

PR experts say it was the way she did it that worked.

Swift wrote a very detailed, positive and non-confrontational note of what she liked and didn’t like about Apple;

Including the fact they were not paying artists royalties during a 3 month free trial their new music service was offering.

Swift was very complimentary towards Apple about their innovation and forward thinking, however felt they missed the mark on this one.

She finished the note by saying, “We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Apple brass quickly corrected the problem and will continue to work with Taylor moving forward on her suggestions.

Perhaps Councillor Whitehead should ask Taylor Swift for advice on the same collaborative approach when trying to solve some citizen’s super mailbox issues with Canada Post.

But Taylor had no reason for confrontation, unlike some councillors, who use the opportunity for publicity.

I’m sure Miss Swift would be happy to offer the councillor some tips on the need to cooperate and work with our challenges, if we want real action.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Happy Fathers Day!

Jun 22, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I hope you all enjoyed your father’s day celebrations yesterday, as we gave thanks to the other 50% who gave us life.

It was interesting reading Facebook and seeing all of those who were wishing they still had theirs with them to spend the special day with.

It makes cherishing the moment all that more important.

I am lucky to still have mine, and along with being a father myself, it was extra special to have 3 generations there.

It’s nice when we celebrate the figuire who, for the most part, is the last rung on the family ladder once the children are born.

Let’s be honest here!

Kids come first. Then happy wife, happy life. And we all know where that leaves Dad.  Last!

The man cave didn’t evolve out of thin air, it was created out of necessity when there was no place else left to call our own.

But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Cheers again, to all the Dads!!!

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Board says of teacher union; it is all about money.

Jun 19, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The 40 year battle with the teachers union and the government of the day in Ontario took a sharp turn Tuesday afternoon.

Apparently the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) had an agreement this battle would not be fought in the media.

But then the union started fearmongering about class sizes increasing, standardize testing, and holding back report card duties raising the stakes.

The board association retaliated saying they wanted parents to know the truth and that this is in fact all about money.

In fact OPSBA (boards) says the original ETFO (union) proposal on the table is for over $3 billion in salary increases including a 3% increase each year for three years plus a cost of living allowance.

These were the demands when talks broke off and is still note table.

They go on to say there is nothing on the table about increasing class size, only about standardizing policy across all boards.

The board association says it is hearing from angry teachers will thought class size was on the table and feel misinformed by their union.

They also add, with this deal sitting on the table the way it is, there is little hope of talks resuming as the government has said no to salary increases.

Again, name me another organization that has as much control over the Ontario family as the teachers union. Too much control…

I’m Scott Thompson.


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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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