October 2014

"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 7.

Oct 16, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

“Why should I vote for you?” is our ongoing series to help you better understand who your councillor is and who is running against them.

Yesterday’s Ward 7 edition had to be cancelled due to lack of participation.

Ward 7 incumbent councillor Scott Duvall said he cancelled because the other two challengers cancelled.

I’m not sure what difference that makes as this has never been billed as a debate, it’s called, “Why should I vote for you?”

It was designed to for incumbent (and challengers) to answer the question.

If a challenger does not want to appear that just gives you more time to talk to the voters. No?

So Scott Duvall joins the distinguished list of candidates who are afraid to come on the Scott Thompson Show and talk to you the Hamiltonian.

That list includes Ward 2’s Jason Farr, Ward 4’s Sam Merulla, Ward 5’s Chad Collins, and Ward 6’s Tom Jackson.

Five entitled incumbent councillors who feel they don’t need to talk to you.

Five entitled incumbent councillors who feel they’ll get your vote either way, because they are the incumbent.

…And they’re probably right, (again).

Ward 8 Thursday.

I’m Scott Thompson.

 

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 6.

Oct 15, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

“Why should I vote for you?” the local radio series aimed at introducing you to your local council candidates has taken on a life of its own. 

With wagers and pools on the side, many are offering their reasons for the incumbents refusing to appear on The Scott Thompson Show, and who is brave enough.

Wards 6’s Tom Jackson was the latest AWOL to turn down our offer to talk with the people.

One prominent Hamiltonian said it was because of the “Non Incumbent Campaign” I ranted several years ago, encouraging voters to cast a ballot for anyone but the incumbent.

Another said they “have nothing to gain” knowing most just vote for the incumbent due to name recognition. Which is why I’m offering this platform to help you.

However that does not explain why all the Mayoral candidates have been on the show, including two braving enough to give up their council seats for the chance.

Unlike some cowardly councillors who hide behind the mayor of the day, forever criticizing, but rarely having a vision of their own beyond their little ‘hood.

Just ask Fred Eisenberger what it like to have to take a hit for the stupidity of some on Hamilton’s city council.

The debate is growing stronger for term limits.  When an incumbent feels so entitled they won’t appear on local media, the argument gets louder.

Ward 7 Wednesday.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

With election less than 2 weeks away, do you know any more about BRT/LRT?

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 5.

Oct 14, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Last week we started a feature called, “Why should I vote for you?”

It was designed to give you a better understanding of who your councillor is, what they are all about, and meet some of the challengers who think they can do a better job.

And pose the question to them.

Last week we featured Wards 1 – 5.

Out of all lower city wards only Jason Farr confirmed and he cancelled at the last second as the challengers were making their way into the studio.

Councillors Sam Merulla and Chad Collins were also AWOL.

I’m certainly not going to pass judgement on why these incumbent councillors from the lower city don’t want to come on air and talk to you, the voter.

I’ll leave that up to you.

Shouldn’t all political leaders, especially municipal, be using all available opportunities to communicate with their constitutes?

Maybe they figuire the incumbent always gets in by name recognition, mobilising their hard core followers, and they don’t care about you.

As we climb the mountain, it’s a new week.

Ward 6 on Monday.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Why is the Catholic Church changing its views on homosexuality?

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/14/what-will-catholics-tell-their-children-bishops-signal-seismic-shift-on-family-issues/

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 4.

Oct 10, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Ward 4 was our guest for yesterday’s edition of “Why should I vote for you?”

As you know the feature is a chance for you to get to know your councillor and meet some challengers and what is the concern of every ward.

Every afternoon at 2pm we then pose the question to them.

So far, only the challengers have been brave enough to make an appearance, the incumbents don’t seem like they want to talk to you.

Out of the first four wards we’ve done two are wide open, two have incumbents, the incumbents have yet to appear.

Why would they?

They assume you’ll vote for them either way because they’re already there.

Lorna Moreau was the only candidate to represent Ward 4, you’ll have to listen to our Audio Vault on the website or Facebook page to hear her version of why no one else was there.

Lorna has been in the neighbourhood many years. 

Even longer than the incumbent has had his warm seat.

Her experience has seen it all.

Now she is speaking out.

Ward 5 Friday.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!

“Why should we vote for you?” Ward 5.

http://www.900chml.com/2014/10/10/why-should-i-vote-for-you-ward-4/

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 3.

Oct 9, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Yesterday’s edition of “Why should I vote for you?” featured the candidates of Ward 3.

This was the ward Bob Morrow was representing after the passing of Bernie Morelli.

Therefore it’s an open race.

Attending were Ralph Agostino, Bob Assadourian, Mark Dimillo, Brian Kelly, Drina Omazic and Tim Simmons.

North end development, affordable housing, taxes, gentrification, prostitution, and eventually transit were issues.

Here again we have a ward that feels they don’t have a say in what the new Hamilton will look like.

Lots want change, lots don’t.  Revealing a communication gap between wards and decisions being made.

That being said at what point you look for more than the status quo if you want real growth and progress.

It’s a ward of many challenges yet is at the heart of downtown renewal along with wards 1 and 2.

Outside wards are concerned about themselves, everyone is concerned about downtown.

We have to be sure we listen to all voices.

Ward 4 Thursday at 2pm.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!

“Why should I vote for you?” Ward 4.

http://www.900chml.com/2014/10/09/why-should-we-vote-for-you-ward-3-2/

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 2.

Oct 8, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Yesterday’s edition of “Why should I vote for you?” featured Ward 2.

We are asking councillors and some candidates that very question on air weekdays at 2pm, until we get through all the wards.

As Kristina Heaton, Terri Wallis and John Vail were making their way into the control room incumbent Jason Farr’s people called to reveal he would not be showing up.

After confirming, their only comment was he had an issue in the North End.

I asked them to call him and see if he would be able to comment via phone, they never returned my call.

I hope it was nothing serious, but it had better have been, otherwise it’s a very unprofessional move.

Unfortunately, I don’t know, as he hasn’t returned the call or my email.

The other participants suggested it may have had something to do with the ‘rough up’ he got at a YWCA debate the night before.

Apparently Bus Lanes are not a priority for Ward 2, or at least that’s what voters are telling the other 3 candidates.

Either way we’ll get to the bottom of it and let you, the voter, know what happened.

Thank goodness all but one incumbent has confirmed their attendance. 

Here’s hoping the others don’t get a tummy ache, or lose their homework, like Mr. Farr appears to have.

Ward 3 Wednesday.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Why Councillor Jason Farr missed, “Why should we vote for you?” yesterday. Ward 3 today.

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"Why should we vote for you?" Ward 1.

Oct 7, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Yesterday I hosted our first in a new series on the The Scott Thompson Show called, “Why should I vote for you?”

The series airs at 2pm on weekdays encompassing all wards right up until the election on October 27.

I have invited all councillors to come in to answer that question.

You’ll also get a chance to meet some of the candidates that are trying to unseat them.

Ward 1 is well represented after the departure of Brian McHattie to the Mayoral race.

My first reaction was how qualified they all seemed.

Also the amount of respect each one of them has for the other is something that is rarely seen in politics.

 Simply because they have all been active in the community working side by side on many of the same issues.

I asked how can we get this collaborative attitude at city council?

They suggested by installing all of them around the table.

Maybe it should be an option.

Ward 2 Tuesday.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

“Why should we vote for you?” Ward 2.

http://www.900chml.com/2014/10/07/why-should-we-vote-for-you-ward-1/

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Why should we vote for you?

Oct 5, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Starting today on The Scott Thompson Show and running for the next three weeks is a series called, “Why should we vote for you?”

We have asked all Hamilton city councillors to come in and answer the question on air.

You’ll also meet some of the challengers who are trying to take their jobs away from them.

How do we make sure we’re getting maximum return for our investment?

How do we make sure the next time a deal as big as the stadium appears, we have the people and plans in place to take full advantage.

Do you want the potential of an LRT that ends up like the stadium debacle...?

We could be heading for a repeat performance if we make the same mistakes.

It’s not about dredging g up the past, it’s about learning from our mistakes and making sure they don’t; happen again.

“Why should we vote for you?” airs weekdays on The Scott Thompson Show starting today with Ward 1 finishing off with Ward 15 just before the municipal election.

Please participate in the process.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Monday on The Scott Thompson Show!

The Toronto Sun has been sold. Where does that leave the Sunshine Girl?

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/10/06/postmedia-buys-sun-media-for-316m

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Terrorist or not criminally responsible?

Oct 3, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

How come when a wacko radical religious extremist beheads an innocent human being and then displays it to the world on line, we call him a terrorist?

Yet when a Canadian does the same thing we call him not criminally responsible for the death, due to mental illness. 

Don’t you have to be insane to behead anyone, despite your religious beliefs?

Is it not safe to say that ISIS and those who participate in their barbaric rituals are insane?

Why is it because someone hides behind their religion are they not judged by the same standards as those in the criminal justice system here?

Why are those who don’t have a religion to hide behind declared not mentally fit to stand trial?

I can think of two examples off the top of my head, no pun intended.

Luka Magnotta who is currently on trial for the dismemberment of Jun Lin.

And Vince Li, the guy who beheaded a young man aboard a Grey Hound Bus, who is now out on day passes.

I guess the severity of the crime depends on who you are and what your beliefs are, not what you’ve done.

I’m Scott Thompson. 

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Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!

PM Harper is sending fighter jets to bomb ISIS. Appropriate?

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Are you currently looking for consensual sex?

Oct 2, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Are you currently looking for consensual sex?  There’s an app for that!

Good2Go sells itself as an app to help prevent or reduce sexual abuse.

They say:

"Before asking a girl to come back to his room, a guy would launch the app, which asks the question "Are you Good2Go?" and hand his phone to the girl.

She may indicate yes or no, but if she is interested and says yes, she will be asked about her level of sobriety.

If she answers "Sober," "Mildly Intoxicated," or "Intoxicated but Good2Go" (anything other than "Pretty Wasted"), she will be asked to enter her phone number and the app will verify her identity.

This process can bring clarity to the situation and help reduce the possibility of miscommunication.

If a man does not receive a positive response, he should not start an encounter."

IF a man, or woman, needs an app to discuss sex, maybe you’re not ready for sex.

A better idea may be to use that phone to search out some porn, so you can avoid a ‘human’ connection.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Where do you stand on assisted suicide debate?

http://www.900chml.com/2014/10/02/23048/

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