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May 2016

Jian Ghomeshi case: Don't lower the bar of justice, raise the bar of witness

May 11, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Jian Ghomeshi’s second trial will never see the light of day.

Instead he will sign a peace bond with conditions resulting in the remaining charges being dropped.

This usually happens when there isn’t sufficient evidence to proceed or new information has come forward making a conviction impossible.

Clearly the lack of success the first time around made the second effort futile.

After the first cases were thrown out many screamed the justice system does not favour the victim, in this case, of sexual assault.

Here is the problem with that view.

The justice system should not favour anyone, but distribute justice equally no matter the crime.

The lack of conviction in this case had little to do with the type of crime and more to do with witnesses that did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to police, lawyers or the prosecution.

It does not matter if the crime is rape, murder or robbery, if a witness is not credible, there will not be a conviction.

Perhaps we should do more to prepare victims for success at trial (like telling the truth), rather than lowing the bar on a conviction for a specific individual crime.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Live life to the fullest

May 10, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I just found out an old friend has cancer.

I can’t stop thinking about it.

I can’t stop thinking about how he is feeling, how he is coping.

What his family and his children must be going through.

How his life has been greatly altered with the news.

Then the memories started flooding back, the times we spent together.

The way our paths have interwoven throughout our lives.

Not having regular contact but always knowing where the other is and what they’re up to.

We all preach cherish the moment, live life to its fullest, but why does it take a situation like this make us realize it?

What I now must do is something we all never do enough of when life is good…

Reach out and be there,,,,

I’m Scott Thompson.


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"Peeing all over the map"

May 9, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There seems to be a double standard in the Wynne Liberal government when it comes to offensive behaviour at the Legislative Assembly.

A couple a weeks ago she demanded the head of a PC MPP who made in appropriate comments, but she sees nothing wrong with her minister saying “peeing all over the map”.

That is what Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said, in the legislature, about provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath when referring to her stand on energy his policy.

Of course, this is unacceptable behaviour, but to me there are 2 bigger issues.

#1 The energy minister still insists he didn’t say “peeing all over the map” to Horwath, despite there being clear audio and video evidence that is what he said.

#2 the official transcript of the sitting has the word removed and replaced with something different than the audio or video recordings reveal.

Clearly we have a minister, who at the very least fails to understand, evidence shows he is changing his tune and refuses to admit it even when caught.

We also have an official transcript, which clearly isn’t, as it can be altered depending on the party in power and be used later to defend.

Whatever your stand is, it certainly isn’t being truthful and raises questions about what else the energy minister may be lying about.

Especially with the Liberals highly contentious electricity file.

Time to change this light bulb!

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Can we finally put home mail delivery to bed?

May 6, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You may remember during the last federal election, the NDP promised to halt the progress started in the 1980’s, of moving people off of home mail delivery for super mail boxes.

Like the milkman, people simply do not use the mail as often as they used to.

The NDP said, if elected, they would reverse the decision saving the 1/3rd of Canadians losing their home mail delivery.

When I asked if they would bring it back for the majority 2/3rds who have done without it for 30 years our MP said, no.

Does that seem fair?

Should the majority prop up a declining service that a few get because of their address, despite the business case?

The Justin Trudeau Liberals doubled down and said; Yeah, use too!

Now the line forms to the right under the banner, ‘promises JT has made’.

So when pressed to honour this promise JT promised, another study.

More government money to confirm what everyone already knows.

You can’t stop progress…

…And a government who thinks the deficit isn’t quite large enough.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Just imagine, fire all around you?

May 5, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Just imagine what it must be like to see a wall of flames approaching your home?

To feel claustrophobic from the smoke and heat that is surrounding you?

Not having to be told to evacuate because you can smell the danger all around you.

Like you’re in a race against nature’s monster to save you’re most prize possessions including your life, while you are fleeing for it?

Not knowing where you’re next meal will come from, where you will sleep, your next tank of gasoline, who you can call on?

Wondering where your family is because your cell phone is dead, jammed, or concerned a tower is knocked out.

Knowing you must, at that moment, be anywhere but here.

That has been the life for people of Fort McMurray as a major forest fire races through them.

A moment to realize what is precious.

A moment to realize the need to help…

You can do so by contributing to the Canadian Red Cross.

There is a link on our website.

Hugs all around tonight!

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Are we paying for an LRT or fancy streetcar?

May 4, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Hamilton and Metrolinx have unveiled their first preliminary look at our new LRT.

As you can imagine it has generated both positive and negative reactions to the plan.

I have always said that this whole project is waste of time and money IF it is not connected seamlessly to a major transit hub like GO Transit.

No activist or politician ever considered this during the first phase of the project until Premier Wynne said, no connectivity, no money.

Then everyone spouted, ‘no problem’ as if that was their first stage plan the whole time.

Now we hear that the James St. A-line connecting to the GO is not even an LRT, but a glorified street car.

Street cars suck! Ask anyone who lives near a line in Toronto.

They are an inefficient way to transport people and slow vehicular traffic to a crawl.

That’s why most cities got rid of them decades ago.

An LRT avoids all that.  That is the point of having LRT.

Why would you build a world class transit system then ‘cheap out’ and ‘street car’ the small section that connects the city to the rest of the world?

That’s like sailing the St Lawrence Seaway and then having to portage half way to get to your destination. Simply stupid!

Have we learned NOTHING from the stadium debacle?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Another cash grab for the Wynne Liberals

May 3, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

When I bought my new car a few years ago I decided to buy new license plates.

My old plates were 14 years young pitted and ugly, and figured a new ride deserves new plates.

All was well for a couple of years then I noticed them starting to peel.

By the time I realized what was happening the five years had passed to get them replaced for free.

Now looking ragged I have no recourse but to spend the $40. to buy yet another set.

If you are caught with a plate that the police can’t read the cost is much higher.

The problem was traced back to the production of the plates in 2012.

To say the Ontario government was slow to rectify this issue is an understatement.

But the real crime is that instead of just giving new plates to those who have a registered bad plate, it is up to you to be proactive before the time limit is up.

Other provinces have simply replaced their defective plates, no matter the age.

No such luck in Ontario where the Wynne Liberals are using their defective plates to hose you for another $40.

Why should we be surprised?

Have you checked your electricity bill lately?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Roller coaster Dad

May 2, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I must say it’s been a while since I found myself being shaken not stirred on a roller coaster at Canada’s Wonderland.

Way too long.

So when the family had a chance to experience opening weekend again we jumped at the chance.

Plus when you have two kids aged 8 and 13 you really don’t have much choice, unless you decide to keep the whole event secret.

I was wing-man to my fearless daughter, who has managed to go for the last couple of years with friends, running me through the paces.

No problem I thought, I love roller-coasters and Wonderland has added a couple since I was last there.

We started on their biggest the Leviathan.

 I figured if I can handle this the rest will be easy.

And let’s be serious, I can do anything my 13 year old can do.

As we crested the first hill looking for the track to appear beneath us, I could feel my organs come up while our bodies plummeted downward.

Straight down, then up and down again, hard left, hard right, I could barely keep my eyes peeled open as my face was being pushed by the g-force to the back of my head.

We were on terra firma for about 5 seconds before she looked at me and said those familiar words I have been hearing since she could speak.


My advice to parents who find themselves in the same predicament?

Don’t do as I did and stay up too late the night before cocktailing with friends.

The combination is killer!

I’m Scott Thompson.


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April 2016

Alberta dead boys Dad more concerned with 'others' than his kids well-being

Apr 29, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The Alberta couple that were convicted of failing to provide the necessities of life, after their 19 month old boy died of meningitis, have posted a letter to the jury on line.

The father said in his letter that the jury was “played by the crowns deception, drama and trickery”.

It ended with the father having concern for other Canadians whose parenting methods do not fall in line with that of the governments and could also face prosecution.

Not once did it mention his son, or his well-being, other than being “brain dead”.

When I first heard of the conviction I thought, how do you punish a parent who has lost a child?

My opinion is different now.

Instead of being remorseful for a tragic mistake he has made that has cost his son his life, he is sticking up for his cause and blaming others.

His statements are foolish to post as he hasn’t been sentenced yet.

Any sympathy a judge may have had may be lost to the man’s inability to recognize the crime.

Unfortunately it was also that foolishness that cost this child his life.

The debate now is, will he exercise that same ignorance with his other children.

And, should he have the right?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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What allegedly happened to Matthew Green is unacceptable

Apr 28, 2016 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Hamilton City Councillor Mathew Green has filed a complaint over an alleged carding of him by Hamilton Police.

We have not heard both sides of the story as the complaint is under investigation, but I certainly have no reason to doubt Greens story.

Starting in January of next year the province has stated the new rules mean police cannot randomly stop and ask someone questions without suspicion of a crime.

The reason for the stop must be stated for the query.

Police must also inform someone that a stop is voluntary and they have a right not to participate.

It must be documented.

I’m not sure why Police would simply not stop the practice now knowing it will be outlawed by New Year’s.

I’m a supporter of police, I’m all for beat cops, community policing and getting to know the hood, but what happened to Mathew Green is unacceptable.

Unfortunately, it can be a fine line between investigation and invading people’s civil rights.

Clearly it has to be spelled out more for some, to avoid abuse of power.

The positive of this occurrence is, it is creating dialogue, and that’s always healthy.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Alberta Dad concerned about other parents. Should he have been more concerned for his son? 905-645-3221






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