With the opening of Tim Horton’s Field comes the close of a book most Hamiltonian’s would rather not have been a part of.
From an incredible city building windfall, to an embarrassing, bitter, divisive argument between a football team and a city council, all at the expense of Hamiltonians on several different levels.
But the stadium is open now and this issue has been passed to the next generation who will judge whether it was a good or bad idea, or in reality, the only option Hamilton was left with after the carnage.
Yes we have to move on and enjoy what our leaders spent our money on to the best of our ability, anything less who would only add to the pain.
But with the looming decisions this city is facing, especially on transit and LRT, we must never forget that the majority of elected officials who failed to get maximum impact from this investment are still involved today.
The stadium WILL be an election issue, simply because it’s yet another example of a high priority project the city council could not get its arms around.
And with a Liberal government poised to dole out more money on transit there is a good chance this same group will screw that up too.
Please remember, you do have a say, it called your vote.
Use it in October to instigate real change.
It’s time we had leaders that are keeping up with the city, not dragging it down.
I’m Scott Thompson.
Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Mayoral candidate Brad Clark says no to LRT. Will he get your vote?
Congratulations to your Hamilton Ticats on their first win, at the ‘so new’ it ain’t even finished yet, Tim Horton’s Field.
The Ticats new ‘no frills’ look, to match the new ‘no frills’ stadium, proved to be nothing short of intimidating to the Argos who clearly left their game down the QEW.
However they kept it a nail biter when the Ticats kept failing to seal the deal in a game that is not reminiscent of the score.
The new stadium looked okay on TV but the fans made it a show and were obviously excited just to have a seat to sit on at the Labour Day classic.
As commented on TSN, one of the great advantages to having an open-ended concept stadium in a highly residential neighbourhood, is the guy who parked your car on his front lawn can now watch the game himself by simply setting up a deck chair on his roof.
Only in the hammer!
But a win is a win, and like the stadium, wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it.
I have been sucked into the ‘Ice bucket challenge’ by my radio peers Darrin and Colleen at Fresh 95.3FM.
I have said before, just donate, and forget the 15 seconds of fame on Facebook.
That being said once you are inhaled by the social media vortex it’s hard to get away, and still have your pants on.
So for my ‘ice bucket challenge’ I want every single Hamilton councilor to come down to CHML at 2:30pm on Friday so the people of Hamilton can drop the water (from the roof of CHML).
Calls are going out now. Call your councilor to participate and come on down Friday.
That includes a personal invite from me, Scott Thompson, to all 15 elected councilors.
That’s Brian McHattie, Jason Farr, Chad Collins, Tom Jackson, Scott Duvall, Terry Whitehead, Brad Clark, Maria Pearson, Brenda Johnson, Lloyd Ferguson, Russ Powers, Robert Pasuta, Judi Partridge, even that other one.
And Bob Morrow can come if he wants but gets a personal exemption for past performance.
All are invited to participate in the “Ice bucket challenge” with me live on air Friday at 2:30pm on CHML.
The nomination is out! The challenge is out!
Call your councilors now! Mayoral candidates are welcome! Bring your own bucket.
While you are trying to relax and enjoy your limited summer vacation, the teachers unions are quietly working on policy that replaces their banking of sick days with snow days.
So quietly, that they even refused to come on The Scott Thompson Show yesterday saying it wasn’t in their best interest.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario voted this week to recommend boards close schools whenever the buses are cancelled due to bad weather.
Now the schools remain open for the two thirds of students who don’t; take the bus.
"No one's looking for days off, but we want the same measure of concern for teachers as students, and if it's not safe for buses, teachers shouldn't be made to try to come to school either," said Marg Macfarlane, president of the ETFO in the Halton District School Board.
I’m not sure if that sounds like common sense or a kindergarten class.
Hell why don’t we all stay home?
Because the majority of us have to work, and the majority of the kids walk to school, not bus.
Every case has exceptions and I’m sure a teacher in dire consequences is now accommodated if needed.
More than we can say for the rest of us who shoulder the cost.
This is nothing more than the teachers union once again using your kid as bargaining chip to regain what was lost when the public had enough with the cost of banking of their sick days, which McGuinty scrapped.