The new Ivor Wynne Stadium a.k.a. Tim Horton’s Field and CIBC Pam Am Stadium, does not have public water fountains for drinking?
Who built this place?
Certainly not a Hamiltonian, because a Hamiltonian would know the history of the water fountain in this great city.
Do they not know Hamilton’s ‘shorty greens’ were the first public drinking fountains in all of Canada?
The fountains were about a metre tall with a green base and silver bowl offering a continuous supply of fresh drinking water.
At one time there were 116 of them spread across the city.
Hamilton was also the first city in Canada to provide water fountains in schools instead of the usual communal cup that spread disease.
Okay so it may not be the diphtheria days of the early 1900’s, but you still need an option when you don’t make it to the bar in time because you couldn’t remember when in the game they stopped serving booze.
Thank God we discovered this design flaw in time!
I’m Scott Thompson.
Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!
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Mike Tyson was in Toronto this week to promote his one man show at the ACC.
Yes you heard me right. No, I didn’t know Mike could sing and dance either.
No it’s a Spike Lee joint all the way from Broadway!
So he’s been hanging with the likes of Mayor Rob Ford, to enlighten us all.
Not for his politics but because he knows its instant publicity for a show he’s trying to sell.
And the circus continued when we almost saw a punch out on live TV after an interviewer asked him, “Some of your critics would say, this is a race for mayor, we know you’re a convicted rapist, this could hurt his campaign.”
The questioned ticked off the ear eating fighter who started dropping F-bombs on live TV.
In the end a flurry started on social media asking whether the reporter was off base asking such a question.
The answer is No.
If Mike didn’t have such a colourful life there would be no docu-show or any TV appearance.
Nothing new here folks, it’s all part of the rodeo, the greatest show on earth.
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!
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