July 2014

One more bike concern...

Jul 23, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

One more bike concern.

There are few debates in this city that come with the energy of a good discussion on the bicycle.

Do a commentary or blog, newspaper column, radio show, whatever, on the bike experience in Hamilton; you are bound to get some participants.

However, most of the time it will be a discussion centred on the bike vs. the automobile.

You know the banter, bike lanes vs vehicle lanes, lack of respect for one another, rules of the road, and general distain for each other.

The best thing about this latest debate is there isn’t a car to be seen near the discussion. Not even parked.

This ruckus is about e-bikes and do they have the same rights as any standard bicycle.

In other words, are e-bikes welcome on city walkways, trails and bike paths and lanes.

If complaints and traffic to the CHML poll question of the day are any indication the answer is NO!

Oddly enough the complaints cyclists and walkers had with the e-bikes are very similar to the complaints drivers had with cyclists.

They both think they own the road, and never obey the rules.

Sound familiar?

I’m Scott Thompson.


Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Should we start a lottery pool to bet on when the stadium will be finished?
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Hard to keep track of who is fighting who???

Jul 22, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

There seems to be so much conflict in the world it’s hard to keep track of who is fighting who.

The Gaza Strip, Syria, Iraq, so much so, that the fate of those Nigerian school girls at the hands of Boko Haram, has slipped from our conscience.

Where we live; it’s easy to shake your head, feel bad, and then decide what’s for dinner.

But when Malaysian Airlines flight  17 was shot down with passengers from so many uninvolved countries, including this one, we all realize how easy it is to get caught up in someone else’s conflict.

The reality of today’s war is, it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys, or where they’re from.

If there is any positive shred of light to come out of this horrific tragedy, it’s made us all very aware of what a global village we live in.

A war in any part of the world, affects us all.

It may take a community to raise a child, but it takes the world to secure its future. Especially nowadays.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Are ebikes classed as bicycles or motorized vehicles?
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Putin looks like a fool....

Jul 21, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The rocket attack on Malaysian jet airliner flight 17 is a perfect example of what happens when the intelligence of the weapon supersedes the intelligence of the person in control of it.

Many experts have already stated, when being operated by trained personnel, this weapon is fully capable of detecting friend from foe.

Clearly that didn’t happen here.

Putin has been quietly trying to regain the glory days of the old U.S.S.R. using masked, drunken thugs to try and intimidate Ukraine bit by bit.

He claims he’s not involved with separatists rebels but there is plenty of evidence suggesting otherwise.

On the world stage Putin looks like a rank amateur in the deployment and distribution of such weaponry, especially now trying to avoid any responsibility.

Due to this lack of leadership Putin will now have to answer to world leaders for the loss of life unrelated to the conflict.

He may not have pulled the trigger but he certainly gave them the gun and showed them the direction in which to fire.

One of the basic prerequisites for owning such technology is knowing how and when to use.

It’s evident no such intelligence exists in Putin’s case.

I’m Scott Thompson.




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298 dead....

Jul 18, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

298 people were in the wrong place at the wrong time yesterday.

The place was the troubled border between The Ukraine and Russia, the time was 14:15 local time.

A Malaysian Jet was blown up in the sky, scattering debris and body parts over a wide area.

The same airspace has seen trouble in the past as the Ukraine/Russian conflict escalates below.

Both the Ukraine government and pro-Russian separatists say it was the other guy.

Denying the collateral damage of their stupid war.

History continues to prove, so much to be lost so little to be gained.

We’re seeing it in the Gaza Strip this week, and other parts of the world on a daily basis.

It seems this time Putin’s flexing exercise has now affected those who live in neither country.

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the world responds to the tragic death of these innocent people, caught up in someone else’s war.

I’m Scot Thompson.


Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!
298 dead in Malaysian Air bombing. Who’s to blame?
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Jul 17, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Remember all the hoopla that was being made earlier in the week about a Lake Ontario shark?

Don’t worry if you can’t, it turns out it was all a hoax.

The YouTube video was supposedly taken at Wolfe Island near Kingston, where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River, which eventually flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

 Lots bit the bait and we all now know that Discovery Channel has a feature called Shark Week.

So from a PR tabloid stand point I guess they achieved their goal…

However, I thought Discovery was an educational channel?

Would National Geographic pull a stunt like this?

We all love a good joke….but….

What have we learned today?

We have learned, you can’t believe Discovery Channel?

I’m not sure that was their intention.….

Enjoy the water!

I’m Scott Thompson.


Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Surprised at alarming rate of suicide for EMS workers in Canada.
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Pam Am Games security in residential area

Jul 16, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

A gang of law enforcement officials are already meeting behind the scenes working on the ins and outs of Pam Am Game’s security.

Everything from gathering intelligence to monitoring threats that could cause a problem.

A security expert on the show said a line of defence should be set up around the stadium, with different layers as you get closer to the actual entrance of the facility.

This poses an extra issue considering the stadium, which will house soccer fans from all over the world, is smack dab in the middle of a residential area.

What this means is the houses immediately surrounding the stadium are within that security zone.

Residents will monitored before entry to that zone.

Otherwise, what’s to stop a terrorist from renting a house across from the stadium a month or two before the games and using it as a terror hub?

Does this mean security passes to get down your own street? Does this mean security checks, reports, and clearance for those living within the zone?

Do you have to report any guests that will be staying with you during the games?  What about your car or that of those who may be staying with you?

One thing is for certain. 

You won’t be parking cars on your front lawn, at least, not without a sniffer dog.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Could Burlington get Hamilton’s LRT?
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Liberals got elected because there was no one else to vote for...not budget.

Jul 15, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The Liberals announced their budget yesterday.

No need to pay too much attention.

It was the same old budget they introduced a few months ago that sent us to the polls.

It even had the same cover.

No need wasting money repackaging the same old money spending document.

Here’s hoping this is the first of many examples of fiscal responsibility we’ll see from the Liberals, but don’t hold your breath.

"Ontarians gave our government a strong mandate to implement the budget and the plan that we took to the people," said a puffy Finance Minister Charles Sousa.

It is what the people wanted, it’s what got the Liberals elected?


No.  I think what got the Liberals elected was Ontarians were scared to death of the other alternatives.

The budget didn’t get the Liberals elected.

What got the Liberals elected was the fact Ontarians felt there was no one else to vote for.

The Liberals should never forget that.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Bocce courts vs. bike lanes. Why spend $1.7 million on one but not the other. Matt Jelly and Terry Whitehead at noon.
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New 'Welcome to Hamitlon' sign?

Jul 14, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

We all know the history involving the saga of the Welcome sign for Hamilton.

Some well-meaning movers and shakers in town thought it would be a good idea to have a sign ready for the 2015 Pam Am games.

Little did we remember this was all dealt with over a decade ago but nothing was ever done by council to complete the project. Surprised?

Now the mad dash to get something up in time, may prove fruitless as more consultation has to be done.

Forget about a stadium, we can’t even get a sign up in time for the games.

Although one aimless councillor thought the old City Motor Hotel sign was worth saving so it can be restored.

The councillor lamented it’s a piece of Hamilton history and wants it stored to be resurrected again.

Really, I thought we were trying to rid ourselves of the run down, derelict, backwards city image.

Seems some at council still refuse to get out of the past.

Perhaps like Spec cartoonist Graeme MacKay captured in his weekend drawing, maybe the City Motor Hotel sign can be retrofitted and used as a Welcome to Hamilton sign.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Monday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Ever had a bad neighbour? What do you do?
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Driving without a license?

Jul 11, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Ontario Provincial Police are test driving a new tool in the search for people driving while their license is suspended.

It’s called automatic license plate recognition technology, that allows the officer to process the info on up to 3,600 plates an hour all while still behind the wheel.

The unit, mounted on the roof of the cruiser,  sounds an alarm when approaching a vehicle with a suspended plate or license.

The officer still has to investigate whether the driver is the one suspended, but this scans a plate automatically instead of an officer having to type in the number, greatly speeding up the process while on patrol.

Some have raised concerns about privacy but the privacy commissioner was consulted on this issue, and the info on non-offenders is deleted, preventing the gathering of data.

What it does is allow police to process an incredible amount of information while performing regular duties.

No this is not like photo radar as nothing is sent in the mail and the officer still has to investigate every situation personally.

It’s technology finally catching up to the bad guys.

And as the chief always says, ‘compliance is free!’

I’m Scott Thompson.


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YOU, are part of the media...

Jul 10, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Blame the media!

That's the line we hear whenever a story breaks revealing the downfall of society.

I have said often, the media merely reflects what society wants to see, like holding up a mirror to the world.

However being in the media my view is brushed off as biased, forgetting I consume it too.

Recently on my show Gary McHale blamed the media in the Caledonia dispute saying they are only interested in broadcasting a brawling protest rather than the court decision that declares the natives have no more right to the DCE lands than you and me.

I could list many more examples of media scape goating.

However when Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ( a person many have said the media has crucified) refused to stand when the rest of council gave an ovation to the organizers of World Pride Toronto, the message spread like wild fire across social media long before the 6pm news.

My point is, YOU are the media now too.  YOU have just as much say as we do, if people are interested in your message.

This was never more clear when DC Comics said a sculptor could NOT use the Superman logo on a statue paying tribute to Jeffrey Baldwin,  the little boy who was starved to death by his grand parents.

After an outcry, that started on social media, DC Comics reversed its decision and let the logo be used.

So the next time you chose to ‘blame the media’, perhaps look in the mirror first, especially before you post.

I'm Scott Thompson.


Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Everyone meets with the Aboriginal Minister on Caledonia blockade except natives.  Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt was there.
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