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August 2015

Neil Bantleman free!

Aug 14, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Last night I received a press release from Guy Bantleman, the brother of Neil Bantleman, the Burlington teacher in an Indonesian prison for the last year.

As you know we have followed the story since the beginning.

The release said Neil’s lawyer got word the guilty verdict under their child protection law had been over turned.

We had heard reports earlier this month bribery charges were surrounding the case.

When a civil suit against Neil’s school was thrown out, it seemed only a matter of time.

However considering the wild turns this case has taken, nothing can be taken for granted.

You can image the exuberance in their family when word came down early this morning announcing Neil had in fact been freed.

I certainly feel the same way, as I’m sure many of you do.

I can’t wait to introduce him to you on the show in the near future.

(You can hear past interviews with his brother on my show page)

I’m Scott Thompson.


Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!
Neil Bantleman freed from Indonesian prison. His brother at noon.    905-645-3221

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Buying a new toilet

Aug 13, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

So the family blew out the toilet on the main floor last week.

Considering we have been in the house of over 15 years I guess that’s about all you get out of any appliance nowadays.

I haven’t been real quick to find a new one so that has meant a few extra steps up or down stairs to do your business.

The family has let me know they are tired of that and sent me out to buy a new throne.

You’d think it would be a relatively easy process.  Are you kidding me?

Round bowl, elongated bowl, tank height, bowl height, single flush or dual, it’s like buying a new car,,,

One popular store I went to had about 20 toilets displayed…but they were all up on a top shelf so you couldn’t try them out.

What’s the sense?

I thought of walking over to the ladder dept. so I could borrow something to climb up, but decided not to.

After all it’s not like you don’t spend some precious moments there.

I can understand no test drive but you should be, at least, able to sit in the seat.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Another Hamilton shooting, trend or anomaly?  905-645-3221


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Why have teacher unions not been at bargaining table all summer?

Aug 12, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I have had a few emails lately wondering what is happening with the teachers strike over the summer.

The short answer is, absolutely nothing.  Although news is floating they may be heading back to the bargaining table soon.

There is nothing to be gained by the union negotiating much before Labour Day, so basically to hell with the family, they’ll deal with it then when they have real control.

I have no problems with the teaching rank and file enjoying their vacation but find it hard to believe the union brass is doing the same.

The objective here is not to hammer out a deal, but squeeze us when it counts, September.

All while you and your kids wait until the 11th hour trying to figure out what the start of school will look like in about 27 days.

What version of ‘education lite’ will they receive, if anything at all?

When are we going to stop the lunacy and put the control back in the hands of Ontario parents?

It should be interesting watching the union brass and Liberal government duke it out.

Two fat cats that were once in love now fighting over the last morsel.

It’s just unfortunate it’s our kid’s lunch they’re eating.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Hey kids! Is getting high worth dying for?  905-645-3221


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LRT priority; moving people efficiently, not just city re-development

Aug 11, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It great to see the top priority of Hamilton’s LRT shifting to transportation instead of just downtown city re-development.

For years many, including me, have stated you must connect LRT to a main transit hub to truly be modern transit. No one would listen or cared.

For years, and much debate, the city focus has been an open ended line from McMaster University to Eastgate Square, connecting to nothing.

A pipe dream that was designed to bring development, rather than the most efficient transportation.

Yes the A line running north and south was in the plan, but decades away, when in fact it should have been first.

Finally the two have been brought together, not by good discussion, but by the reality of what the province wants and will pay for.

Too bad it took the premier to tell Hamilton city council what it really needed.

Not only has she insisted it be connected to the GO Transit line but now we are talking about extending it to the waterfront.

Can the mountain be far behind?

It’s about time!

Where was this vision during the great stadium debate?

I’m Scott Thompson.


Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

What does provincial pension plan do for Ontarians?  905-645-3221

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Holiday facial hair!

Aug 10, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

We all look forward to the family vacation.

It's a right of passage .

It's a time for the family to get caught up on the simpler things that are important to us all.

To turn off the screens and devices that seem to monopolize our lives and get back to what is important.

Which is why it is a perfect time for a man to grow some sort of facial hair.

It doesn't matter if it is a moustache, side burns, a gotie or a full fledge terrorist beard, the vacation is the perfect time to experiment with  facial hair.

I did the same this past vacation.

Although in the end it seems it's your mate who makes the ultimate decision if it stays or not.

Which is why today, I am clean shaven.

Because vacation is also a good time, for sex!

I'm Scott Thompson.


Monday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Will dismissed Indonesian lawsuit help jailed Burlington teacher?  905-645-3221



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July 2015

Does religious freedom trump gender equality?

Jul 31, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

When is it ever okay to ask a woman to give up her seat for a man because of his religion?

This recently happened on a Porter Airlines flight from Newark to Toronto.

An Orthodox Jewish man refused to sit beside the woman for religious reasons and the woman was asked if she would mind changing seats.

When the woman refused another man changed seats to accommodate him.

The lady said, ““For me, this isn’t about religion, I really have no problem with anyone’s religion, but it’s really a problem for me that no one thought that asking a woman to move was wrong.”

Religious freedom or accommodation should not trump Canadian law or gender equality.

If your religion dictates you cannot engage with the rest of society perhaps you should make alternate arrangements where this won’t happen.

It’s time to try to accommodate everyone, not just those who choose a particular religion.

I’m Scott Thompson.   


Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Was Pan Am good for Hamilton? Report says, Yes!  905-645-3221


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Topless Ontario!

Jul 30, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You can tell it’s an Ontario summer because, other than the weather, the hot topic is what you are wearing, (or not) to cope.

The latest titillating story comes not far from where Gwen Jacobs made history 24 years ago and won right to go topless in Ontario.

This time its three sisters from K-W who were out for a bike ride while the wind whistled off their nipples.

A police officer asked them to put their shirts on, the girls said their rights were violated.

I’m not here to debate the girls’ rights or what they should or shouldn’t do, they’re old enough for that. The law is clear.

But going on social media and acting surprised at the attention, please.

In the end, the more you bare, the more people will stare.

No matter what your age, shape or size, you’ll draw attention to yourself.

Respect, morals, and the laws may have changed, but the human condition has not.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Will an early election campaign spoil your summer?  905-645-3221


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Forget naming buildings, what ever happened to 'Welcome to Hamitlon' sign?

Jul 29, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

One of our most media savvy city councilors has managed to get himself in the news again on a very slow summer news day.

No doubt wallowing in the afterglow of a Pan Am games,  and stadium he didn’t support, we have another rehashed new/old idea that never seems to see the light of day.

The, now cheer leading, councilor wants us to name our buildings after some famous Hamiltonians.

In a notice of motion, the Councilor wants names like Martin Short and Eugene Levy on city facilities.

The motion will go to council in August.

I’m sure most would agree, but what are the chances of any of this coming to fruition.

It sounds more like an exercise in futility, like a Supermail box lawsuit.

There have been lots of good ideas in this city, however it takes leadership to make it happen.


What ever happened to the ‘Welcome to Hamilton’ sign (that has taken over 12 years of study with nothing to show)?

An even better idea!

I’m Scott Thompson.


Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Should more women go topless to remind us it’s legal?  905-645-3221


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Rome great, and not so great....

Jul 28, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

My wife and I recently returned from a fabulous European tour that included Rome Italy.

After first exploring Italy’s amazing Amalfi coast with its picturesque sea side villages forged into the mountain side I wasn’t ready for the contrast of Rome.

Rome is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited, and one of the ugliest.

I guess that could be said of most large cities.

Rome is an ancient city with a view and story on every corner.

But what kept jumping out at us was not the next fountain or church, but the graffiti.

It was almost everywhere you could ever imagine it.  More than you can imagine.

It amazed us a city that has so much invested in cultural history and tourism could let even ruins remain defaced.

Residents said, ‘Italy knows how to handle food and wine, graffiti? Not so much.’

If anything its motivation to try to keep a handle on the same problem here at home.

More thought should be given to controlling such vandalism, while we still can.

I’m Scott Thompson


Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Councillor wants to recognize famous Hamiltonians, what about the city?

What ever happened to the ‘Welcome to Hamilton’ sign?  905-645-3221



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Pan Am a Hamilton success

Jul 27, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Were the Pan Am games a success?

I guess it depends on who you ask?

From HOV lanes that amplified Southern Ontario’s traffic hell, to poor attendance, there were certainly areas that could have been better.

But there was also lots to be proud of including a record breaking performance by our athletes and the welcome we gave those from around the world.

When it came to festivities, including those on the closing weekend, Hamilton looked great and has lots to be proud of.

We have proven we can ride shot gun with the best when it comes to hosting a world class event.

We have shown off the new Hamilton, not only to the rest of Canada, but the world.

As we look back on this event I believe it was a win for Hamilton.

Even if it was built in the same old (bad location) they were trying to get out of for decades, at the very least, we did get a brand new stadium out of the deal.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Monday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Should Hamilton be included in Toronto’s Olympic bid?  905-645-3221



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