October 2014

"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 3.

Oct 9, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Yesterday’s edition of “Why should I vote for you?” featured the candidates of Ward 3.

This was the ward Bob Morrow was representing after the passing of Bernie Morelli.

Therefore it’s an open race.

Attending were Ralph Agostino, Bob Assadourian, Mark Dimillo, Brian Kelly, Drina Omazic and Tim Simmons.

North end development, affordable housing, taxes, gentrification, prostitution, and eventually transit were issues.

Here again we have a ward that feels they don’t have a say in what the new Hamilton will look like.

Lots want change, lots don’t.  Revealing a communication gap between wards and decisions being made.

That being said at what point you look for more than the status quo if you want real growth and progress.

It’s a ward of many challenges yet is at the heart of downtown renewal along with wards 1 and 2.

Outside wards are concerned about themselves, everyone is concerned about downtown.

We have to be sure we listen to all voices.

Ward 4 Thursday at 2pm.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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“Why should I vote for you?” Ward 4.


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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 2.

Oct 8, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Yesterday’s edition of “Why should I vote for you?” featured Ward 2.

We are asking councillors and some candidates that very question on air weekdays at 2pm, until we get through all the wards.

As Kristina Heaton, Terri Wallis and John Vail were making their way into the control room incumbent Jason Farr’s people called to reveal he would not be showing up.

After confirming, their only comment was he had an issue in the North End.

I asked them to call him and see if he would be able to comment via phone, they never returned my call.

I hope it was nothing serious, but it had better have been, otherwise it’s a very unprofessional move.

Unfortunately, I don’t know, as he hasn’t returned the call or my email.

The other participants suggested it may have had something to do with the ‘rough up’ he got at a YWCA debate the night before.

Apparently Bus Lanes are not a priority for Ward 2, or at least that’s what voters are telling the other 3 candidates.

Either way we’ll get to the bottom of it and let you, the voter, know what happened.

Thank goodness all but one incumbent has confirmed their attendance. 

Here’s hoping the others don’t get a tummy ache, or lose their homework, like Mr. Farr appears to have.

Ward 3 Wednesday.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Why Councillor Jason Farr missed, “Why should we vote for you?” yesterday. Ward 3 today.

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"Why should we vote for you?" Ward 1.

Oct 7, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Yesterday I hosted our first in a new series on the The Scott Thompson Show called, “Why should I vote for you?”

The series airs at 2pm on weekdays encompassing all wards right up until the election on October 27.

I have invited all councillors to come in to answer that question.

You’ll also get a chance to meet some of the candidates that are trying to unseat them.

Ward 1 is well represented after the departure of Brian McHattie to the Mayoral race.

My first reaction was how qualified they all seemed.

Also the amount of respect each one of them has for the other is something that is rarely seen in politics.

 Simply because they have all been active in the community working side by side on many of the same issues.

I asked how can we get this collaborative attitude at city council?

They suggested by installing all of them around the table.

Maybe it should be an option.

Ward 2 Tuesday.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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“Why should we vote for you?” Ward 2.


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Why should we vote for you?

Oct 5, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Starting today on The Scott Thompson Show and running for the next three weeks is a series called, “Why should we vote for you?”

We have asked all Hamilton city councillors to come in and answer the question on air.

You’ll also meet some of the challengers who are trying to take their jobs away from them.

How do we make sure we’re getting maximum return for our investment?

How do we make sure the next time a deal as big as the stadium appears, we have the people and plans in place to take full advantage.

Do you want the potential of an LRT that ends up like the stadium debacle...?

We could be heading for a repeat performance if we make the same mistakes.

It’s not about dredging g up the past, it’s about learning from our mistakes and making sure they don’t; happen again.

“Why should we vote for you?” airs weekdays on The Scott Thompson Show starting today with Ward 1 finishing off with Ward 15 just before the municipal election.

Please participate in the process.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Monday on The Scott Thompson Show!

The Toronto Sun has been sold. Where does that leave the Sunshine Girl?


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Terrorist or not criminally responsible?

Oct 3, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

How come when a wacko radical religious extremist beheads an innocent human being and then displays it to the world on line, we call him a terrorist?

Yet when a Canadian does the same thing we call him not criminally responsible for the death, due to mental illness. 

Don’t you have to be insane to behead anyone, despite your religious beliefs?

Is it not safe to say that ISIS and those who participate in their barbaric rituals are insane?

Why is it because someone hides behind their religion are they not judged by the same standards as those in the criminal justice system here?

Why are those who don’t have a religion to hide behind declared not mentally fit to stand trial?

I can think of two examples off the top of my head, no pun intended.

Luka Magnotta who is currently on trial for the dismemberment of Jun Lin.

And Vince Li, the guy who beheaded a young man aboard a Grey Hound Bus, who is now out on day passes.

I guess the severity of the crime depends on who you are and what your beliefs are, not what you’ve done.

I’m Scott Thompson. 


Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!

PM Harper is sending fighter jets to bomb ISIS. Appropriate?

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Are you currently looking for consensual sex?

Oct 2, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Are you currently looking for consensual sex?  There’s an app for that!

Good2Go sells itself as an app to help prevent or reduce sexual abuse.

They say:

"Before asking a girl to come back to his room, a guy would launch the app, which asks the question "Are you Good2Go?" and hand his phone to the girl.

She may indicate yes or no, but if she is interested and says yes, she will be asked about her level of sobriety.

If she answers "Sober," "Mildly Intoxicated," or "Intoxicated but Good2Go" (anything other than "Pretty Wasted"), she will be asked to enter her phone number and the app will verify her identity.

This process can bring clarity to the situation and help reduce the possibility of miscommunication.

If a man does not receive a positive response, he should not start an encounter."

IF a man, or woman, needs an app to discuss sex, maybe you’re not ready for sex.

A better idea may be to use that phone to search out some porn, so you can avoid a ‘human’ connection.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Where do you stand on assisted suicide debate?


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LRT must connect to James St. N. GO hub

Oct 1, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You have heard me rant several times that an LRT that is not connected to a greater transit hub like all day GO, it is not modern transit.

If you have to run to catch a connecting bus it is not modern transit.

Yesterday, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca explained the new multi service use of Union Station in Toronto.

Upon completion, customers will have access to intercity bus services, GO Transit, Via Rail, TTC, and the Pearson airport express train, in one central location.

“I think it’s primarily capacity, along with the fact that we want to build that seamless one-stop shop opportunity, both from the perspective of economic development from the city, and for the region, but also making the customer experience better for commuters themselves,” said the Transportation Minister.

This is what the guy who is going to pay for Hamilton’s transit upgrades wants to see.

Further proof if Hamilton wants to do LRT right,,, it has to switch tracks.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Is King St. dedicated bus lane killing downtown businesses?


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September 2014

Hong Kong umbrella = peace

Sep 30, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Unexpectedly, the umbrella has become a symbol for peace and democracy in Hong Kong.

The umbrellas are used to protect the demonstrators from the steady stream of pepper spray being fired at them from riot police.

If you’ve ever used a can of Raid on a wasp nest you know what I’m speaking of.

Hong Kong has erupted because China is picking who they can vote for.  Hong Kong wants open and free elections.

The umbrella has not only been a solid piece of protective gear everyone has access to, but the images of a society up against a well-fortified strike force using only their umbrellas, is truly symbolic of the struggle.

Instead of seeing a demonstration rife with hooligans and two conflicting sides in a street fight.

WE see a one sided battle against those armed only with their umbrellas and hands in the air in peace.

China may be winning with force in the streets of Hong Kong, but they won’t win in the world of public opinion, not with those pictures.

In this case, the umbrella could be as symbolic as the image of the lone protester standing in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square was, years ago.

I’m Scott Thompson.


Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

How do we stop our kids from falling through the cracks?

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Do I have to wear pants???

Sep 28, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Forget the depressing international news of late.

For a lot of Hamiltonians over the weekend the most pressing debate was, “Do I have to wear pants or not?”

Especially, if like me, you have kids in hockey.

Only in Canada do you see people this time of year in a rink wearing shorts, flip flops and a pull over.

All while rubbing a frosted pane of glass to see the summer weather outside.

From tying skates to flipping steaks.

From moulding mouth guards to mowing lawn.

From taping sticks to teeing off.

It’s a very confusing time of year.

I swear I also saw a mosquito!

I don’t know whether to hop the neighbour’s fence for a swim in their pool or test out the snow blower!

But I guess it’s a good problem to have….

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Do political endorsements sway your vote?


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Nice w/e

Sep 26, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It is going to be a phenomenal weekend in the Hammer weather wise.

With the humidity, Hamilton will feel like 28 this weekend under sunny skies, both days.

When was the last time you felts those temps, previous years not included?

You could count the number of days over 30 degrees this year on one hand.

Way down from the norm and what is considered the average Ontario summer.

Some say the past summer was just fine and no need to have your rear end sticking to the fine Corinthian leather just to declare a great season.

But we must remember, it’s not the summer of 2014 anymore, its fall.

Shorter days and cooler nights are proving that.

For me, it just solidifies my resolve to not wear pants until Thanksgiving.

By the way, today marks 90 days until Boxing Day.  Sorry.

And no bugs!

I’m Scott Thompson.




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