September 2014

We need more to drink at new stadium

Sep 16, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson


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.


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ISIS = Hell!

Sep 15, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

After we experienced the events of 9/11 many wondered what could possibly be next?

What was a group, that had no regard for human life, going to do next.

What does a terrorist do to top that ?

War has become terror.  And although terror can be waged on a much smaller scale, it still evokes as much fear.

It wasn’t that long ago the countries we are now allies with, we were waging war against, post 9/11.

How can that be?

When the new enemy is even worse than the old.

When the Taliban says that ISIS are barbaric, you’d better pay attention.

If there can be an good come out of yet another beheading, perhaps its unified the rest of the world in  determining exactly what hell is.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Supercrawl 2014!

Sep 12, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

We are broadcasting live from the Lister Block today as we present what Tourism Hamilton has to offer guests that come to our great city.

How appropriate we are also kicking off the 6th edition of Supercrawl which runs right through Sunday centering around artist James Street in Hamilton’s downtown core.

Supercrawl, which originated with the monthly Artcrawl held every second Friday in a month, is an art fest on steroids for the whole family.

Many things can be credited with Hamilton’s renascence such as timing, geography, historic architecture, and most importantly available land around the lake.

 But if there was one nugget that truly represents the organic nature of this movement, it’s Supercrawl.

Hamilton’s stitch in the cultural fabric of this country runs deep and always has, now many are realizing it again or discovering it for the first time.

If you want to see what all the ‘hub bub’ is about in Hamilton’s downtown core, take in this event.

It will make you proud….

And, oh yeah,,, it’s free.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Mike Tyson 'punch up' or 'set up'?

Sep 11, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

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.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Technology for good, not evil

Sep 9, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Hamilton Police have charged two men with assaulting two Jackson Square security officers.

The men, not boys, (aged 18 and 24), were asked to remove their BMX bicycles from inside the private property.

When they refused, a fight broke out that saw one of the officers cold cocked and bloodied.

I guess they believed the ‘No shirt no shoes no service (or no bikes)’ rule didn’t apply to them.

In fact these overaged juvenile delinquents were so convinced they were in the right they even posted the video of the incident on social media.

The very one that police later used to charge them.

Unfortunately, for them, even the majority of their fellow two wheelers are disgusted by their display.

The great news here is, the tool that is often used to promote this type of behaviour (in this case social media) is more and more being used to capture these misguided folk as well.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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NFL may have missed opportunity in Rice asssault case

Sep 9, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You no doubt have heard the story about pro football player Ray Rice.

He is the Baltimore Raven player who was fired once the video surfaced that showed exactly what happened between him and his fiancé in an Atlantic City casino elevator.

The video clearly shows Rice punch his girlfriend in the face, she falling like a sack of potatoes, knocking her out.

Seemingly unconcerned he then drags her out of the elevator never once leaning down to see if she was okay.

After the video was made public it became a whole new ball game and even the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

Most would think this is the appropriate action.

But as an expert who works with battered women suggested, wouldn’t it have been better and done more for society if instead they made him a poster boy for rehabilitation?

He can’t play until he fixes the problem but if he does, he can.

Now the wife feels she has taken away from her husband the only thing that kept him focused and the chance that this incident could have been used as a catalyst to prevent this sort for baviour.

Revenge that will hurt the victim as much as the abuser.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Happy birthday lttle girl!

Sep 8, 2014 5:00 PM
Scott Thompson

My daughter celebrated her birthday this past weekend.

A birthday is a birthday but as my wife so seriously pointed out, this is no ordinary birthday.

This year our little girl turns 12. ‘Uh huh’ you are saying, and so did I.

This is our last year with our little girl, she added, by this time next year she’ll be a teenager!

Funny, considering her behaviour sometimes, I thought she was already there.

Now its shopping instead of Sesame Street.

It seems everyone is getting older but me.

Where does the time go?  Further proof to cherish every moment.

If my daughter is 12 going on 24 where does that leave me?

Other than broke!

I’m Scott Thompson.










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Hottest day of the summer

Sep 4, 2014 8:37 PM
Scott Thompson

Today is shaping up to be the hottest day of the summer, just in time for back to school.

A heat advisory has been issued as the temperature will hit 31 degrees Celsius today.

The breath taker is in the humidity, which will make it feel more like 39!

Do exercise care and caution in this heat paying close attention to the young and elderly and anyone who may have issues in this weather.

Let’s try to go the whole day without hearing about someone leaving a child or pet in a car in need of rescue.

Health officials say stay hydrated and don’t over exert yourself outside today.

And, you might want to go for a summer time theme this Halloween season.

Forget the traditional creepy garb, covered by winter clothing.

Looks like this year you’ll be able to go out as an ‘Ontarian celebrating summer’.

Don’t forget your water wings!

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Council as 'unplanned' for LRT as they were for stadium

Sep 4, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Hamilton mayoral candidate Brad Clark has said “No” to LRT, at this time.

He says we cannot afford it right now due to mounting debt plus major dollars are needed to improve infrastructure and bring the HSR up to optimal operating standards.

In other words, how can we have a productive LRT system when there are so many holes in HSR service?

Many questions are still unanswered about the cost and many more have arose, even regarding the suggested route, proving more research needs to be done.

We have an elected council who failed to get even close to the maximum return on our stadium investment.

How can the same old group feel they have a handle on transit infrastructure and LRT?

The fact that this council approved an LRT line that does not connect to the much publicized GO Big Move project/James St Station, proves at the very least, their research is already outdated.

As I have stated here many times, LRT that is not connected to a modern transit hub like GO is NOT modern transit.

Clearly more work needs to be done here before the majority of Hamiltonians are on board.

Perhaps more time should be spent on that, before there is any more talk about who wants it, and who does not.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Don't forget elected officials who failed to deliver maximum return on stadium

Sep 3, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

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.


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