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April 2017

Wynne steals NDP pharma plan

Apr 28, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Excuse me, Premier Kathleen Wynne?

The NDP called.

They want their pharma care plan back.

And the rest of their playbook, for that matter.

I had heard rumours, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath got wind that the Liberals were going to steal yet another idea from her playbook last week, which is why she came on our show to sell her own pharma plan just days ago.

The budget delivered yesterday by the aging Liberals appears to be nothing more than a Hail Mary pass promising the moon, after they have created more problems in this province then they have solved.

The budget is stocked full of goodies designed to make you forget about the last 14 years of mismanagement.

But with a province that is wincing over punting the cost a self-inflicted electricity wound off to their kids, most are wondering where all this money is going to come from?

The larger question is, will Ontario be fooled again?


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Councillors looking to save face on LRT

Apr 26, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It looks like Hamilton Councillor Terry Whitehead is showing lack of leadership and signs of flip flopping yet again on his LRT position, just to save face.

He now says he may support LRT if the government pays for the line to Eastgate Square that was scrapped for a James St spur line to the GO, which was then replaced with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

Why now? And is this a really a deal breaker?

What Councillor Whitehead and his ilk have failed to realize is any money the government spends to extend the line back to Eastgate Square will most likely come at the expense of a BRT A line up the mountain, just like the spur line.

So now we don’t have a spur line connecting LRT to GO and we may not have as much expanded BRT service to the mountain on the A line?

Otherwise where is the extra money coming from?

How ironic is it, the councillors who said we don’t need LRT now want to spend more money on it, and possibly sacrifice BRT to the mountain?

What does this leave?

An LRT that goes from Eastgate to McMaster, with no spur line to the James St GO station and less money for BRT up the mountain.

Is that not what we started with?

This is nothing more than old school councillors who suddenly realise if they mess with this project, like they did with the stadium, they’ll not only kill the project but kill the $1 billion that comes with it; and their political career for lack of vision.

Hamilton is changing, and we’re lacking a council that can keep up with the progress.





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A little late for Wynne pilot projects

Apr 25, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

If you asked the average Canadian if we should protect the most vulnerable in our society they would answer a polite, yes.

But how much are we willing to do, and at what cost?

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced a pilot project introducing a basic income in the test cities of Hamilton, Thunder Bay and town of Lindsay.

In this pilot project qualifying individuals would receive just under $17,000 a year, less 50% of what they may earn.
This is a guaranteed basic income whether they work or not and the hope is it doesn’t penalize those who want to make more by clawing back benefits thus discouraging employment.

Proponents of the plan say it would save us money on other services in the long run, opponents say the cost is impossible robbing funds from those who need it the most.

What I find fascinating is the only positive comments coming from the Ontario Liberals is a pilot project that they will never see to completion.

Interesting idea but, where was all this due diligence when it came to the energy file?

Where was the pilot project before the Liberals rammed the Green Evegy Act down everybody’s throat thus creating a self-inflicted energy crisis?

Too bad this government doesn’t use the same thought process in their day to day decisions as they do when they float political trial balloons.









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Trump tries to scare Canada

Apr 24, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

U.S. president Donald Trump’s antics and rants are becoming more and more predicable with every passing day.

Early in his presidency Trump seemed more interested in beating up on Mexico than he did Canada.

Until last week, when he singled out Canada on everything from dairy to softwood lumber when trashing NAFTA, which most agree needs updating.

The great news is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and crew didn’t fall for this bombastic rhetoric and stuck to diplomacy instead of mudslinging in the media.

The reality is, it takes more than a burst of hot air from Trump to change such deals, requiring approval from many.

That includes his own party, who hung the Donald out to dry and refused to pass their own healthcare bill.

This is typical Donald who believes to get the deal you weaken your opponent by shaking them down, putting them on edge, and creating confusion.

However, his unprediabilty has become predicable.

His opponents now see him coming, making his approach far less effective over time.

Sooner or later, the ‘Donald’ will have to deliver more than 140 characters and a 20 second sound bite.

But then, do we really want that?….

I’m Scott Thompson.



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New leader won’t help Liberals

Apr 21, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

After the headlines of rent control and foreign home buyer’s tax fade, questions are still rising if Kathleen Wynne will lead the Liberal party into the next provincial election.

The answer is yes.

Here’s one of many analogies.

Remember, this was an ‘older model’ government already on its second coat of paint when McGuinty sold it to Wynne.

At what point do you stop throwing good money after bad and look to the future?

No she can’t win, but who else from the party can?

And who wants that job?

Would you want to prop up this bloated group who have cost us billions in self-inflicted hydro wounds just to scrape the surface?

Will a replacement cut from the same cloth fix the rip that splits the province?

I’ll finish with another ditty…

No matter the captain, the ship is sinking.

It will be a miracle if anyone survives?

Especially the current captain.

I’m Scott Thompson.




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Trumps 'roll' with the masses

Apr 18, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

If you want a modern day definition of uncomfortable, you don’t have to look any farther than U.S. President Donald Trump at the official White House Easter Egg Roll yesterday.

This year hosted by the warm (and oh so loving of the middle class) Trump family.

“We’re going to come out and join you, and enjoy your company for a roll” said the president from his papal like perch overlooking the White House lawn.

“I’m coming down, my whole family is here”.

And boy did they looked thrilled to be doing so, complete with young Baron in tow!

Trump also commented on the crowd size reiterating, “We’re going to have a lot of people here.”

Apparently the crowd was smaller this year than in past years, but that is largely due to the shortage of White House staff to host the event, positions the Trumps have yet to fill.

It will be interesting to see if the Donald insists, like the inauguration, it was the biggest Easter egg hunt ever.

However, he best be careful, that may just get him on Santa’s ‘naughty list’ for next Christmas.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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No more tea bells during playoff hockey, please and thank you!

Apr 17, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Like many Canadians on Saturday night, I was watching playoff hockey with the Toronto Maple Leafs in Washington against the Capitals.

After a while, I’m thinking, what the heck is that noise I’m hearing?

Knowing what we pay to watch these games I knew my equipment and connection was good, so what was it?

Being a middle aged man I immediately thought it was my hearing, or the kids on a device, or perhaps I was experiencing an aneurism?

No.  It turns out it was a great promotional idea by Washington arena staff.

After giving out glow sticks to fans for game 1, they needed something better for game 2.

Introducing the Capital cowbell.

Except they really weren’t cowbells, that would be too expensive, more like those little dainty bangles the rich would summon their help with. 

But when an arena started rattling them after a goal, it sounds more like a riot in a British tea room.

I’m not sure what they have planned for the next Washington home game, but here’s hoping it doesn’t require having your pinky finger fully extended, to participate.

It really doesn’t scream hockey, as much as it does the tea is steeped and the scones are ready.

I’m Scott Thompson.




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Is pot just another cash cow for Wynne?

Apr 14, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The Government of Canada has made the first major change in law of this kind since the days of prohibition.

Canada will now become the first G7 country to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana nationwide.

We didn’t learn much more from the announcement yesterday than we already expected.

Laws are stick and penalties stiff for not playing by the rules.

The real story is how each individual province will handle distribution.

Ontario already has some of the most archaic liquors laws in the country, is there any reason to think this will be any different?

I’m not sure most have a problem with that.

What I’m concerned about is, Premier Wynne is nose diving and desperate for cash.

Will she use pot as merely another form of revenue generation, like she has with your electricity bill, again forgetting about your best interests?

I guess her track record speaks for itself.

I’m Scott Thompson.










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Extremism isn't healthy in any form

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The Hamilton Children’s Aid Society has taken away a foster child because of the Easter Bunny?

How can that be?

As in most cases, there is more to this story.

The couple in question (now living in Calgary where he is a pastor) are devote Christian who don’t believe in lying to their foster kids about the existence of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or Halloween, which they are against.

When I asked the father about depriving the two foster girls (under age 5) of the fantasy of childhood, he stated we were getting off point and the real issue here was his religious freedom.

I heard lots of that, and little about the girls, who were with them less than 90 days.

After briefly interviewing the man I came away thinking this was less about religious freedom and more about extremism.

Extremism isn’t healthy in anything whether it’s religion, politics, or lifestyle.

The word ‘balance’ comes to mind.

Perhaps that’s what was lacking here.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Minimalist movement, or economic reality?

Apr 11, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Looking for a life style change?

Caught in a rut?

There is a growing fad in Japan that some are hoping makes its way into Canadian culture, the sooner the better.

It seems more and more Japanese are opting for less and less.

The movement focuses on a lifestyle free of possessions and clutter commonly associated with success.

It’s not about how much stuff you have but how much time do you have for your stuff.

Too much stuff in your life equals, no time.

They are accumulating less, but enjoying more.

That means less clothes, less house, less car, allows more time for you, rather than the rate race that got you there.

However some question if it is a cultural shift or just economic reality.

When one cannot find financial stability they have no choice but to become minimalist.

Just ask anyone who lives on the street.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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