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August 2017

Why not name hospital after Neville-Lake family

Aug 18, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The family of Marco Muzzo, the drunk driver who killed 4 members of the Neville-Lake family including their 3 young kids in 2015, have made a donation to the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

The $15 million donation, made with another family, is the single largest donation for the new state of the art hospital 12 km from the accident site.

In honour of the donation, which was organized before the tragic collision, the hospital has named a wing after the Muzzo family.

Feel differently now?

The donation is very generous from a family that is known for their philanthropy and I’m sure townsfolk are more than happy for it.

But why not just cut the cheque and enjoy the gala? People will know where the money came from.

Again, it is a very generous donation but there are many who give (somewhat) anonymously.

It’s almost as if it is a distraction from the reality of what happened, as much as it is making good for it.

As a statement against drunk driving and a tribute to little Daniel, Harrison, sister Milly and grandad Gary, why not name the hospital wing after the Neville-Lake family?

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Are minimum wage jobs a stepping stone or career path?

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

When I was young and had a minimum wage job sweeping floors and taking out the garbage at my local Woolworth’s store, I never thought about how I was going live off what I was making part time.

It was my first job, a starter job.

It now seems the objective of those jobs are to provide a livable wage, instead of extra cash or a stepping stone internship of work/life experience.

Advocates of a minimum wage increase say that the role of those jobs is different now.

Minimum wage jobs are all that is left due to job loss, and many have to have more than one, in order to make ends meet and survive.

Ian Lee of Sprout School of Business at Carlton University says that’s not accurate.

The percentage of employees in the province who work for minimum wage is around 9%.

Of that 9% who earn a minimum wage, 2/3rds are under the age of 25, (teens and young adults).

Whatever side of the issue you are on you must first decide what the objective of a starter or minimum wage job is.

A stepping stone or full time career?

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Trump flip flops on "both sides"

Aug 16, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

After the clashes between white nationalist supporters and non-supporters in Charlottesville Virginia over the weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump was widely criticized for his vague public reaction.

Initially on Saturday the President refused to acknowledge the actions of neo-Nazi groups and white supremists like the Ku Klux Klan, one of which drove a car into a crowd of demonstrators, killing 32 year old Heather Heyer.

Instead Trump said there was blame on “many sides” of this issue.

Then in a ‘not so quick’ turnabout on Monday, he made a statement condemning the very groups he did not mention two days earlier.

In a prepared script that Trump stuck to, he then called out neo-Nazi’s, the KKK, and other white supremist groups as being “repugnant” with no place in America.

All seemed relatively good again in the Trump House, until yesterday’s dreaded press conference.

When pressed by reporters to explain his recent responses, in classic Trump style, he bit the bait and staunchly defended his initial comments again repeating “both sides” are to blame.

What Trump seems to forget in his “both sides” analogy is, historically the “alt left” (as he calls it) hasn’t been linked to ethnic cleansing via the gas chamber or lynching.

We can’t say that about the neo-Nazis or KKK who claim the “alt right”.

The president seems oblivious to the reasons for defeating the Nazi’s back in World War II.

Or, were “both sides” to blame then too?

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Caledonia held hostage, again

Aug 15, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

While most are enjoying their dog days of summer the small town of Caledonia is slowly being held hostage, again.

Another blockade has been erected by Haudenosaunee protestors on Argyle Street, same spot as back in 2006.

“We’ve seen this movie before,” said the MPP for Haldimand/Norfolk, Toby Barrett, on the show Monday. (who has spent years working on the issue)

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Six Nations Band Council have a disagreement over who controls lands given back to them by the provincial government after the Douglas Creek Estates fiasco.

Whatever side you take on this issue, Caledonia is caught in the crossfire, yet again.

It appears neither of the three party’s is really interested in anything other than their own point of view, which is why this issue is no different than any other indigenous issue in the country, and will never be resolved in our life time.

Just another band aid solution that benefit a few for the time being.

In the end, it’s the town of Caledonia that suffers most.

Every day people who have absolutely nothing to do with the issue other than growing up, and owning a home or business, where it is all happening.

What about their rights?

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What year are we living in

Aug 14, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

What transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend is frightening on so many fronts.

The divisiveness that the world is witnessing is similar to what we saw in the U.S. in the 60’s and early70’s.

It appears it is now becoming more acceptable to deny equality.

It’s as if we are moving backwards in time, instead of forward.

Isn’t peace and equality what our fore fathers fought and died for over two world wars?

U.S. president Donald Trump tweets,

“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!”

This from a guy who picks fights with everyone, except Russia.

Freedom is about the entire human race, prejudice will always exist, but it appears America now has a president that gives hooliganism like this credibility.

What year are we living in?

I’m Scott Thompson.

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We are welcoming, but whats the plan?

Aug 4, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

With the summer months there have been less stories about asylum seekers illegally crossing from the United States into Canada.

We all remember the horrific stories from Manitoba of those who crossed the border illegally in the dead of winter seeking a better life.

Experts said months ago this was a train wreck waiting to happen if laws and regulations were not adjusted to process such numbers.

Current rules make it easier for someone to sneak into Canada through the fence, then cross at a legal border, where they will no doubt be turned back to stand in the que.

The illegal crossings have overwhelmed services in Montreal resulting in officials opening the Olympic Stadium to house up to 150.

Most in this group are from Haiti and fled after the earth quakes of 2010 on a protected visa to the U.S. which is expiring.

Without any real plan when accepting them, Trumps solution is to send them back to Haiti when their deal expires.

Instead they are fleeing to Canada.

No matter what side of this debate you are on one thing is certain.

When the prime Minister welcomes the world with open arms, he shouldn’t be visibly absent when it’s time to do the heavy lifting.

We all want to help, but what’s the plan?

The problem requires more than a hug and selfie.

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Happy Birthday Kurt!!!

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Happy Birthday to my son Kurtis who turns ten today.

Here is a proud Dad moment.

Kurt started playing baseball this year.

He and his buddy Robbie were recently called up to play with a more experienced team who were down a few players.

Normally call ups do not pitch as most are just learning.

When asked if he wanted to pitch Kurt said yes, unknowing to us in the stands.

He took to the pitcher’s mound, Eileen and I just looked at each other.

Is this a warm up, we thought?

He’s certainly not pitching because, he has never pitched before!

Someone’s going to get killed!

Long story short he strikes out the first two batters, but then loads the bases with walks.

Oh my.

He gets himself out of trouble off a short hit to his left, grabbing the ball for his final out at first.

Made it!

It wasn’t the good game he had that made me proud, but the confidence he had in his abilities to have fun and get it done.

Happy Birthday Kurt!

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July 2017

Wedding? Why get out of the car?

Jul 28, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It could take longer to maneuver a Timmy’s drive thru than to tie the knot at Elope Niagara, Niagara’s only Little Log Chapel, and (new feature) the wedding drive through.

The little log cabin holds a dozen or so, but if even that is too formal heck, stay in your car and do your business at the handy drive up kiosk.

Yes there is a demand for that, says the owner, otherwise who would ever have thought of it.

For when you simply got to ‘get er’ done.

Many, are those wanting to get the paper work complete before they head to the islands where it may be more complicated.

The reasons are as diverse as the couples who wheel in.

The owners also incorporate photography packages, and will handle multiply weddings and vehicles, including motorbikes.

What started as a client’s ‘out of the ordinary’ request, turned into a nice niche sideline and opportunity for a couple of bright entrepreneurs.

What’s next?

Would you like fries with that?

No word if the chapel plans to add a happy meal.

I’d hate to see them go commercial.

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Forgot password? How about a microchip implantation?

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

A Wisconsin company floated the idea of implanting a microchip in the hands of employees instead of carrying around an ID card.

All of your company info is in the chip allowing you to do business without a tether.

Three Square Market (32M) was surprised when the majority of employees said, ‘yeah we’re in’.

There was a time when even the suggestion of a public security camera drew public outcry.

Now we have even more technology in our smart phone, with no concern and now an implanted chip.

I’ve often said it would be cool to simply tap your head against a gas pump or bank machine for service.

It’s tough to remember all those passwords.

Some are questioning security, ownership, health, lack of privacy, the yonger generaetion doesn’t seem to care .

After all, many pets have chips implanted in their bodies.

Some predict robots will replace humans.

Maybe not. Perhaps we’ll all just become robots.

Chips and all.

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Siemens, once touted as Liberal energy success, closes 340 out of work

Jul 26, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

We all know how Ontarians feel about Premier Kathleen Wynnes handling of the energy file.

We all feel the pain of this self-inflicted wound created, not by green energy, but the lack of due diligence and cost effective planning.

When I asked Provincial Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault (who is tangled up in the Liberal Sudbury bribery scandal that Wynne will testify at)

for some examples of jobs that had been created by the Green Energy Act, he continually pointed to the Siemens plant in Tillsonburg, building blades for wind turbines.

He talked of 40,000 spin off jobs related to the projects.

Last week the very same Siemens plant announced it was shutting down putting 340 out of work by next year, over 200 gone immediately.

We simply don’t need the expensive energy Wynne’s plan has produced and a major wind turbine project, we couldn’t afford, was cancelled.

The rest is obvious, the plan was more activism and politics, than it was energy efficient and cost effective.

Now, if you ask questions, you’re labelled a fossil fuel burning pig. No, just looking for accountability with taxpayer money.

Kathleen Wynne does not need to defend green energy, she should spend her time doing it cost effectively.

The gain, simply does not outweigh the pain.

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