The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 958: The Roots of the 90s CanRock explosion

There was a time in this country when Canadians didn’t really care about Canadian music.

No, wait. Let’s start over.

There was a time in this country when Canadians didn’t like Canadian music and did whatever they could to avoid, ignore, and pretend it didn’t matter or even exist. Yeah, that’s more accurate.

There was one exception this rule: If a Canadian artists somehow miraculously received some kind attention (read: validation) from outside the country–preferably in the United States–then suddenly they were paying attention to at home.

It was a mix of insecurity and what I believe to be Canada’s two unofficial mottos: (1) “Who do you think you are?” And (2) Why can’t you be happy with what you have?”

That’s harsh but true. And for years, talented, ambitious flowed south across the border to seek their fortune in America. Paul Anka. Neil Young. Joni Mitchell. John Kay.

There were those who chose to remain in Canada while still having international success. Gordon Lightfoot is among that number. The Guess Who and BTO are two more. But they weren’t really fully accepted at home until they had a hit in America. Suddenly, our attitude swung 180 degrees. “Them? That successful band on the Billboard charts and American Bandstand? Yeah, they’re one of ours! Go Canada go!”

This is the way it was for several decades. It was a frustrating situation for countless Canadian musicians.

But thing things started to warm up a bit in the 1980s. By the time the 90s arrived, attitudes towards homegrown talent had swung completely in the other direction. Not only were Canadian music fans loving Canadian bands, Canadian music was being heard all over the world.

Wait. Let’s try that again. I meant to say that Canadian music was in demand all over the world.

Some have called this the Great CanRock Revolution of the 1990s. It. Changed. Everything. And here’s how it started.

Songs heard on this show:

  • Our Lady Peace, Starseed
  • Martha and the Muffins, Echo Beach
  • Chalk Circle, April Fool
  • Tragically Hip, Little Bones
  • Tragically Hip, She Didn’t Know (Live)
  • Sloan, Underwhelmed
  • I Mother Earth, Not Quite Sonic
  • Billy Talent, River Below

Here’s Eric Wilhite’s playlist. The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

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Car stolen from Havelock area last seen in Tyendinaga Township: Peterborough County OPP

Peterborough County OPP are investigating the theft of a car from Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township earlier this week.

According to OPP, the theft occurred between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Sept. 26 from a resident on 6th Line, just east of the village of Havelock.

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The vehicle was a black 2017 Volkswagen Jetta bearing Ontario marker CJSL346 and vehicle identification number 3VWB67AJ7HM351520.

A surveillance image of the suspect following a vehicle theft in the Havelock area.

A surveillance image of the suspect following a vehicle theft in the Havelock area.

Peterborough County OPP

On Thursday, OPP said the vehicle was last seen at a gas station in Tyendinaga Township around 11:55 p.m. on Sept. 26.

The value of the theft is estimated at $14,000.

Anyone who witnessed the vehicle or has video footage of the theft can contact the OPP at 705-742-0401 or 1-888- 310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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City of Waterloo to mail out new voter cards for October municipal elections

The City of Waterloo says it will be mailing out new voter cards next week for next month’s municipal elections.

It says that the voting cards it mailed out already have misidentified voting locations.

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“Instead of the voter’s neighbourhood polling station, the cards direct them to one of the City of Waterloo supervote locations or one other community centre,” a release from the city says.

It goes on to note that voters can still vote at the “supervote” locations listed on the voting cards but to avoid crowds, they may choose to vote at a location in their own neck of the woods.

The city also says the current cards have the proper information for advance voting days and the supervote sites.

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The release from Waterloo notes that the new voter cards are being printed and will be mailed to voters beginning on Oct. 3.

Voter cards are not a requirement to vote but will make the process faster for voters when they head to the polls.

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Stone, Sutter lead the way as Calgary Flames blank Oilers 4-0 in pre-season victory

On a night where the spotlight shone on new Calgary Flames stars Nazem Kadri and Jacob Markstrom in their first pre-season appearances, it was journeyman Michael Stone who had the big night.

Stone and Brett Sutter each recorded a goal and an assist to lead Calgary to a 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

In camp on a professional tryout, Stone has been with the Flames since being acquired from the Arizona Coyotes at the trade deadline in 2016-17. Since then, he signed a three-year deal that he was eventually bought out from, only to remain in Calgary, signing three consecutive one-year deals.

“This is not a new position for me, so I’m just here, playing like I know how I can play,” said the 32-year-old. “Be a good teammate, play well when I get a chance to play and try to make the most of it.”

Stone dressed for only 11 regular-season games last season, but shone in an increased role in the playoffs, picking up five points (two goals, three assists) in nine games.

He is competing for a depth role on the blue line where six jobs are already locked up with newcomer Mackenzie Weegar, acquired from the Florida Panthers, Chris Tanev, Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Nikita Zadorov, and Oliver Kylington.

“I’m just hanging on, really,” Stone said. “Play as long as you can, right? So I’d like to stick around here and I’d like to stay in this organization. So that’s why I’m here.”

Weegar and Jonathan Huberdeau, with an empty netter, also scored for Calgary, which improved to 3-1-0 through the halfway point of its pre-season schedule. Kadri recorded one assist in his Flames debut. The Oilers fell to 1-2-0.

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Nazem Kadri, Jonathan Huberdeau settle in as Calgary Flames

In his first start, Markstrom made 12 saves in 40 minutes of action before giving way to Dustin Wolf, who made nine stops in the final period to complete the team shutout.

“That’s good for him,” head coach Darryl Sutter said of his No. 1 goaltender. “Get him a couple periods, work him back in. He was solid. He’s worked really hard the whole camp.”

The Flames surged in front 2-0 in the second period with Sutter, son of head coach Darryl Sutter, opening the scoring on a rebound at 6:56. At 16:36, Stone showed off his heavy shot, ripping a slapper past Stewart Skinner to double the lead.

Kadri, general manager Brad Treliving’s prize free agent addition in the off-season after signing a seven-year, US$49-million deal, centred a line with Mikael Backlund and Blake Coleman.

“You’re just used to summer skates. Now you’re really trying to dial in the detail and it’s expected, right? You’re shaking some rust off,” Kadri said. “No one’s expecting to be in midseason form in September. We’re going to continue to work at it and get better each day.”

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Kadri made his presence felt in the first period when he got out on the Flames’ No. 1 power play with Huberdeau, Elias Lindholm, and Tyler Toffoli up front and the new-look four-forward unit hemmed the puck in the Oilers end for nearly the entire two minutes.

“That’s the first time we’ve we’ve all been on the ice really at the same time against an opposing team or any sort of pressure, so taking that in consideration, we had some good opportunities and we’re only going to get sharper,” Kadri said. “We’re great players and we’re going to make sharp plays but I think it takes a little bit of time to find that chemistry.”

Calvin Pickard started in net for the Oilers, finishing with 16 saves on 17 shots in playing the first half. In relief, Skinner allowed two goals on 16 shots.

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Most of the Oilers’ top-end regulars did not make the trip, with Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Evander Kane among the absent forwards. Darnell Nurse was missing from the blue line and newly signed Jack Campbell also did not make the trip.

Notes: The Flames, who have the day off Thursday, still have 58 players in camp _ 33 forwards, 19 defencemen, and six goaltenders.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Canadian defence minister 'disgusted' by Russia's plan to annex parts of Ukraine

WATCH: Annexation of occupied Ukraine regions by Russia 'illegal,' says Anand

Canada’s national defence minister is “disgusted” at the news Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to formally annex four regions of Ukraine on Friday.

Putin, who has seen his troops beaten back in a Ukrainian counteroffensive, will attend a ceremony on Friday in the Kremlin when four occucpied regions of Ukraine will be officially folded into Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

“I agree wholeheartedly that the referendums were a sham and that the annexation is completely unjustified and contrary to the international rules-based order,” Anita Anand told reporters during a virtual news conference on Thursday.

“Canada condemns these actions and I personally am disgusted by them as they are reprehensible and a completely unwarranted and illegal intrusion into territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.”

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Vladimir Putin to formally annex 4 regions of Ukraine on Friday

An official annexation was widely expected following the votes that wrapped up on Tuesday in areas under Russian occupation in Ukraine.

Moscow-installed administrations in the four regions of southern and eastern Ukraine claimed Tuesday night that 93 per cent of the ballots cast in the Zaporizhzhia region supported annexation, as did 87 per cent in the Kherson region, 98 per cent in the Luhansk region and 99 per cent in Donetsk.

The United States and many of its western allies have sharply condemned the votes as “sham” and vowed never to recognize their results. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a call Wednesday that Canada wouldn’t recognize Russia’s declaration and would support Ukraine.

Ukraine has also called the referendums illegitimate, saying it has every right to retake the territories, a position that has won support from Washington.

Armed troops had gone door to door with election officials to collect ballots during the voting period of Sept. 23 and Sept. 27. The suspiciously high margins in favour were characterized as a land grab by an increasingly cornered Russian leadership after embarrassing military losses in Ukraine.

After a counteroffensive by Ukraine this month dealt Moscow’s forces heavy setbacks, Russia said it would call up 300,000 troops to join the fight. It also warned it could resort to nuclear weapons.

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The Institute for the Study of War, citing Russian reports, said Ukrainian forces have taken more villages around Lyman, a city some 160 kilometres southeast of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. The report said Ukrainian forces may soon encircle Lyman entirely in what would be a major blow to Russia.

Russian officials have insinuated that the annexation of the areas of Ukraine could legitimize an escalation in the war, which has ground on since Moscow’s Feb. 24 invasion. Putin said days before the referendums began that his country was prepared to use “any means” to defend itself.

“Canada will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine and our NATO allies in upholding the rules-based internal national order and the sovereignty of states on which that order has been based since the end of the Second World War,” Anand said.

“Ukraine’s territory will always remain Ukraine’s territory.”

— with files from The Associated Press

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Abbotsford, B.C. police release sketch of man accused of assaulting youth

Abbotsford, B.C., police have released a sketch of a man accused of assaulting a local youth last month.

Police allege the assault happened on the evening of Aug. 13 in the 34400 block of Pearl Avenue, after the suspect had accused a group of youths of damaging a newspaper box.

The victim was hospitalized overnight, police said.

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Abbotsford police seek hit-and-run driver who struck 21-year-old woman

Police are looking for a man between the ages of 30 and 40 years old, who is five-foot-nine to five-foot-10 with stubbled blond and grey facial hair and short, balding grey hair.

He was wearing a blue shirt, brown cargo pants and sandals at the time of the alleged assault.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Abbotsford police at 604-859-5225.

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2022 Ontario municipal election: Meet the Kitchener Ward 3 council candidates

On Oct. 24, voters across Waterloo Region will head to the polls to elect city and regional councillors, mayors and a regional chair.

Residents of Kitchener, the region’s largest city, will elect councillors in 10 wards as well as a mayor to form city council.

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There will be at least three new faces in place, as Ward 3 Coun. John Gazzola, Ward 5 Coun. Kelly Galloway Sealock and Ward 10 Coun. Sarah Marsh have chosen not to seek re-election.

In Ward 3, a lengthy list of candidates has stepped up in an effort to replace Gazzola, who is in his 20th year as a member of city council.

Residents will choose from Rosanne Berwick, Jason Denault, Matthew Griffin, Devon Harnarian, Marijo Howard and Bryan Richardson.

To help voters ahead of this election, Global News has reached out to all of those running for regional or city council, mayor or regional chair in Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo with available online contact info. Those running for office were emailed a list of seven questions and in the coming days, the responses for every candidate who replies will be shared.

What follows are the responses received from those running for councillor in Kitchener, with the candidates being listed in alphabetical order. (This page will be updated if more candidates choose to respond.)

Rosanne Berwick

Q.1 Please give a brief background of yourself including what you do for a living and how long you have lived in the area? (If you are an incumbent, please state how long you have held the position.)

I am Rose! Rosanne Berwick. I have lived in the Region of Waterloo for my entire life. I have been living in the ward for over 6 years and am committed to being here.

I am a strong advocate for the disabled and senior communities. I’m a businesswoman and a determined individual with a plan for ward 3 to be the most prosperous. You can learn more about me at: Vote4Rose.ca

Q.2 Why do you believe you are the right person for the job?

I am committed to returning power to the voters, we need better representatives that can be held accountable and are trustworthy. I am committed to getting Ward 3 the results it needs. I have a proven track record of getting results, and I’m here to bring back a safer community and a safer place to call home.

Q.3 What do you think is the most important issue facing your ward and the city as a whole?

Affordable housing. I’m committed to working with all levels of government from city council to regional council, to mayors and MPPs and MPs to get this problem solved. We need proper leadership and an effective plan to get us back on track. I am here to advocate and fix the current downfalls our ward faces and get us on a path for prosperous advancement. Businesses suffer when they can’t find employees which means our local economy suffers, we need affordable homes for people to live so that individuals can prosper and then businesses can do business and our community can improve. Without affordable housing, our ward faces unprecedented levels of issues ranging from homelessness to increased crime to fire code violations from homes with much more people in them than is structurally safe and sound.

Q.4 Looking down the road, what are your long-term goals for the city?

  1. Affordable Housing We need people of all economic backgrounds to have a place to call their home.
  2. Safety (Crime) We need people to feel safe walking our streets, people to feel they live in a safe and lovely neighborhood.
  3. Better Winter Maintenance (Snow/Ice) We need more plows on the roads keeping our streets safe in the winter months, we need a better and more effective winter maintenance strategy, and we need to boost the budget of winter maintenance operations.

Q.5 What is your platform?

Trustworthy & Accountable: I am running to restore faith to voters, faith that they can rely on their elected officials to get the job done. Faith that they can reach out to their officials and get a response and not be left ignored. I’m here to bring everyone together again and create a truly prosperous area to call home. You can rest assured that a vote for me is a vote for someone who actually cares about individuals and the collective community as a whole, I’m your special weapon at city hall to get the results you deserve.

Q.6 What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy Kayaking, Woodworking, and Walking the area trails. I’m very active and have a lot of energy.

Q.7 What is your favourite thing about living in your city/ward?

The people, a city without people isn’t a city at all. I truly love meeting people and hearing their stories, their victories and their despairs. I want to be a voice at city hall to advocate for the residents and get their concerns heard. I love that our area residents are passionate and committed to getting us back on track and improving our ward to be a truly safe and loving place to call home.

Jason Denault

Q.1 Please give a brief background of yourself including what you do for a living and how long you have lived in the area? (If you are an incumbent, please state how long you have held the position.)

I am a healthcare worker in long-term care for over 20 years. I was a union rep and workplace union chair for over a decade, and was also my local union financial secretary from 2019-2022.  I am married with two school-aged girls.  I was born in Hamilton and moved to Kitchener in 2000.  I have lived in Ward 3 for 19 years.

Q.2 Why do you believe you are the right person for the job?

My work and life experience have prepared me for this moment to represent my Ward.  I am passionate, I am an advocate and I’m transparent.  I love and miss having the ability to advocate for those whose voices are unheard.  When I was a union rep, I always put my members interests first, never being afraid to ask tough questions and making sure their collective agreement was followed.

I will never form a clique and i will always put my constituents needs and wants first. I understand that elected officials may make decisions that some residents don’t agree with or like, but I’ll never shy away from the criticism and will always be available and willing to talk about my decision.

I have a proven history of lobbying for various areas of concern to many Ontarians and Canadians.  I have lobbied for improvements to long-term care, a national pharmacare program as well as a national childcare program. These opportunities enhanced my communication, listening and debating skills, while sitting in front of other elected officials.   Never being afraid to challenge them on their policies and opinions.

Lastly,  I live in the ward, I work in the ward, my girls go to school in the ward. The ward is important to me.

Q.3 What do you think is the most important issue facing your ward and the city as a whole?

The most pressing issue facing the city, and it doesn’t matter what ward one lives in, is the lack of affordable housing and homelessness. I believe the two are connected, but neither are easy or quick fixes.  Both have their individual challenges to fix, and as a society, we have to have the will to do so.

As far as my ward, two of the biggest concerns I’ve heard doorknocking has been traffic speed on roads and also the amount of homes that are sold to out-of-town individuals.  Long-time homeowners are concerned due to the fact that a lot of the time when this occurs the property becomes unkempt in the summer or sidewalks not being shoveled or salted in the winter.

There needs to be a greater enforcement for the new posted speed signs. Many drivers completely disregard speed limits while putting theirs and other lives in danger.

Q.4 Looking down the road, what are your long-term goals for the city?

I want to be part of the process that adds affordable housing for all.  Now when people hear affordable housing, quite often they think, low income. Affordable housing is not a one size fits all. I also want to increase and create more inclusive and accessible parks, playgrounds and trails.  Most of our playgrounds are not accessible to anyone with an assisted walking device or those with mobility issues.  I want to be part of helping the city become a place that companies want to be bring their business and workforce to. Enhancing our parks, trails, arts and culture scene while building a vibrant city is what will bring more people here to live, work and play.

Q.5 What is your platform?

My platform addresses some of the issues that I have already mentioned:

  1. Creating more affordable housing.
  2. Working with community partners to address the homelessness issues in our City and Region.
  3. Increasing and Creating more inclusive and accessible parks, playgrounds and trails.
  4. Holding absentee landlords/Homeowners accountable for their property.

Q.6 What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spending time with my wife and girls and hosting get-togethers. I like to garden in the summer.  I also enjoy cooking for friends and family especially hearty and warming meals in the winter.

Q.7 What is your favourite thing about living in your city/ward?

In Ward 3, we are lucky to have many amenities close by: malls, shopping, restaurants and ION stops is what makes the area great.  We are also fortunate to be close enough to some wonderful and large outdoor spaces.  There are trails and ball diamonds so close by, along with creeks and wildlife for families to enjoy.

Growing up in Hamilton, it was always a busy big city.  Living in Kitchener, it’s a big city with a slowed-down, small-city feeling.  I love the diversity of our city and having the ability to taste and hear that very point.  Whether at the Kitchener Market, or attending the KW Multicultural Festival, there are so many flavours and experiences that I am grateful to introduce my family to.  Lastly, my family and I love the fact that within a 10-minute drive, we can be driving in the country, enjoying nature and old traditions at its finest.

Matthew Griffin

Q.2 Why do you believe you are the right person for the job?

I have been able to notice problems in our city in recent years that have been overlooked. The main concern is the high number of local residents who have to commute out of the city due to a lack of jobs that utilize their skills and abilities. While the tech sector has become most prominent in our city, our manufacturing, skilled trades and blue-collar jobs have been lost or sacrificed. As such, in a time where people are not aware of such obvious problems such as these, I feel that as someone who also has to commute out of the city to get to my job, I can relate to people like this who would like to find work in their hometown but can’t because such jobs are at a premium. As a result, they have to pay more to get to their jobs and spend more time commuting, which also affects our environment.

Q.3 What do you think is the most important issue facing your ward and the city as a whole?

A: In a continuation of my first point, I have noticed that there is a schism in the city in regards to finding jobs. As has been highlighted during the year, there are a lot of small businesses looking for people to hire. However, these jobs are in the retail sector, the cannabis stores, as well as restaurants and cafes. These jobs aren’t going to be taken by people who work in the manufacturing sector or those who work in skilled trades. Thus we have a situation where there are businesses that people want to run and businesses that people want to work for. Because these two sides are incompatible with each other, we could face a problem in the near future where businesses that are a part of the former, could shut down. So we need to encourage people who need work to take such jobs, but also help businesses that are struggling to stay open to alleviate their load to some extent. Meanwhile, we need to revitalize our manufacturing sector and give local residents more access to local jobs that best suit their skills sets.

Q.4 Looking down the road, what are your long-term goals for the city?

Having a more balanced local economy, while also taking the opportunity to recognize that we are capable of accomplishing great things if we are willing to make an effort. It is my hope that we can ensure that anyone who lives here can also find work here and that it can be sustained in the long term.

Q.5 What is your platform?

In addition to my focus on the revitalization of our local industry, I have noticed that our city has become neglectful in regards to the environment. Every year, we see more trash littered all over the city, especially in Ward 3, where I live. Various forms of trash, big and small, have become hard to ignore. However, it seems that our residents litter without any regard for their neighbours or their neighbourhood. I would see that we take more responsibility in ensuring that we have a city where this is no longer a problem. Further, I would take steps to create greater awareness of how important that civic awareness is. We seem to be more ignorant of how important our local history is, choosing to take it for granted. It is essential to realize that because of the people who founded our city and our country, our families, ancestors and recent immigrants chose to come live here and as a result, many of us are alive now and that can’t be overstated. Realizing this will go a long way to healing our society’s wounds.

Q.6 What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have been involved with various volunteer organizations in the community and beyond. For over 20 years, I have worked with organizations that have included those in my church, with young people and even volunteering at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. I have served my local church organization in various leadership capacities such as organizing various youth-oriented events, including art contests and sporting competitions. I also stream video games on Twitch, which I have done for a few years now, with the most prominent being the MMO, Final Fantasy XIV, where I have been leading my own guild for seven years. I have also used these streams to raise money for charity for McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton.

Q.7 What is your favourite thing about living in your city/ward?

Having lived in the region for my entire life, Kitchener has been a city where I have a strong connection. I have family and friends who call this city home and when my family would go to visit relatives in Kitchener as I was growing up, I could feel how significant that the city is. Growing up, whenever we would drive through the city, it felt like it was bigger than I could ever imagine and now as an adult, I still feel like even though I have lived in the region for so long, that there is still so much for me to discover about Kitchener. We have so much to be proud of in our city and it is something that I never hesitate to share with anyone.

Marijo Howard

Q.1 Please give a brief background of yourself including what you do for a living and how long you have lived in the area? (If you are an incumbent, please state how long you have held the position.)

I have been a resident of Kitchener for over five decades and have always lived in Ward 3, with the exception of time away for post-secondary education. I hold a BEd from Nippising University, a BA from Wilfred Laurier University and a Diploma in Business and Design from the International Academy of Design.

I began my career in the business world holding increasingly senior roles in sales, marketing and public relations before entering the field of education.

Q.2 Why do you believe you are the right person for the job?

Community involvement has always been a passion of mine, from the time I was quite young helping at my church, hockey tournaments, Girl Guides of Canada etc.; to the over 25 years I dedicated to KW Octoberfest and its’ Executive Board of Directors, as well as chairing several Oktoberfest committees. I have previously been a consultant and/or fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Waterloo Region Down Syndrome Society, and KidsAbility. I have also held chair positions for St. Mary’s Hospital Volunteer Association, for Festival of Trees, and Best Friends of Big Sisters Gourmet dinner and golf tournament. I have donated many mornings helping make and serve breakfast to many children from Wilson School with Nutrition for Learning. These are just a few of the organizations that have all benefited from my energy and enthusiasm for making life better for the citizens of our community.

Inspired by over 40 years of working with members of our community, I am now motivated to put my business acumen, focus, energy and enthusiasm toward serving all citizens of Ward 3 as their representative in city council, as well as a Councillor overseeing the entire City of Kitchener. In doing so my goal is to ensure that all members of the community feel they have a voice that is heard.

Q.3 What do you think is the most important issue facing your ward and the city as a whole?

I believe affordable housing solutions and food insecurities, especially for our vulnerable seniors and families with young children to be the biggest issues facing our ward and city at this time.

Q.4 Looking down the road, what are your long-term goals for the city?

Kitchener is a vibrant city with a strong arts and culture presence, great events, festivals and celebrations. We are also fortunate to have great sports and recreation facilities and opportunities throughout the community. I want Kitchener to continue offering all of these things for our residents, as well as many peaceful accessible nature spaces, dependable transportation options, infrastructure, and good roads. My vision is for our city to be a caring inclusive city that continues to see neighbour helping neighbour.

Q.5 What is your platform?

1) Fiscal responsibility: making sure tax dollars are used efficiently and effectively.

2) Working towards sustainable solutions for affordable housing.

3) Shining light on mental health issues especially in our youth by creating accessible infrastructures such as local support groups, sports and recreation programs for all.

4) Building long term community based solutions to end food insecurities.

5) Listening to, and understanding the issues of Ward 3 constituents and how I can support their issues.

Q.6 What do you like to do in your spare time?

Walking our many nature trails with my husband and our dog, traveling, dabbling in the arts, reading and enjoying time with family and friends especially during community events.

Q.7 What is your favourite thing about living in your city/ward?

The diversity and inclusivity I see around me, as well as the natural green spaces and parks.

Bryan Richardson

Q.1 Please give a brief background of yourself including what you do for a living and how long you have lived in the area? (If you are an incumbent, please state how long you have held the position.)

My name is Bryan Richardson and I’m running for Ward 3 councillor.  I’m a local business owner and I’ve lived here since 2003. I volunteer in this community. I’ve helped raise money for and have been boots on the ground with Food4Kids, Carizon Mental Health, Habitat for Humanity, Lutherwood, and recently with Kiwanis. I want to see this city thrive. I aim to help it do so.

Q.2 Why do you believe you are the right person for the job?

I am a local business owner, I make my home here. My family is here. The issues that affect this city directly affect those I care about most in the world.

Through running a business, I have a very practical view of helping to run the city through that lens which includes practical problem solving and fiscal responsibility.  The last two years were a challenge for all of us, and as a business owner we were hit hard but we could not give up. To my team and I, it wasn’t “if” we would succeed, but “how”.  And by always moving forward, by always finding the “how” of every challenge, setback, and struggle, we thrived.

I want to bring that same spirit to our council. I want to see this city thrive. I want to find “how” and ensure our city continues to rise to its potential.

Q.3 What do you think is the most important issue facing your ward and the city as a whole?

Affordable housing has become the top issue in this city, and we’re seeing the effects across the region.  People forced from their homes, people unable to afford rent, people in tent cities. All of this adds up to a community in need.  It sees an increase in crime as more and more people have nowhere to go but the streets. Our downtown businesses and properties are being damaged and robbed.  It affects our local economy, as people can no longer afford to shop local with so much of their income devoted to rent. The average 1 bedroom apartment is now $1800/month.

We have an amazing community, and already many are rising up to help, but if we don’t fix this issue through all levels of government, starting with the municipality, we will see the effects trickle into almost every aspect of our lives here.

Q.4 Looking down the road, what are your long-term goals for the city?

The goal is to continue to build the infrastructure and proper housing for a city that is set to continue growth through the next decade and beyond.  We need to focus on revisiting our zoning laws, allowing us to do housing density right, so that our new developments move beyond single bedroom high rises, and address the “missing middle” by including 2-3 bedroom units, townhomes, and strip homes.  Through this, we can provide the housing our city desperately needs without lowering the quality of life for those already living in these neighbourhoods, which is a common concern many of our citizens have.

Q.5 What is your platform?

Affordable Housing for families.
Safe Communities and neighbourhoods.

Practical and Environmentally friendly infrastructure to keep ahead of growth.

Q.6 What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time you can find me on the football field, hockey rink, or playing (way too many) board games with my family and friends.  You can also find me at one of our amazing local craft breweries, trying whatever is new on tap. 

Q.7 What is your favourite thing about living in your city/ward?

I love this community.  There are always incredible community events that cater to every walk of life, from amazing art scenes, concerts, to local breweries and sports.  I love that there is always something to attend where you can enjoy what our talented community has to offer and meet new and interesting people.


Global News has also reached out to Devon Harnarian but has not received a response as of publication. This copy will be updated as further answers arrive.

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Enbridge buys U.S. renewable power project developer Tri Global Energy for US$270M

Enbridge Inc. says it has bought Tri Global Energy (TGE), a U.S. renewable power project developer, for US$270 million in cash and assumed debt.

The company will also pay up to an additional US$50 million contingent on successful execution of TGE’s project portfolio.

Enbridge says TGE is the third largest onshore wind developer in the U.S.

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It has a development portfolio of wind and solar projects representing more than seven gigawatt’s of renewable generation capacity.

Enbridge chief executive Al Monaco says TGE will enhance Enbridge’s renewable platform and accelerate the company’s North American growth strategy.

The company says TGE’s development team will remain in place, ensuring the continuity of ongoing development activities.

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1 taken to hospital after two-vehicle collision in Caledon

The Ontario Provincial Police say one person has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash in Caledon on Thursday.

Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 10 near Old School Road at around 6:16 a.m.

Police said one person was transported to a trauma centre in serious condition.

There is no word on any other injuries.

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Police said both northbound and southbound lanes on Highway 10 are closed at Mayfield Road.

Old School Road towards Highway 10 is also closed at Kennedy Road and McLaughlin Road, police said.

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Quebec election: What are the five main parties promising ahead of Oct. 3 vote?

Comment by Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault and by incumbent labour and immigration minister are sparking debate. Legault said on Day 32 of the campaign trail that it would be "suicidal" for the Quebec nation if more than 50,000 immigrants arrived in the province per year. Those words came just hours after comments from Jean Boulet surfaced saying the majority of immigrants who settle in Montreal don't work, don't speak French and don't share Quebec values. Global's Elizabeth Zogalis reports.

The Quebec election is on Oct. 3, and for the first time, five parties have a chance of winning at least one seat in the 125-seat legislature. Here is where the parties stand on some major themes.

Economy and cost of living

The Coalition Avenir Québec is promising to cut income taxes by a total of 2.5 per cent over 10 years, with a first cut affecting to the two lowest tax brackets in 2023. The party is also promising to cut cheques this year for up to $600 for about 6.4 million Quebecers. Party leader François Legault says if re-elected, the CAQ would also spend $1.8 billion on social and affordable housing in the next mandate.

The Quebec Liberal party is promising to cut income taxes for the two lowest tax brackets and raise them for the “super rich.” It is also committing to abolishing the Quebec sales tax on the first $4,000 of annual electricity bills and on certain basic necessities such as toothpaste, shampoo and certain medications.

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Québec solidaire is promising an annual wealth tax starting at 0.1 per cent for assets worth $1 million, up to 1.5 per cent for assets worth $100 million or more. The party is also proposing an inheritance tax of 35 per cent on assets over $1 million or more. Québec solidaire is also promising to temporarily suspend the sales tax on items such as food, medication and clothing, and it says it will increase the minimum wage to $18 an hour.

The Conservative Party of Quebec is promising to cut income taxes — retroactively to the 2022 fiscal year — to 13 per cent from 15 per cent for the first $46,295 and then cut it to 18 per cent from 20 per cent for income between $46,295 and $92,580. The party is committing to suspend the provincial tax on gasoline. The Conservatives are also promising to cut the sales tax on used consumer goods.

The Parti Québécois is promising to distribute one-time “purchasing power allocations” of $1,200 for people with income less than $50,000 and of $750 for people who make between $50,000 and $80,000.

Quebec identity

The CAQ is promising not to hold an independence referendum; it says its project for Quebec is within Canada — despite the fact the party has nominated several high-profile sovereigntists as candidates. The CAQ says it will invest up to $40 million toward 20 research chairs in Quebec studies, and the party is also committing to invest another $40 million to restore and maintain religious buildings across the province.

The Liberals are promising to gut the main sections of Quebec’s secularism law — known as Bill 21 — to allow teachers to wear religious symbols at work and to remove the use of the notwithstanding clause that shields the law from court challenges. The party says it will also reform the CAQ’s language law — Bill 96 — in order to allow all francophones and allophones the right to attend English junior colleges and remove the requirement that immigrants communicate with the government in French within six months of arriving.

Québec solidaire promises that if elected it would immediately launch an assembly to establish the constitution of an independent Quebec nation. The outcome of those consultations would be put to a referendum. The party is also committing to abolishing the position of lieutenant-governor, who is the representative of the King in the province.

The Conservatives are promising to cancel Bill 96, which they say is divisive and targets the anglophone community. The party won’t touch the secularism law, Bill 21, however.

The PQ is committed to holding a referendum on Quebec independence within its first mandate; it is also promising to name a minister responsible for Quebec sovereignty. The party wants to table a new, tougher language law, which will include measures to prevent all non-anglophones from attending English-language junior colleges.

Environment

The CAQ is promising to cut greenhouse gases by 37 per cent, compared with 1990 levels, by 2030 and for the province to have net-zero emissions by 2050. Legault says the only way to reach those goals is to have more hydroelectric dams, and he says he will order the province’s hydro utility to analyze which rivers can be dammed.

The Liberals are promising to cut greenhouse gases by 45 per cent, compared with 1990 levels, by 2030. The party says it wants $100 billion of public and private investment by 2050 so that the province becomes carbon neutral by that time. The Liberals are promising to create a new state-owned corporation to co-ordinate the development of the province’s green hydrogen industry. The party says it will make public transit free for students and people aged 65 and over.

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Québec solidaire is promising to cut greenhouse gases by 55 per cent, compared with 1990 levels, by 2030 and to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The party says it will impose a 15 per cent surtax on the purchase of new cars it considers highly polluting. Québec solidaire says it will create an electric train rail system across the province, build a “vast network” of electric car charging stations and ban gas-powered car sales by 2030.

The Conservatives have no target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, the party wants Quebec to develop its fossil fuel resources, such as shale gas, for export to Europe. The Conservatives are promising to create a carbon exchange program, to relaunch a liquid natural gas project in the Saguenay region and to gradually remove subsidies for electric vehicles.

The PQ is promising to cut greenhouse gases by 45 per cent, compared with 1990 levels, by 2030. The party wants to impose a 25 per cent tax on the “excess profits” of oil and gas companies and it wants to launch a provincial competition bureau to investigate “cartels” in the gasoline industry.

Immigration

The CAQ is promising to maintain immigration levels at roughly 50,000 newcomers a year, stating that the province has reached its capacity to integrate immigrants and teach them French. The CAQ is promising that if re-elected, it would provide incentives for more immigrants to move to Quebec City and other regions outside Montreal.

The Liberals are proposing an initial immigration target of 70,000 people a year if elected and to work with individual regions to determine their real immigration needs. The party says it wants to gain full control over the temporary foreign worker program from the federal government and to increase budgets for French-language training.

Québec solidaire is promising to increase annual immigration to between 60,000 and 80,000 people a year. The party is also proposing to welcome more refugees and people fleeing climate change-related problems in their home countries.

The Conservatives say the province should accept immigrants based on their “civilizational compatibility” — whether they accept values such as equality between men and women and acceptance toward the LGBTQ community — and based on whether they can speak French. The party would lower the number of immigrants accepted every year until the economy is sufficiently strong.

The PQ wants to cut immigration to 35,000 people a year, arguing that immigrants don’t solve labour shortages. The party wants to ensure all economic immigrants to the province have a knowledge of French. The PQ is promising to increase funding for integrating immigrants, and it wants half of all immigrants to settle in the regions outside big cities.

Health care

The CAQ is promising to open by 2025 two private medical centres — one in Montreal and the other in Quebec City — that would offer health services entirely subsidized by the public insurance system. The party is no longer promising that each Quebecer will have access to a family doctor — a failed promise from the 2018 election. Instead, it would launch a digital health platform that would direct people to the right health-care professional, such as doctors, nurses or pharmacists.

The Liberals say they are committed to offering a family doctor to all Quebecers, and they are promising that people with chronic illnesses, seniors and people with mental health issues will be at the front of the line. The party is promising to spend an extra $6 billion on health care. It is also committing to improving working conditions for nurses by increasing staff-patient ratios.

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Québec solidaire is promising to launch a universal dental care program that would fully cover costs for people under 18 and, for adults, would cover 80 per cent of teeth cleaning costs and 60 per cent of costs for procedures such as root canals and fillings. The party is also committing to create a state-owned pharma corporation that would produce vaccines and medications. The party also wants to launch 24-7 community clinics across the province, which would be the public’s entry point into the health-care network.

The Conservatives would encourage Quebecers to seek care in the private health system if they cannot be treated in the public sector within a reasonable time; all care would be paid for by the government. The party also wants to remove the law prohibiting doctors from having to choose between the public and private health-care systems and allow them to work in both.

The PQ is promising to invest massively in home care for seniors and triple the number of hours of care offered within four years. The party opposes adding more private elements into the health system and is instead committing to attracting and retaining more health-care workers by improving working conditions in the public system.

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