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:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s, and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

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Several teens arrested following large fight in Grimsby after video shows teen punched, kicked

Niagara Regional Police say several teens are facing charges after a large fight broke out in Grimsby that left one teenager with injuries.

Police said it was around noon on Sept. 21 when officers responded to reports of a group of youths fighting in the Willow Way and Hemlock Way area.

When officers arrived, police said there were more than 50 teenagers, with several more scattering.

Police said they were then alerted to a video of the fight circulating online that showed a 13-year-old being punched and kicked by at least seven people.

That victim suffered minor injuries, police said.

Amid the investigation multiple arrests were made.

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A 13-year-old boy from West Lincoln was charged with robbery and assault.

A 13-year-old boy from Lincoln was charged with robbery.

A 15-year-old boy from West Lincoln was charged with robbery.

As well, 19-year-old Tyler Susi from Grimsby was charged with robbery.

The unnamed teens cannot be identified due to a provision in the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

All of the arrested individuals were released from custody with promises to appear for their respective court dates, police said.

Investigators said the investigation is ongoing and that further arrests are expected.

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Where you can mark Orange Shirt Day in Winnipeg

Orange Shirt Day is on Friday and there are many ways people can mark the day in the city.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is welcoming the community to learning events that center on the experiences and history of Indigenous children forced to attend residential schools.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Family Friendly Craft Area – Eckhardt Hall
  • 11:15 a.m. Screening of Truth and Reconciliation Week program episodes – Muriel Richardson Auditorium and Ilipvik
  • 12 p.m. Remembering the Children, NCTR’s live national broadcast – Muriel Richardson Auditorium and Ilipvik
  • 1:15 p.m. Truth before Reconciliation – Book Launch with Dr. Sean Carleton for Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in British Columbia – Eckhardt Hall
  • 2 p.m. Panel Discussion: Language Revitalization, Intergenerational Learning and Reconciliation with Pat Nadeau, Maeengan Linklater, and Aandeg Muldrew, three generations of Knowledge Keepers – Muriel Richardson Auditorium
  • 3 p.m. Panel Discussion: How to be a Good Ally with Dr. Erin Millions and Dr. Sean Carleton – Muriel Richardson Auditorium
  • 4 p.m. Exhibition tour of INUA and Kakiniit Hivonighijotaa: Inuit Embodied Practices and Meanings with WAG-Qaumajuq Associate Curator of Inuit Art Jocelyn Piirainen – Qaumajuq
  • 7 p.m. – Screening of Bimibatoo-win: Where I Ran – Muriel Richardson Auditorium

Other events include:

  • The Wa-Say healing centre will be holding a pipe ceremony and survivors walk starting at 10 a.m. at the Forks.
  • An every child matter youth event will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre.
  • The Children’s Museum will have a Métis moccasin and paper vest workshop hosted by The Louis Riel Institute.
  • The Winnipeg Blue Bombers orange jersey game is at 7 p.m.
  • The Manitoba Museum will feature special all-day programming as well as complimentary admission.

If people are looking to purchase an Orange Shirt, there are many places to do so but not all of them support the cause.

“I always tell people to do your due diligence and research the companies or the stores you’re going to buy from,” said Michelle Cameron, owner of Indigenous Nations Apparel Company (INAC).

“I always encourage people to purchase from an Indigenous company, an Indigenous store — support an Indigenous business when you’re purchasing an orange shirt.”

INAC has some big partners on board this year, including Canadian Tire, Sport Chek, Marks Work Warehouse, Manitoba Hydro, WRHA, and more.

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Ontario planning to keep Pickering nuclear power station open until 2026

RELATED: The Ford government is racing to avoid an energy crisis in Ontario – looking for as much power as it can source, before a major power generator is taken offline. Global News’ Queen’s Park Bureau Chief Colin D’Mello reports.

The Ford government is planning to extend the life of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station amidst a looming energy crisis.

Todd Smith, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, announced the decision in Pickering on Thursday.

The province has to ask for the Canada Nuclear Safety Commission’s blessing to keep the power station open until 2026. The commission regulates safety within the nuclear energy industry.

Ontario’s long-term energy planning had assumed Pickering would close in a phased shut-down beginning in 2024.

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Last year, Pickering alone was responsible for 14 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The province was preparing to makeup its nuclear power shortfall by increasing the use of natural gas.

Ontario Power Generation says the Pickering facility — responsible for 4,500 jobs — is “one of the largest nuclear stations in the world.” It began operating in 1971.

Smith previously told Global News his priority was ensuring Ontario had an electricity grid that is “stable, reliable, affordable and one that’s clean.”

Pressed on the planned increased reliance on gas — and its emissions — Smith said reliability was his top priority.

“We have to make sure that it’s affordable and we have to make sure that it’s reliable,” he said.

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But the body that manages Ontario’s energy grid has predicted a spike in demand for electricity the province is not prepared for.

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) said a growing supply gap of electricity is on the horizon, as broader electrification takes off, particularly in the transportation sector.

Demand from growth in electric vehicles and electrifying public transportation is expected to rise much more quickly starting in about 2035.

Around then, the projected gap between needed and available electricity is expected to hit 5,000 megawatts — enough to power five million homes — during the summer, even if all current power producers renew their contracts.

— with files from The Canadian Press

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Barrie Food Bank hopeful Thanksgiving Food Drive will help address growing need in community

The Barrie Food Bank hopes to collect 150,000 pounds during this year’s Thanksgiving food drive, with the rising costs at the grocery stores leading to more and more families in need.

The food bank has set the goal of raising 150,000 pounds of food and $150,000 by the end of October.

The food bank executive director said they served around 3,000 people in August, up nearly 60 per cent from last year.

“What we’re seeing now is more families coming to the food bank, and I think that that is a reflection of the fact that everything is more expensive,” Sharon Palmer said.

“We know that fall is typically a busy time for the food bank, traditionally busier than ever. We’ve had these increases in summer that have been quite high, so we’re anticipating more demand into the fall.”

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Palmer said as well as inflation, they are also seeing an increase in refugees from Ukraine and other countries in need and people battling homelessness.

Items in need include canned tomatoes, pasta sauce, canned soups, meats, cereal, coffee and children’s snacks for school.

“We’re also looking for things like hygiene items to body wash, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and diapers, as well as particularly the larger sizes, like size four, five and six,” Palmer said.

People wanting to support the food drive can do so at their local grocery store, with bins set up in most stores to collect non-perishable donations, or at the food bank directly at 42 Anne St. S.

Residents wanting to help can also make a cash donation online on the food bank’s website.

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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 residence 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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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

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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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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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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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