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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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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Meet the candidates for Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo council

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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Pedestrian seriously injured in hit-and-run collision in North York

Toronto police say a pedestrian has serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene in North York on Wednesday night.

Police said it was around 8:15 p.m. when they were called to Wilson Avenue, near Dallner Road, for reports of a pedestrian-involved collision.

Investigators said a pedestrian was crossing in the area when a vehicle travelling eastbound on Wilson Avenue hit the pedestrian in the southmost lane.

A 53-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries, police said.

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The driver and the vehicle did not remain at the scene following the collision, investigators said.

Police are asking any residents who may have dash camera footage or witnesses the crash to contact them.

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Peterborough police investigate bomb threat made at auto dealership

Peterborough plice are investigating a bomb threat that was made to a business Wednesday afternoon. Police say officers were called to a business at the corner of Lansdowne Street and Spillsbury Drive at around 4 p.m., after the business received a message that a bomb was placed on the property.

Peterborough police are investigating a bomb threat made against a business on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 4 p.m., Peterborough Police Service officers were called to a business at the corner of Lansdowne Street and Spillsbury Drive after the business received a message claiming a bomb had been placed on the property.

Police didn’t identify the business but a heavy police presence focused on Holiday Ford, an auto dealership.

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Police say a perimeter was established — including closing Lansdowne between Village Crescent and Spillsbury Drive — and business was evacuated. The OPP’s explosive disposal unit was called for assistance.

Around 1 a.m., the OPP’s bomb unit came to the scene and a bomb-detecting dog was also deployed in the area.

Police say no explosive devices were found on the property.

The area was cleared about nine hours after the initial response.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information can contact Peterborough Police at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at stopcrimehere.ca.

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'Patience is wearing thin,' for Maritimers who question if utilities ready for storms

About 600 members of the Canadian Armed Forces are stationed in Atlantic Canada across the provinces affected by post-tropical storm Fiona, Defence Minister Anita Anand said Wednesday, with more expected in Port-aux-Basques, N.L. and Truro, N.S. She said they have been involved in conducting wellness checks, removing debris, and restoring power as part of their duties to help the communities recover following the storm's destruction.

Some Maritimers who lost power for days after post-tropical storm Fiona are questioning whether power utilities have properly prepared their grids for the powerful storms that are increasingly battering the region.

“Most of Nova Scotia has the expectation that if the wind blows sideways, there’s a potential to lose power,” Amanda Dodsworth said in an interview Wednesday, as she spent a fourth morning in the dark.

She said in her neighbourhood 10 kilometres from the centre of Halifax, post-tropical storm Fiona landed with less ferocity than in northeastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, taking down branches rather than toppling large trees and snapping poles.

“There’s a lot of damage where you can’t figure out why it’s taking so long to fix,” Dodsworth said. “I think some of the issue is there’s a lack of general maintenance of the lines and poles and things.”

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Meanwhile, Halifax Regional Municipality councillor Sam Austin said he has had a steady stream of emails from residents of Dartmouth Centre struggling to understand why the apparently limited damage has kept power out for close to a week, when damage from hurricane Juan in 2003 seemed far worse.

“People’s patience is wearing thin,” said Austin, whose background is urban planning.

“We’re going to have start hardening our infrastructure, especially our electrical systems because doing things the same old way we’ve been doing it isn’t going to cut it any more.”

During a briefing on Wednesday afternoon, Matt Drover, who is managing Nova Scotia Power’s response to Fiona, said the privately owned utility was coping with thousands of broken lines and hundreds of damaged poles. About 415,000 customers lost power during Fiona, and the utility said that as of Wednesday, the lights were back on for more than three quarters of those.

However, in recent years the utility has repeatedly come in for criticism, receiving a fine of $250,000 from its regulator in 2020 for failing to meet reliability standards, including standards for the frequency and length of power outages.

Drover said the utility, which is owned by Halifax-based Emera, has been making progress in strengthening its network. “What we focus on is tree trimming. We spend over $20 million (annually) on vegetation management throughout the province … that is the best thing we can do to prevent power outages going forward,” he said Wednesday.

He also said while some residents may see just a few branches down, it’s possible the cause of the outage is a much larger tree that has fallen “further up the line.”

Kevin Mullen, the chief executive of a Halifax-based renewable energy firm — GreenQuest Power — said he believes the oversight model for Nova Scotia Power has to change to give the regulator the ability to impose stronger penalties if reliability standards aren’t met.

“The only way to solve the problem is to force Nova Scotia Power to be accountable …. You have to say, ‘This fine is going to be more of a cost to you than non-performance.’ When you bring it to that point, the company will start to turn around,” he said in an interview Wednesday.

He said there are is a lot of “low-hanging fruit” available for improvements, including burying lines, increased tree trimming and upgrading transformers.

In Prince Edward Island, 90 per cent of customers were without power at the height of the storm on Saturday. Maritime Electric — a subsidiary of Fortis Inc. — reported Thursday morning that about half those outages, or 41,000 customers, had seen their power restored.

Terry Gamble, who owns a cottage in Canoe Cove, P.E.I., said Wednesday her community had been without electricity since the post-tropical storm struck late Friday.

She said she is one of the lucky ones because she also owns a condo in Charlottetown, which is on the hospital grid and had power restored within 48 hours.

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However, rural areas have no streetlights leaving residents in pitch darkness and without heat as the days get shorter and chillier, she said.

“It is very frustrating,” she said. “I mean, we are going back … into the 1800s.” Gamble said there is a lot of talk about burying power lines to prevent such widespread blackouts.

“It would be at an enormous cost. But then you I guess you have to weigh it (against other costs). I guess it all comes down to what we as individuals are prepared to invest in the moment, or potential in the future,” she said.

Kim Griffin, a spokeswoman for Maritime Electric, maintains that the grid held up well overall. “The fact is we build to Canadian standards,” she said at a briefing Wednesday.

She also said the utility is working on a study assessing the impacts of climate change in the coming decades that will be released later this year, and more planning on infrastructure will occur after that is complete.

“It’s not something you can go and invest in your system overnight,” she said.

— With files from Hina Alam in Cornwall, P.E.I.

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Nord Stream pipelines: 4th leak reported in Baltic Sea 

Moscow is facing accusations of terrorism, after suspicious explosions caused leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines, which run from Russia to Germany. Redmond Shannon explains what's fuelling claims of sabotage.

A fourth leak on the Nord Stream pipelines has been reported off southern Sweden, the Swedish coast guard said Thursday.

“We have leakage at two positions” off Sweden, coast guard spokesperson Mattias Lindholm. There are two more off Denmark, he said.

Two of the leaks are on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline that recently stopped supplying gas, while the other two are on Nord Stream 2 that never started operating. Although they were not running, both pipelines were filled with gas, which has escaped and bubbled to the surface.

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The Nord Stream pipelines run through the Baltic to transport gas from Russia to Germany. The Danish and Swedish governments believe that the leaks off their countries were “deliberate actions.”

Before the leaks were reported, explosions were recorded. A first explosion was recorded by seismologists early Monday southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm. A second, stronger blast northeast of the island that night was equivalent to a magnitude-2.3 earthquake. Seismic stations in Denmark, Norway and Finland also registered the explosions.

Some European officials and energy experts have said Russia is likely to blame for any sabotage – it directly benefits from higher energy prices and economic anxiety across Europe – although others cautioned against pointing fingers until investigators are able to determine what happened.

Speaking Wednesday before the fourth leak was reported, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said it would have taken a large explosive device to cause the damage.

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Poilievre's cryptocurrency-inflation comments prompted bureaucratic research: documents

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated Pierre Poilievre on Monday for his victory in the Conservative leadership race this past Saturday, before taking aim at some of the comments the new leader had made in the past. Trudeau said the Liberal government would continue to bring forward "responsible leadership," and slammed Poilievre's past comments on cryptocurrency and COVID-19 vaccine mandates, saying it was irresponsible. He also criticized politicians' use of "buzzwords, dogwhistles and careless attacks."

Senior federal bureaucrats examined whether cryptocurrencies protect against inflation not long after Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre made the claim as a candidate in the Conservative leadership race, according to an internal government document.

The Privy Council Office, whose role is to provide non-partisan advice to the prime minister and cabinet, prepared a briefing note on the viability of digital currencies for the head of the public service weeks after Poilievre’s comments in late March.

The briefing note, obtained by The Canadian Press through an access-to-information request, says that “in light of inflationary pressures, some proponents have touted the ability of cryptoassets like bitcoin and ethereum to ‘decentralize’ the Canadian economy, providing a substitute for the national currency.”

But cryptocurrencies haven’t provided protection against inflation and serve as poor substitutes to the Canadian dollar for day-to-day transactions, says the document, which was delivered to the clerk of the Privy Council at the beginning of May.

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The document, which was only lightly redacted by access-to-information officials, says the price instability of the assets has been “extremely volatile.” That limits their use as “a store of value, a key feature of a well-functioning currency,” it says.

“Cryptoassets have also not hedged against inflation, with most usage being speculative and with price behaviour consistent with that of risky assets.”

A spokesperson for the Privy Council Office said the briefing note was prepared to provide the clerk with background information on cryptoassets, “including information on whether they have offered protection against inflation.”

In late March, Poilievre had suggested during a campaign event that digital currencies could help Canadians “opt out of inflation” because they are not influenced by central banks.

Speaking at a shawarma shop in London, Ont., that accepts bitcoin as payment, Poilievre promised to make the country friendlier to cryptocurrencies.

But over the summer, bitcoin’s value plummeted, and it has lost more than half its value compared to the beginning of the year — a fate similar to that of other digital currencies.

The briefing note also looked at whether monetary stimulus is primarily responsible for high inflation and rising prices of goods and services, a claim it says is advocated by “crypto asset proponents.”

Monetary stimulus is “only one factor among many that have contributed to the current bout of higher inflation,” the document says. Other factors include pandemic-related supply-chain problems and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The document says that stimulus from the Bank of Canada helped speed the country’s economic recovery.

Poilievre has been a loud critic of the central bank and a proponent of the view that the stimulus caused higher inflation. He promised during the leadership campaign that if he is elected prime minister, he will fire the bank’s governor, Tiff Macklem.

Since becoming leader on Sept. 10, Poilievre has said little on the topic of cryptocurrencies. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner was expected to introduce a private member’s bill to develop a plan to grow cryptocurrencies on the first day the House of Commons resumed, but the bill was delayed.

In a statement, Rempel Garner’s assistant said scheduling conflicts meant MPs agreed to move around debate time for three private members’ bills.

Liberals have seized upon Poilievre’s support of cryptocurrency as an attack line on social media and in the House of Commons since its return from a summer break.

“Telling people that they can opt out of inflation by investing their savings in volatile cryptocurrencies is not responsible leadership,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier this month. “By the way, anyone who followed that advice would have seen their life savings destroyed.”

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The Privy Council briefing note says that while cryptocurrencies have become more popular, “there is no clear expectation” among regulators, central banks, and the financial sector that cryptocurrencies will be adopted in the mainstream as a substitute to traditional currencies.

If cryptocurrencies were to stabilize and be adopted more widely, monetary policy could become less effective, leading to more-prolonged economic downturns, it says.

Sen. Tony Dean, who formerly headed the Ontario public service, said it’s routine for public servants to prepare briefing notes on a range of issues, and these are sometimes prepared proactively, without a request from the top.

“It’s then available in the event that that issue or that opportunity becomes of interest (to) the government,” Dean said.

Dean said Poilievre’s “significant” and “unusual” comments could have prompted the public service to look into cryptocurrency.

“I’m not surprised that a note would be generated on an issue like that,” he said. “It’s kind of novel. It’s controversial. It’s made by one of the contenders in a campaign, and that person may get to actually talk about it some more and actualize it.”

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