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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New superintendent of education at Wellington Catholic District School Board

The Wellington Catholic District School Board is welcoming a new superintendent of education.

Daniel Pace takes over from Tyrone Dowling, who moved into the role of director of education at the Waterloo Regional Catholic District School Board on Sept. 1.

According to a news release, Pace has 24 years of service in Catholic education with over a decade of experience as principal with the Brant-Haldimand Norfolk Catholic School Board, serving in both elementary and secondary panels.

The board says prior to taking a principal leadership role, Pace excelled as a system special education teacher and classroom educator.

“Dan brings a focus and commitment to ensuring the success of all students and staff in our Catholic schools,” Michael Glazier, director of education for the Wellington Catholic DSB, said in a statement. “We look forward to the leadership Dan will bring in his role as superintendent with Wellington Catholic.”

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In addition to teaching, Pace has taken active leadership roles as principal lead for district self-regulation training, co-chair of the Joint Health and Safety Committee, and member of the District Safe and Accepting Schools Team. He has acted as a mentor to other principals over the years and previously served as a member of the Ministry of Education Principal Reference Group from 2015 to 2017.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Daniel to our team at Wellington Catholic,” board chair Vikki Dupuis said in a statement. “He has a wealth of experience, and we know that in sharing his many gifts with us, he will contribute to our success in supporting our staff and students across the district.”

Pace’s first day will be Oct. 17.

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More troops on standby in Atlantic Canada for Fiona cleanup: Ottawa

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Defence Minister Anita Anand says there are now 700 military members in Atlantic Canada helping with the cleanup after post-tropical storm Fiona left much of the region in tatters.

Anand said Thursday that Canadian Armed Forces members in Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and southwestern Newfoundland are helping to clear debris, reopen roads, check on residents and assess damage.

The minister said additional troops are on standby, along with some ships and aircraft.

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Federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray says 180 of the region’s 706 small-craft harbours were in the path of the storm, adding that work is underway to determine the extent of the damage.

Murray says the department knows of at least 99 harbours that are partially operational and five that are so damaged they are no longer functional.

As well, work is underway in many harbours to remove dozens of sunken or grounded vessels.

“This is going to be a very costly venture,” Newfoundland MP Gudie Hutchings told a ministers briefing Thursday. “And we need to build back safer, stronger and better for our fishermen, for our farmers, for our communities and, most importantly, for our residents.”

Hutchings represents the area that includes Port aux Basques, N.L., where Fiona destroyed more than 70 homes, some of which were dragged out to sea by a record-breaking storm surge on Saturday morning. The storm claimed the life of a 73-year-old woman, who was swept out to sea when a wave flooded her home and tore apart her basement.

In Nova Scotia, the provincial government has launched a new website where residents can apply for financial assistance.

Under a new program, any household that lost power for at least 48 hours can apply to receive $100 to help cover the cost of spoiled food. As well, up to $250 is available for those who have to pay for tree removal, and $1,000 per household is being offered to people who were either ordered out of their homes or cannot return to their residence.

As of Monday, Nova Scotia started accepting applications under a disaster financial assistance program, which covers up to $200,000 in uninsurable losses per household, small business and not-for-profit organization.

New Brunswick has also unveiled a similar disaster financial assistance program. “We expect hurricane Fiona’s damage total will exceed the $35 million paid out for hurricane Dorian in 2019,” Public Safety Minister Bill Hogan said in a statement released late Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, the New Brunswick government had received 164 damage reports, most of them from an area extending from the Nova Scotia border, along the Northumberland Strait to the Acadian Peninsula. Up to $200,000 is available to households applying to cover the cost of structural repairs not covered by insurance.

“If affordable (insurance) coverage was available and not purchased, a disaster financial assistance claim cannot be approved,” the New Brunswick government said in a statement.

Residents can also file claims to cover the costs of basic-needs items, such as appliances that could not be removed from flood danger, labour to remove damaged material from basements, general repairs and removing trees that pose a threat to safety.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Manitoba RCMP arrest wanted Sask. man, find cocaine, meth

A wanted man from Yorkton, Sask., was arrested by Blue Hills RCMP in Souris, Man.

Police said the man, 43, was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failing to comply with conditions when he was pulled over at a traffic stop Sept. 15.

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During the arrest, RCMP also seized cocaine, meth, drug trafficking paraphernalia and cash.

The suspect is in custody facing new charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possessing property obtained by crime, and possessing packing material used to traffic a controlled substance.

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Supreme Court won't hear appeal of decision granting Quebec woman third murder trial

Tue, Nov. 6, 2018: Jury selection is underway at the Laval courthouse for the trial of Adele Sorella. As Global's Felicia Parrillo explains, the Laval mother is accused of killing her two daughters in 2009.

The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal of a decision that ordered a third trial for a woman who has twice been convicted of killing her two daughters.

The Crown had been seeking leave to appeal a Quebec Court of Appeal decision that overturned Adele Sorella’s 2019 second-degree murder conviction in the deaths of her daughters, Amanda and Sabrina.

Sorella was first convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder in the deaths of the girls, who were eight and nine years old, but that ruling was overturned on appeal in 2017.

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At her second trial in 2019, a jury convicted her on two counts of second-degree murder, but that was overturned in March after the Appeal Court faulted the trial judge for refusing to accept an argument that organized crime could have played a part in the deaths.

The Supreme Court did not give a reason for dismissing the appeal today, as is customary.

The girls were found dead in their playroom on March 31, 2009. Their bodies bore no signs of violence and the cause of their death has never been determined.


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Quebec's COVID-19 indicators on rise, but too early to declare new wave: top doctor

For the first time since March 2020 Canada doesn't have any travel restrictions for travelers. Travel consultant, Claire Newell discusses the impact on fall and winter vacations.

Quebec is seeing a rise in COVID-19 indicators as the fall season begins, but the province’s top doctor stopped short of declaring a new wave of the pandemic, saying it was too early to do so Thursday.

Luc Boileau, director of Quebec public health, said “it’s not a surprise” that cases and hospitalizations are on the upswing since the start of the school year and end of summer vacation for adults. But he said transmission of the novel coronavirus in schools has been “very weak” since students returned to class for the fall semester, adding that no more than 6,000 infections have so far been reported in schools.

Wastewater levels, which the province uses as a screening tool to detect trends in the evolution of the health crisis, also indicate that COVID-19 is on the rise, he added.

“Will it be a new wave, a big wave?” Boileau said. “We’ll have to wait a couple of days or weeks to see how it goes on.”

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Quebec reported 1,037 new cases and eight deaths related to the novel coronavirus Thursday. Hospitalizations increased by 44 for a total of 1,663. Of those patients, 514 were hospitalized primarily for the virus.

Meanwhile, 3,861 workers are off the job for pandemic-related reasons — including preventive isolation and awaiting test results.

Boileau said that in response to the rise in COVID-19 indicators, the province is making the influenza vaccine available earlier than usual so that vulnerable residents can be protected against both viruses.

As of Oct. 5, seniors and other at-risk residents can access the influenza vaccine for free at clinics and pharmacies and can obtain a shot at the same time as their COVID-19 vaccination.

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The province’s public health research institute is projecting that new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations will continue to rise over the next two weeks.

While Boileau said it appears Quebec is “en route” to an uptick, the public health department isn’t planning on recommending new restrictions. Instead, he encouraged people to get vaccinated and to take other precautions, such as wearing a mask.

“We’re not expecting, even with that, to add some public health measures,” he said. “We have vaccination, which is of course the best thing we can do.”

 — with files from The Canadian Press

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Parti Québécois raises most money since start of Quebec election campaign

The Parti Québécois has raised more money since the beginning of Quebec’s election campaign than any other party.

Élections Québec says the sovereigntist party raised $354,175 from 3,852 donors between the start of the campaign on Aug. 28 and Sept. 21.

Polls in late August put the PQ in fifth place, with support below 10 per cent.

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But the PQ is now polling in the mid-teens and is in a statistical tie with the three other main opposition parties — all way behind the incumbent Coalition Avenir Québec.

Québec solidaire is in second place in fundraising since the beginning of the campaign, having raised $180,305, while the CAQ is in third with $170,548 in donations.

The CAQ has collected the most money since the beginning of 2022, however, having raised almost $1.15 million.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Online voting for Peterborough municipal election opens Oct. 1; advance polls Saturdays

Online voting for the City of Peterborough municipal election will open on Saturday, Oct. 1, while advance polls for in-person voting will be held each Saturday in October leading up to election day.

The municipal election day is Monday, Oct. 24.

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To vote online, visit beginning at midnight on Oct 1. Online voting remains open until Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.

Advance polls will be held each Saturday, Oct. 8, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Ward 1 – Otonabee: Healthy Planet Arena, 911 Monaghan Rd.
  • Ward 2 – Monaghan: Westdale United Church, 1509 Sherbrooke St.
  • Ward 3 – Town: Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St. N.
  • Ward 4 – Ashburnham: Lions Community Centre, 347 Burnham St.
  • Ward 5 – Northcrest: Northview Community Church, 1000 Fairbairn St.

Residents, owners and tenants of property in the city of Peterborough who are a minimum of 18 years of age will elect city council and school board trustee positions.

For in-person voting on election day and advance voting days, voters must go to one of their assigned voting locations depending on the ward where they are registered to vote.

The city says voter notification cards are being mailed to registered voters and are expected to be delivered the last week of September.

Voter notification cards are required to vote online because they provide a unique voter ID and PIN as part of the security process.

Voters who don’t receive their card by Oct. 3 are encouraged to contact election staff at 705-742-7777 and dial 7, or use the Voter Registration Portal.

Surrounding municipalities are all using online and telephone voting — no paper ballots will be used.

City of Kawartha Lakes: Voting period is Friday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. and until Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. For those without phone or internet access,  touch-screen voting kiosks are available at a number of sites throughout the municipality, including city hall in Lindsay.

Cavan-Monaghan Township: Voting period is Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. until Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.

Otonabee-South Monaghan Township: Voting period is Oct. 11 to Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.

Selwyn Township: Voting period runs Oct. 11 until 8 p.m on Oct. 24.

Douro-Dummer Township: Voting will be open Oct. 11 until 8 p.m. on Oct. 24. The township says electronic voting stations will also be available at the municipal office during the voting period for public use.

Town of Cobourg: Voting is Friday Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. until Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.

Municipality of Port Hope: Voting period is Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. to Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.

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Fully furnished luxury home, $1M cash, and vehicles among prizes in 2022 fall Dream Lottery

The fall edition of the Dream Lottery in support of London, Ont., hospitals has returned for another year, with several major prizes up for grabs and three grand prize winners to be announced, officials with the lottery said Thursday.

A fully furnished, 3,254 square foot dream home in Talbotville valued at roughly $1.8 million, $1 million in cash, a new BMW SUV, and a 29-night dream vacation are among the prizes entrants could win.

The lottery is a joint venture between Children’s Health Foundation, London Health Sciences Foundation and St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation.

Money raised goes toward St. Joseph’s Health Care London, London Health Sciences Centre, and the Children’s Hospital at LHSC to fund research, training, and the purchasing of emerging technology and cutting-edge equipment. More than $53 million has been raised since 1996.

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“Our health care is so important, and in London especially, we are our hub for health care in the entire region. At Children’s Hospital, we support kids coming all the way from Thunder Bay,” said Megan Vandekerckhove, manager of marketing and direct response at Children’s Health Foundation.

“At Children’s Health Foundation and Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, donors actually fund over 90 per cent of the equipment in the hospital. … When you are purchasing a Dream Lottery ticket, your money is supporting local families.”

Three grand prize winners will be announced as part of the lottery, officials say. The first grand prize winner will be able to choose from three major prize options, including the dream home.

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Andrew Graham/980 CFPL

Andrew Graham/980 CFPL

Andrew Graham/980 CFPL

The two-storey home, built by Woodfield Design + Build and located at 1 Sycamore Rd. in Talbotville, comes fully furnished, designed by Lea Legg of Red Acorn Studio, officials said. Altogether, the dream home prize is valued at $1.79 million.

“We really wanted to showcase something that represented Woodfield. The exterior really represents a lot of the models that we offer. We also wanted to showcase what can be done on a corner lot,” said Phillip Alves, Woodfield Design + Build’s director.

“We’ve built 10 homes in this site now. We have two other ones that are under construction. And then phase two, three and four are also being developed, so we are looking to expand into those phases. This is our future, we hope to be here for the next five years, at least.”

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The location of the Dream Home in the Talbotville Meadows subdivision is a stone’s throw away from where Amazon is set to open a large fulfillment centre on the site of the former Ford assembly plant.

“We’re going to see a lot more interest in the area. The plans for this site are quite big. There (are) parks going in, (a) soccer field, baseball diamonds, there are some commercial developments coming along the highway,” Alves said of the subdivision.

“I can see a lot of growth here, especially if house prices stay the way they are. It’s definitely a great option, and super close to both London and St. Thomas.”

The second option for the first grand prize winner is a new 2023 F150 Lariat Hybrid, $750,000 in cash, and a $250,000 gift certificate for Cam-Am RV. The third option is $1 million in cash, officials say.

The winner of the second grand prize can choose between a new BMW X5 xDrive40i or $100,000 in cash, while the winner of the third grand prize can choose between a month-long dream vacation to Hamburg, London, Paris, Peru and South Africa or $50,000 in cash.

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In addition to the three grand prize winners, the Dream Lottery also has various prizes for its loyalty, VIP, bonus, and early bird draws.

The lottery will also run its usual 50/50 draw, which sees the winner take half of the prize pool. Officials say the guaranteed payout is $250,000. Last year’s 50/50 winner walked away with more than $700,000.

The Dream Lottery will also dole out $1,000 per day between January and April as part of the Making a Difference Calendar, with $10,000 to be handed out on Jan. 1 and April 30. Officials say calendar tickets must be ordered in conjunction with Dream Lottery tickets.

Officials say the winners’ announcement for the grand prize and 50/50 is scheduled for Dec. 21, however, if the lottery sells out by either Nov. 10 or 24, the bonus and early bird deadlines, the winners will be announced earlier.

Tickets can be purchased online at, or by phone at 519-488-7100. Tickets for the 50/50 draw and the Making a Difference Calendar can be purchased when ordering a main Dream Lottery ticket.

— with files from Andrew Graham

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Police appealing for witnesses after man killed in hit-and-run in East Gwillimbury, Ont.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal hit and run in East Gwillimbury, Ont.

York Regional Police said on Wednesday at around 10:15 a.m., officers received a report of a missing person in the Davis Drive and Kennedy Road area.

Police said a 70-year-old man was last seen at around 9 p.m. on Tuesday when he left his residence for a walk.

According to police, on Wednesday at around 12 p.m., police located a man on Davis Drive between Bales Road and Warden Avenue.

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“The pedestrian appeared to have been struck by a car and was sadly deceased,” police said in a news release.

Icilda Tate is the the owner-operator of Newmarket Residence – a home for adults with mental health issues. The residence is around one kilometre from where the collision occurred.

On Wednewsday, Tate told Global News a 70-year-old resident went for a walk between 8 p.m., and 9 p.m., on Tuesday night.

Tate said the man was reported missing on Wednesday when he didn’t return.

Tate told Global News she had been speaking with York Regional Police on Wednesday, and presumed the deceased pedestrian could be the resident.

Police have not released the identity of the deceased.

Officers are now seeking witnesses who were in the area between 9 p.m., on Tuesday and 10 a.m., on Wednesday.

Police are also seeking to identify a male who was seen wearing reflective clothing who was driving a green Toyota Corolla who is “believed to have stopped in the immediate area of this scene.”

Anyone with information or who may have dashcam or security footage in the area is asked to contact police at 1-866-876-5423 ext 7704 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

-with files from Catherine McDonald

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