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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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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Manitoba government to increase funding to veterinary school

The Manitoba government is increasing funding to the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) to create five more spots for Manitoba vet students each year.

Advanced education minister Jon Reyes and agriculture minister Derek Johnson announced Thursday that the province will contribute an extra $539,200 — on top of an existing $7 million-plus — beginning the 2023-24 school year, to increase the WCVM’s number of guaranteed Manitoba intake students from 15 to 20.

That would raise the overall student quota (the number of Manitoba students enrolled in the four-year program) from 60 to 65.

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The ministers said the increased funding will continue to occur each year until that number reaches 80 Manitoba students.

“By increasing our annual intake to 20 students from 15, we will support more students to pursue this important career path in order to help build our province’s animal health-care capacity for years to come, said Reyes.

“We are committed to working with the college’s administration to realize this expansion effective in 2023-24.”

Johnson said there’s an urgent need for vets in the province, especially those in rural, large-animal practices who are trained to deal with commercial livestock, as well as sheep and goats.

Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) president Keri Hudson-Reykdal said it’s a positive step toward addressing the shortfall of vets in this province.

“The commitment to educating more veterinarians will help alleviate the shortage over the long term,” said Hudson-Reykdal.

“In the shorter term, the MVMA will continue to engage with government, veterinary professionals and other stakeholders to address the shortage of veterinary services in Manitoba.”

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Full day of activities happening in Guelph for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The City of Guelph is marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a number of activities all day long.

City employees that are working on Friday will be wearing orange shirts or orange stickers on their clothing. The lights at city hall and the Guelph Civic Museum will be lit in orange.

City staff are being encouraged to participate in different training opportunities, including attending Indigenous relations awareness training. The city is also encouraging residents to visit Indigenous communities and speak to those who have experienced being in residential schools.

“We encourage members of our community to take some time on September 30 to honour the buried children and survivors of residential schools,” said Sara Sayyed, the city’s senior advisor on equity, anti-racism and Indigenous initiatives. “We are also asking to honour their families and communities by living in the truth of this tragedy, increasing your awareness, and participating in programs and events that are available throughout the city.”

The Civic Museum is hosting a number of events on Friday, including:

  • Virtual tour of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School
  • #HopeAndHealingCanada art installation by Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers at Riverside Park
  • No Word for Art Indigenous beadwork workshop with Naomi Smith, Chippewas of Nawash First Nation
  • Conversations in Pipigwan Flute, a presentation by Rene Meshake

“Rene is a survivor of the residential school system,” said museum curator Dawn Owens. “He is an extraordinary Anishinaabe storyteller, poet, musician, and singer/songwriter.”

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All of the events at the museum are free but some do require registration. Owens encourages those who are interested to visit the museum’s website for more information.

This is the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and the ninth Orange Shirt Day. But Owens says Guelph has been honouring Indigenous groups for a long time.

“Sometimes it feels like these moments of remembrance or recognition happen only one day a year,” Owens said. “But it is really just an opportunity to bring our efforts in our community, our relationship-building, our attention to the truth in our history, and our work in reconciliation into focus.”

The University of Guelph is also marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday. It will have a rock art installation outside the front entrance, and a mural of orange butterflies in the atrium.


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'Need to get this right:' Better storm tracking technology needed after Fiona, says expert

Tracking a storm's path has improved significantly over the years, but the ability to predict its intensity is still a difficult task. New technology is giving scientists a better look at the inside of storms, providing critical -- and potentially life-saving -- information. Ashley Field reports, in the wake of hurricane Fiona, that calls are growing to invest in ocean observation.

As the world warms, experts say there will be more extreme weather as a result, and while the ability to track a storm’s path has improved significantly over the years, being able to predict its intensity remains a difficult task.

Part of that challenge is because there are not a lot of observations from inside the storm — but that’s where unmanned vessels come into play.

Remarkable video from the centre of hurricane Fiona was captured by an autonomous ship owned by Saildrone, a U.S.-based company that builds wind and solar-powered unmanned surface vessels that are used to collect data about the world’s oceans.

“We’re really excited to be able to have Saildrones to be able to survive these conditions so that we can get this data to improve those predictions, because understanding if it’s going to be a tropical depression or peter out or become a strong hurricane can really affect humans,” said Saildrone’s VP of product Kim Sparling from her office in San Francisco, Calif.

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It’s this kind of technology that Anya Waite, the scientific director of the Ocean Frontier Institute, said is critical in preparing for future storms. While knowing a storm’s track is important, she said, understanding its strength is the “single biggest thing that we care about as humans.”

“Both underpredicting and overpredicting carry a huge cost to society and we need to get this right,” said Waite.

She said not getting it right could lead to infrastructure damage from unprepared coastal cities, but also costs associated with unnecessary evacuations.

“The important thing is that accuracy really needs to be improved and the only way to get better accuracy is better measurements of the ocean.”

This is especially critical as the intensity, frequency and longevity of storms increase, said Waite.

“There are some indications that we may move to the next scale of cyclone — that is a Category 6 cyclone that’s never been seen before. If that does happen, we’re talking about winds that could literally peel the bark off trees,” she said.

Blair Greenan is a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. His work focuses on climate change and how human greenhouse gas emissions are impacting the ocean.

While he said he’s not confident saying hurricanes will become more common or more intense for Nova Scotia, he said a warmer planet will create global sea level rise, which will impact a storm’s impact on land.

“If you think 50 years from now, if Fiona were to come through again — a storm of that magnitude — and sea level was 30 or 50 centimetres higher than it was today, then you’re going to have a lot more destruction and a lot more coastal inundation and flooding,” said Greenan.

He said Canada is part of an international program that has 4,000 autonomous robots in the ocean. Those robots are collecting temperature and salinity data that is used in Environment and Climate Change Canada’s forecasting systems.

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“And that’s really improving the weather forecasts, because it has real-time data from the ocean to incorporate into the initiation of the models,” Greenan said.

He said leading up to Fiona’s landfall, Canadian forecasts were quite accurate, even multiple days out, and that’s in large part thanks to the tools already being used.

He said it’s important that Canada continues supporting those resources into the future and enhancing them, so scientists can continue to provide advice on how climate change is impacting the region.

While ocean observation is not easy or cheap work, Waite said it’s something we can’t afford not to invest in.

“That’s actually a small cost compared to the trillion dollars of climate impacts that we’re going to have going forward from hurricanes and other extreme events,” she said.

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Most of B.C. is suffering conditions of drought, water scarcity, province says

Drought and water scarcity is currently a widespread issue in the province, according to the B.C. government.

Much of the west coast, south coast and northeastern areas of B.C. have experienced very little to no rainfall over the past five weeks and to compound issues, more dry weather is forecast.

“Areas under Drought Level 4 include the Fort Nelson basin, the Sunshine Coast basin, Lower Mainland basin, and the east and west Vancouver Island basins,” said Ministry of Forests staff in a release.

“At Drought Level 4, conditions are extremely dry and adverse effects to socio-economic or ecosystem values are likely.”

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“Drought” is a recurring feature of climate that involves reduced precipitation, such as rain, during an extended period which results in a water shortage, the government explained.

Regions under Drought Level 3 include the eastern pacific range basin, the Coldwater River basin, Kettle basin, South Peace basin, North Peace basin and the East Peace basin.

According to the government, Drought Level 3 conditions are severely dry, and ecosystems and socio-economic “serious effects are possible in some circumstances.”

All other watershed basins in B.C. are either under Drought Level 2 or Level 1.

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B.C. ranks the province’s drought levels on a scale from 0 to 5, with 5 being rated as the most severe with adverse effects “being almost certain.”

The province is advising those who live in drought areas of levels 3 and higher reduce their water usage whenever possible.

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Window smashed during road rage incident on Highway 401, Toronto OPP investigating

Ontario Provincial Police say a window was smashed during a road rage incident on Highway 401 early Thursday morning.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said officers from the service’s Toronto detachment are now investigating.

He said the incident involving an SUV and a Volkswagen — possibly a Jetta — happened on the eastbound 401 approaching Highway 427 around 5 a.m.

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“We understand that during that interaction, one of the occupants from that smaller VW-style vehicle threw an object towards the SUV, smashing one of the windows on the rear driver-side of the vehicle,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt said no injuries were sustained and the individuals involved separated after the interaction.

He said the Volkswagen was last seen on Highway 427 southbound.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the OPP.

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Gas prices spike as much as 20 cents in some Canadian cities

WATCH: Gas prices: Vancouver could set all-time record Thursday

Gas prices jumped overnight in some cities across Canada by as much as almost 20 cents.

According to the CAA’s gas price tracker, the price of gas is up nationally by just over three cents on average at 1.58 cents per litre, with some provinces seeing higher jumps than others.

In Alberta, prices are up by six and a half cents: almost nine cents in Edmonton, nine and a half in Sherwood Park.

Across Ontario, prices are only up by two cents compared to Wednesday, but in some cities it’s a different story.

In Thunder Bay, gas prices are up by almost 20 cents, and in Peterborough by 11 cents, compared to just around a cent in Toronto.

In Saskatchewan, prices were up almost six cents, while Manitoba’s prices saw just a one-cent rise.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Living Green Barrie to host mayoral debate on the environment next week

With the upcoming mayoral election, Living Green Barrie will be helping residents get to know where candidates stand on environmental issues with a mayoral debate.

Organizers say five of Barrie’s seven mayoral candidates have agreed to participate in the virtual debate on the environment.

The debate will be held on Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. and moderated by former Ontario environmental commissioner Gord Miller.

“Some of our major environmental problems are global in scope and require action at the national level. But it is becoming clear that the impacts on the environment are very local, and our politicians have to be aware of the need for municipal government responses,” said Miller.

Living Green Barrie’s vice-chair Peter Tretter said the decision to hold a debate came after three-term Mayor Jeff Lehman decided he would not seek a fourth term.

“It’s a great opportunity for voters to find out about the environmental issues that matter to them,” Tretter said.

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When it comes to finding out where candidates stand on local environmental issues, Tretter said they have given them a special task.

“There are so many issues that could be covered, but we’re actually challenging our candidates to bring to the debate a photo of two areas, one of what’s the best environmental project in Barrie in their opinion, and one area that needs work,” Tretter said.

“They’re going to tell us the story about these areas, and it will be interesting to see how much they agree and where they diverge.”

The candidates confirmed to attend are Andrew Gordon, Gerry Marshall, Mike McCann, Alex Nuttall and Barry Ward.

The public can register to attend this free event by Oct. 2 on the Living Green Barrie website.

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