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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Rico Hines brings infectious energy to Raptors

VICTORIA – Rico Hines can’t remember the last time he took a vacation. But he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The new Toronto Raptors assistant coach, who’s well known in basketball circles for running off-season scrimmages in Los Angeles, says he lives and breathes his work.

“When I said 24/7, 365 I mean that,” Hines said. “It never stops … It’s always all summer. It’s just who I am and I believe in it and I’m very thankful and grateful for it.”

While Hines worked for the Sacramento Kings for the past three years, the development coach had a strong connection to the Raptors through his summer runs, particularly with Pascal Siakam, who’s worked with Hines since his pre-draft year in 2016, and says Hines is “like family.”

In addition to attending Hines’ pick-up runs, Siakam trains with Hines during the summer. Shortly after Siakam’s breakout season of 2018-19, in which he helped lead Toronto to its first-ever title and was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player, Hines’ YouTube channel shared a mixtape of the work that Siakam had put in during the 2018 off-season.

Three days into training camp, players are praising Hines’ positive energy.

“Obviously he’s someone that I’m really close to and having that voice and he’s always someone that can get you going no matter what, just with his voice, his presence,” Siakam said. “And obviously he knows the game. He’s been around great players over the years and I think just with a young group also, he just brings that swag, that energy that we all need.

“So, having them every single day, yeah, it’s a blessing to be honest, like it feels like summer every day. So it’s good.”

Hines, of Greenville, N.C., played at UCLA alongside fellow Raptors assistant Earl Watson. His first major coaching stint was in 2006 with the Golden State Warriors.

“He’s as good as there is in the business in player development, right? That’s a big statement,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “Guys trust him. He can command an entire gym, not with just one player, but with 60 in it, sometimes. And he has a deep, deep passion for the game. He’s in the gym all day. He loves coaching and he loves making people better.”

He’s grown into a sort of basketball guru, with his off-season runs drawing the league’s biggest names to UCLA to play. His YouTube page has over 70,000 subscribers.

Siakam won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2019 after helping the Raptors capture their first championship, and soon after, Hines posted a mixtape of Siakam’s gruelling workouts in the previous off-season to his YouTube channel.

“It’s a great asset to have, a great relationship,” said Raptors guard Fred VanVleet. “He was already extended family — him and Pascal have a great relationship. But now for him to actually be wearing a raptor shirt, I think it just is the next step towards adding real talent to our development program and which was already you know, viewed as one of the best in the league.”

On the nights he hasn’t been at his best, Siakam credits Hines with reminding him to see the big picture, and be confident in the hard work he’s put in.

“He’s like ‘you deserve to miss shots because you put the work in … You put more work in than anybody so you deserve sometime to not have a great game,'” Siakam said after practice at the University of Victoria. “It’s OK because you put the work in, and that’s the mindset that I have.”

What makes a player coachable? Hines said he appreciates working with anyone who’s keen to improve.

“There’s just a pureness of a player wanting to be great, wanting to be the best person and the best player that they could possibly be,” he said. “I told (a Raptors player) today, ‘you prayed all your life to make it to the NBA, now you’re here, so why should (you) be upset or mad about anything, (you) should just work as hard as (you) possibly can and let the chips fall where they may.'”

“So, I think it’s just the conversations that you have with guys and they’ll feel your pureness and your passion for them.”

What can get a player kicked out of Hines’ summer runs? Refusing to run for two minutes at the end, he said. And the only way to get out of running is by being either a 15-year NBA veteran or a five- or six-time all-star.

“Other than that you have to run at the end. I don’t care who you are, you have to run the two minutes,” Hines said. “That was a rule that came from Magic Johnson long before me. You have to push yourself and run the two minutes. And they all do it, full court.

“They love it man and younger guys help the older guys because they try to push them and vice versa. You know what I mean? So if it’s a vet in there who’s been playing a while and he get a young college guy around them, I’ll tell them to pair up and run beside each other and then have conversations. That’s how this thing keeps building man, conversations. It’s a great vibe and it’s a great tradition and it’s a wonderful place to be.”

Tip-ins: Khem Birch revealed Thursday that the knee injury that plagued him for much of last season turned out to be a torn meniscus. It was discovered when he had off-season surgery.

“Fifth, sixth game of the season, I remember my knee went to a balloon and I had a bone bruise. I didn’t know what it was,” Birch said. “I just thought it was a bone bruise and I thought it was going to go away. Then I broke my nose and all the swelling went down (and) I realized there was something wrong on the lateral side of my knee, and I was going to address it in the off-season.”

Birch said he underwent five or six MRIs, and the injury wasn’t detected on any of them.

“I decided to just play on it and fix it in the off-season.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.

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'This is so wrong': Concerns raised about proposed rule at age-restricted Delta, B.C. co-op

Human rights and seniors’ advocates in the province are decrying a proposed rule that would ban members of a Delta, B.C. co-op from living together unless they are in a spousal relationship.

The Crescent Downs Housing Co-operative houses people 55 and older, but the co-op aims to register a rule preventing residents from sharing a suite with platonic companions — even adult family members.

A copy of the proposal obtained by Global News restricts applications for membership admission to an individual, a person and their spouse, or two people in a “marriage like relationship.”

“This is so wrong. We should be helping seniors not punishing seniors,” Kathleen Ruff, B.C.’s first director of the Human Rights Branch, told The Jill Bennett Show on CKNW.

“The way this co-op is acting is the complete opposite of co-operation and kindness, and I’ve not been able to get anyone else to take action.”

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Ruff has filed three complaints to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal over with the proposal, the most recent of which was filed on behalf of “all seniors.” That complaint has received a case number, but she said she’s unsure whether it will be accepted by the tribunal.

Global News tried to reach the Crescent Downs Housing Co-operative by phone, but a message was not returned. At the property in Delta, two people who said they were co-op board members told a reporter and camera operator to leave contact information for the co-op’s lawyer, but the lawyer never called.

Global News was then asked to leave the property and forbidden from speaking to a resident whose family member had invited the crew in.

That family member was Louise Leslie, whose mother lives at the co-op and is the neighbour of the daughter who is being evicted. Leslie was driving into the property late last week when she rolled down her car window for Global News.

“Right now all her stuff’s sitting out in the carport,” she said of the daughter.

“It’s just unfair. I think they should go back through their rules and just try to accommodate people. Right now it’s hard to find places to live. It’s a bad time for her to be looking for somewhere to live.”

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Yuri Artibise, communications director for the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, said his organization does not recommend or endorse the proposed rule at Crescent Downs Housing Co-operative and has not encountered anything quite like it before.

The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC is not an authoritative body, he added, and cannot dictate what its members do.

“Seniors or elders should be able to live with someone other than their spouse. There are people who are widowed, there are a lot of reasons people might not be in a conventional marriage,” he said.

“We urge co-ops to be more flexible and inclusive in their rules towards membership, and in particular, with aging members as family situations change.”

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Isobel Mackenzie, B.C. seniors advocate, said she “certainly” supports the position that a family member should be allowed to live with someone in co-op housing.

“I think it’s very clear if the family member is 55-plus it should be allowed,” she told Global News, referencing the age limits in place at Crescent Downs.

“I think if the family member is a bona fide caregiver to that older person, and without that caregiver to the person would not be able to live independently, I believe they have to be allowed to live in that person’s home as well.”

Mackenzie said it’s a “balancing act,” and her office has made submissions in the province’s review of the Cooperative Association Act, noting some problematic circumstances that leave residents vulnerable to eviction by their boards.

According to Ruff, the rule on relationships and shared living space at the co-op was first raised in 1999, but was not registered at the time and therefore not enforceable.

Ruff said a friend had asked for her help because the friend’s adult sister was living with her widowed father at the co-op, and was told she would have “no survivor’s rights.” The man has since passed away, Ruff said, and the daughter is being evicted from his suite.

“Her case is going forward. I’m hoping that some action will take place,” Ruff explained. “It’s a year later, and I’m hoping that the Human Rights Tribunal will be able to set up a hearing.”

The co-op has declined mediation with regard to the daughter’s case, she added.

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Banff and Canmore workers finding jobs, lack of housing

Finding a place to live in Banff and Canmore is proving to be more difficult than finding a job. As Jayme Doll reports, it's not helping the staffing shortages area businesses are facing.

Instead of ads featuring bedrooms, living spaces and nearby amenities, home finder websites for Banff and Canmore are loaded with snapshots of smiling people promoting themselves as great tenants, promising not to party or smoke. Personal profiles from around the world populate the pages, many who have already found a jobs and now have the more difficult task of finding a place to call home this winter.

Marion Lejuene, a 34-year-old nurse from France, has been looking for a place to stay in the Bow Valley for over a month and finally found a room after placing an ad online. She said there were 30 other applicants all vying for the same spot to rent.

“I feel very lucky because the rent is low: it’s $750 all included for a room,” said Lejuene “What everyone said is they liked that I was a little bit older and single. I think that helped.”

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Another 27-year-old Global News spoke with, who lives with eight other people and works in early childhood development, is facing a rent increase and is having a hard time finding accommodations for less than $1,000 a month.

According to the Banff Job Resource Centre, there are close to 1,000 job openings right now. This time of year, there would be around 300.

The centre’s director Michel Dufresne said employers need staff but accommodation is hard to find and expensive.

“For Banff it’s $1,850 for a two-bedroom and for Canmore is $2,300 for a two-bedroom a month. I expect those numbers to go up by 10 per cent this year,” Dufresne said. He blames the lack of inventory partly on more people turning their properties into vacation rentals.

Banff’s YWCA just opened a 33-unit affordable housing complex and there were 100 applicants. There is now a waiting list to get in.

“What we are seeing is a lack of inventory for all the people that need to live and work here,” said Banff YWCA CEO Ebony Rempel. “Prior to the pandemic, folks were willing to work up to 60 hours a week and balance two jobs. But people don’t want to do that anymore, so we need more people fill all those roles.”

The Banff Library has had job vacancies they haven’t been able to fill due to the lack of housing. It’s trying to fill the gaps where they can, providing a food pantry, hygiene items and free use of internet and computers.

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“We are having conversations with patrons who have jobs who are working in the community, but don’t have anywhere to live,” said library director Sarah McCormack

“I spoke to a gentleman who came in here a couple of days ago and said he has a job and staying with friends. But that’s coming to an end and he’s going to have to start tenting soon,” said McCormack. “So we hear a lot of that from people coming through with their stories and how our social programs are used.”

With winter on the horizon and limited shelter space in both Banff and Canmore, community partners are working hard to try to come with solutions to a problem that will not be easily solved.

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3 teens charged in connection with series of pharmacy robberies in Toronto: police

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of pharmacy robberies in Toronto, police say.

Toronto police said on Sept. 28, officers received reports of two robberies at pharmacies in the Rogers Road and Silverthorn Avenue area at around 3:55 p.m., and another at a pharmacy in the Burnhamthorpe Road and Dundas Street West area at around 4:45 p.m.

According to police, in all three incidents three suspects stopped at the pharmacy in a stolen vehicle.

Officers said the boys entered the pharmacy wearing hoodies, masks and gloves.

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“They immediately rushed behind the counters making demands for cash and narcotics,” police alleged in a news release.

Officers said the suspects then allegedly forced the employees around the store.

One of the suspects also allegedly punched an employee in the face, police said.

According to the force, the suspects then fled the area in the vehicle with cash and narcotics.

Police said officers were able to locate the stolen vehicle and — with assistance from police dogs — arrested the suspects.

Officers said a knife was allegedly seized during the arrest.

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“The stolen cash and narcotics were recovered,” police said.

The force said a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, both from Toronto, were charged with two counts each of robbery,  disguise with intent, forcible confinement and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000. They were each also charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Another 15-year-old boy from Toronto was charged with two counts each of robbery, disguise with intent, forcible confinement and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000. He was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

The teenagers cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.


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WATCH: Global National - September 29

Watch the full broadcast of Global National with Dawna Friesen, for Thursday, September 29, 2022.

View more Global National videos here, or submit a photo for our Your Canada segment here.

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Election 2022: Where Vancouver's parties stand on 3 key issues

Are you feeling overwhelmed by Vancouver’s civic election?

Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. With more than half a dozen parties, 15 candidates running for mayor and 137 people running for various civic offices in the city it’s hard for anyone to keep up.

We’ve combed through the major parties’ platforms to give you a snapshot of where they stand on three key issues: housing; public safety, mental health and the drug crisis; and climate change.

Keep in mind this is not a complete list — and with just over two weeks to go, the parties are still unveiling policy positions. This article will be continuously updated.

Forward Together

Incumbent Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s slate is promising to “approve and enable” 222,000 new homes over the next decade, including 140,000 market rental, below-market rental, social housing units and co-operatives.

It’s also promising to extend tough new renter protections from the Broadway Plan city-wide. The protections require developers to cover tenants relocation expenses during a renovation or redevelopment, and give them a right of first refusal to return at the same or lower rent.

Forward Together promises to modernize the public hearing and permitting process for efficiency, by working with the province to change the Vancouver Charter and continuing an existing permit modernization task force at city hall.

It would also create “specialized project approval teams” for large-impact projects to speed up decisions and cut red tape.

Forward Together would maintain the empty homes tax at “at least” five per cent.

ABC Vancouver

Ken Sim’s ABC is pledging to eliminate the city’s construction backlog with a “3x3x3x1 permit approval system.” Under the system home renovations would be approved in three days, single family home and townhouse permits would be approved in three weeks, multi-family and mid-rise projects would be approved in three months and large projects would be approved in one year.

ABC says it would create “predictable” formulas for community amenity contributions, the cash developers pay the city when a property is rezoned, and development fees would be focused on creating affordable rental.

ABC says it would pre-approve five standard laneway home designs to speed up construction, and review the city’s missing middle housing strategy to increase supply of the housing type.

It says it would review the empty homes tax to identify residents unintentionally captured by it.

The party says it would shift social housing strategy to focus on quality, not quantity, and tie increases in spending to inflation, as well as work with BC Housing on a 20-year social and supportive housing plan.

An ABC majority would double the number of co-operative houses over four years, and identify properties for density bonuses for construction of non-market housing.

TEAM for a livable Vancouver

Colleen Hardwick’s TEAM is promising a mix of non-market and market housing including private homes, rentals, co-ops, co-housing, secondary suites, multiple conversion dwellings, laneway houses, townhouses and apartments. It says it will speed up permitting and stabilize land value inflation by ending spot rezonings that “ignore neighbourhood plans” and don’t contribute to amenities.

TEAM would repeal the recently approved Broadway Plan and Vancouver Plan, which it says will “prevent arbitrary city-wide application of out-of-scale cookie-cutter buildings lacking local context, and create neighbourhood-specific plans.

TEAM has promised to hold a plebiscite on spending $500 million to build 2,000 co-op units, and lobby the provincial and federal governments for matching funds.

It would also use city-owned land for more affordable housing, and secure more non-market and supportive social housing from the provincial and federal governments.

It says it would provide incentives for affordable housings based on project details and community consultation that “fit into the scale, context and zoning of each neighbourhood.”

Non-Partisan Association

Fred Harding’s NPA is focused on boosting private-sector development of housing supply. It says it would legally cap permit wait times and look at digital permitting to cut red tape.

The party says it would tie supply targets to immigration numbers and incentivize the private sector to build needed housing types, and pre-zone supply targets where possible to end “building-by-building battles at city hall.”

The platform calls for working with senior levels of government on more funding for housing, especially the “missing middle,” and working with financial institutions on a first-time home buyers’ program.

It would also implement flat-rate community amenity contributions, the cash fees developers pay the city when land is rezoned, with a lower rate for rental.

Progress Vancouver

Mark Marissen’s Progress Vancouver would allow six-storey rental and four-storey condos in all parts of the city.

It would create a new Vancouver Civic Housing Corporation to build and manage mixed-income housing and encourage family-sized units, and use profits to fund below-market housing.

The party would target development of 15,000 new homes per year, half of them rentals.

It says it would renew co-operative housing land leases and look for opportunities to expand the number of units at renewal.

It calls for the creation of a luxury homes surtax on the top one per cent of properties, and maintaining the city’s empty homes tax.

Renters under Progress Vancouver would be offered the right of refusal to redeveloped or renovated housing at their old rent or 20 per cent below market rate, and be compensated for moving expenses.

It says it would streamline permitting approvals with pre-approved “missing middle” designs, and a review of the permitting process. It would reform community amenity contributions, the cash developers pay the city when a property is rezoned, by setting a transparent public schedule of fees.

Vancouver Greens

The Greens say they would revisit Vancouver’s definition of “affordable housing” to mean housing that costs for 30 per cent of median renter household income.

The party is promising to fight demoviction and renoviction by guaranteeing renters the right of return at affordable rents, and says it would work rent increase on units, not tenants — however this power is under provincial jurisdiction.

The Greens would provide a menu of new “Vancouver specials,” easily repeatable building plans ranging from tiny homes to multi-family buildings to lower cost and speed up approval. It says it would also streamline permitting.

The platform calls for ramping up the acquisition and use of city-owned land for housing, and co-locating units with civic facilities like libraries and fire halls, and the expansion of co-cop and non-market zoning.

It also calls on planners and developers to ensure wrap-around services are adequate for supportive housing and community amenities are adequate for new developments.

OneCity Vancouver

OneCity has promised to end Vancouver’s “apartment ban” by allowing purpose-built rental buildings of up to six storeys and condos of up to four storeys in all residential areas of the city. Density bonuses would be offered to co-op, non-profit and social housing.

Such project approvals would not require a public hearing under the plan.

OneCity says it would turn the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency into a public developer, with the right of first refusal on new land sales.

The party is also promising to force developers to build more family-friendly housing with minimum percentages and unit sizes for two- and three-bedroom suites.

It would also create a city Tenant Advocacy Office.


COPE says it would fight to implement vacancy controls, which would limit the amount a landlord can raise rents at tenant turnover. Such a policy would require action at the provincial government, however the city is currently appealing a B.C. Supreme Court decision which could change that.

The party could create a legal framework for the recognition of tenant unions.

It says it would fight demovictions by pushing to ensure all displaced tenants are offered an appropriately sized unit in the new building at their old rent, and get top-up funding to afford rents in an interim apartment while waiting for the new building to get built.

It would also fight for a rent rollback to 2017 levels and rent freeze, and lobby the provincial government to end no-pet clauses.

COPE has also called for a “mansion tax” in Vancouver, targeting the owners of the top 5,000 high-value properties in the city, with proceeds going to fight homelessness.

ABC Vancouver

Ken Sim’s ABC says it would hire 100 new police officers and 100 new mental health nurses to expand community policing and health authority-led programs like Car 87. It says it would fund the positions by identifying waste in the city budget.

It says it would also work with the province and mental health experts to create peer-assisted care teams.

ABC would support all health-authority led initiatives for safer supply of street drugs, and work to build a free, low-barrier 24-hour recovery centre.

It would also call for a mental health summit with all Lower Mainland mayors, the premier, and relevant provincial, federal and First Nations officials aimed at sustainable funding and the creation of a regional mental health centre of excellence incorporating both treatment and recovery.

The party says it would seek to equip all patrol officers with body-worn cameras by 2025, and advocate for more city representation on the Vancouver Police Board.

It would also convene a task force to focus on racially-motivated crime, and support a police-led graffiti abatement program.

Non-Partisan Association

Fred Harding’s NPA is pledging to link harm reduction to drug treatment, stating that “harm reduction by itself does not work and is not compassionate care.”

It says it will focus on a holistic approach including harm reduction, prevention, treatment and enforcement of civil behaviour, and ensure “accountability for those who victimize residents of Vancouver.”

The NPA platform promises to fund the Vancouver Police Department so it has “the resources to do its job to the best of its abilities,” and would reinstate the school police liaison officer program.

It would require BC Housing to commit specific resources for tenants with complex care needs before approving supportive housing projects, and force social service agencies with more than $100,000 in government funding to review their effectiveness.

Referring to homeless encampments, it says it will consult with communities and provide services rather than simply displacing campers.

The platform pledges to focus on clean and functioning streets, parks and community facilities.

It says it would seek federal funding to boost organized crime and downtown public safety responses, and advocate for the city to be designated a “no-go” zone for violent and sexual offenders.

Forward Together

Kennedy Stewart’s Forward Together has proposed using the city’s 311 line as a portal to deploy Health and Addictions Response Teams (HART) to respond to non-emergency mental health and drug crises, rather than 911. The program is estimated to cost $5 million in its first year.

Further details on the party’s platform in this area have yet to be released.


OneCity says it would create a Peer Assisted Care Team (PACT) program to deploy mental health professionals and peer crisis responders, rather than police, in mental health crises.

It would fund mental health and first-aid training for the general public to help people assist people in crisis, invest in community-based organizations trained in de-escalation and crisis response, and support Indigenous-led community safety programs like the Bear Clan Patrol.

The party says it would fund storage facilities for the homeless, and and expand the “Better Together” community connection pilot project.

The platform calls for greater city control over the VPD’s annual budget and more diversity and equity and inclusion training for officers, and would review community policing centres to see which of their roles could be transferred to civilian groups

It would support restorative justice programs for offenders.

OneCity says it would expand access to harm-reduction such as overdose-prevention sites, along with naloxone kits. It would work to develop a non-prescription safe supply model along the lines of compassion clubs.

The platform calls for the inclusion of people who use drugs on city advisory committees, and the provision of “culturally relevant” supports for youth using drugs.

It would also expand access to detox centres for those ready for treatment.

Progress Vancouver

Mark Marissen’s Progress Vancouver calls for a city-wide drug checking service, with accessibility in all major neighbourhoods, and says it would lobby the province to fund safe supply in Vancouver.

It would offering grants and incentives to drug treatment clinics, with the aim to reduce wait times to one week or less, build more sober social housing separate from low-barrier facilities, and work to end the concentration of social housing in the Downtown Eastside.

It would also rework the Downtown Ambassador program into the Vancouver Outreach Corps, which would be led by addictions survivors.

It says it would work with the province to re-focus police on pursuing the suppliers of toxic drugs and lobby to keep prolific offenders off the streets and stiffer penalties for stranger assaults. Police would also be directed to focus on crimes against women.

It would fund Peer-Assisted Care Teams to reduce calls to 911 for people in mental health or drug crises.

On property crime, the platform calls for a crackdown on criminals chop shops and more secure bike parking, along with storage solutions for hte homeless.

It would launch a “family friendly” downtown initiative, and install sharps disposal bins in alleys, parks and washrooms to cut down on discarded needles.

The party would also use city land for temporary emergency outdoor shelters, build more public washrooms.

Vancouver Greens

The Vancouver Greens promise to fast-track rapid shelter concepts like tiny home communities in empty lots to provide transitional housing, and to provide more emergency shelter options.

The party says it will push the province to complete a promised navigation centre in the city to act as a first point of contact for the homeless, to audit the cost of homelessness on city services lobby senior levels of government to fund services downloaded to the city.

They pledge to ensure adequate wrap-around services in supportive housing by making tenanting, staffing and operational agreements a condition of occupancy permits.

The party also pledges to expand access to 24-hour public washrooms.

TEAM for a Livable Vancouver

Colleen Hardwick’s TEAM says it will create a full-time Downtown Eastside commissioner with a mandate to ” address the out of control social issues that are impacting the health and safety of the community, and ensuring that needed resources are provided and properly distributed to those who need them.”

The party would also perform a detailed audit of the DTES to determine community needs and how current resources are being used.

And it would create a “single coordinating body” to address homelessness and people with complex needs from a holistic perspective rather than through emergency services.

The party would launch a review of police, fire and emergency service adequacy to meet future needs from population growth, and work with police and the province to prioritize crime prevention.

TEAM would build a disaster-proof emergency command centre in preparation for a major natural disaster.


COPE has called for immediate action on the Hastings Street encampment, including providing more washrooms, closing off side streets or providing parking lots where people can set up tents and funding peer workers to organize and maintain such sites.

The party says the city should be advocating harder for safe drug supply and making space available for those providing it.

It is also calling on all three levels of government to buy hotels and empty apartment buildings to provide housing to the homeless, and for the city to lobby the province to raise the welfare and disability rates.

Vancouver Greens

The Vancouver Greens climate platform calls for an expansion of city-owned green energy sources, such as waste-to-energy, sewage heat capture, solar, geothermal and wind, and a move form “solar ready” to “solar required” in the city building code where sunlight permits. Full lifecycle emissions would be included in all city reports to council.

It would ban gas hookups in all new buildings, and set the default speed limit on side streets at 30 km/h.

The party would expand the city’s safe cycling network, the city’s Mobi bike-share program and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It would phase out all gas vehicles in the city’s fleet by 2030.

The Greens’ platform calls for public “safe havens” in all neighbourhoods people can take shelter in during extreme heat events.

It would also include food systems in the city’s climate plan, establish food gardens in every neighbourhood, and work with non-profits and look at business licensing to ensure edible food is donated instead of being thrown away.

The party would also sue big oil to recover money it has spent repairing climate related damage. Council approved $660,000 for this initiative earlier this year.

Progress Vancouver

Mark Marissen’s Progress Vancouver would fight climate change by encouraging density around transit and lobbying for the completion of a subway to UBC and rapid transit on 41st/49th Avenues and connecting to the North Shore.

Progress would make transit free for children and seniors, and revive the Olympic Streetcar connecting Sen̓áḵw to the Canada Line. It would expand AAA bike infrastructure, while reviewing existing bike lanes to reduce conflict.

The party would launch an air quality strategy and include indoor air quality in the city building bylaw. It says it would simplify the permitting process for building energy retrofits.

It would use bylaws to prepare for future heat waves by requiring cooling systems be capable of holding indoor temperatures at 26 C, partner with the province to distribute air conditioners to low-income seniors and the disabled, and boost annual tree plantings to 30,000.

It would prepare for storms and sea-level rise by raising the seawall, speeding up the separation of sanitary and storm water sewer conduits and look at more nature-based flood protection.

TEAM for a Livable Vancouver

Colleen Hardwick’s TEAM is pledging to use city incentives to encourage people to switch to electric vehicles and charging options, as well as building systems for heat and hot water with heat pumps and solar panels.

It would work with TransLink to accelerate the switch to electric buses and service frequency on arterial roads.

It says it would consider environmental concerns in all planning and development, including the full lifecycle of the supply chain and plan for buildings that last longer than a few decades.

And it would plan for climate resiliency and stability “including adapting to and mitigating rising sea levels, floods, water shortages, and heat domes by expanded tree planting, tree protections, and enhancement of green space.”

Forward Together

Kennedy Stewart’s Forward Together has not unveiled a full climate plan, but has issued several related policy proposals.

The party says it would aggressively lobby senior levels of government on rapid transit, with the aim of creating the “Vancouver Loop.”

The idea would be to secure funding to complete the under-construction Broadway Subway from Arbutus Street to UBC, and to build a rapid transit line along 49th Avenue and 41st Avenue between UBC and Metrotown.

Forward Together is also promising to continue with a lawsuit against “big oil” to recover money the city has spent addressing climate change. Council approved $660,000 for this initiative earlier this year.

ABC Vancouver

Ken Sim’s ABC Vancouver says it would plant 100,000 trees in the city over the next four years, with a focus on neighbourhoods that have historically been left out from tree coverage.

It says it would accelerate the city’s 2040 Zero Waste plan to 2035, and  establish a flexible GHG reduction policy framework with a ‘No Net New GHGs’ (N3GHG) standard as a condition of approval of any development permits.

It would pass a bylaw requiring all new commercial and multi-family buildings come with electric vehicle parking stalls, and phase out all gas-powered vehicles in the city fleet within six years.

It would look at a tax credit system for residents who do not own a car, and work with BC Hydro to deliver a curb-side electric vehicle partnership.

The party says it would also daylight and restore at least one paved-over stream by the end of 2026.

OneCity Vancouver

OneCity Vancouver would mandate cooling capable of maintaining 26 C in all homes and buildings and speed up permitting for energy efficiency and electrification in large buildings.

It would ban new gas hookups and new gas appliances, require gas furnaces by phased out by 2035, and provide incentives from building owners to disconnect from gas. OneCity would also ban gas leaf blowers ,lawn mowers and wee whackers.

It would replace mandatory minimum parking for new buildings with maximum parking instead.

It would require all new city fleet purchases, including police cars, to be electric vehicles and look at which vehicles could be replaced with electric bikes, with a full fleet electrification goal of 2030.

Managers for commercial fleet vehicles would be required to buy citywide parking permits.

The party would provide space for a year-round farmers’ market, restore compost collection in parks and require city-owned food and beverage vendors to offer vegetarian and vegan options.

It would support demonstration Indigenous food forests and offer cooking and preserving classes at community kitchens.


COPE has yet to unveil a specific climate platform.

It is calling for reduced transit fares for all riders, and free transit passes to low-income Vancouverites through the existing BC Bus Pass program, an initiative it says would cost $52 million.

Non-Partisan Association

Fred Harding’s NPA has yet to unveil a climate platform.

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Alberta student who fled Ukraine wins award for landmine-detecting drone

Igor Klymenko is enjoying his first year at the University of Alberta. He recently moved to Edmonton from war-torn Ukraine but his journey has been filled with ups and downs.

“When I was sheltering in the basement with my family, each day could be our last day, each morning we heard sounds of planes, of rockets and missiles flying in the sky just near our house,” Klymenko said.

Stuck in a bunker for weeks, surrounded by the horrors of war, Klymenko remembered a project he started years back. The Russian invasion inspired him to finish it.

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“I started thinking about solutions for the military problems that had hard consequences but I wanted to save lives, not to take other’s lives,” Klymenko said.

He invented a drone that uses metal detectors to locate landmines and then transmits the coordinates to the user. So far he has two prototypes and is working on a third improved version.

His work has now been recognized internationally.

“The one word I thought about was persistence in the face of adversity,” said Marc Boxer, vice president of communications and policy for Chegg.

Klymenko won the 2022 Global Student Award, an honour that comes with a $100,000 prize.

“Igor was one of our 7,000 applications for nomination. They came from 150 countries,” Boxer said.

Klymenko accepted his award at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting during the UN General Assembly Week in New York, meeting former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

“I told about my story. I told him about the drones. it was an amazing experience,” Klymenko said.

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From a bunker in Ukraine to a soaring list of accomplishments, Klymenko is hopeful his drone will save lives.

“I want to share this device with other countries who are suffering from this landmine problem because there are more than 60 countries suffering from landmines,” Klymenko said.

Klymenko adds that he plans to invest a large portion of his prize money into the development of his drones.

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Community members concerned about state of downtown Edmonton

The Helm clothing store opened its flagship location on 103 Street in downtown Edmonton this summer.

It’s a block from its former home on 104 Street, where it spent a decade.

“We love the downtown core — we love our city,” owner Chad Helm said.

“We did have opportunities to go leave the core and we chose to stay.”

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Helm and some of his neighbours have concerns about the area right now.

“It’s no secret that we’ve been going through some struggles downtown when it comes to safety, cleanliness and overall recovery from what we’ve just experienced through the pandemic,” Helm said.

“Bricks through windows are very common. You don’t hear about it every day, but it is a common thing.”

Concerned community members, like Helm, want downtown to succeed.

Four months ago he joined the Downtown Recovery Coalition (DRC) — a 25-person steering committee committed to revitalizing the area.

The group’s focus is on cleanliness and infrastructure, safety and security, as well as transformational projects.

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The committee wants downtown to be a priority for all levels of government, and outlines short-, medium- and long-term goals.

“In the short-term, we’re looking for an increased presence of beat cops in our downtown streets. We’re looking for the city to prioritize sidewalk washing, power washing, garbage pickup.

“We’re looking for private developers to ensure that their properties are well maintained, that construction hoarding is safe and secure,” DRC co-chair Alexandra Hryciw said.

“At this stage, honestly, any investments into Edmonton would be really welcomed.”

A seven-page letter sent to the group by the mayor on Wednesday noted over the past few years the city has invested close to $300 millions to support vibrancy, safety and well-being in downtown and Chinatown.

The letter also said at 40 official meetings have taken place between the mayors office, Alberta government representatives and community organizations to talk about downtown safety and recovery.

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“While we work together to tackle these challenges, we must also continue to highlight the good news stories that are emerging from our collective efforts on downtown recovery and revitalization,” part of the letter reads.

“It is important that as leaders, we do not always focus solely on challenges but also recognize the wonderful work being done by businesses, community organizations and government partners.”

Edmonton Downtown Business Association executive director Puneeta McBryan said the situation downtown has improved since the depths of the pandemic.

“The difference is that we can’t blame it on COVID anymore,” McBryan said.

“This is the new normal — so what does that mean for city service levels for EPS service levels, for provincial investment and social services — all these issues we’re talking about — we’re not just talking about COVID recovery anymore.”

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McBryan also noted crisis diversion teams need to be scaled up and their response times improved.

Ultimately, the coalition wants to keep the conversations going and hopefully see some tangible change downtown.

“We just want to be proud of our city and we want it to become a vibrant hotbed for all things fun and exciting,” Helm said.

More information on the DRC and its list of actions can be found online.

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New hotel announced for Kelowna International Airport

Air travellers in Kelowna will soon have the convenience of staying overnight without having to leave the airport.

On Thursday, the City of Kelowna announced plans for a new hotel located next to the airport’s terminal. The hotel’s name will be Sutton Place Kelowna.

Design and development approval work will commence this year, with construction starting as early next fall. The anticipated opening date is sometime in 2026.

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“This new commercial development at YLW will be an economic driver for the entire community by creating jobs and promoting tourism throughout the Okanagan,” said the city’s mayor, Colin Basran.

“This is the first of many new developments for YLW. I’m excited to continue to see the airport grow to meet the needs of our growing region.”

Last year, the city announced that it seeking a partnership to build a hotel at the airport and parkade. The city says YLW underwent a multi-stage process in making its decision.

Sutton Place Hotels are owned and operated by Northland Properties Corp., a Canadian company that also owns the Sandman Hotel Group, Denny’s Canada, Moxies, Chop Steakhouse and Bar, the Shark Club, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Grouse Mountain and the NHL’s Dallas Stars.

“We are excited about our new partnership with the team at the Kelowna International Airport, and we are confident this distinct destination and our elevated guest experience will appeal to visitors and locals alike,” said Northland Properties CEO Tom Gaglardi.

“The Sutton Place Hotel Kelowna is a great addition to our family-owned portfolio of hotels, restaurants, resorts and sports assets.”

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