The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 986: Nine Nine Inch Nails Tales

I vividly remember my first encounter with Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. It was April 17, 1990, at the old RPM club in Toronto. Nine Inch Nails was opening for Goth god Peter Murphy. And frankly, no one cared. At least at first.

I was with a group of people chatting at the bar while this noisy band blitzed its way through the first four songs of their second. And then came song number five: an insanely heavy version of the Queen song, “Get Down Make Love,” from Queen’s 1977 album, News of the World. It took about 30 seconds for the crowd to pick up that the band hand launched into a cover–and the fact that they were doing it well. The whole audience turned as one towards the stage to see what the hell was going on.   My memory is that everyone in the club got into the music and for the rest of the set–“Ringfinger,” “Down in It,” and “Head Like a Hole”–the crowd went nuts. When it was all over, we were rewarded for our attention by the band smashing their gear to bits for an encore.

That was it. I was sold on this new band and I’ve been a fan ever since. Nine Inch Nails is one of my desert island bands. I’ve seen the band more times than I can count. I’ve interviewed Trent on multiple occasions. I have every single physical release, including all the box sets. If you look in my CD library, you’ll find that I have more Nine Inch Nails bootlegs than any other band. I even wrote a book on the first two albums.

This show features some of my favourite stories about Trent and the band. And because I like being cute with titles, I’m calling this episode “Nine Nine Inch Nails Tales.”

Songs heard on this show:

    • Nine Inch Nails, Get Down Make Love
    • Nine Inch Nails, Down In It (Demo)
    • 1000 Homo DJs, Supernaut (Trent Reznor Vocal Version)
    • Nine Inch Nails, Happiness in Slavery
    • Nine Inch Nails, March of the Pigs
    • Nine Inch Nails, The Hand That Feeds
    • Nine Inch Nails, Capital G
    • Trent Rezor, Atticus Ross, Karen O, Immigrant Song
    • Nine Inch Nails, 34 Ghosts IV

Of course, there’s a playlist from Eric Wilhite.

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Wintry conditions persist on Okanagan trails, COSAR warns

It may look like a regular sunny spring throughout much of the Okanagan but several hikers found out Wednesday that wintry conditions persist in the hills above the valley.

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue crews had to help three hikers and their dogs out from the High Rim trail between Oyama Lake and Beaver Lake Road in Lake Country.

“The two men and one woman started the hike in Oyama where the conditions were favourable but as they progressed south the trail the deteriorated,” COSAR representatives said in a press release.

“The three were in waist deep snow when the female suffered a medical incident and was unable to continue. They managed to find cellphone coverage and call for help.”

Due to the nature of the incident, COSAR used a helicopter to fly in a medical team to stabilize the woman. It was just able to lift off with her alone before dusk and she was taken to hospital for treatment.

Due to night falling, the male hikers were left behind with one COSAR member who worked on getting them warmed with a fire and hot drinks.

Another four member COSAR snowmobile team mobilized at that point and went in to rescue them and their dogs.

By 9:45 p.m. the team had dropped off the hikers near Beaver Lake Lodge to a waiting ambulance where they were checked and released to family members.

In all, COSAR responded with 20 members including a helicopter medical team and snowmobile teams.

Hikers are reminded to make sure they have the 10 essentials recommended by AdventureSmart BC.

According to Adventure Smart  they include:

1. Flashlight, spare batteries (and bulb)
2. Fire making kit: waterproof matches/lighter, fire starter/candle
3. Signalling device: whistle or mirror
4. Extra food and water
5. Extra clothing (rain, wind, water protection, toque)
6. Navigation aids (map/compass)
7. First Aid Kit (know how to use it)
8. Emergency Shelter
9. Pocket knife
10. Sun protection (glasses, sunscreen, hat)

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Arrest made after stolen vehicle rams Guelph, Ont. police cruisers

A couple of police cruisers in Guelph, Ont., paid the price during a stolen vehicle investigation.

Members of the Guelph Police Service tactics and rescue unit spotted a vehicle parked in the area of Woodlawn Road last Friday.

Investigators say the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the month.

Officers saw a man getting into the vehicle, so they drove toward it in an attempt to prevent it from escaping.

Investigators say the vehicle reversed and struck two cruisers before fleeing.

They say no one was hurt and they were able to identify the individual based on previous interactions with police.

Then on Wednesday, members of the break enter and theft unit went to an address outside of Guelph, found the vehicle in question and made an arrest.

A 36-year-old Guelph man faces several charges including possession of stolen property, flight from police and driving while disqualified.

He was held for a bail hearing on Thursday.

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Former Conservative MP Candice Bergen to help run Tory election campaign in Manitoba

Candice Bergen has signed on to co-chair the Manitoba Progressive Conservative election campaign, weeks after resigning her seat in the House of Commons.

Bergen, who was the member of parliament for Portage-Lisgar for 15 years, says she aims to unite the provincial Tories in advance of the election scheduled for Oct. 3.

“I would say the role I’m playing now is reaching out, in terms of bringing people together, bringing all the different coalitions that make up our party together, and standing behind the leader,” Bergen said in an interview Thursday.

Opinion polls suggest Bergen faces an uphill battle. The governing Progressive Conservatives have trailed the opposition New Democrats in polls for two years, a trend that began when hospitals were struggling to deal with a surge of patients during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The numbers did not improve when Brian Pallister resigned as premier in the fall of 2021 and was replaced by Heather Stefanson. The latest poll from Probe Research earlier this month suggested Tory support has nudged up a little but is still below that of the NDP, especially in Winnipeg where most legislature seats are concentrated.

“I think folks in Winnipeg have been disappointed with some of the decisions certainly under the previous premier,” Bergen said.

“So I think that as they continue to get to know Heather and understand the kind of woman she is, the kind of leadership that she brings I think we can earn that support.”

Bergen managed the Manitoba campaign for the federal Conservatives under Stephen Harper in 2004. She was elected to the Commons in 2008, and served as interim Conservative leader after Erin O’Toole was ousted by caucus members in February of last year.

She helped heal divisions within the federal party, partly by withdrawing support given by O’Toole for carbon pricing. Stefanson has opposed the “backstop” carbon price that the federal government has imposed on Manitoba and some other provinces that have not implemented their own system.

Bergen’s time in Parliament was not without controversy.

Bergen accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of dividing the country by pushing for COVID-19 vaccine mandates, saying in one of her first remarks as interim leader that he needed to extend an “olive branch” to demonstrators.

As the protest against COVID-19 measures and the federal government dragged on, however, she delivered an address in the House in which she asked those refusing to budge to move their vehicles.

In 2021, a photo was circulated on social media that showed Bergen wearing a hat with the “Make America Great Again” slogan used by former United States president Donald Trump. Bergen said Thursday the hat was not hers, and she put it on while at a restaurant in her constituency five years ago.

“Somebody asked me ‘hey put it on and let’s get a picture,”‘ Bergen said.

“Knowing what I know now about what that means, I certainly would never have put it on and I wish I hadn’t because it doesn’t in any way represent me or what I believe or the way I live my life.”


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Okanagan weather: Cooldown forecast for start of April

Sunshine and teen temperatures are in the Okanagan forecast for Thursday afternoon, albeit after a cold start when the day began at -5 C.

However, a cooldown is headed for the region.

Friday will see mostly cloudy skies and a high in the low double digits as the month of March ends.

For Saturday, April showers are expected to start the first weekend of the new month, along with daytime highs in the upper single digits.

For Sunday, afternoon highs will flirt with double digits as clouds roll back in after some potential morning sunshine.

A mix of sun and cloud returns for the first week of April as daytime highs make their way back into double digits.

Here is your Okanagan 5-Day SkyTracker Weather Forecast.

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Lolita the orca to be freed to 'home waters' after 50+ years in captivity

After decades of campaigning from environmental activists and the Coast Salish Lummi Nation, Lolita the orca, the second-oldest orca in captivity, will be returned to her home waters in Puget Sound.

The Miami Seaquarium, where Lolita has lived for 53 years, announced the planned relocation at a Thursday press conference along with parent The Dolphin Company, Florida non-profit Friends of Lolita and philanthropist Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts and main donor for the relocation.

Miami-Dade Mayor Levine Cava was also in attendance and called the agreement “historic” and a great day for the city, the Miami Herald reported.

The relocation is expected to take six to nine months and will cost between US$15 to $20 million. Before moving the orca across the country, the team will need to secure approval from federal agencies, build a netted pen for her in Puget Sound waters, stock it with dolphins to keep the orca company and hire trainers to help Lolita acclimatize to the wild.

“We have to teach her how to catch fish again. She doesn’t know how to do that anymore, she’s been in captivity too long,” said Eduardo Albor, CEO of the Dolphin Company.

The Miami Seaquarium has resisted calls to release Lolita for many years. This about-face comes after the aquarium changed owners and announced it would no longer put the 5,000-pound, 57-year-old orca on public display last year.

Lolita, also known as Tokitae, was captured in a massive orca round-up off the coast of Washington state in 1970 when she was just four years old. During this time, hunters captured dozens of orcas, many of whom died shortly after, in the waters of the Pacific Northwest to sell to theme parks. The practice contributed to the decline of the southern-resident orca population, of which Lolita is a member.

There are only about 73 southern-resident orcas remaining, according to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, but Lolita still has family members in Salish Sea waters, according to the Lummi Nation, a coastal, self-governing nation west of Bellingham in Washington.

For years, the Lummi Nation has campaigned to return Lolita to her home waters. In 2018, the 50th anniversary of Lolita’s capture from Puget Sound, the Nation travelled to Miami, bringing with them a totem pole carved for the orca.

“In our language, qwe lhol mechen translates to ‘our relative under the water,’” said Jay Julius, a member of the Lummi Nation, in an interview with the Seattle Times. “She is a member of our family, and it is our sacred obligation to bring her home to the Salish Sea.”

Julius, former chair of the Lummi Indian Business Council, compared Lolita’s story to the personal histories of many Indigenous families across North America, whose children were taken from their relatives and placed in abusive residential schools.

“She was forced out of her home waters to live in isolation far away from her family. Her story is the Lummi story and the story of so many Native peoples across the country,” Julius said.

At the time of the Lummi Nation’s 2018 trip, the Miami Seaquarium posted a video to their Facebook page in which Robert Rose, a curator emeritus, said the Lummi people “should be ashamed of themselves, they don’t care about Lolita, they don’t care about her best interests, they don’t really care whether she lives or dies. To them, she is nothing more than a vehicle by which they promote their name, their political agenda, to obtain money and to gain media attention. Shame on them.”


There is evidence that orcas that have been captive for many years can survive in the wild.

In 1998, Keiko the orca, who inspired the movie Free Willy, was moved to a sea pen in Iceland by the U.S. Air Force. The orca later swam to Norway and lived free in the ocean for five years before dying of pneumonia.

“There is debate about Keiko, and how well he adapted, but I point to his freedom as a victory and proof that he did learn to survive on his own,” said Jared Goodman, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation vice president and counsel for animal law, in an interview with the Miami Herald.

“Lolita is the second oldest orca in captivity to Corky at SeaWorld San Diego, but she could have some good years ahead of her. There’s speculation that her mother is still alive. She’s an apex predator. She was never meant to live in a tank.”

The news of Lolita’s relocation comes less than a month after Kiska, the last orca in captivity in Canada, died of a bacterial infection. The orca was believed to be about 47 years old and had lived at Marineland in Ontario ever since being captured in Icelandic waters in 1979.

Kiska gave birth to five calves at Marineland, all of whom died, earning her the moniker of “world’s loneliest orca.”

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Winning Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $5M purchased in Lower Mainland

Someone in B.C. is $5 million richer after winning Wednesday’s Lotto 6/49 draw.

According to the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC), the winning ticket was purchased in North Vancouver, and it was the only one in the nation to match all six winning numbers for the classic draw.

The winning numbers were 9, 10, 12, 17, 30 and 45. The odds of winning the classic jackpot are 1 in nearly 14 million (13,983,816).

In related news, a winning ticket worth $75,000 for Wednesday’s BC/49 draw was purchased in Salmon Arm. That ticket matched five of six numbers plus the bonus number.

BCLC says all lottery prize winners have 52 weeks from the draw date printed on their ticket to claim their prize.

Lotto 6/49 draws have two draws: The classic draw. and the gold ball draw. The former features a $5 million jackpot, while the latter features either a guaranteed $1 million prize or a jackpot that can grow to $68 million.


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Crash with semi kills 4 teens near Gilbert Plains: Manitoba RCMP

Four teenagers are dead and another is seriously injured following a crash with a semi-truck on a highway near Gilbert Plains, Manitoba RCMP say.

Police say they received numerous calls about the crash near the corner of Highway 5 and Provincial Road 274 around 10:50 p.m. Wednesday.

An early investigation found that a car heading north on PR 274 drove through a stop sign and hit the trailer portion of a semi heading east on Highway 5.

Two 17-year-old male passengers and the 18-year-old male driver, all from the Dauphin area, died at the scene, police said in a media release Thursday.

An 18-year-old woman from Carberry was rushed to hospital where she later died.

A 15-year-old girl from the Rural Municipality of Dauphin was also rushed to hospital with serious injuries, where she remains.

Police say the driver of the semi, a 30-year-old man from Saskatoon, was not physically injured in the crash.

Local police continue to investigate with help from an RCMP forensic collision reconstructionist.

Gilbert Plains is about 314 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

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London, Ont. researchers offer new breast cancer biopsy method that's easier on patients

A team of radiologists at Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ont., have found that a new breast cancer biopsy method may offer a more accurate and comfortable option for patients.

According to the study published by Lawson researchers, the new form of mammography software allows patients to have a biopsy done in a more comfortable manner, avoiding the extended use of magnetic resonance imaging or MRIs.

The procedure combines contrast-enhanced mammography or CEM with mammography-guided biopsy technology. It was designed not only to make the biopsy procedure more streamlined and accurate, but also easier for patients and technicians.

“It is a significant breakthrough,” said Dr. Anat Kornecki, Lawson associate scientist and breast radiologist lead at St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

CEM is a relatively new form of mammography that works through injecting a chemical substance known as contrast iodine, which is used in X-ray imaging, into the patient’s veins in order for radiologists to spot potential cancerous lesions, or abnormal tissues, in the breast more effectively. If a suspicious lesion is found, then a biopsy is often the next step.

However, Kornecki said that the problem with using only CEM was that detected lesions were usually biopsied with an MRI, which meant working with limited availability as MRIs are not as readily available which could lead to longer procedures.

“The problem is that it is sometimes hard to find the same lesion and the MRI itself can be uncomfortable for the patient,” she said. “Also, some lesions that are close to implants or chest walls cannot be reached with MRI-guided biopsy.

“We needed to be very creative in finding solutions to prove that there is a cancer or to sometimes exclude the possibility of cancer. … Now we can offer them a biopsy more easily and don’t need to wait too long for an MRI appointment to be open,” Kornecki said.

Lawson is the first in North America to trial CEM-guided biopsies by using new technology created by GE HeathCare. This new software means that patients can have the biopsy done with the exact same modality, avoiding the need for an MRI, according to Kornecki.

“This is a truly game changer to the entire country.”

In testing the procedure, a local study included 50 patients through St. Joseph’s Breast Care Program. According to the research team, 51 potentially cancerous breast lesions were found and biopsies were successfully performed for 46 of them. The results showed that 11 were breast cancer, 10 were high-risk lesions, and the remaining were benign.

“While the results are comparable to what we see with MRI guided biopsy, it’s shorter time and definitely more convenient procedure to the patient,” said Kornecki, adding that the inability to move for at least an hour while laying on your stomach during a biopsy can make patients feel uncomfortable.

CEM-guided biopsies allow patients to sit or to lay on their sides while still having some mobility and converse with medical staff, Kornecki said.

She added that patients, especially those who’ve had traditional biopsies in the past, also reported having a more comfortable experience with the CEM-guided biopsy method.

While the procedure is currently only being used as a diagnostic tool only, she hopes that CEM-guided biopsies will eventually be approved as an initial breast cancer screening tool.

“It was not easy during the pandemic because we were only allowed to offer this to women who would 100 per cent benefit from it,” she said. “But I can tell you that more women would benefit from this, and we are now using it in a clinical setting and on a daily basis so we can see how many more women actually can benefit from that.”

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Paid pregnancy loss leave included in Budget 2023. But who can get it?

WATCH: Confusion surrounds pregnancy loss leave

Federal workers who experience pregnancy loss, whether it’s a miscarriage or a stillbirth, may soon be entitled to paid leave, according to a measure in the Liberals’ 2023 budget.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled the 255-page document Tuesday, and in it was a proposal to amend the Canada Labour Code and create a new leave for federal workers who experience pregnancy loss.

The leave would also apply to parents planning to have a child through adoption or surrogacy, the budget states.

“This measure will provide better labour protection for approximately 955,000 federally regulated sector workers, particularly women, by ensuring they have access to the time they need to recover from the physical and psychological trauma resulting from a pregnancy loss,” the federal government stated on its website.

While parents who have experienced pregnancy loss and experts who spoke to Global News say the measure is a step in the right direction, they say it doesn’t go far enough.

Michelle La Fontaine, a program manager of the Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Network at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, said she has “mixed emotions” about the proposal as it still leaves out so many Canadians.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction, but the scope is so narrow that I don’t see it as a win for bereaved parents,” she said. “I think families that will learn about this will feel very disappointed that it doesn’t apply to them, as it’s something that is tied to an employer.”

La Fontaine experienced a pregnancy loss with her twins at 20 weeks gestation. She said she had exhausted her bereavement and sick time and had to go back to work within three weeks — even though she knew she was not ready.

She ended up “suppressing her grief” during work hours, which felt unsafe for many parts of the day.

“I would be driving home and I was barely able to see. I was driving through my tears trying to get home,” she said.

Roughly 15 to 25 per cent of Canadian pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

There are two main types of pregnancy loss: miscarriage and stillbirth. Most miscarriages happen in the first eight weeks, while stillbirths typically occur after 20 weeks of gestational age.

Bleeding, cramping and lactating are all physical symptoms a woman can experience after a pregnancy loss, explained Dr. Douglas Wilson, president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).

And it’s not just physical symptoms, the mental toll of a pregnancy loss can be even greater, he said.

“The issue of pregnancy loss … is that each couple or each person reacts so differently to these losses. There are people who lose a pregnancy, and the miscarriage is just as impactful to them as it would be if the baby was lost, either before term or after term,” Wilson told Global News.

He believes it’s important for the person or couple to have a choice on whether they should take time off, adding that fathers are also impacted by pregnancy loss, so both maternal and paternal leave need to be considered.

Currently, Canada’s Employment Insurance program (EI) provides some benefits for parents experiencing pregnancy loss — but they only apply to employees who have banked enough hours (at least 600 hours of insurable employment during the qualifying period).

Parents who experience a pregnancy loss before the 20-week mark may be able to receive sickness benefits under EI (with a doctor’s note). And if there is a pregnancy loss after 20 weeks, parents may be able to receive maternity benefits.

Both sickness and maternity benefits last for up to 15 weeks. Those benefits do not include paternal leave.

If an employee does not qualify for EI, some provinces, like Alberta, provide 16 weeks of unpaid maternity leave to a parent who has experienced a pregnancy loss within 16 weeks of the due date, and Ontario gives 17 weeks of unpaid leave to those who’ve experienced the loss within 17 weeks of the due date.

Prince Edward Island goes a step further and does not set any conditions on the length of a pregnancy before a worker is eligible for paid and unpaid leave.

Employees who experience a miscarriage or stillbirth are entitled to one day of paid bereavement leave (and two days unpaid) in the same manner as those who have lost an immediate family member, according to the province’s website.

Stephanie Gilbert, an assistant professor of organizational management at the Shannon School of Business at CBU, researches how workplaces support employees who have suffered a pregnancy loss.

The problem for Canadians dealing with pregnancy loss, she said, is that many have to sift through all the paperwork to figure out what type of leave they are entitled to.

She called the process “complicated” as it can be unclear whether a person is entitled to maternity leave, sick leave or even bereavement leave.

“Right after a pregnancy loss, you aren’t in a mindset where you can do that digging and research into what your options are,” she said. “And there are options, but it’s really unclear where pregnancy loss fits.”

For example, most bereavement leave policies do not state pregnancy loss, but only “loss of a child,” she explained, adding “it’s really unclear … does pregnancy loss count as a loss of a child?”

“Because people need leave urgently and they really don’t know their options,” Gilbert says,. “sick leave tends to be the most common form of leave people are taking.”

Gilbert said there are still many remaining questions about the pregnancy loss proposal in the federal budget. For example, the proposal does not state how many days are covered or if the leave also covers employers who have had an abortion, such as a termination due to a medical reason.

In an email to Global News, a spokesperson for the federal department of finance said details of the proposal, such as how many days are included, “will be announced at a later time.”

Although the budget did not state whether the leave was paid, the department told Global News it proposes “a new paid leave for workers in federally-regulated sectors who experience a pregnancy loss.”

Despite the remaining questions, Gilbert said she was “thrilled” to see pregnancy loss mentioned in the budget as “it’s something we tend not to talk about, it’s quite a stigmatized topic.”

Gilbert and La Fontaine both agree that although the proposal is a great start, more Canadians should be covered — at any stage of gestation — when it comes to pregnancy loss and paid leave.

“Any kind of national bereavement strategy that would be able to be implemented for families across the country would be helpful,” La Fontaine said.

“To be able to know that not only would they be able to access paid leave, that isn’t tied to the number of weeks gestation, but that they could also access peer support to be able to find a community and feel less isolated in that grief.”

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