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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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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'Ducks,' Kate Beaton's graphic memoir about Alberta's oilsands, wins Canada Reads

Kate Beaton’s “Ducks” has won this year’s edition of Canada Reads.

The graphic memoir published last year by Drawn & Quarterly traces Beaton’s two years working in Alberta’s oilsands.

Jeopardy! super-champion Mattea Roach defended the book during the four-day competition that aired live on CBC Radio.

“Ducks” won the competition Thursday, beating out Emily St. John Mandel’s novel “Station Eleven,” which was championed by actor-director Michael Greyeyes.

“Hotline” by Dimitri Nasrallah, championed by bhangra dancer Gurdeep Pandher, was voted off Wednesday; “Greenwood” by Michael Christie, championed by actress Keegan Connor Tracy, was eliminated Tuesday; and “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, championed by TikToker Tasnim Geedi, didn’t make it past the first day, Monday.

This year’s competition sought to find “one book to shift your perspective.”

© 2023 The Canadian Press

Chile detects bird flu in 53-year-old man with severe influenza symptoms

WATCH: Why avian flu spread has some experts cautioning need for human vaccine

Chile detected the first case of bird flu in a human, the country’s health ministry reported on Wednesday.

The case was detected in a 53-year-old man who presented severe influenza symptoms, according to a statement issued by the ministry, but they noted the patient was in stable condition.

The government is also investigating the source of contagion as well as others who were in contact with the patient.

Chile has reported cases of the H5N1 bird flu since late last year in wild animals.

Recent cases in industrial farms caused the government to halt poultry exports. Industrial cases have also been detected in Argentina, but Brazil, the world’s largest exporter of poultry, remains free of the contagion.

Chilean health authorities noted the virus can be transmitted from birds or marine mammals to humans, but there is no known human-to-human transmission.

Earlier this year, Ecuador confirmed its first case of human transmission of bid flu in a nine-year-old girl. Global health officials have said risk of transmission between humans is low, but vaccine makers have been preparing bird flu shots for humans “just in case.”

© 2023 Reuters

Man charged after woman sexually assaulted in Toronto, police say

A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault investigation in Toronto, police said.

Toronto police said on March 10, at around 4:10 a.m., a woman was sexually assaulted in the area of Danforth and Robinson avenues.

Officers said the woman was walking in the area when she encountered a man that was not known to her.

Police said the man allegedly sexually assaulted the woman.

“It is believed the man was armed with a firearm,” police alleged in a news release.

According to police, on Wednesday, 38-year-old Akrem Mohammed from Toronto was arrested.

He has been charged with aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, uttering threats, carrying a concealed weapon and weapons dangerous.

Officers said he is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

“Police are concerned there may be more victims,” officers said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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Saskatchewan creates new Crown corporation to oversee lotteries and gaming

A new Crown corporation is being created in Saskatchewan to oversee gaming policy and management across the province.

The legislation brought Thursday to create Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan will take effect retroactively to April 1 when passed; full management powers and conduct will take effect June 1.

“Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan will take an industry-wide approach to the gaming sector in our province,” Crown Investments Corporation Minister Don Morgan said.

“This new Crown (corp) will allow us to keep pace with the rapidly changing gaming landscape while maintaining the unique character of having distinct operators in the province, including Sask Lotteries, SaskGaming and SIGA. Gaming proceeds will continue to benefit local community organizations as the legislation maintains current funding models.”

The province said gaming regulation will be consolidated within the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.

It added that this will eliminate overlap in roles, and create more consistency and transparency.

When it’s fully up and running, the new corporation will oversee all VLTs, casinos, online gaming and lotteries within the province.

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Pizza receipt leads police to 12-year-old suspect in Milwaukee man's murder

NOTE: The following article contains disturbing content. Please read at your own discretion.

A pizza receipt discovered at the scene of a murder in Milwaukee led police to a 12-year-old boy who has since been accused of killing his neighbour in a plot to steal his guns, court records claim.

According to a criminal complaint from the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, the unnamed minor has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide. He will be tried as an adult, and if convicted, will serve a life sentence in prison.

The complaint alleged the 12-year-old boy killed his neighbour, 34-year-old Brandon Felton, in his home on March 15. The boy and Felton were acquainted and played video games together.

Felton’s body was discovered by a friend two days after the killing, police claim. He had been shot once in the head and was lying in a pool of blood.

When they investigated the scene, police found a Domino’s receipt nearby and an empty shell casing on an end table. The order was placed under the name “Brandy” and included a phone number authorities traced to a cellphone belonging to the 12-year-old boy.

When police confronted the boy, he gave several inconsistent statements and claimed he learned of Felton’s death from his grandmother. He denied visiting Felton’s home on March 15 and said he did not place the Domino’s order.

Eventually, the boy told police he was at Felton’s residence when he was killed. He blamed the murder on a friend of Felton’s who he said also stole the deceased’s AR-15 assault rifle and shotgun.

On March 20, the boy told his mother he’d lied to police. The mother then reported her son to authorities and said he and some friends attempted to buy the guns from Felton. She said Felton refused to sell the weapons to the 12-year-old.

The criminal complaint also included several text messages allegedly sent from the minor’s phone, many of which pointed to the boy organizing a “play,” a common slang term for a robbery. The boy wrote he could obtain a “chop” in the robbery, slang for an AR-15-style rifle.

Text messages allegedly sent by the boy on the day of Felton’s killing questioned whether or not he should kill the victim. The person receiving the texts, who is also unnamed, told the boy to wait until they arrived to kill Felton, according to police.

“I’m belting him don’t got time for dude going after my family,” reads the alleged text response from the boy.

It is not yet clear if there have been other charges in the case.

The boy’s lawyer, Katie Holtz, has not provided public comment about the allegations. She clarified to NBC News the weight of the charges against her client.

“In Wisconsin, any child charged with a homicide of this classification, if the child is over the age of 10, starts out being charged as an adult and then can ask the court to transfer their case back to juvenile court jurisdiction,” she wrote.

On Monday, the 12-year-old boy’s bond was set at US$100,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 4.

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