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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Legault government defensive as Quebec opposition blasts new health bill

WATCH: One day after tabling its massive health care reform bill, the Legault government is on the defensive.

A day after tabling its massive health care reform bill, Quebec’s Legault government is on the defensive.

While the CAQ is saying their plan will make the system more efficient, the opposition is accusing them of adding bureaucracy and doing little to help patients.

The Liberals, Quebec Solidaire and the PQ are taking aim at the government’s plan to install a new agency called Santé Quebec to oversee the daily operations of the health system.

The government says the agency will streamline the management of the troubled network, add accountability and improve the lives of staff and patients.

How those things will happen though, is not entirely clear.

“It’s very well presented in terms of image, in terms of marketing, but it doesn’t have a very strong factual basis upon which you can say, ‘well, this is really going to change,'” said PQ health critic Joel Arseneau.

In question period, Premier Francois Legault was peppered with questions and comments from opposition leaders.

“He wants to add another layer of bureaucracy!” Quebec Solidaire spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois exclaimed.

Interim Liberal leader Marc Tanguay called health minister Christian Dubé a “mini minister,” referencing how Santé Quebec will manage the health system instead of him.

“The opposition parties and unions want to defend the status quo, to defend the past,” Legault retorted, saying his government has the courage to make a sweeping change.

The premier defended the new law, saying local Santé Quebec managers will be held accountable for operating each institution.

The concern is that the new agency will just be yet another bloated bureaucracy that won’t amount to better care for patients.

“It’s a reform by and for bureaucrats. There is nothing here for the patients,” Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois said during a press conference.

There is also worry the government will just deflect blame to the agency when something goes wrong.

Some experts, however,  say adding a layer between the government and the health system might help.

“Taking some of the political charge out of all of this and trying to focus on the needs of patients, the needs of families, the needs of our health-care workforce strikes me as honestly potentially a good thing,” said Erin Strumpf, a professor of health economics at McGill University.

Though Strumpf says right now it’s impossible to know how the plan will play out on the ground, she does appreciate the spirit of it.

“The important thing is it’s focused on efficiency and effectiveness of the health-care system, and that hasn’t been anyone else’s mandate up until now,” she said.

Opposition leaders are not ready to say if they’ll vote against the bill, though with its majority the CAQ can pass it anyway.

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Woman charged in relation to critical stabbing at Lions Park LRT station

Police have charged a woman in relation to the critical stabbing at Lions Park LRT station on Thursday.

The Calgary Police Service said the altercation happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lions Park LRT Station beside North Hill Shopping Centre near the Hounsfield Heights neighbourhood.

There was a fight involving five or six people on one of the platforms. Police said two people were stabbed and one of them, a woman, was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Police later said two other people were also in hospital — one with a head wound and another with a stab wound.

Brittany Jewel Mahingen, 31, was charged with one count of aggravated assault and three counts of failure to comply with a court order in connection to the incident.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, March 31.

Mahingen is also known to police.

In 2010, she was accused of killing her own mother. Leanne Mahingen was found dead in a relative’s apartment downtown where the two were babysitting.

An autopsy confirmed Leanne was a victim of foul play and died from blunt force trauma.

Brittany, who was 18 at the time, was charged with second-degree murder.

She was convicted of manslaughter in 2012 after a jury found her guilty of the lesser charge. The defence argued the mother’s death was accidental when she slipped and hit her head.

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Three charged, firearms seized in Calgary drug trafficking investigation

Calgary police have seized more than $250,000 in drugs and multiple firarms following a drug trafficking investigation in the city.

A four-month operation that included undercover investigators, patrol officers and oganized crime detectives began in November 2022 following a tip about the drug trafficking.

On March 9, investigators executed search warrants on four residences and two vehicles simultaneously at locations throughout the city, including:

  • the 500 block of 6 Avenue S.E.
  • the 100 block of Panatella Close N.W.
  • the 100 block of Tarawood Road N.E.
  • the 700 block of 25 Avenue N.W.

Police seized scales and packaging material consistent with drug trafficking, more than $45,000 in Canadian currency, a 12-gauge shotgun, an Winchester Model 70 rifle, a loaded Polymer80 PF-series 9mm handgun with no serial number, a semi-automatic 6.35mm handgun, brass knuckles and various ammunition.

They also seized 3.3 kilograms of cocaine, 625.9 grams of methamphetamine and 233.1 grams of fentanyl.

Police took five men into custody “without incident.”

Saad Khan, 36, was charged with 18 offences related to possession for the purpose of trafficking, firearms-related charges and tampering with a firearm’s serial number.

Syed Jafary, 31, faces 13 drug- and firearms-related charges.

And Humzah Tariq, 27, was charged with one count of possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.

Tariq is due in court on March 31. Khan and Jafary have scheduled court appearances on April 12.

“These offenders were in possession of unlawfully obtained firearms and created significant risk to Calgarians,” A/Staff Sgt. Lena Blight said in a statement.

“The unlawful possession of firearms continues to be a priority for us as resources from across our service work to target, suppress and disrupt those responsible for gun violence in Calgary.”

Two other individuals were released from police custody without charges.

Anyone with information about drug trafficking or unlawful possession of firearms in Calgary is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234 or provide anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers.

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Interior Health resumes crackdown on sales of nicotine products to Okanagan youth

WATCH: A recent study says youth in the Okanagan drink, vape and have more sex than their provincial counterparts.

Tobacco-carrying businesses in B.C.’s Okanagan region had best get caught up with what they are not allowed to sell to young people.

After a COVID-related pause, Interior Health is back to running inspections and doling out fines.

With the post-COVID resumption of the Minor Test Shopping program in recent weeks, seven fines have been handed out to Okanagan businesses that have failed to block minors from purchasing tobacco and vape products.

Interior Health representatives said in an emailed statement that the Minor Test Shopping program runs throughout the year, with most retailers receiving one to two compliance checks annually.

To do these checks, Interior Health said it hires test shoppers who are minors, usually 15-17 years old, and they work with their enforcement officers to test retailers that sell tobacco and vape products.

The health authority is looking to see if retailers are asking for proper photo ID before selling tobacco and vaping products.

“This program is a key tool in protecting youth from accessing tobacco and vapour products,” Interior Health’s statement reads.

Businesses included in the crackdown between March 2 and March 27 are a Kelowna Safeway, Vernon’s Darth Vapour, an Armstrong Co-Op gas station, Kelowna’s Urban Fare, a Sorrento Petro-Canada and Sicamous Bargain Shop.

Interior Health was not able to provide youth smoking statistics by publication deadline. However, national statistics show an improved landscape in that regard.

According to the most recent Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey, which measures the prevalence of cigarette smoking, vaping, alcohol and cannabis use among Canadians aged 15 years and older, youth cigarette smoking rates aren’t on the rise.

In 2020, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among youth aged 15 to 19 was three per cent, a decrease from five per cent in 2019.

The study conducted by Statistics Canada on behalf of Health Canada didn’t indicate the rate of youth vapers or the prevalence of daily and occasional smoking among youth, due to the small sample size.

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Visual impediments led to 2021 float plane, water taxi collision in Tofino, B.C.: TSB report

Visual perception, or lack of it, is the leading factor in a 2021 collision between a float plane and a water taxi in Tofino Harbour, according to a Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigation.

According to the investigation findings, both the pilot and captain didn’t “recognise that their routes would conflict until it was too late.”

There were six occupants on board the aircraft, five passengers and a pilot, who all were able to safely exit the sinking plane.

There were three passengers in the water taxi, two passengers and a captain. All three people were injured. Five people in total were sent to the hospital.

A float plane was severely damaged after a crash involving a water taxi in Tofino 2021.

A float plane was severely damaged after a crash involving a water taxi in Tofino 2021.

Tofino Photography

The TSB (TSB) officials found several factors hampered the visuals of both the captain and pilot:

  • The plane’s left wing during the final turn, coupled with the pilot’s seating position, interfered with the pilot’s view out the left-side window to see the water taxi enter the harbour
  • The pilot’s attention was “primarily focused” straight ahead, and their vision was obstructed by the aircraft’s nose and left window post
  • The speed at which the vessel was travelling and the relatively stationary position of the aircraft as it approached the water taxi in the peripheral vision of the captain

Following the accident, the TSB issued a marine safety information letter advising Transport Canada that there are no speed limits for vessels in the Tofino harbour and that the local authorities in Tofino were unaware of the Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations and the procedure for implementing speed restrictions.

“The report highlights that if busy harbours that have both marine and air operations do not have designated aircraft landing areas, means for aircraft to signal their presence, and vessel speed limits — there is an increased risk of collision as a result of vessels and aircraft operating in close proximity,” a TSB spokesperson said in an email.

Global News has reached out to the Tofino Harbour Authority for comment.

Isabel Bliss, who was a passenger on board the plane involved in the crash, said the harbour authority needs to heed the recommendations that were made in the TSB report.

“There are traffic operation schemes, whether it is a pilot-operated light in effect or visually marked on a chart or buoys on the water, and it’s shocking to me that Tofino doesn’t have (them) considering the amount of traffic they have,” she told Global News on Thursday.

‘I think it would be a dereliction of duty if the Tofino Harbour Authority doesn’t act on this report.”

The outcome of the collision could have been tragic, had it not been for the efforts of a community member who stepped up when it mattered most.

Ken Brown was at a nearby dock when he saw the float plane crash into the water taxi.

The Ahousaht man untied his own water taxi and rushed to the site of the collision.

As he approached the plane, it started to sink forward. A door to the plane opened and a young boy appeared.

“I extend my hand out and then I tell this little boy, ‘OK, you’ve got to come towards me.’ So he comes towards me. I get him aboard and he’s shivering,” he told Global News in 2021.

Brown then helped the boy’s father and two other passengers onto his boat and brought them ashore. The pilot of the plane was also brought safely to shore.

It wasn’t Brown’s first rescue, either. He was among the first on the scene six years prior when a whale-watching boat capsized. Six people were killed in the 2015 incident after a rouge wave toppled the boat. Brown said he helped save 13 people that day.

He says he is grateful for the praise he’s received from his community, but he is not entirely comfortable being called a hero – with one notable exception.

“I soak it in when my kids call me a hero,” he said. ” I’ll hug them and say, ‘Yeah, your dad’s a hero.’”

—with files from The Canadian Press and Jon Azpiri

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Coffee with a Kelowna cop making a comeback this April

In its ongoing effort to break down barriers between Mounties and the public, the Kelowna RCMP detachment is inviting residents to share a cup with joe with its members.

The April event series has been dubbed Coffee with a Cop and is a follow-up to the initial series that rolled out in January.

“It was a great experience in January,” Const. Mike Della-Paolera, Kelowna RCMP Media Relations Officer said in a press release.

“Several people came to speak with our team members during the Coffee with a Cop events in January, and we are looking forward to talking with even more people this time around.”

Beginning on Monday, the Kelowna RCMP will visit four different locations and the public is encouraged to join and ask any question they want.

“There is no purchase of a coffee necessary to speak to an RCMP officer,” RCMP said in a press release.

In April, Coffee with a Cop will be hosted at the following locations:

  • Monday, April 3: UBC Okanagan campus, courtyard outside, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 13: 350 Bakehouse Café, 567 Bernard Ave., 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 20: Kekuli Cafe – 3550 Carrington Rd., No. 307, West Kelowna, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: Downtown Kelowna Library, 1380 Ellis St., 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Man arrested after Toronto parking officer assaulted: police

A man has been arrested after a parking enforcement officer was assaulted in Toronto, police say.

Toronto police said officers received a report on Wednesday at 12:50 a.m. of an assault in the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue area.

Police said a parking enforcement officer working in the area issued a violation notice to an illegally parked vehicle.

Officers said the accused allegedly engaged the officer in a verbal dispute over the ticket.

According to police, the accused then allegedly threw a can of pop at the officer, hitting them in the shoulder, before fleeing the scene.

Officers said Oliver Steve Hernaez from Toronto was located and arrested.

He has been charged with assault with a weapon.

The accused is scheduled to appear in court in May.

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

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Should North Shore Rescue teams get more medical training? Study's finding raises question

Half of the calls responded to by North Shore Rescue over 25 years were so serious, a patient needed in-hospital medical assessment, a new study has found.

The analysis of search and rescue incident reports on the North Shore Mountains between 1995 and 2019 was published this year in the peer-reviewed Wilderness & Environmental Medicine journal.

Its findings suggest there is need for “evidence-based guidelines and core training competencies” in medicine for mountain search and rescue teams.

“We train hard and we train for what we see,” said co-author Dr. Alec Ritchie, an emergency room physician at Lions Gate Hospital and North Shore Rescue’s medical team lead.

“Now that we know what we see, that’ll influence the type of training we do, what type of equipment we try to get, fundraising requests and that sort of thing.”

The research team scoured nearly 2,100 calls and included 906 subjects, 65 per cent of whom were men, in the analysis. The top three activities involved in the cases studied were hiking, biking and snow sports.

Researchers used the National Advisory Committee of Aeronautics severity score to grade whether incidents were classified as medically traumatic. Fifty-four per cent fell under the category of “trauma,” with the top three body regions impacted being the lower limbs, the head and the torso.

Other calls had nothing to do with sports but involved other serious, unrelated medical issues for which treatment was far away. Of the incidents deemed “non-traumatic,” the study found mental health crises, exposure and cardiovascular incidents were the top three causes of rescue calls.

“By non-trauma, I mean a medical issue that is not caused by an accident or force,” Ritchie explained on 980 CKNW’s The Jill Bennett Show on Thursday afternoon.

“With 41 per cent being non-trauma, we were quite surprised.”

North Shore Rescue is a volunteer-based search and rescue team that operates every day of the year as one of the oldest of its kind in Canada. It responds to about 130 calls per year.

All of its volunteers have first aid training, Ritchie said, and the advanced medical team is available to handle more severe medical calls.

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Canmore General Hospital meets fundraising goal to upgrade emergency department

The Canmore General Hospital’s emergency department will be getting a big upgrade after a successful fundraising campaign.

More than $2.2 million was raised for the hospital, the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation announced on Thursday.

The foundation first announced the fundraising goal last November and finally reached it through community donors and a “transformational gift” from locals Lorne Heuckroth and Joyce Heukroth.

The project, dubbed the Canmore General Hospital ED Project, will improve patient flow, create private patient treatment spaces and meet current infection prevention and control standards.

The whole project will cost around $4.4 million and will include additional funding from the Alberta government and Alberta Health Services.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and is expected to be completed late next year.

“I would like to congratulate the Canmore & Area Health Care Foundation on achieving this very ambitious goal,” said Health Minister Jason Copping in a news release.

“It’s inspiring to see everyone working together to ensure we continue to provide the best possible healthcare in Canmore and area.”

Steven Scott, the foundation’s board chair, is grateful for the generosity from the community.

“Reaching our fundraising goal could not have happened without the community engagement from every person and organization who donated to our campaign,” he said.

“A special thank you is in order to the Heuckroth family, whose incredible generosity enabled us to reach our goal and get the project underway in record time.”

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