The Ongoing History of New Music, episode: 938: 14 incredibly important Canadian punk bands

We’ve all heard the stories about where punk came from. Here’s the precis: The New York Dolls and a few other bands started playing gigs in a crappy area of New York City that attracted musicians, artists, and various degenerates looking for places with low rent. This leads to the opening of CBGB in 1973, which becomes the centre of a scene that gave home to bands like Television, Blondie, Talking Heads, and most importantly, The Ramones.

In July 1976, The Ramones fly to London to play a show at the Roundhouse attended by curious kids who then either continue with their nascent punk plans–that would include The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and a few others–and inspire others to form their own groups. And from there, punk spread across the world.

That’s the elevator pitch for punk’s origin story. What’s missing is Canada’s involvement. And believe me, The Great White North had a lot to say about punk in those either days. And I mean a lot.

Toronto was the third leg of a punk triangle that extend to New York and London. Ideas, trends, and music were constantly being exchanged. Meanwhile, out on the West Coast, there was a fierce Vancouver scene that worked largely along north-south routes into the US. And then across the country, there were pockets of punk that had their own spheres of influence.

This history needs to be told. And we’re going to do it by looking at the stories of 14 incredibly important Canadian punk bands from back in the day.

Songs heard on this show:

  • Teenage Head, Picture My Face
  • Viletones, Screamin’ Fist
  • The Diodes, Tired of Waking Up Tired
  • B-Girls, Fun at the Beach (Live)
  • Demics, New York City
  • The Curse, Shoeshine Boy
  • D.O.A., My Old Man’s a Bum
  • Dishrags, I Don’t Love You
  • Young Canadians, Hawaii
  • The Subhumans, Urban Guerilla
  • Pointed Sticks, The Marching Song
  • Forgotten Rebels, I’m in Love with the System
  • SNFU, She’s Not on the Menu
  • Propagandhi, I Vant U 2 Vant Me

Naturally, Eric Wilhite has a playlist for us.

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Spouse of gunman to testify at N.S. shooting hearings but won't be cross-examined

Lisa Banfield, the spouse of the gunman behind the Nova Scotia mass shooting, will now testify at the inquiry. Banfield is charged with providing ammunition to the shooter without knowledge of his plan. Her lawyers said that was why she wouldn't be able to take part. But as Callum Smith explains, a significant development Wednesday changes that. And a warning: this story contains details about domestic violence.

The spouse of the gunman in the Nova Scotia mass shooting will testify mid-July before a public inquiry, but she won’t face direct questions from lawyers representing victims’ families.

Lisa Banfield, on the advice of her lawyers, had initially refused to speak under oath at the hearings into the 22 killings carried out by her spouse on April 18-19, 2020.

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However, she changed her stance after a criminal charge laid against her for supplying ammunition to the killer was referred to restorative justice.

The public inquiry said today in a news release that due to Banfield’s status as a “survivor of the perpetrator’s violence,” only the inquiry’s lawyer will be asking her questions during her July 15 appearance.

Lisa Banfield, second from left, spouse of Gabriel Wortman, is escorted by friends along with lawyer James Lockyer, right, as they leave Nova Scotia Provincial court in Dartmouth on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

Lisa Banfield, second from left, spouse of Gabriel Wortman, is escorted by friends along with lawyer James Lockyer, right, as they leave Nova Scotia Provincial court in Dartmouth on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.


Josh Bryson, a lawyer for the family of victims Peter and Joy Bond, says his clients are losing faith in the credibility of the inquiry.

Bryson says the families’ lawyers have been polite and respectful throughout the hearings, adding that it is frustrating to be denied the opportunity to pose direct questions to key witnesses.

“Cross-examination can make or break a witness’s evidence … You test the evidence in a meaningful and trauma-informed way,” he said in an interview today.

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The inquiry has also refused to allow cross-examination of Staff Sgt. Brian Rehill and Staff Sgt. Andy O’Brien, who were the first RCMP managers overseeing the response to the shootings.

Emily Hill, senior commission counsel, says participating lawyers can submit their questions in advance and can provide follow-up questions to the inquiry’s lawyer to ask during the single day set aside to hear Banfield.

Banfield’s evidence could provide further information about the killer’s personal history and state of mind and may also be key to the commission’s mandate to examine the “role of gender-based and intimate-partner violence” in the killer’s actions.

The inquiry has heard she was the last person with the gunman before he went on his rampage.

The killer allegedly assaulted her and confined her in a car, but she managed to escape. She fled into the woods and hid before emerging the next morning and telling police the killer was driving a replica RCMP vehicle.

The RCMP have said from the outset that Banfield wasn’t aware of her spouse’s intentions when she provided him with ammunition, but they proceeded with charges alleging she, her brother and her brother-in-law had illegally transferred ammunition to the killer.

During a briefing this morning, the commission confirmed that senior RCMP officers, including Supt. Darren Campbell, Chief Supt. Chris Leather, assistant commissioner Lee Bergerman and Commissioner Brenda Lucki will testify in July and August — under oath and subject to cross-examination.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 30, 2022.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Suspect in violent central Hamilton sex assault arrested, charged: police

Police have made an arrest in connection with a violent central Hamilton sex assault that sent a woman to hospital with life-threatening injuries on Monday morning.

A spokesperson for Hamilton police says a 24-year-old man from the city, whose name has not been released, appeared in court Thursday facing an aggravated sexual assault charge.

“The suspect responsible for this senseless beating and sexual assault has been identified and was arrested last night at approximately 10 p.m. by detectives without incident,” Const. Indy Bharaj said in an e-mail on Thursday morning.

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The offences stem from an attack that took place around 3 a.m. near Barton Street East between Emerald Street North and Oak Avenue on June 27.

“Hamilton Police were flagged down by a witness in the area of 353 Barton Street East after a female was found to be seriously assaulted in a nearby alleyway,” police said in a release.

“Investigators have determined based on evidence that this assault contained a sexual component and are treating this as a sexual assault investigation.”

A 46-year-old woman remains in critical condition and unconscious at a local hospital as a result of the incident.

In a presser at central station on Wednesday, Det. Sgt. Steve Berezuik confirmed a witness saw the woman, a sex trade worker, enter the alley with a male suspect, and heard her screaming for help a short time later.

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The man fled the scene on foot, heading west on Barton, but left behind his jacket — described as black and white with a NASA logo.

Investigators are acknowledging the help they’ve received from the public that aided in the arrest on Wednesday.


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About to renew your rent? Here’s how to prepare for a potential price hike

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The rate advantage city renters saw during the pandemic is fading, making it important for those without rent controls to plan ahead for potentially substantial increases.

List prices for new rentals were up about 20 per cent in May for cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary compared with a year earlier, data from showed.

The price hike was attributed to students and remote workers returning to urban centres, immigration numbers rising, and house hunters turning to rentals while waiting out market uncertainty.

The combined pressures mean that existing tenants in provinces without, or with limits on, rent controls can expect jumps at renewal, and could benefit from negotiations with a landlord to limit that increase.

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There is no limit to how much a landlord can increase rent prices in Alberta and Saskatchewan. A growing number of people in Ontario are also subject to a limitless increase as rent controls don’t apply to units first occupied after Nov. 15, 2018.

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick had no limits on rent increases going into the pandemic, but a spike in migration and property buying led to soaring rental rate increases, prompting the provinces to bring in legislation for this year.

Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the territories also have no limits on how much rent can increase, while other provinces have various systems that limit or cap rate increases for existing tenants.

For those subject to unrestricted increases, experts say there are some approaches worth trying to limit the price hike, but they warn that those renting in hot markets shouldn’t bank on discounts.

“Even if you have an awesome tenant that you want to encourage to stay, we’re suggesting our renewal rates based on the market rent,” said Kerry Hunter, owner of Property Solutions Real Estate Group Inc. in Calgary.

However, Hunter, whose company works both in real estate sales and property management, said that many landlords are open to some discount if asked.

“A tenant can appeal to the landlord, perhaps accepting an increase but asking for some acknowledgement for being a great tenant that pays consistently on time that always takes care of protecting the property. And most of our owners are willing to do that.”

Tenants can also ask about what the best term would be, and possibly get a better rate by signing on to a longer-term lease, said Hunter.

She said however that with rising costs there is a smaller window for reduced prices, and that most of her clients are increasing prices between five to 10 per cent for existing tenants, and even more for new ones.

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Cost increases, including rising interest rates, is also narrowing options for landlords in Toronto, said Christan Bosley, president of Bosley Real Estate, but there’s still the opportunity to ask.

“If your landlord is an investor, they are probably much more likely to try and maintain that market value over time. But they will usually be more lenient to somebody who is qualified, consistently pays on time, takes care of the property, all that kind of stuff.”

She recommends reaching out to a landlord early to know where things stand, which given landlords need to provide 90 days notice for rate increases means thinking quite a bit ahead.

“I think it’s better to go into any sort of contract renewal with transparency. So if I were a tenant today, I would be starting that conversation five to six months ahead.”

While it depends on how a property is managed, Bosley recommends an actual conversation to get the clearest picture.

“My viewpoint is always email and text message can be misinterpreted very quickly. And if you’re just looking to have a dialogue about what the expectation is at the end of the lease, you’re much more likely to end up on the same page with a phone call.”

Having that conversation can also reveal other smaller areas a landlord might be flexible in, said Bosley, such as damage deposits or pet fees.

Before approaching the landlord it’s important to know the market, said Geordie Dent, executive director of the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations.

“You want to look at what’s being advertised and what’s normal. And you kind of want to try to use that to negotiate with your landlord. Would I be able to find anything cheaper than what a landlord’s offering, that’s what you kind of want to get a handle on.”

He said that in Ontario it can be worthwhile pointing out the provincial rent increase guideline, which stands at 1.2 per cent for 2022, and 2.5 per cent for 2023 as a sort of reference.

While the tight market means there’s little threat of an apartment staying empty for a long stretch, it’s still worth noting the stress of switching tenants, said Dent.

“Somebody else moving in can be stressful and difficult for a landlord too, so sometimes you can convince them that it’s easier to just keep you in at a reasonable rate.”

Ultimately though, even the uncertainty itself created by uncontrolled rent, let alone the threat of economic eviction, points to a problem in the system, said Dent.

“The kind of security of tenure element which is supposed to be kind of a bedrock of rental has been totally eroded. Right now landlords just want the highest rent they can get on the market as quickly as possible it’s just creating all kinds of pressure.”

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Morning news rewind: Thursday, June 30

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Medic Minute, Travel Tips, Nutrien Tower grand opening, and kittens in Adopt a Pet.

Here’s your morning rewind for the Thursday, June 30, edition of Global News Morning Saskatoon.

Medic Minute: 2J2 fitness supporting First Nation communities

Joel Pederson is bringing his 2J2 fitness program to seven First Nation communities in Saskatchewan this summer.

It provides functional fitness, boot camps, self-defence and a youth triathlon program.

Pederson has more details on the program and how Fred Sasakamoose has inspired him in this Medic Minute segment.

Exploring European river cruises in Travel Tips

River cruises are a great way to explore Europe.

Shammi Rathwell from Ixtapa Travel is passionate about the cruises, having been on a number over the years.

She explains what is included in a river cruise and options for upcoming cruises this fall in this Travel Tips segment.

Nutrien moves into new tower, ramping up potash production

These are very busy times for Nutrien.

The Saskatoon-based potash producer is ramping up production and moving into a brand-new location.

Interim CEO Ken Sietz joins Chris Carr to talk about everything that’s going on at Nutrien these days.

Bumble Bee and Zoomba seek new homes in Adopt a Pet

Meet Bumble Bee and Zoomba, two adorable kittens at the Saskatoon SPCA who need new homes.

Jemma Omidian discusses the best type of homes for the kittens.

She also has an update on the current feline situation at the shelter.

Saskatoon’s top headlines: Thursday, June 30

Chris Carr has Saskatoon’s top headlines for Thursday, June 30.

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

'Forward together:' Manitoba Metis graphic designer creates logo for papal visit

Shaun Vincent points to a computer monitor that shows soaring eagles, salmon and a caribou herd that appear as if they are moving together in a brilliant blue circle.

The Winnipeg-based Metis graphic designer knows the weight the image in front of him holds — it is the logo for the Pope’s upcoming visit to Canada.

No other papal visit has had a logo like the swirling blue image that Vincent designed. Each line and curve hold meaning for Indigenous Peoples across the country, materializing as a great circular tide moving in tandem with peace doves and a set of keys to represent the Roman Catholic Church.

Vincent, 45, is an accomplished designer who has partnered with Indigenous communities and organizations for years. But when he was first approached to create imagery for the historic papal visit, Vincent says he declined the offer.

“This one scared me a little bit, considering what is at stake.”

Vincent is from St. Laurent, a small community northwest of Winnipeg on the shores of Lake Manitoba that was settled by Metis families in the early 1800s. He remains connected to his land and culture, which informs his designs.

He has worked closely with residential school survivors and elders and created the design layout for the National Residential School Memorial Register, which collected the names of each child who died at the institutions.

Vincent, like many people across the country, has been following closely as Canada and the Catholic Church reckon with their history and the discovery of unmarked graves at the sites of numerous former residential schools.

He watched from Manitoba as Pope Francis, earlier this year at the Vatican, apologized for the deplorable conduct of church members involved in those institutions.

Vincent said he asked himself what role, if any, he should take when Francis brings that apology to Canada in person. He consulted knowledge keepers, survivors and his family as he grappled with the decision.

They encouraged him to approach the logo as an opportunity to contribute to healing.

“We are where we are now and we have to go forward together,” Vincent says after a long silence.

The papal visit is set to start in Edmonton on July 24 and end in Iqaluit on July 29. It is to include public and private events with an emphasis on Indigenous participation. It’s expected Francis will deliver the apology at the Ermineskin Indian Residential School in the community of Maskwacis in Alberta.

At each stop of the journey, Vincent knows his design will be on full display. It’s a responsibility he reflected on deeply as he put pencil to paper.

“If you are coming here, if you are coming on this land, it needs to represent this land and (these) Peoples,” Vincent says.

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He says he thought of family and friends. He thought of traditions and teachings. He thought of the grandfather drum that gives rhythm to dance, circles of flowered beadwork and a circle of outstretched arms while throat singing under the sun.

Vincent explains that in a circle, all are equal. All are visible.

Then, Vincent says, he looked to plants and animals that have symbolism across many Indigenous nations.

“The idea of walking together, it happens in a lot of different communities in a lot of different ways,” he says.

“For me, I pictured more herds, more groups of animals and how they support each other.”

To the circular image he added eagles, which dance together in the sky and represent a connection to the Creator. He drew bison, which symbolize the support and strength of a herd. He sketched caribou, which persevere on harsh lands to find what they need to survive, along with Arctic char and salmon, which represent sustenance and the strength of great migrations.

Vincent says he chose the colour blue to bring the calming nature of water and air.

“(It) reinforces this idea that we all should be taking a breath and try to heal in all possible ways.”

The final design was approved by a committee that included elders and survivors.

Vincent says the logo is ready to go out into the world but, he says, it will develop new meanings to different people during the Pope’s visit.

He has faith it will bring healing.

“I’m scared a little bit, but I’m hopeful,” he says.

“I hope everyone sees it for the good that I was trying to put into it and that’s all I can really hope for.”

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Searing hot inflation could shift Canada Day BBQs to 'hotdogs instead of steaks'

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The Canada Day long weekend is the perfect time for burgers on the grill, cold drinks and time with family and friends.

Yet a backyard barbecue comes with a bigger price tag this year.

Food prices soared 9.7 per cent in May compared with a year ago as inflation hit its highest level in nearly 40 years.

Prices for many barbecue favourites like steaks and veggies have increased even more, which will make entertaining with family and friends this weekend costlier.

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Using prices gathered by Statistics Canada, the cost of hosting a Canada Day barbecue with eight adults and eight children today would cost $302.04 — more than 17 per cent higher than in 2021, when the bill came to $257.27.

The higher prices could prompt a shift in shopping and consumption habits as people look to save money at the grocery store.

“Prices are going up much faster than we’ve been accustomed to for the past four decades,” said Sal Guatieri, a senior economist at BMO Financial Group.

“People may start to switch to cheaper items, especially when it comes to food. They may substitute chicken for steak to save money, for example.”

Travelling over the long weekend will take an even bigger bite out of budgets. The cost of filling up one tank of gas and spending a night in a hotel room has risen to about $317 from about $220 a year ago — nearly 44 per cent higher.

Still, higher costs are not expected to deter Canadians from gathering and celebrating this Canada Day.

“The pent up demand to socialize and get out and have barbecues this summer will outweigh the higher costs,” Guatieri said.

“But once households have exhausted some of their savings and the pent up demand has waned, we could start to see a bigger change in behaviour.”

Despite skyrocketing costs, Canadians are better off this year compared to last year, University of Toronto economics professor Angelo Melino said.

“More Canadians are working and they’re working more hours,” he said. “The nation’s GDP, the amount of goods and services that we’re producing, has gone up and consumption has gone up pretty dramatically.”

While some higher costs could encourage Canadians to buy cheaper alternatives at the grocery, the prices for some backyard barbecue staples have remained stable.

“Alcohol and recreational cannabis are not up as much as other things so maybe beer is a cheap first of July beverage … but maybe (people will buy) hotdogs instead of steaks.”

Here is a look at the costs for items on a typical Canada Day barbecue menu.

(Food group percentages are the average price increase in May compared with one year ago, based on Statistics Canada inflation data. Additional details of a specific item’s price are average estimates from April 2021 and April 2022, the most recent month for which the price breakdown is available, and are not statistically comparable. Costs are the estimated cost of grocery shopping for a barbecue with 16 people.)

Beef: 11.2 per cent

The cost of a kilogram of striploin steak was $22.87 in April 2021. For a barbecue with eight adults, each consuming a roughly half-kilogram steak, the cost would be $91.48. A year later, the cost was $28.80 per kilogram for a total bill of $115.20.

Chicken: 7.9 per cent

In April 2021, chicken breasts cost $12.58 per kilogram. Two kilograms to share at the barbecue would cost $25.16. Today, with a price of $15.32 per kilogram, the cost would be $30.64.

Hotdogs, sausages: 9.9 per cent

In April 2021, about 400 grams of wieners cost $3.76, or about $7.52 for 800 grams (about two packages). In April 2022, the cost increased to $4.09 for 400 grams, or $8.18 for 800 grams.

Bread, rolls and buns: 11.1 per cent

White bread increased to $3.37 for 675 grams in April 2022 compared with $3.03 in April 2021.

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Vegetables: 10.2 per cent, fresh fruit: 11.3 per cent

A kilogram of tomatoes increased to $4.21 from $3.70, a kilogram of potatoes went down to $4.18 from $4.22,a kilogram of onions rose to $5.28 from $4.14 and romaine lettuce rose to $3.58 from $2.63. The price of a cantaloupe rose to $3.28 in April from $2.82 a year before. The cost of one avocado rose to $2.35 in April from $1.76 a year before.

Ice cream: 4.1 per cent

A litre of ice cream that cost about $4.50 in 2021, or $9 for two litres, would now cost about $4.70 or $9.40 for two litres.

Edible fats, oils: 30 per cent, Condiments, spices and vinegars: 20.6 per cent

A litre of ketchup rose to $4.07 from $3.32, mayonnaise rose to $5.93 from $4.55 and vegetable oil increased to $10.83 for three litres, up from $6.48 a year before.

Beer: 4.8 per cent

A 24-pack of beer that cost $47.50 a year ago would cost about $49.50 today.

Wine: 4.7 per cent

A $20 bottle of wine a year ago would cost a little under $21 today, or $40 for two bottles compared with $42 today.

The total cost of hosting a Canada Day barbecue in 2021 would have been about $257.31. Today the same barbecue would cost $302.00 — more than 17 per cent higher.

For those travelling this Canada Day weekend, inflation will hit even harder.

Traveller accommodation: 40.2 per cent

Hotel rooms have gone up from about $141 a year ago to about $200 in May.

Gasoline: 48 per cent

Gasoline prices in Canada in May 2021 were $1.32 a litre. In May 2022, prices across Canada hit an average $1.95 a litre. The cost to fill up a 60 litre gas tank rose from $79.20 each in 2021 to $117 each in 2021.

For a family travelling this Canada Day and filling up one tank of gas and spending one night in a hotel room, the cost has risen from about $220.20 to $317 — nearly 44 per cent higher.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

U.S. Supreme Court limits Washington’s power to cut emissions in ruling

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday imposed limits on the federal government’s authority to issue sweeping regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants in a ruling that will undermine President Joe Biden’s plans to tackle climate change.

The court’s 6-3 ruling restricted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal- and gas-fired power plants under the landmark Clean Air Act anti-pollution law. Biden’s administration is currently working on new regulations.

The court’s six conservatives were in the majority, with the three liberals dissenting.

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The justices overturned a 2021 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that had struck down Republican former President Donald Trump’s Affordable Clean Energy rule. That regulation would impose limits on a Clean Air Act provision called Section 111 that provides the EPA authority to regulate emissions from existing power plants.

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority has signaled ongoing skepticism toward expansive federal regulatory authority.

The case was centered around Trump’s Affordable Clean Energy rule intended to impose limits on a Clean Air Act provision called Section 111 that provides the EPA authority to regulate emissions from existing power plants.

A group of Republican-led U.S. states led by major coal producer West Virginia asked the justices to limit the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. Other challengers included coal companies and coal-friendly industry groups. Coal is among the most greenhouse gas-intensive fuels.

Democratic-led states and major power companies including Consolidated Edison Inc., Exelon Corp and PG&E Corp sided with President Joe Biden’s administration, as did the Edison Electric Institute, an investor-owned utility trade group.

The Biden administration wants the U.S. power sector decarbonized by 2035. The United States, behind only China in greenhouse gas emissions, is a pivotal player in efforts to combat climate change on a global basis.

The United Nations on Feb. 28, the same day as the Supreme Court’s oral arguments in the case, released a 3,675-page report urging global action to combat climate change.

The rule proposed by Trump, a supporter of the U.S. coal industry who also questioned climate change science, was meant to supplant Democratic former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan mandating major reductions in carbon emissions from the power industry.

The Supreme Court blocked Clean Power Plan implementation in 2016 without ruling on its lawfulness.

The decision was issued on the final day of rulings for the court’s current nine-month term.

© 2022 Reuters

What's open, what's closed on Canada Day in Halifax

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he was looking forward to Canada Day and both acknowledge what has happened in the past few years, and also celebrating "everything we stand for instead of giving into what we stand against." He also addressed the planned convoy protests taking place in Ottawa, saying he knew the police were taking seriously their responsibility to keep Canadians safe as they celebrate.

Canada Day 2022 will be the first one in three years where celebrations can take place without COVID-19 restrictions, and the city of Halifax is hosting a number of activities.

“Developed in close collaboration with Indigenous communities, KANA’TA: Canada Day 2022 offers programming that honours the traditions of the Mi’kmaw Nation and celebrates pan-Indigenous communities that call the municipality home,” the city said on its website.

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The programming includes Mawio’mi on the Commons, a Canada Day parade, free admission to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and the Canadian Museum of Immigration, free concerts and fireworks. A full list of events can be found on the municipality’s website.

July 1 is a designated retail closing day in Nova Scotia, and the following closures and changes are in effect:


Most retail stores — including grocery stores and malls — will be closed.

NSLC outlets will also be closed, although private wine and beer stores may be open.

Some pharmacies may be open, but could have limited hours.

Banks are closed.

Bus and ferry service

All Halifax Transit services – including conventional bus, Access-A-Bus, Regional Express service and ferry – will be free on Canada Day. The Alderney Ferry will be free on July 2.

Halifax Transit buses will be operating on the holiday (Sunday) schedule.

The Woodside ferry will not be running, while the Alderney ferry service will operate on an amended schedule.

The Alderney ferry will run every 30 minutes between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., and every 15 minutes between 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 p.m.


On-street metered parking is free on Canada Day.

“However, motorists are reminded to abide by other posted signage such as accessible parking, fire hydrants and no stopping,” the city said in a release.

Recreation, beaches and libraries

Municipal beaches open for the season on July 1, which means lifeguards will be on duty. However, Malay Falls and Webbers Beach will be unsupervised this summer.

Those looking to beat the heat can also head to municipal splashpads and pools on Canada Day.

The Bedford and Cole Harbour outdoor pools, as well as the Halifax Common splashpad will be open. But due to construction of the new Halifax Commons Aquatics Facility, the Halifax Common outdoor pool will remain closed for the season.

Equipment lending will be open at the Emera Oval from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., “with equipment lending available if weather and surface conditions permit,” the city said in a release.

Many recreation facilities will be closed on July 1 and residents are advised to call ahead to facilities to get their operating hours and program information.

All HRM libraries will also be closed.

Garbage collection

There will be no municipal solid waste collection on July 1. Curbside collection of garbage, organics or recyclables normally scheduled for July 1 will instead take place on July 2.

The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility, the Halifax recycling facility and municipal composting facilities will all be closed on July 1 and will be open for regular hours on July 2.

The Household Special Waste Depot in Bayers Lake will be closed on July 2, but will be open on July 9, the city said.

As well, a mobile Household Special Waste Depot will be held at Cole Harbour Place on July 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., “rain or shine.”

Customer Contact Centres

The 311 Contact Centre will operate as normal between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on July 1. However, the three Customer Service Centres that provide in-person services and payments will be closed and will reopen on July 4.

Canada Post

There is no collection or delivery of mail on Canada Day.

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

Queen of Alberni's eight Thursday sailings cancelled: BC Ferries

The Queen of Alberni has had all of its Thursday sailings cancelled due to damages on the ferry, according to BC Ferries.

The following sailings for June 30 have been cancelled:

  • 7:40 am out of Departure Bay
  • 10:00 am out of Horseshoe Bay
  • 12:25 pm out of Departure Bay
  • 2:45 pm out of Horseshoe Bay
  • 5:00 pm out of Departure Bay
  • 7:20 pm out of Horseshoe Bay
  • 9:30 pm out of Departure Bay
  • 11:40 pm out of Horseshoe Bay

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“An additional issue was discovered with the Queen of Alberni’s piston assembly, which will require critical machining to repair,” BC Ferries staff said.

BC Ferries said the repairs are significant and Friday’s sailings for the boat could be impacted.

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