Ongoing History Daily: The Pixies' words of wisdom to Pearl Jam

Back 1990, The Pixies were an extremely hot commodity. One of their biggest fans was Eddie Vedder, who considered them a major influence, especially with the way singer Black Francis attacked a song.

When Pearl Jam got a deal with Epic Records, he discovered that Pixies drummer David Lovering was married to a publicist at Epic. Eddie contacted David looking for guidance. What did the band need to do? How should they treat the relationship with their label. What did a brand new band have to do to cut through all the noise?

David gave him this advance: “This is something that you love, playing music. Just enjoy yourself.” That seemed to work, didn’t it?

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Ongoing History: The lost David Bowie/Bob Dylan debut

All through his professional life, David Bowie was a big fan of Bob Dylan. In fact, there’s a song on Bowie’s 1971 album, Hunky Dory, entitled Song for Bob Dylan. There was also a considerable amount of respect coming back from Dylan, too.

In fact, Bowie says he wrote a lot of things with Zimmy, and at one point, there were plans for the two of them to duet on an unnamed song. “We got it in our heads that we could do a duet, like a thing,” says Bowie. It seemed to be a thing one evening, but the morning after, Dylan ghosted Bowie on the idea and it never happened.

You have to wonder what such a recording would have sounded like? I’ll bet that the lyrics would have been great.

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Ongoing History Daily: Max Martin's hair metal band

Before Sweden’s Karl Martin Sandberg changed his name to Max Martin and became a writer and producer of number-one pop hits for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Pink, the Backstreet Boys, and so many others, he was—wait for it—in a hair metal band.

Martin began in music in 1985 while still in high school when he was the lead singer of a glam metal band called It’s Alive. They eventually released a couple of albums and developed a sound that wasn’t unlike what we hear from Faith No More. Unfortunately, things did not go well for It’s Alive. Outside of a bit of a bump in Sweden, the group went nowhere and the band broke up.

Martin moved into writing and producing under the mentorship of a Swedish producer named Denniz Pop. That worked and within a few years, he was cranking out some of the biggest pop songs the planet has ever seen. Talk about a career change, huh?

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Ongoing History Daily: A new non-drug way of combating diabetes?

Diabetes is one of the most common afflictions found in the general public and there are many different drugs that can be used to treat it. But how about music? Can it be used to stimulate the body’s production of insulin? Apparently so.

Earlier this year, Swiss researchers published an article in the medical journal The Lancet detailing a procedure where insulin-producing cells are implanted in the body and subjected to different triggers from outside. They tried light, temperature, and electric fields. But there’s also another way to stimulate these capsules: music.

By exposing the patient to certain songs, the capsules do their magic, causing them to release insulin within just minutes. They tried all sorts of different tracks, but the one that’s worked the best—at least so far—is We Will Rock You by Queen.

A clinical application is still not feasible—this is just a proof of concept so far—but the results have been promising.


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Edmonton Oilers scored three in the third to win in Seattle

Despite being outshot 32-14, the Edmonton Oilers picked up a 4-1 pre-season win Monday night in Seattle.

Xavier Bourgault opened the scoring 6:38 into the game, whacking in a rebound of a Ben Gleason shot off the rush. The Kraken tied it when Kailer Yamamoto tapped in a loose puck in the crease on the power play.

The Oilers were badly outplayed in the second period, but Jack Campbell held them in the game, making 12 saves.

Connor McDavid fired a low shot past Philipp Grubauer early in the third. Later, just as an Oilers power play expired, Philip Broberg sent a sharp backhand pass to Bourgault, who zipped home his second of the night.

“I think Xavier has had a really good camp. He’s a really smart player. Last year, he got his feet wet in professional hockey. He’s giving a good account of himself”, Woodcroft said of the 20 year old.

Jack Campbell was strong all night in the Oilers net. Halfway through the third, he manifested a stretching glove save on Jared McCann.

“I learned so much last year and worked super hard this summer on so many things. It’s just fun to be back, this group’s hungry and nothing better than being around a bunch of guys that are craving to win”, Campbell said.

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Mattias Janmark scored a late empty netter.

Gleason had two assists and was +4. Campbell made 31 saves.

The Oilers continue the pre-season at home Wednesday against Calgary (630 CHED, Face-off Show at 5:30 p.m., game at 7 p.m.).

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Eating disorder rates jumped ‘significantly’ among adolescents amid COVID: study

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Eating disorders requiring hospital care increased “significantly” among children and teenagers in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research.

A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on Tuesday revealed that emergency department visits and hospitalizations for eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa were higher than expected among adolescents aged 10 to 17 years.

Researchers in Ontario looked at province-wide data from March 2020 to August 2022 and compared it with pre-pandemic numbers from January 2017 to February 2020.

Since the pandemic started, they found that the overall rate of ER visits among adolescents jumped by 121 per cent above expected levels, whereas the rate of hospital admissions was up 54 per cent above what was expected in that age bracket.

“The pandemic shed light on eating disorders, and it served as a catalyst to bring these issues forward,” said Dr. Alene Toulany, an adolescent medicine specialist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and one of the study co-authors.

“What we found was … there was a persistent surge in emergency department visits and hospitalizations for young people, especially,” she told Global News in an interview.

Emergency visits among young adults aged 18 to 26 years and older Canadians aged 41 years and above also went up during the pandemic period, but relatively smaller increases were observed, the study said.

Meanwhile, hospital admissions related to eating disorders for all Canadians aged 18 and older decreased below the expected rate.

In all age groups, women required higher rates of hospital care for eating disorders than was expected, according to the CMAJ study.

“A combination of risk factors — including isolation, increased time on social media, extended time spent with family, decreased access to care and fear of infection — may contribute to an increased risk of development or exacerbation of an eating disorder,” the authors said in the study.

“An overall rise in mental health disorders may be contributing to important comorbidities among those presenting with eating disorders,” they added.

Concern around health and fitness may have also caused disordered eating or worsened prior symptoms with fewer opportunities to exercise as gyms were closed, promotion of at-home workouts on social media, and fear of gaining weight during the COVID-19 pandemic, the researchers noted.

Toulany said “adolescents are uniquely vulnerable” to many of the stressors that the pandemic evoked, which could explain why they were more likely to seek care, but she added that additional research is needed to understand what is driving the increase in eating disorders.

“It’s important to note that the impact on adolescents seems disproportionate and that may be reflective of their developmental stage,” she said.

The authors urged more research on this topic and called on healthcare authorities to increase funding and resources for eating disorder programs for adolescents and adults in the country.

“We’re really hoping that our work heightens awareness on eating disorders and also the importance of bolstering supports not just for adolescent populations, but adults as well,” Toulany said.

There is growing research and concern about the mental health toll of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, particularly among the younger population.

Another study published in the CMAJ last month showed that pediatric hospital visits for self-harm saw a “large” increase during the first years of COVID-19 in Canada.

Meanwhile, the damaging impact of social media — particularly on young people — has been well documented.

One such report published last year found that Instagram’s algorithms are pushing pro-eating disorder content to millions of users, many of whom are minors as young as nine and 10 years old.

If you or a loved one is suffering from disordered eating, the National Eating Disorder Information Centre offers an online chat and toll-free helpline (1-866-633-4220) to help connect people with support.

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Illness-plagued Jets fall short in Calgary 5-4 in final preseason road game

Icing fewer veterans than they would have hoped in their fifth of six preseason games, the Winnipeg Jets let an early lead get away in a 5-4 loss in Calgary Monday night.

Mark Scheifele and Morgan Barron were initially slated to play but were left back in Winnipeg as an illness spreads through the locker room, meaning Brad Lambert and Dominic Toninato got the late call to suit up.

After the Flames were denied on a pair of early power plays, Winnipeg got on the board first as a player looking to make a final impression on the coaching staff pitched in.

As Ville Heinola snuck in from the point, Cole Perfetti found him with a perfect backhand pass and Heinola wired it past a sliding Jacob Markstrom to make it 1-0 just over six minutes in.

Winnipeg doubled their lead just over 14 minutes into the frame when a Logan Stanley point shot ricocheted off the end-boards and bounced right in front of the net where Toninato whacked it over Markstrom.

The Jets looked to head into the first intermission with a two-goal lead but Elias Lindholm cut the lead in half with a controversial goal, if you can call a goal controversial in the preseason.

After the Flames won a puck battle along the boards in the Winnipeg end, Lindholm slashed the stick out of Brenden Dillon’s hands, a clear penalty that went uncalled.

As several members of the Jets yelled for a call, Lindholm found open space and one-timed a pass that got by Connor Hellebuyck to make it 2-1 with just under 12 seconds remaining in the first.

Icing a lineup that should closely resemble the one they put out there on opening night next week, Calgary led on the shot clock 15-13 through 20 minutes and looked to keep that edge in the second as they trailed by a goal.

But after a strong start to the second for the Flames, it was Winnipeg restoring their two goal lead.

David Gustafsson finished off a give-and-go with Parker Ford to make it 3-1 at the 5:29 mark of the period.

Winnipeg then failed badly on their first power play of the game, which swung momentum Calgary’s way that they rode to take the lead.

Adam Ruzicka won a battle in front of Hellebuyck and slid the puck into the net at the 11:57 mark to make it 3-2.

74 seconds later, Dillon Dube banged home a rebound to tie the game. 70 seconds after that, new captain Mikael Backlund outmuscled Lambert in front of the goal to knock home another rebound and give Calgary the lead.

In all, three goals in 2:24 put the Flames ahead but the advantage lasted all of 25 seconds as Gustafsson beat Markstrom with a wrist shot from distance that should have been stopped, leveling the game 4-4 after 40 minutes.

Calgary continued to carry a big edge in shots on goal, outshooting Winnipeg 18-9 in the second and 33-22 overall through 40 minutes.

The Flames carried a power play into the third after Perfetti took a hooking penalty late in the second and the home side took full advantage.

Matt Coronato took a nice cross-ice pass from Backlund and ripped a shot high over the shoulder of an unscreened Hellebuyck to put Calgary up for good.

Winnipeg managed just six shots on goal in the final frame as they wound up being outshot 46-28 in the loss. Hellebuyck stopped 41 shots in the defeat.

The Jets now head home to face Ottawa Thursday in their final preseason game. Puck drop from downtown Winnipeg is 7 p.m. with pregame coverage on 680 CJOB starting at 5 p.m.

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Gas prices could drop 21 cents in Metro Vancouver this week

After a spike of around 10 cents per litre last week, the price of gas in Metro Vancouver is expected to drop by as much as 21 cents by Wednesday, according to one industry analyst.

“Christmas may very well come early for Vancouver drivers to hold off till Wednesday morning,” Dan McTeague with Gas Wizard said.

Last week, McTeague predicted prices would stay high for some time, but now says we could see a drop to 184 cents per litre because of a major regulatory change in California.

“Primarily because the state of California decided to allow all gasoline imported into that state to be made available for sale,” he said.

“California has a very strict, very rigorous fuel standard and with the supply issue, a serious problem with two refineries partially shutting down and some refineries going to maintenance. It was bringing the significant crimp on supply not just in California, but pretty much all along the west coast.”

McTeague says we saw a similar drop a year ago as summer turned to fall and summer blends of gasoline were switched to winter.

Despite the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend in Canada, McTeague does not expect another significant increase like the one experienced last week.

“If anything, we might actually see a slight increase or prices remaining the same. I saw increase because we bought a bit of a break today because the Canadian dollar isn’t being traded today.”

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Deadline for Kelowna voters to oppose $241M loan fast approaching

It is a colossal amount of money, that the city of Kelowna is hoping to borrow for recreational construction projects across the city-including building a brand new facility to replace Parkinson Rec Centre. But to borrow the money it needs voter approval and to do that, it's using what's called the Alternative Approval Process but the deadline to voice opposition is fast approaching and as our Taya Fast is finding out, many people are still unaware how it works.

The City of Kelowna, B.C., is hoping to borrow a colossal amount of money for recreational construction projects across the community.

In order to borrow the money, it needs voter approval and to do that it’s using what is called the Alternative Approval Process (AAP).

Global News spoke with several Kelowna residents who were either unaware the city was going through an AAP right now or were unaware on how it works.

“I heard about it on the news with you guys,” said Kelowna resident Glenna Turnbull. “I am very against it; I think it is ridiculous. I wanted to download the form, but I don’t have a printer so I couldn’t.”

“An Alternative Approval Process? I do not know what that is,” said Kelowna resident Jules Ke. “If it was advertised to me in a more concise matter, instead of me just finding out about it now, I believe I would vote yes.”

“No, I’ve never heard of that,” said Kelowna resident Thea White. “I do support, though, expanding and upgrading the recreational centres.”

The city is currently using the AAP to get approval to borrow $241 million to build a brand-new facility to replace the aging Parkinson Recreation Centre (PRC) as well as upgrade and replace several other rec amenities across the community.

“It’s a form of elector approval for the borrowing — so the project is borrowing just over $240 million in support of the redevelopment of PRC and other recreation centres,” said Kelowna Deputy City Clerk Laura Bentley.

“And to approve of that borrowing it requires what is called electoral approval. The APP means that those who are opposed to the borrowing have to submit that response form.”

Back in June, city council voted in favour of using the AAP, instead of going to a referendum, to borrow the funds.

According to Bentley, the city looked at a number of factors before making the decision to use the AAP.

“Cost effectiveness and timeliness are some of those factors as well as convenience for the public,” said Bentley.

“So rather than coming to prescribed voting locations on select few days, members of the public can do this at any time during the AAP, access the information and fill out that form and return it to us.”

And with only a week and a half left before the deadline, the clock is ticking for those against borrowing the money for the massive project.

It would take 10 per cent of eligible voters in Kelowna to vote against borrowing the money for it to be defeated. In this case, that means around 12,160 people would have to vote no.

“You have to be 18 years or older, a Canadian citizen, a resident of BC for at least 6 months, and a resident of Kelowna,” added Bentley, “and then complete the form with your full name, your residential address and your signature.”

However, the city’s decision to use the AAP has sparked some controversy and confusion.

One Kelowna woman has made it her goal to inform as many residents as possible about the city’s plan to use the AAP.

“I’m going out into the city every day, to different areas of the city, letting people know that the City of Kelowna has given itself permission to borrow $241 million without a referendum,” said Kelowna resident, Renee Del Colle in September.

“A lot of people don’t even know this is happening, and they’re completely confused.”

Del Colle went on to say that she is not opposed to the city wanting to upgrade some of the recreation amenities, however, is concerned about the way the city is trying to do it, and the costs associated.

“The Alternative Approval Process — I don’t understand how it even was considered for this project. It’s not appropriate for the biggest capital expenditure that Kelowna’s ever going to undertake,” said Del Colle.

“It’s not appropriate to use the AAP for something that’s going to take 30 years to pay back through property and business taxes.”

More information and the forms are available on the City of Kelowna website and the deadline to vote against the AAP is Friday, Oct. 13 at 4:00 p.m.

If enough people vote no to borrowing the money, council would then have two options either scrap the project or go to a referendum.

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B.C. Conservative leader criticized for comparing parental rights to residential schools

BC Conservative Party leader John Rustad is standing by his controversial social media post that appeared to compare the SOGI school curriculum with the tragedy of Indigenous residential schools. Janet Brown reports.

The leader of the Conservative Party of B.C.  is taking heat from both Indigenous communities and LGBTQ2 activists for a social media post critics say compares the province’s SOGI 123 resources to residential schools.

John Rustad, the MLA for Nechako Lakes, made the post to X, formally Twitter, on Sept. 30’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

“Today is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation — or Orange Shirt Day. Today, we remember what happens when the Canadian government thinks it’s better at raising children than parents. I will always stand with parents,” the post reads.

Parental rights in Canada were recently brought to the forefront due to protests over the SOGI 123 resource.

SOGI 123 is a resource package designed to help teachers and school administrators reduce discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in their curriculum. It provides guidance and tools teachers can weave into their lessons and language but is not a fully-formed curriculum in itself.

Some B.C. parents have expressed concern with the gender-inclusive educational resources, saying it is taking away their right to decide what their children learn in public schools.

Some groups have used the banner of parental rights to argue for a ban on teaching sexual orientation and gender identity in B.C. schools.

However, some organizations like the BC Teachers’ Federation say critics of the program are using parental consent as a “dog whistle for rising homophobia and transphobia.”

Rustad denies he is making a comparison to SOGI 123, arguing his statement was “historically accurate.”

“I’m not comparing that. What I’m talking about is the fact that what happened with the Canadian government interfering and making a decision that they knew best in terms of the children’s education and taking away those rights from parents, obviously led to very tragic results,” he said.

When asked if he believed the rights of parents were being taken away now, Rustad said what he saw was that parents were speaking out because they did not feel they were being engaged.

However, even the spectre of comparing the educational tool to the systematic removal of Indigenous children from their homes, communities and culture does not sit well with Indigenous leaders like Squamish Nation councillor Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn).

“I think it was insensitive. I think it was undermining his political views and his platform, but at the same time driving a narrative that sort of rattles people,” Williams said.

“I think he’s purposely rattling people (and) trying to control the narrative when he publicly speaks, but it’s not going over well.

“From an Indigenous perspective, when we have members who are vulnerable and are part of the LGBTQ+ community, it’s very, very hurtful. We’re in a time and place today where we want to protect our people, but at the same time, empower them for who they are.”

When asked about Williams’ response, Rustad said, “There’s going to be lots of people who are gonna say lots of things. And that’s fine. That’s what free speech is about.”

BC United MLA and LGBTQ2 advocate Elenore Sturko criticized Rustad online for the post.

“John Rustad not only needs to make an unequivocal apology for his misappropriation of NDTR but also for calling homosexuality a ‘lifestyle’ in media interviews where he doubled down in his ignorance,” Sturko posted.

“John Rustad’s attempt to liken the cultural genocide of Indigenous people with arrests of LGBT people – as a means of justifying his political dog whistling – is incredibly insulting to Indigenous people & to members of the LGBT community.”

B.C. New Democrat MLA Ravi Parmar also took to social media to call Rustad’s post “a disgraceful comparison” and an attempt to “co-opt this day to spread fear and attack the rights of queer kids.”

Williams says if he could speak to Rustad, he would invite him to meet and build a relationship, with the hope of fostering understanding around the significance of Sept. 30 and Orange Shirt Day.

“Hopefully that’ll help him as a leader in his motivation to be a leader, but at the same time, help expand this peripheral in regards to indigenous history.”

Rustad has previously called for an end to the SOGI 123 program in schools.

“Parents need to be engaged in their (kids’) education. It is not the government’s responsibility to raise children. It is parents’ responsibility and those need to be supportive,” he said Monday.

“Having said that, our schools need to be safe. They need to have anti-bullying, like it should be zero tolerance. Everybody should be able to feel safe in our schools.”

Rustad was first elected in 2005 with the then-B.C. Liberal party — now B.C. United — and served as minister of Aboriginal relations and reconciliation. He was removed from the BC Liberal caucus in 2022 for suggesting carbon dioxide emissions were not a factor in climate change.

He sat as an independent until this past February before joining the Conservative Party of B.C. and being acclaimed its leader a month later.

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