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Millions of transit fares underpaid in 2023: Winnipeg union
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Millions of transit fares underpaid in 2023: Winnipeg union

ATU 1505 said there were about 4.4 million instances of transit fare evasion last year. It doesn't know what the financial loss is yet, but said in 2022, millions went unpaid.

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Court offers look into final moments before arrest in COVID-19 abduction trial

RCMP officers Spencer Hornoi and Toril Romailler arrested Jackson in Vernon, B.C., on Feb. 24, 2022.

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University of B.C. to add 778 technology seats with $23 million from province
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University of B.C. to add 778 technology seats with $23 million from province

The University of British Columbia will add 778 more student spaces for technology-related programs over the next six years through a $23-million investment from the provincial government.The universi ...
More ...The University of British Columbia will add 778 more student spaces for technology-related programs over the next six years through a $23-million investment from the provincial government.

The University of British Columbia will add 778 more student spaces for technology-related programs over the next six years through a $23-million investment from the provincial government.

The university says in a statement that the funding will add new seats in existing programs in the faculties of applied science, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and science at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

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Veteran forward Tyson Beukeboom poised to enter Canadian rugby record book
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Veteran forward Tyson Beukeboom poised to enter Canadian rugby record book

Canada women's rugby coach Kevin Rouet has named his roster for the Pacific Four Series with veteran forward Tyson Beukeboom poised to enter the Canadian record book. The 33-year-old lock from Uxbridg ...
More ...Canada women's rugby coach Kevin Rouet has named his roster for the Pacific Four Series with veteran forward Tyson Beukeboom poised to enter the Canadian record book. The 33-year-old lock from Uxbridge, Ont.

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Saskatchewan DLC online education classes now open for registration
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Saskatchewan DLC online education classes now open for registration

Online registration is open for the Saskatchewan Distance Learning Centre. Online summer school registration will be open in May.

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Village Report

More history for Tiger Woods. He makes the Masters cut for a record 24th time in a row.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods claimed more history at August National on Friday, making the cut for a record 24th consecutive time. Of course, his sights were fixated on a far greater goal — a r ...
More ...AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods claimed more history at August National on Friday, making the cut for a record 24th consecutive time. Of course, his sights were fixated on a far greater goal — a record-tying sixth green jacket.

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Village Report

1 dead and 13 injured after semitrailer intentionally crashed into Texas public safety office

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — A Texas semitrailer driver rammed a stolen 18-wheeler though the front a public safety building where his renewal for a commercial driver’s license had been rejected, killing ...
More ...BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — A Texas semitrailer driver rammed a stolen 18-wheeler though the front a public safety building where his renewal for a commercial driver’s license had been rejected, killing one person and injuring 13 others, authorities said F

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Could UNESCO cultural list help safeguard Indigenous heritage in Canada?
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Could UNESCO cultural list help safeguard Indigenous heritage in Canada?

From Neapolitan pizza and Belgian beer culture to Arabic coffee, UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list protects globally cherished traditions. But Canada hasn't signed.

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Village Report

Manoah, Jansen to start for Bisons on Saturday; Swanson, Romano to pitch in relief

TORONTO — Alek Manoah's comeback from injury will continue Saturday when he starts for the Toronto Blue Jays' triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Exclaim!

BADBADNOTGOOD Fan Baby Rose's Flame on 'Slow Burn'

Baby Rose has the type of instrument that immediately strikes both awe and fear — the former for its richness and its sense of having been held in a glass case, preserved from some bygone era; the ...
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Baby Rose has the type of instrument that immediately strikes both awe and fear — the former for its richness and its sense of having been held in a glass case, preserved from some bygone era; the latter for the type of box the wrong producer might try to stifle it into.

Enter BADBADNOTGOOD, the beloved Toronto troupe well-known for capturing a whimsically unbridled yet stately spirit for both their own compositions and their work with other artists. They seem to know exactly how to operate with Baby Rose, resulting in a seamless six-track collection that feels over too soon.

With incredibly tasteful reverb and a timelessly organic instrumental approach — which finds moments of serious restraint and others of absolute sumptuousness — Slow Burn is aptly titled for the way it will seep into your memory, Baby Rose's voice a guiding force.

 

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University of B.C. to add 778 technology seats with $21 million from province

UBC — The University of British Columbia will add 778 more student spaces for technology-related programs over the next six years through a $23-million investment from the provincial government.  T ...
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UBC — The University of British Columbia will add 778 more student spaces for technology-related programs over the next six years through a $23-million investment from the provincial government. 

The university says in a statement that the funding will add new seats in existing programs in the faculties of applied science, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and science at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. 

The funding will also be used to launch two new programs, a bachelor’s degree in data science at the Vancouver campus and a master of science in biotechnology at UBC Okanagan. 

The university says $5.4 million will equip and renovate labs and classrooms, while $17.7 million in funding is for operating funds over the first three years of the planned expansion.

UBC president Benoit-Antoine Bacon says the money not only provides students with new career opportunities but also meets the demand for talent in B.C.’s “rapidly growing” technology and life sciences industry.

Lisa Beare, B.C.’s minister of post-secondary education, says there is a growing demand for talent as workplaces are transforming, and people with technological skills are in high demand. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April. 12, 2024. 

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University of B.C. to add 778 technology seats with $21 million from province
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University of B.C. to add 778 technology seats with $21 million from province

UBC — The University of British Columbia will add 778 more student spaces for technology-related programs over the next six years through a $23-million investment from the provincial government.

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Village Report

Transitional council in Haiti to choose new leaders is formally established amid gang violence

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A transitional council tasked with choosing Haiti’s next prime minister and Cabinet was established Friday in a move supporters hope will help quell turmoil in the tro ...
More ...PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A transitional council tasked with choosing Haiti’s next prime minister and Cabinet was established Friday in a move supporters hope will help quell turmoil in the troubled Caribbean country where most of the capital rema

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Increased residential traffic calming on the agenda for Kingston, Ont., council
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Increased residential traffic calming on the agenda for Kingston, Ont., council

Two years after an accident that claimed a child's life the City of Kingston is set to consider increased residential and school zone traffic calming efforts at its next meeting.

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Village Report

Most actively traded companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (21,899.99, down 210.12 points): TC Energy Corp. (TSX:TRP). Energy. Down 54 cents, or ...
More ...TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (21,899.99, down 210.12 points): TC Energy Corp. (TSX:TRP). Energy. Down 54 cents, or 1.07 per cent, to $49.73 on 11.1 million shares.

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1 dead and 14 injured after semitrailer intentionally crashed into Texas public safety office

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — A Texas semitrailer driver rammed a stolen 18-wheeler into a public safety building where his renewal for a commercial driver’s license had been rejected, killing one person ...
More ...BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — A Texas semitrailer driver rammed a stolen 18-wheeler into a public safety building where his renewal for a commercial driver’s license had been rejected, killing one person and injuring 13 others, authorities said Friday.

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Global News

Canada pledges $132M in aid for Sudan as conflict hits 1-year mark

The conflict has killed thousands of civilians, forced millions of people to flee within Sudan and to neighbouring countries and created one of the world's worst hunger crises.

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Village Report

TSX down almost 1% Friday, U.S. stock markets fall sharply as rate cut hopes wane

TORONTO — Canada's main stock index lost almost one per cent on Friday as the market saw broad-based weakness, while U.S. markets also fell. The downward slide comes as investors have had to swallow ...
More ...TORONTO — Canada's main stock index lost almost one per cent on Friday as the market saw broad-based weakness, while U.S. markets also fell. The downward slide comes as investors have had to swallow a bitter pill this week, with U.S.

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DNA tests show dogs killed B.C. woman, not bear as first thought: coroner
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DNA tests show dogs killed B.C. woman, not bear as first thought: coroner's report

VANCOUVER — A woman killed while picking blueberries on a farm east of Vancouver was initially thought to have died in a bear attack in August 2021, but a newly released coroner's report says she wa ...
More ...VANCOUVER — A woman killed while picking blueberries on a farm east of Vancouver was initially thought to have died in a bear attack in August 2021, but a newly released coroner's report says she was mauled by dogs from another property.

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DNA tests show dogs killed B.C. woman, not bear as first thought: coroner’s report

VANCOUVER — A woman killed while picking blueberries on a farm east of Vancouver was initially thought to have died in a bear attack in August 2021, but a newly released coroner’s report says ...
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VANCOUVER — A woman killed while picking blueberries on a farm east of Vancouver was initially thought to have died in a bear attack in August 2021, but a newly released coroner’s report says she was mauled by dogs from another property.

The report says the dogs responsible for the death of 54-year-old Ping (Amy) Guo at a Pitt Meadows farm were only identified after their DNA was tested when another person died 17 months later at the neighbouring home. 

Guo’s husband and daughter are suing the owners of the blueberry farm, as well as the City of Pitt Meadows, over alleged negligence in failing to ensure her safety.

The lawsuit, updated in June 2023, also identifies Baljit Haer as the dog owner and says the man is dead but formerly lived at the property next to the farm.

The defendants each deny negligence in separate responses to the lawsuit initially filed in February 2022.

The lawsuit seeks general and special damages over the loss of the guidance and care Guo provided to her family as well as funeral costs and other expenses.

Haer and an unidentified woman are also listed as defendants, and a response filed by Haer’s lawyer last November denies that he was the owner of an “aggressive, vicious and dangerous dog” as the lawsuit alleges.

In the alternative, it says Haer had taken reasonable steps to ensure the dog remained under appropriate supervision and control and denies any negligence.

The coroner’s report says the dogs responsible for killing Guo were euthanized in January 2023, shortly after the death at the property next to the blueberry farm.

That death remains under investigation by the coroner’s service.

A social media post from the Conservation Officer Service around the time of Guo’s death says authorities were investigating whether a black bear was to blame.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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They call him 'El Zorro:' Matias Coccaro hopes to win new fans at CF Montreal

MONTREAL — When Matias Coccaro left his last team, the fans cried. Now the 26-year-old striker from Uruguay may be destined to become equally popular at CF Montreal after joining in the off-season f ...
More ...MONTREAL — When Matias Coccaro left his last team, the fans cried. Now the 26-year-old striker from Uruguay may be destined to become equally popular at CF Montreal after joining in the off-season from Argentine club CA Huracan.

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Quebec ‘not alone’ in commitment to secularism, says French Prime Minister Attal
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Quebec ‘not alone’ in commitment to secularism, says French Prime Minister Attal

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal used his visit to Quebec this week to express strong support for the province’s model of state secularism even as he claimed to abstain from weighing in on debate ...
More ...The Prime Minister of France Gabriel Attal, centre, walks in the Salon Bleu of the National Assembly, followed by Quebec Premier Francois Legault, right, at the legislature in Quebec City on April 11.

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal used his visit to Quebec this week to express strong support for the province’s model of state secularism even as he claimed to abstain from weighing in on debates over the controversial policy.

And despite his vocal backing of Quebec’s secular values, Attal said he did not discuss the matter in meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa this week, insisting his endorsement did not constitute meddling in Canadian politics.

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Evening Update: CSIS director pushes back on notion he did not fully brief Liberals on Chinese interference in Canadian elections
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Evening Update: CSIS director pushes back on notion he did not fully brief Liberals on Chinese interference in Canadian elections

Good evening. Let’s start with today’s top stories:The foreign interference inquiry continued today with CSIS Director David Vigneault pushing back on the notion that he didn’t fully brief the L ...
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Good evening. Let’s start with today’s top stories:

The foreign interference inquiry continued today with CSIS Director David Vigneault pushing back on the notion that he didn’t fully brief the Liberals on Chinese interference in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections.

Mr. Vigneault said he repeatedly told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet that Chinese interference in the elections was clandestine and deceptive but did not affect the overall results of the vote. ”It is indeed something that I communicated,” he said. “In our assessment we saw foreign interference in both the 2019 and 2021 elections.”

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The Black Keys Review Exclaim!'s 'Ohio Players' Review

Here at Exclaim!, there's a special place in our hearts for a good bad review. Perhaps contrary to popular belief, most critics go into engaging with anyone's art with the purest of intentions — an ...
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Here at Exclaim!, there's a special place in our hearts for a good bad review. Perhaps contrary to popular belief, most critics go into engaging with anyone's art with the purest of intentions — and oftentimes, it's people who have longstanding relationships with an artist's work who are able to offer the most insight by holding them to a higher standard than the average person.

Case in point: our recent review of the Black Keys' Ohio Players, which got 4/10. Not great! This one offended at least a handful of you on Twitter, and apparently it went so far as to offend the band themselves.

A few days ago, the long-running duo of Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach stopped by KROQ's Helpful Honda Sound Space in Los Angeles, CA, to celebrate the album's release with an interview and live performance for the studio audience. When host Nicole Alvarez kicked off the interview segment by congratulating the Black Keys on a job well done, they revealed that they had actually just been backstage reading negative reviews of the record.

"Exclaim! Magazine really didn't like it," Carney said, prompting a chorus of boos from the crowd and Alvarez saying that she will fight us. Name the time and place!

"Oh, I just Googled the guy," Carney continued, referring to Exclaim! contributor Matthew Teklemariam. "He lives in Manitoba, so he gets a pass." Despite the province's ability to confuse Eddie Vedder, they do actually have internet access up there (and like, culture, but who's counting?).

Watch the Black Keys review our review — which we thank them for engaging with critically, a sure sign of respect, as well as their decision against doxxing the writer — below at around the one-minute mark.

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Forge FC captain Kyle Bekker still learning and winning under coach Bobby Smyrniotis
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Forge FC captain Kyle Bekker still learning and winning under coach Bobby Smyrniotis

Coach Bobby Smyrniotis and captain Kyle Bekker have been a winning combination at Forge FC, with four Canadian Premier League titles to date. The two have known each other close to 20 years with Bekke ...
More ...Coach Bobby Smyrniotis and captain Kyle Bekker have been a winning combination at Forge FC, with four Canadian Premier League titles to date. The two have known each other close to 20 years with Bekker joining Smyrniotis at Sigma FC at the age of 14.

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S&P/TSX composite down almost 1%, U.S. stock markets also fall

TORONTO — Canada's main stock index lost almost one per cent on Friday as the market saw broad-based weakness, while U.S. markets also fell. The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 210.12 points ...
More ...TORONTO — Canada's main stock index lost almost one per cent on Friday as the market saw broad-based weakness, while U.S. markets also fell. The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 210.12 points at 21,899.99.

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Halifax police should release more details on 1996
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Halifax police should release more details on 1996 'Titanic' film crew drugging: info commissioner

A new report from Nova Scotia's information and privacy commissioner is telling Halifax police to disclose more details about a 1996 incident that saw dozens of crew members from the film 'Titanic' fe ...
More ...A new report from Nova Scotia's information and privacy commissioner is telling Halifax police to disclose more details about a 1996 incident that saw dozens of crew members from the film 'Titanic' fed soup laced with the hallucinogenic drug PCP.

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Stock market today: Wall Street falls sharply to close out its worst week since October

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell sharply following a mixed start to earnings reporting season. The S&P 500 sank 1.5% Friday. The Dow dropped 1.2%, and the Nasdaq composite fell 1.6% from its rec ...
More ...NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell sharply following a mixed start to earnings reporting season. The S&P 500 sank 1.5% Friday. The Dow dropped 1.2%, and the Nasdaq composite fell 1.6% from its record.

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CityNews

Ottawa to provide $132 million to help people fleeing civil war in Sudan

OTTAWA — International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen is announcing $132 million in aid for people fleeing Sudan’s yearlong civil war. The funding includes $100 million in humanitarian aid ...
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OTTAWA — International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen is announcing $132 million in aid for people fleeing Sudan’s yearlong civil war.

The funding includes $100 million in humanitarian aid for Sudanese who have fled to neighbouring countries as well as those stuck in Sudan amid widescale violence.

That aid includes housing, shelter and sanitation services for the more than 8.5 million people displaced since duelling factions of Sudan’s military wings started fighting in the streets of Khartoum.

Hussen says the rest of the funding will go toward development projects, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health for women in Sudan and South Sudan, and other projects in the Central African Republic, Chad and Ethiopia.

The Liberals insist they are deeply concerned about the crisis in Sudan, but have faced mounting criticism for not following peers in issuing sanctions on those supporting warlords.

Today’s announcement comes ahead of a conference in Paris on Monday — the one-year anniversary of the conflict — aimed at getting the world closer to meeting the humanitarian needs created by the Sudan crisis.

The United Nations says Sudan needs US$2.7 billion to deal with humanitarian needs but has received just 6 per cent of that target.

Hussen’s office says Canada plans to participate in the conference in Paris, but has not said who will attend the event, which occurs on the eve of the federal budget.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2024.

Dylan Robertson, The Canadian Press

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Ottawa to provide $132 million to help people fleeing civil war in Sudan
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Ottawa to provide $132 million to help people fleeing civil war in Sudan

OTTAWA — International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen is announcing $132 million in aid for people fleeing Sudan's yearlong civil war.

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Concerns over aerial spraying of bacterial pesticide in West Kelowna
Global News

Concerns over aerial spraying of bacterial pesticide in West Kelowna

The proposed aerial spraying covers an area of 52 hectares with an additional 165-hectare buffer zone, according to a West Kelowna environmental group.

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McDavid says he will probably miss second straight game as Oilers host Coyotes

Edmonton superstar Connor McDavid said he "probably won't go tonight" as the Oilers practiced Friday before a game against the Arizona Coyotes.

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Moncton cafe owner who overcame homelessness hopes community support will save business
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Moncton cafe owner who overcame homelessness hopes community support will save business

A Moncton cafe that has an open-door policy to help those struggling or in need, is in need itself. They're trying to raise $11,000 for a new fridge or risk closing.

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Exclaim!

Hall & Oates Are Done for Good

Infamously beefing former music duo Daryl Hall & John Oates have still not buried the hatchet. The two made their last performance as a duo in 2022, and since then, it seems like their future has ...
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Infamously beefing former music duo Daryl Hall & John Oates have still not buried the hatchet. The two made their last performance as a duo in 2022, and since then, it seems like their future has been decided.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, John Oates spoke about his upcoming record, the ironically named Reunion, and the future of Hall & Oates. He basically confirmed what we already knew: Hall & Oates are done. Oates tried to reassure fans that their beef isn't personal, and is purely based on business disagreements.

As far as I'm concerned, I've moved on I feel like I have a new lease on my creative life… A good friend of mine said something to me when this was all starting. He said, "John, you were a musician before you met Daryl, and you're still a musician. You're an individual." And Daryl and I have always called ourselves Daryl Hall and John Oates, because we always wanted to be perceived as two individuals who work together. That was very important to us. If you look at the albums, you'll see that on every album. And so this is the ultimate expression of that.

However, Oates isn't completely willing to squash his friendship with Hall, and wishes his former "artistic fulfillment." He shared, "We have a different strategy for our lives, and we have a different strategy for our business lives as well as our personal lives. And that's that, so be it. We're old guys. We deserve to be allowed to do whatever we want to do."

This comes after an ongoing legal battle between the pair led Hall to file a restraining order against Oates after he planned to sell his stake in their shared business. Even iconic pop duos have to move on eventually.

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Exclaim!

Summer Slaughter Tour Returning to North America for First Time Since 2019

The Summer Slaughter Tour — the annual travelling celebration of heavy metal music — will return to the road this summer for the first time since 2019.Posts via the tour's social media accounts c ...
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The Summer Slaughter Tour — the annual travelling celebration of heavy metal music — will return to the road this summer for the first time since 2019.

Posts via the tour's social media accounts confirm Summer Slaughter will tour throughout the United States and Canada this July and August.

The 2024 lineup and tour itinerary will be revealed April 22, and in the meantime, it seems organizers have served up a guessing game for headbangers wondering who is involved.

A post from the Summer Slaughter Instagram account features eight different flags, leading fans to speculate that each corresponds with an act in the 2024 lineup. Notably, the provincial flag of Ontario appears in the upper right of the graphic.

Until the big reveal, you can pore over the flag teaser and key dates below.

The Summer Slaughter Tour's 2019 lineup featured Cattle Decapitation, Carnifex, the Faceless, Rivers of Nihil, Nekrogoblikon, Lorna Shore and Brand of Sacrifice. Revisit Exclaim!'s review of the Toronto tour stop at the Opera House.

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Officers who spoke to man accused of running over cop testify at trial
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Officers who spoke to man accused of running over cop testify at trial

Two police officers who spoke to a man accused of running over a constable say he told them at the scene of the incident that he didn’t know the people who had approached his car were police.Det. Co ...
More ...Justice Molloy, left to right, Umar Zameer, Detective Adam Taylor, Nader Hasan and Michael Cantlon crown are shown in a courtroom sketch in Toronto on March 20.

Two police officers who spoke to a man accused of running over a constable say he told them at the scene of the incident that he didn’t know the people who had approached his car were police.

Det. Const. Ryan D'Souza and Det. Const. Scharnil Pais were called to testify about the comments Umar Zameer made to them at the time of his arrest on July 2, 2021.

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Crown
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Crown's final witnesses take stand in trial for Sask. man accused of abducting daughter

The Crown has presented its case against Michael Gordon Jackson as the first of a two-week trial came to a close Friday morning with the arresting officers taking the stand.

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Another early start to allergy season: why they’re getting longer and worse

Allergy season is now in full swing, but for those who suffer from them, it’s been an ongoing ordeal for months. “I’m allergic to dust, pollen, ragweed, some kinds of trees that I can ...
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Allergy season is now in full swing, but for those who suffer from them, it’s been an ongoing ordeal for months.

“I’m allergic to dust, pollen, ragweed, some kinds of trees that I can’t keep track of. Basically, if it’s in nature, I’m probably allergic to it,” says Vanessa Compagnone, who hasn’t had a break from her allergy symptoms since last year.

“This year, it does not seem to have stopped. It seems to have been from September all the way through to right now. It just doesn’t seem to have let up at all this year,” she says.

Evidence shows longer, more severe allergy seasons

Compagnone’s experience is not an isolated one and scientific evidence shows that allergy seasons are getting longer in Canada.

“Overall, we’re seeing a lot more pollen across Canada … we actually believe that it’s going to be a pretty bad season again this year,” says Daniel Coates, director of Aerobiology Research Laboratories.

The organization is among the world’s foremost experts in allergen forecasting and has been documenting notable changes in pollen levels and when it is released for decades.

“We have one of the biggest databases of pollen and outdoor mold counts in the world … and in the last 15 years or so, we’re definitely seeing a lot higher concentration,” says director Daniel Coates.

“It fluctuates up and down but overall the trend line dictates that we’re having longer seasons with more pollen on average per year in Canada as a whole.”

Allergy season — when trees begin releasing pollen — usually starts around the second week of February for western Canada and British Columbia. For the rest of Canada, it begins around mid-March. The Maritimes and Prairies see a later start, around mid-April.

As Compagnane’s allergic reactions evidence, some areas of Canada have seen higher concentrations of pollen since the beginning of the year.

“Especially in Western Canada and British Columbia — they started with high levels pretty much right off the bat, back in late January, early February,” says Coates.

“For the rest of Canada, we did get an early start in Ontario around early March, which is much sooner — about two weeks or so sooner — than we usually see, even in February in some areas. Windsor had some early starts this year, big time, compared to previous seasons.”

Coates explains that the main reason for this phenomenon is rising temperatures.

“Pollen is actually created in trees the year prior. So last summer, the pollen that’s being released right now is actually being developed in the trees. And trees love warm weather, the pollen loves warm weather. We’re experiencing more warm weather here in Canada on average than we did say 25 years ago. So with more warm weather comes more pollen, higher concentrations, and a longer season,” he says.

“Nationally speaking and globally speaking, [much] of it should be attributed to climate change. We’re not researchers in that area, but we get a lot of the research papers from it and it shows that there’s definitely a correlation and that would hold true with what we’re seeing with our pollen data and spore data.”

Coping with allergies

Knowing what you’re allergic to is the obvious first step in mitigating symptoms, says Toronto general practitioner Dr. David Greenberg.

“If it hurts when you go like that, don’t go like that — so if you know that you’re going to be exposed to it, avoid it the best you can,” he says.

Aerobiology Research Laboratories releases daily pollen forecasts to help people do just that.

“Our forecasts are over 80 per cent accurate. So knowing what’s in the air, knowing those levels helps people adjust their schedules or their activities,” says Coates.

“A lot of people like to run, well maybe if you’re allergic to birch, maybe run on a track inside on high birch days or take your workout activities inside instead of outside.”

Other practical suggestions include wearing wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes and close windows on high pollen days.

“A lot of people have dogs — don’t let the dog in your bed if you’re sleeping because they track pollen into the house,” adds Coates.

If you can’t entirely avoid your allergens, most common allergy symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Greenberg says that’s an area in which there has been tremendous progress over the years.

“A long time ago, people needed to know exactly what they were allergic to because then they’d get serum, then they would get injected once a week to reduce their allergy response. The reason that was critical was because the only allergy medication that existed was really sedating. So lot of people couldn’t work and be on allergy medication,” he explains.

“About the time when I started in practice, they started inventing non-sedating antihistamines, and that changed everything.”

As such, it’s no longer crucial to know exactly what kind of allergen you may be reacting to.

“We don’t have to worry about smart bombing and saying, ‘you’re allergic to birch pollen’ and treating you for birch pollen. All of the drugs that are available these days, prescription and non-prescription, pretty much cover almost everything in terms of the environmental stuff,” says Greenberg.

He adds that it is sometimes suggested that allergy sufferers begin taking antihistamines daily as the season begins “to get out ahead of it.”

“I don’t think that’s a bad idea necessarily, because most of these antihistamines are a ‘do no harm’ drug. There’s nothing really about being on them long term that’s going to be a problem,” he says.

If you’re not getting any relief, it’s best to see a doctor to determine if you need prescription strength medications or a nasal spray for respiratory issues.

If you’re unsure of what’s causing your symptoms, there’s an easy rule of thumb that can help determine whether you have allergies or something viral like a cold or flu.

“If it lasts longer than a week, it’s probably not a cold. Most viral things resolve within a week. So somebody comes in and says, ‘well, I’ve had a cold for three weeks,’ — you haven’t had a cold for three weeks. You probably have allergies,” says Greenberg.

Along with duration, Greenberg adds that while allergy symptoms are similar to those caused by a viral infection, there are notable differences.

“You don’t get a fever with allergies. Most people get a bit of a scratchy throat, but you don’t get a sore throat. You would never get swollen glands with allergies,” he says.

“I think people with allergies are miserable, not sick. That’s a good way of looking at it.”

Compagnane couldn’t agree more.

“Yes, I would say that is a completely accurate statement,” she says.

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Village Report

Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli has died at age 83, his company says

ROME (AP) — Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, known for a flamboyant and glamorous style, has died at age 83, his company said Friday on Instagram.

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have teamed with Boys Noize to put a new spin on their score for Luca Guadagnino's forthcoming film Challengers.

Today, Boys Noize and the duo behind Nine Inch Nails have shared Challengers [Mixed], a selection of songs from the film's score which play  like a continuous DJ set.

You can hear the complete nine-track release in the player below.

"It's been a fun challenge to turn this into one fluid experience and take it even further by redesigning the tracks, creating new elements and changing certain parts — especially on 'Compress / Repress,' which turns super epic in the end," Boys Noize shared in a statement. "Working with Trent and Atticus has been a dream come true; they've been so great and helpful during the entire process."

Challengers stars Zendaya, Josh O'Connor and Mike Faist. The film arrives in North American theatres on Friday, April 26.

Last year, Reznor and Ross released original scores for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem and The Killer. The twosome shared recently that on top of their film score streak, their very busy schedule includes establishing their own music festival, a TV show, a movie, a T-shirt line, an XR game and a production company.

The two most recent Nine Inch Nails albums remain Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts, both of which arrived in March 2020.

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There is an unwavering ferocity to METZ's work. Even when they peel back their harshness, it's hard to escape their presence. On Up on Gravity Hill, this three-piece is armed with a sonic power that lets some light shine through the jagged cracks.

"There's no room for conversation," shouts frontman Alex Edkins on opening track, "No Reservation / Love Comes Crashing," and he couldn't be more correct. Much like METZ's previous releases, there's not much time to process what's happening before being thrust into this uncertain atmosphere. It begins with the same airtight drums Hayden Menzies is lauded for, but there's a distinctly new lustre here. Edkins repeatedly urges us to "feel love crashing down" like a mantra, adding to a glimmering wall of sound that ripples through this six-minute opener.

Four years ago, on Atlas Vending, the band started to veer off from their signature sludge in favour of a softer edge. Up on Gravity Hill picks up and soars miles from where they left off. With Seth Manchester back at the engineering helm, METZ delves deep into textures they've never crafted before.

This gradual shifting of sound is a reflection of a changing world — Like everyone else, METZ exist in a creative landscape that commodifies authenticity and humility, and they've grown to adapt.

But some things never change, and that includes the band's relentless energy. Menzies's ferocious yet controlled cymbals have similar energy to a flickering spark just about to blow, especially on "99." It sounds like a car speeding without a single break — there's a calculated confusion to the dissonance coming at you from all directions.

Edkins has never been quite as lyrically direct as he is on cuts like "Never Still Again," which features a sheen that places them closer to Preoccupations than the Jesus Lizard. "We push and pull, forced to fit that frame / Love without fear," he sings before launching into a glistening chorus.

METZ are at their dreamiest peak on cinematic closer, "Light Your Way Home." It's a moment of beauty that contrasts the harshness they're known for. In a way, this is the sum of all METZ have become. The swirling, shimmering guitar and bassist Chris Slorach's overwhelming fuzz create an intense backdrop for Edkins' charging voice as he reminds us, "It's never the right time to make it right." Black Mountain's Amber Webber offers guest vocals here, creating a perfect marriage of light and dark.

Clocking in at only 35 minutes — though it feels longer, richer — Up on Gravity Hill is a quick glimpse into a more earnest METZ. This doesn't sound like a band experimenting with something new, but rather a group of musicians secure enough in their craft to humbly evolve with increasingly uncertain times. 

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Robert MacNeil, the Canadian-born journalist who created the even-handed, no-frills PBS newscast The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour in the 1970s and co-anchored the show with his late partner, Jim Lehrer, died on Friday. He was 93.

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