The Ongoing History of New Music, encore presentation: The great KGB punk conspiracy

You may be aware of a podcast that came out in the spring of 2020 that sought to get to the bottom of a certain musical mystery. Wind of Change explores the possibility that a metal power ballad was a contributing factor to the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 90s. https://youtu.be/XjFsZj1aHow !– wp:paragraph –> Estimates are that the single sold 14 million copies. It’s the best-selling single by any German artist. And because it was such a big hit in the USSR, the band presented Mikhail Gorbachev a gold record. Even today, the song is a massive hit among several generations of fans in Eastern Europe.

Rumours swirled about this song for years. It is said that it was a product of a CIA operation designed to destabilize Soviet society with its messages of change and revolution. The theory goes that it worked so well that the Soviet Union crumbled by the end of 1991. Did the CIA commission someone to write “Wind of Change,” get the Scorpions to record it, leading to the end of the USSR from within?

If you want to know more, you’ll have to listen to that podcast. But I can tell you that this wasn’t the first tie rock music was used by a foreign intelligence operation to drive a wedge into a specific society. The popular music of the West–especially that of the USA–was feared by Soviet bloc authorities. But at the same time, the Soviets knew that music could be used as a weapon against the West.

Here’s another theory. Could it be that punk rock was actually a KGB plot against us? Here’s what we know–or at least what we think we know.

Songs heard on this show

  • Viletones, KGB
  • Talking Heads, Life During Wartime
  • Aquarium, Ashes
  • Kino feat. Tsio/Peremen!
  • Vibrators, Disco in Moscow
  • Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the UK
  • Clash, I’m So Board with the USA
  • Crass, Bloody Revolution
  • The KGB, Back in the USSR

Need a playlist? Here you go from Eric Wilhite. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0kLcQfYZayaNtjE4QTIcHB  

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West Kelowna resident raises concern over limping bear and regular visits to B.C. backyard

Cheryl Tardif of West Kelowna is concerned that the bear is more than just passing through, and that it's in danger of becoming reliant on human food sources.

A West Kelowna, B.C., woman says she has a frequent visitor in her backyard, with security cameras capturing the regular stopovers.

Cheryl Tardif says the young brown bear began first visiting their home on Horizon Drive last November, then again this spring following hibernation.

Tardif says she’s never had an altercation with the bear, and that there are no attractants in her backyard — apart from a cool pool to chill in.

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“He just basically wanders through our backyard,” Tardif told Global News.

“There’s no garbage, there are no fruit trees. We don’t really have an attractant other than an above-ground pool, and I’m just waiting to see him swimming in there when we take the tarp off.”

Pool aside, Tardif says she’s concerned that the bear is more than just passing through, and that he’s in danger of becoming reliant on human food sources.

“He’s definitely limping,” said Tardif. “He seems to be the same size as he was back in November when I first noticed him on the videos.”

Tardif says she reported the bear to conservation officers in November, but hasn’t heard anything since. She’s worried because her home isn’t the only yard the bear is walking through.

“It went down right in front of the houses on Horizon Drive and then came down the side of our house, came over the gate, wandered down to the back,” said Tardif.

With the bear’s injury and how often he visits the neighbourhood, Tardif is concerned the bear will get a little too cozy in her backyard.

“I think he’s just making himself way too comfortable,” said Tardif. “He’ll be rolling around in the grass and you can see him laying down sometimes. I think he maybe takes a nap in the middle of the night.”

Tardif hopes conservation services will still come by to check up on her visitor.

According to WildSafeBC, failing to properly store garbage or other organic waste can attract bears.

“If you have curbside collection, only put the containers out on the morning of collection day — never the night before,” said WildSafeBC. “Make sure recyclables have been cleaned.”

WildsafeBC says residents can also protect fruit trees with electric fencing, or pick fruit early and not let fallen fruit accumulate.

More information about WildSafeBC can be found online.

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

Alberta legislature wraps up turbulent spring sitting

WATCH ABOVE: (From May 24, 2022) Tuesday was the first day back inside the Alberta legislature for MLAs since Premier Jason Kenney announced he will step down once a new UCP leader is chosen. While the government insists the race won't distract from governing, the Opposition NDP isn't so sure. Tom Vernon reports.

Alberta’s legislature has wrapped up a tumultuous spring sitting, which may be followed by a new premier when politicians return to the house this fall.

Government House Leader Jason Nixon says the United Conservative government delivered on a range of issues,.

There was more money for health care, a cut to the province’s portion of gasoline taxes, and a balanced budget for the first time in years.

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The Opposition NDP says the sitting will be remembered for the government failing to offer substantive relief on sharply rising energy and food costs.

The sitting was overshadowed last week by the resignation of Premier Jason Kenney after he received 51 per cent support in a party leadership review.

Kenney says he’ll leave once a new leader is chosen.

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The NDP says that’s bad news for Albertans because it means further distractions for the governing party.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

"It just seemed like fate," Manitoba woman wants more people to host Ukrainian refugees

A couple from rural Manitoba wants people to know how rewarding hosting refugees can be. Michelle Karlenzig has the story of a deep connection between a Ukrainian couple and a woman from Petersfield.

Kyrylo and Anastasiia Ovcharenko landed two weeks ago in Winnipeg after fleeing Ukraine – and they say the support from the Petersfield and Gimli community so far has been incredible.

“You can’t even imagine that people here are that friendly,” said Ovcharenko.

The pair fled a war-torn Ukraine, despite leaving friends and family behind. Ovcharenko says while he’s happy to be in Canada, it’s hard to fully celebrate because there’s still so much destruction back home.

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“It’s hard to put into words,” said Ovcharenko.

The young couple are staying with Diane Grocholski and her husband near Petersfield, north of Winnipeg.

They connected on a website called https://icanhelp.host/ where Grocholski had posted her home.

“We’ve had so much success on the website,” said Grocholski, who says she had to get verified first.

The Ukrainian couple first found a job at a local farm through a Youtube channel – that’s when they found Grocholski’s house posting, which happened to be just minutes from the farm.

“It just seemed like fate it seemed like it was meant to be that they come stay with us and we can get them settled and get them ready going to their new jobs.

Grocholski says through the website, she has already lined up two more families to come to stay in the Petersfield area.

When it comes to hosting, Grocholski says she wishes more people knew just how rewarding it can be to help those in need.

“They are so young, and we were that age once…and we had a safe place and opportunities and they deserve the same,” she said.

As for the Ovcharenko’s the feeling, is mutual.

“We are so thankful for Diane and everyone,” said Ovcharenko.

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

London Knights' Brett Brochu named OHL goaltender of the year

London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu was named Ontario Hockey League goaltender of the year on Thursday afternoon.

Brochu is the fourth London goalie to win the Jim Rutherford Trophy, which has been handed out annually since 1987-88.

Adam Dennis, Steve Mason and Michael Houser also earned the honour during their careers in London, Ont.

An injury kept Brochu out of the Knights’ crease for almost exactly six weeks but he had built up such a brilliant stack of stats and overall resume for the season that the missed time didn’t end up hurting the 19-year-old from Tilbury, Ont., one bit.

“It’s definitely an honour and a big moment,” said Brochu. “I didn’t expect it and I was pretty pumped up when I found out.”

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When Brochu suffered an ankle injury on March 8 in Kitchener, Ont., he was the league leader in wins. He was eventually passed by Luke Cavallin of the Flint Firebirds and then in the final two weeks of the season by Marco Costantini of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Leevi Merilainen of the Kingston Frontenacs — but it took that long.

Brochu ended the year with 29 victories and the third-best save percentage at .911, behind only Costantini and Barrie Colts overager Mack Guzda.

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Brochu spent 2020-21 with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League and performed well enough for the Penguins to give Brochu his first professional start in the final game of the season. He became the youngest player to appear in a game for Wilkes-Barre.

“I have some decisions to make for my plans next year,” Brochu said. “It’s exciting and hopefully the world juniors in the summertime will be a fun event and hopefully we can bring home a goal medal.”

Brochu was one of three goalies for Team Canada as the 2022 tournament got underway in December of 2021. COVID-19 issues forced the cancellation of the event after just nine games. Canada was 2-0 after victories over Czechia and Austria. Brochu played in the game against Austria, which Canada won 11-2.

The plan is to play the tournament in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., from Aug. 9 to 20.

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Other OHL award winners so far:

Rookie of the Year: Cam Allen – Guelph Storm

Humanitarian of the Year: Mark Woolley – Owen Sound Attack

Most Sportsmanlike: Wyatt Johnston – Windsor Spitfires

Coach of the Year: James Richmond – Mississauga Steelheads

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Cyclist taken to hospital after collision involving 2 vehicles in southeast Calgary

Police were on the scene of a collision involving two vehicles and a cyclist Thursday evening.

CPS received calls at around 4 p.m. for the incident at Canyon Meadows Drive S.E. and Lake Crimson Drive S.E.

The cyclist was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, police say.

East- and westbound traffic on Canyon Meadows Drive S.E. was closed between Bow Bottom Trail and Acadia Drive for the investigation.

Police are advising drivers avoid the area and find an alternate route.

More to come…

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Rainbow Lethbridge Pride crosswalk vandalized by tire tracks

A symbol of diversity and inclusion in Lethbridge has once again fallen victim to vandalism. With less than a week to go until the start of Pride month, the freshly painted Pride crosswalk in the city's downtown has been defaced with tire marks. Erik Bay has more.

The vibrant colours of the Pride crosswalk in downtown Lethbridge are now disfigured by streaks of black rubber.

Less than a month since it was first painted, tire treads in multiple traffic lanes are clearly visible over the permanent display.

“Ultimately, the vandalism is very discouraging to the community,” Lethbridge Pride Society chair Lane Sterr said.

Sterr worries how the damage will impact young LGBTQ+ people in the city.

“What are queer youth thinking when they look at the crosswalk and see that there’s tire marks?” Sterr said.

“It could portray a message that they’re not welcome in the community.

“They could have reservations about potentially coming out or exploring their gender or sexual identity.”

Lethbridge's Pride crosswalk is covered in several tire marks. May 26, 2022.

Lethbridge's Pride crosswalk is covered in several tire marks. May 26, 2022.

Erik Bay / Global News

It’s not the first time a Pride crosswalk has been targeted in Lethbridge.

In 2017, manure and rust paint were spread over a temporary rainbow walkway within weeks of the city’s Pride parade.

“We feel the same disappointment and lack of progress every year,” Cris Miller said.

The OUTreach Southern Alberta Society vice-president sees queer and trans people using her organization’s support programming.

Miller believes those individuals will use the vandalism to measure their treatment within the community.

“I think there is an element of people looking at these (Pride symbols) and using them to gauge how safe their experience can be,” Miller said.

“Unfortunately its been proven over and over again the safety is not there.”

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The city is currently determining how to fix the crosswalk.

“We understand how many members of the community love and embrace these beautiful crosswalks and the disappointment we share in people vandalizing them,” reads a statement from the city to Global News.

“We are aware of the marks and are working with the contractor who installed the crosswalk to see how they can be removed.”

Meanwhile, Sterr is continuing to share the message of inclusion with Pride month days away.

“There’s work to do and we’re happy to pound the pavement,” Sterr said.

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

Enbridge to build pipelines to service new LNG facility in U.S.

Energy transportation giant Enbridge Inc. will be going ahead with two pipeline projects to service a new liquefied natural gas facility in the U.S., part of the Canadian company’s push to grow its LNG business as global demand soars.

The Calgary-based pipeline company announced Thursday it will transport 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from basins in the U.S. to Venture Global’s recently sanctioned Plaquemines LNG plant in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

U.S.-based LNG company Venture Global announced on Wednesday that it will go ahead with the first phase of construction of the Plaquemines LNG facility, after securing US$13.2 billion in financing.

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According to Venture Global — whose first LNG facility, also in Louisiana, began exporting earlier this year — that figure represents the largest project financing transaction that has closed so far this year.

Enbridge said its two pipelines that will supply the facility are the 43-km Gator Express Meter Project, expected to be in service in 2023, and the 4.8-km Venice Extension Project, expected to be in service in 2024. The estimated cost for the two projects is US$400 million, underpinned by long-term contracts, the company said.

The announcement comes as U.S. benchmark natural gas prices topped US$9 per mmBTU this week amid concerns about global energy security and the war in Ukraine.

Enbridge chief executive Al Monaco has been vocal in recent months about his belief that natural gas exports represent the largest opportunity for North America right now, and he has said that Enbridge is seeing a strong pick up in commercial interest from Asia and Europe to secure export capacity.

The Plaquemines facility, which will have an export capacity of up to 20 million metric tonnes of LNG per year when fully developed, will be the fifth LNG facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast served by Enbridge pipelines. The company currently serves four operating LNG facilities in the region, and Monaco said earlier this month that it has secured projects to serve two additional proposed facilities (Rio Grande and Texas LNG) if they go ahead.

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In addition to LNG, Enbridge is also banking on increased crude oil exports from the U.S. Gulf Coast. Last fall, it acquired U.S.-based terminal and logistics company Moda Midstream Operating LLC for US$3 billion.

As part of the deal, Enbridge acquired North America’s largest crude export terminal, the Ingleside Energy Center located near Corpus Christi, Texas, which handles about 25 per cent of all U.S. Gulf Coast crude exports.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

FBI agents accused of botching Larry Nassar abuse probe will not be charged: U.S. DOJ

WATCH: Simone Biles blames USA Gymnastics, FBI for enabling Nassar abuse WARNING: Video contains sensitive content not suitable for all viewers.

The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it will stand by its prior decision not to file criminal charges against former FBI agents accused of botching the sex abuse investigation into former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

“This decision comes after multiple reviews and analyses of evidence gathered in the investigation of the former agents, and reflects the recommendation of experienced prosecutors,” the department said in a statement.

“This does not in any way reflect a view that the investigation of Nassar was handled as it should have been, nor in any way reflects approval or disregard of the conduct of the former agents.”

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Thursday’s announcement comes about seven months after Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told Congress the department had agreed to re-evaluate its prior decision to decline prosecution.

The move came amid growing pressure on the department, which came under scrutiny following a scathing report by the inspector general last July.

In September 2021, a month before the probe was re-opened, high profile Olympic gymnasts including Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney gave heart-wrenching testimony before a U.S. Senate panel about the sexual abuse they endured for years under Nassar’s care.

At that hearing, the gymnasts blasted the FBI for its mishandling of the sexual abuse investigation, with Biles accusing the bureau of turning a blind eye to all of Nassar’s victims.

Nassar, who is also a former employee of Michigan State University, was found guilty in three separate cases, with one of the prison sentences running up to 175 years.

The July 2021 report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz uncovered widespread and dire errors by the FBI that allowed Nassar to continue to abuse at least 70 more victims before he was finally arrested.

Two former FBI agents were singled out in the report – the former Indianapolis field office Special Agent in Charge W. Jay Abbott and a former supervisory special agent who has since been identified as Michael Langeman.

Horowitz said the agents waited five weeks before conducting a phone interview with just one victim – Maroney – while failing to contact other victims.

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Langeman did not properly document Maroney’s interview until more than a year later, and when he did, it contained misstatements and omissions, the report found.

Horowitz also said Abbott violated ethics rules by trying to get a job with the U.S. Olympic Committee in the midst of the investigation, and later lied during his interview with the inspector general’s office.

Abbott retired from the bureau in 2018, while Langeman was fired last fall.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler and Bill Berkrot)

© 2022 Reuters

Saskatoon students get ready for first in-person graduation in two years

WATCH: As we get closer to the end of May, graduations are around the corner. This year, students are a bit luckier than ones in recent years, as they can attend their graduations in-person.

Across the City of Saskatoon, students and faculty are getting ready for their first in-person graduation in two years.

“Ever since COVID it’s been online and this year is the only year since then that we’ve had an in-person graduation,” said Daniel Bernard, Grade 12 student.

Graduations went virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic and lockdown. Enough restrictions have finally been lifted for students to properly attend their graduation.

Senior students at Aden Bowman Collegiate can’t hide their excitement.

“I was kind of bummed out, knowing I wouldn’t get the experience that my parents and my friend before me did, but as soon as I got the news it would be in-person, I got very happy,” said Bernard.

“I think it’s a big milestone that almost everyone gets to see in their lives but it’s a big deal to kind of celebrate it,” said Malcolm Wallace-South, Grade 12 Student.

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The principal at Tommy Douglas Collegiate says he’s happy students get to experience their graduation in person.

“It’s incredibly exciting for our students and families in the entire school community that we’re able to get back inside and get graduation back to where we were a few years ago,” said Mr. Dave Fisher, Tommy Douglas Collegiate.

With the majority of graduations occurring at the end of June, it gives students and teachers plenty of time to prepare for the in-person event.

“Working together with parents and student committees, to try and plan this together to make sure it’s a special and well-thought out activity,” said Scott Gay, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Superintendent.

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It’s not just in-person for the graduates. Family and spectators are also able to attend.

“It does give opportunities for families to mingle and fellow graduates to mingle, and just spend a little extra time with each other,” said Fisher.

“I’d like to congratulate all my fellow graduates for this year,” said Wallace-South.

Students are being asked to follow provincial guidelines when it comes to COVID-19 and can choose if they want to wear a mask.

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

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