The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 940: The story of the electric guitar, part 1

There are few instruments more powerful than the electric guitar. When the first primitive models appeared in the 1920s, no one gave them much thought. The electric guitar was brand new, unproven, and completely lacking in any kinds of traditions and gravitas enjoyed by the piano, the violin, or any number of brass instruments. Besides, unlike all the other instruments in use, they required electricity, a concept that was still quite new. Electric household appliances were just starting to catch on. Having a radio was still a new thing. But over the next 30 years, the electric guitar found its place in music, helped along by technology, the need for volume, changing social conditions, and the ever-evolving musical tastes of the public. By the 1960s, the electric guitar was regarded as one of the most powerful inventions of all time. It was the sound behind rock’n’roll and all the social and cultural changes that it created. It was the sound of freedom, power, rebellion, joy, heartache, aggression, and more. In short, the electric guitar defined music for the latter half of the 20th century–and still an essential part of popular culture. And although there have been several challenges to its supremacy over the decades, it’s not going away anytime soon. But how did this once semi-obscure acoustic instrument get electrified in the first place? Who were the inventors and promoters? What technological innovations were needed? And of all the noisemakers you could choose, how did it become the foundation of rock? This is the story of the electric guitar, part 1. Songs heard on this show:
  • Smashing Pumpkins, Rocket
  • Soundgarden, Black Hole Sun
  • U2, I Will Follow
  • REM, So. Central Rain
  • Foo Fighters, Everlong
  • Bob Marley, Jammin’
  • The Pixies, Here Comes Your Man
  • Ramones, Rockaway Beach
  • Dick Dale, Misirlou
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COVID-19: Saskatchewan's top doctor urges residents to get booster shots

Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman and Dr. Saqib Shahab will be presenting a COVID-19 update Thursday morning as cases continue to rise in the province.

The update will be livestreamed here.

As COVID-19 case numbers are still high, Saskatchewan’s top doctor is urging people to get their booster shots if they haven’t done so yet.

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Health officials stated as of Jan. 26, there are 1,194 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 203 of them among people who were unvaccinated or less than 21 days after their first dose, 50 had received their first dose or were less than 21 days after their second dose, 616 were fully vaccinated and 325 were fully vaccinated and more than 14 days from receiving their booster dose.

During the PEOC briefing on Wednesday, the province stated that 79 per cent of residents five years and older have received their second dose.

The rate of reaching double vaccination has slowed but numbers are still climbing. More than 1,100 people received their second dose in the past month.

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During the PEOC briefing, Shahab implied vaccine mandates might need to be upgraded to require a booster to remain effective amid Omicron.

“I think we also need to, I think, have some confidence, some satisfaction that given that we had to leave too many jurisdictions and in terms of our booster uptake, which isn’t being sustained,” said Shahab. “Although it’s lagged and we had a lead in terms of access to rapid testing, we were able to start schools on time. We were able to, you know, maintain non-COVID services and the health system.”

Global Regina will bring you more.


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Alberta Education announces new engagement sessions on draft K-6 curriculum

The provincial government will be holding virtual sessions over the next month to gather input on its proposed K-6 curriculum.

Alberta Education said the current public health measures mean online forums make the most sense, after in-person engagement sessions were postponed last fall.

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“Alberta’s government promised a year-long consultation process with multiple ways to provide feedback on the draft K-6 curriculum,” said Education Minister Adrian LaGrange.

“These new sessions will enable Albertans to have focused conversations and share specific, constructive feedback on the draft blueprint and subjects they are interested in. I encourage Albertans to participate and have their say. The steps we are taking now to listen to additional input will help ensure our elementary students are learning from the best curriculum possible.”

The sessions come after the province announced in December the decision to delay full implementation of its proposed curriculum for kindergarten to Grade 6 after fierce opposition from some teachers and students.

LaGrange said in December the curriculum for social studies, French immersion and francophone language arts, science and fine arts will be delayed, because feedback indicated “some Albertans feel the draft content has students learning too much, too soon and too quickly.”

The virtual sessions will be held from Jan. 31 to Feb. 28 across all five regions: north, Edmonton and surrounding area, central, Calgary and surrounding area, and south.

The province said the regional sessions will enable communities to share local insights and unique perspectives on the draft.

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During each session, the draft K-6 social studies design blueprint or one draft K-6 subject will be considered and discussed so Albertans can provide insightful feedback.

Albertans can sign up for notifications about upcoming engagements and register for sessions at

The input will be used to finalize the social studies design blueprint, develop the corresponding draft social studies curriculum and further revise all subjects in the draft K-6 curriculum.

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Man has his teeth knocked out in Guelph assault, police say

Guelph police say one man is facing assault charges after another man had two teeth knocked out on Wednesday afternoon.

A disturbance was reported in the area of Janefield Avenue and Scottsdale Drive just before 6 p.m., police say.

Police said the victim arrived at an address to pick up a woman for dinner when a man approached his vehicle armed with a screwdriver and tried to break the window.

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The attacker eventually opened the door and punched the man in the face several times, knocking his teeth out, police said.

The suspect ran away but police later arrested him. The victim did not need to go to the hospital.

A 38-year-old man has been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon. He is scheduled to make a court appearance on March 15.

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Conservatives’ post-election report gives mixed reviews on O'Toole's performance: source

Erin O’Toole’s performance on the 2021 campaign trail received mixed reviews in an election post-mortem being presented to Conservative MPs Thursday morning.

O’Toole is fighting to hold onto the party leadership after disappointing results in last year’s federal election, which saw the Conservatives lose ground compared to their 2019 results.

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Part of that effort to remain at the helm was commissioning a report by James Cumming, who lost his Alberta seat in the 2021 campaign, to look at where the party fell short.

A summary of that report is being shared with the Conservative caucus in Ottawa Thursday morning. A Conservative source with direct knowledge of the findings told Global News there was “positive and negative feedback” about O’Toole’s own performance.

The source, who agreed to discuss the findings on the condition they not be named, said the consensus was that O’Toole did a “good job in the first few weeks” of the campaign – when the party enjoyed a lead in national polls – but by the end, he was “over-coached and over-managed” and “couldn’t be himself” on the trail.

The overwhelming consensus, according to the source, was that O’Toole needed to spend more time on the road and less in his custom-built downtown Ottawa broadcast studio.

“People felt the leader was better with crowds than he was in the studio,” the source acknowledged, calling O’Toole a “different guy on the road” than in the studio.

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The report also found fault with the Conservatives’ data campaign capabilities and digital messaging – both operations O’Toole’s team farmed out to foreign consulting firms.

According to the source, Cumming recommended the Conservatives scrap CIMS – their voter management database that once gave the party a significant advantage over the Liberals – and build up modern data campaigning capabilities in-house. A second source told Global News the CIMS recommendation was unrelated to the work done by Stack Data Strategy, a UK-based consulting firm, which assisted in crafting the O’Toole campaign’s strategy.

Those were among the “dozens and dozens and dozens” of recommendations Cumming suggested to O’Toole. The source said that party leadership has accepted all recommendations.

More to come.

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Guidelines released for who can receive Paxlovid treatment for COVID-19 in Ontario

WATCH ABOVE: Health Canada approves Paxlovid, Pfizer's COVID-19 pill.

TORONTO _ Ontario is prioritizing older, unvaccinated residents and immunocompromised individuals for a new antiviral COVID-19 treatment.

The province received its first shipment of Paxlovid last week, and Health Minister Christine Elliott had said the drug would be directed toward adults at the highest risk.

Ontario has now released its guidelines for who is eligible for the treatment, including immunocompromised adults, unvaccinated people aged 60 and over, and unvaccinated people aged 50 and over if they have one or more risk factors, or are First Nation, Inuit or Metis individuals.

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The treatment, currently available in limited quantities, will be available at clinical assessment centres throughout the province, though not all of the 75 centres will necessarily have the antivirals on hand.

People who would qualify for Paxlovid have to first test positive for COVID-19, and the province says eligible individuals can receive either a PCR test or a rapid test at those sites.

Treatment with Paxlovid – six pills a day for five days – has to start within five days of symptoms beginning in order to be effective.

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'Freedom Convoy' draws large crowd in London, Ont. on Thursday

Motorists can expect heavy delays along Highway 401 in the London, Ont., region on Thursday resulting from the south routes of the so-called “Freedom Convoy” of truck drivers and supporters protesting vaccination mandates on cross-border truck drivers.

Organizers describe the vaccine mandate as an example of political overreach resulting in economic harm, arguing the policy hurts small businesses and denies some workers the means to survive.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance has spoken out against the protests, stating that it does not support “and strongly disapproves of any protests on public roadways, highways and bridges.”

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In London, convoys travelling from Sarnia and Windsor are set to meet at the Flying J Travel Center on Highbury Avenue South at around 11 a.m. Thursday.

Participants are expected to stick around for at least an hour before heading eastbound on Highway 401 toward Drumbo and eventually stopping in Kingston for the day.

Ultimately, the convoys will join others from across Canada in Ottawa this weekend.

Well before the convoys arrived in London, a crowd began gathering at the Flying J Travel Center, with more than 100 supporters on hand by 10 a.m. Thursday.

The sound of horns filled the air as protesters cheered on from the side of the road, draped in Canadian flags, holding up signs calling for freedom from restrictions and handing out coffee and doughnuts to stay warm.

Speaking with Global News on Wednesday, OPP said officers would be monitoring the events.

“What we want is for the demonstrators to be safe, we want people who may gather to watch the convoy go through to be safe and we want those who are on the road with the demonstrators as motorists to be safe as well,” said Derek Rogers, the regional media relations co-ordinator for West Region OPP.

“We will have a significant number of officers in the area to maintain an orderly flow and to ensure that everybody remains safe.”

London police advised motorists Thursday morning to expect heavy delays in both directions along Highbury Avenue near Highway 401. As well, as of 10:40 a.m., the curb lane of Wellington Road was closed to southbound traffic at Exeter Road.

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In November 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that all Canadian truckers looking to cross the border from the United States would need to be vaccinated in order to avoid a 14-day quarantine. The Americans followed suit last Saturday.

The plan did not take effect until Jan. 15, to give the drivers a couple of months to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

with files from Global News’ Kevin Nielsen and Andrew Graham

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Hospitalizations drop by more than 100 as Quebec adds 56 new COVID-19 deaths

Many in the business communities are questioning the Quebec the government's reopening plan announced Tuesday. Some say the approach is confusing and inconsistent. Others want more transparency and understanding factors which led to the government's decisions. Global’s Phil Carpenter reports.

Quebec registered 56 new deaths attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic as hospitalizations fell Thursday.

The number of pandemic-related hospitalizations dropped by 117 to 3,153. This includes 235 people in intensive care units, a decrease of 17 compared with the previous day.

This comes after 231 patients were admitted while 348 left hospitals across the province in a 24-hour period.

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Quebec also reported 3,956 new novel coronavirus cases, but officials have said the daily count isn’t representative of the current situation since PCR testing is limited to priority clientele, like teachers and health-care workers.

Since the beginning of the health crisis, the province has recorded a total of 849,520 infections and 13,065 deaths. Recoveries topped 791,000 as of Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the latest update shows 34,830 tests were given in screening clinics Tuesday.

The province also says 23,081 rapid screening test results were registered on its new website, including 18,271 positive tests.

The immunization campaign doled out another 78,789 doses of the vaccine in the province. So far, more than 17.4 million shots have been administered.

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Alberta government pausing plan to change how people can fight traffic tickets

WATCH ABOVE: A controversial move when it comes to traffic tickets has been put on the back-burned. The province says it has paused proposed changes to how traffic tickets are disputed. Sarah Komadina has more.

The Alberta government announced Wednesday it is putting the brakes on its controversial plan to overhaul how people in the province can fight traffic tickets.

The changes are part of Bill 21, which became law in 2020.

“We have clearly heard from Albertans who shared their thoughts with us on traffic safety in this province,” reads a joint statement from Minister of Transportation Rajan Sawhney and Acting Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Sonya Savage.

“That is why we are pausing the rollout of Phase 2 (of the SafeRoads Alberta plan).

“We will take the next 90 to 120 days to ensure that we communicate and consult with Albertans and that they are educated on the changes proposed in Phase 2. We will listen to what Albertans have to say and we will share the benefits of these changes with them.”

A government spokesperson told Global News details about how the province will consult with Albertans on the matter are still being worked out.

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On its website, the government says its plan to overhaul how traffic ticket disputes are dealt with aims to “change how we penalize impaired drivers and handle traffic ticket disputes by taking them out of the courts to free up court and police resources to focus on the most serious offences.”

Phase 1 of the plan saw the province create an adjudication branch tasked with resolving impaired driving-related offences under the Traffic Safety Act and bring in stiffer administrative penalties for impaired driving.

In its news release Wednesday, the government called Phase 1 of the plan a success.

“Between Dec. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2021, approximately 89 per cent of impaired driving cases have been diverted from the courts while ensuring that impaired drivers face steep and significant penalties,” the government said.

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Phase 2 of the plan is to “expand the jurisdiction of the adjudication branch to address all other contraventions of the Traffic Safety Act, except those that result in bodily harm or death, by the end of 2021.”

The plan also sees drivers forced to pay a fee if they wish to dispute a traffic ticket. The policy allows only seven days for a person to respond to a contravention they were informed of, often by mail, like in the case of speeding tickets.

Any applications to contest the administrative penalties would require paying a fee and going in front of an online adjudicator, not a justice. Limitations on evidence can be set, but the method of review excludes in-person hearings.

A report from Alberta’s justice ministry claims changes to the Administrative Penalties Information System would “divert approximately two million tickets from the court system to the administrative model where traffic tickets can be addressed online, eliminating approximately 500,000 in-person visits that Albertans make to traffic courts every year.”

“Alberta’s court system is facing a significant backlog,” Sawhney and Savage said. “Quite simply, that means serious criminals are getting back onto the streets because the courts are bogged down with traffic issues. This is unacceptable.

“Every year, more than two million traffic tickets are issued in Alberta. Of those tickets, 400,000 are challenged. This results in more than 60,000 challenges to traffic tickets receiving court dates.”

Sawhney and Savage also claimed “many repeat offenders in the rural crime epidemic have their court dates delayed by the thousands of traffic cases crowding the courts.”

However, when Global News asked Alberta Transportation and Alberta Justice if it would be possible to provide specific examples of when criminals have been released back onto the streets due to traffic court, no examples were given in the government’s response.

The changes included in Phase 2 of the plan were to take effect Feb. 1. Opposition justice critic Irfan Sabir issued a statement on Wednesday criticizing the $50 to $150 non-refundable fee Albertans would have to pay to challenge tickets, as well as the seven-day limit on taking steps to challenge a ticket.

“The reality is that many Albertans are struggling financially and can’t produce $150 within seven days,” Sabir said. “If they are unable to produce that money, it means many working Albertans will be prevented from making their voices heard and denied access to justice.”

Ian Runkle, a lawyer based in Edmonton, told Global News he has concerns with the traffic ticket changes on a number of fronts.

“The impact on people, especially marginalized people, is going to be huge,” he said. “You might be wrongfully accused and still not be able to afford to challenge that.

“Instead of having a right to a trial date, it’s something you can buy… ‘We’ll sell you one.'”

Runkle said he believes the changes essentially amount to a new tax.

“The benefits that they’re talking about here are really financial for the province,” he said. “They want to make it cost less to issue tickets so they can earn more money in the process.”

Runkle added that the new adjudication aspect of the changes are problematic when it comes to the open courts principle. He said it is important for the justice system to not be seen as shrouded in secrecy and that the process should be open to being viewed by the public.

The Alberta government’s overhaul of traffic changes has come under increasing scrutiny ever since news broke earlier this month that former justice minister Kaycee Madu called Edmonton’s police chief to discuss the circumstances regarding a distracted driving ticket he was given.

Madu, who has since said he regrets calling to discuss the ticket while adding he was not seeking to have it rescinded, was removed from his cabinet post over the incident until an investigation into the matter is completed.

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Madu, who is Black, said he raised concerns about racial profiling and police surveillance of politicians in his phone call with Chief Dale McFee.

Runkle noted the changes to the adjudication process brought in by Bill 21 would make it difficult for someone like Madu to raise concerns about the possibility of racial profiling, since a defendant can no longer cross-examine witnesses.

“The process itself is not going to be a fair trial in the sense that we normally think about it,” he said.

Runkle added that even though the government has said it will pause the rollout of the changes, he is concerned that the province does not seem to have addressed specific criticism of the plan aside from acknowledging some people are concerned.

–With files from Adam Toy, Global News

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COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Bingemans closes as Waterloo Region shifts focus to outreach

Waterloo Region says the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Bingemans Conference Centre has closed shop again but not before it was responsible for administering thousands of doses of the vaccine.

“We’re incredibly grateful to the Bingemans team for their support during the pandemic,” Regional Chair Karen Redman said.

“Bingemans hosted our highly efficient hockey-hub model and very popular drive-thru clinics. The venue and the Bingemans team, as well as the countless staff and community volunteers, allowed us to expand vaccine availability at some of the most critical times in the pandemic.”

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There have been three clinics held at the site over the course of the pandemic, with a total of 55,259 doses being administered during those clinics.

Last July, during an “Every Dose Counts” weekend, 4,904 doses were delivered in one day, which was a record at the time.

“The entire Bingemans team has been proud to be able to aid the success of the region’s vaccination efforts and initiatives with the drive-thru experiences and use of our convenient event facilities,” said Bingemans president Mark Bingeman.

“The vaccination team continues to work over and above expectations for the health and safety of our community.”

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It is not a surprise to see the clinic close as the number of vaccinations done has begun to slow in the area with over 50 per cent of area residents having received their booster shots.

Wednesday’s report shows that there were just over 2,000 vaccinations done in the area on Tuesday, though some of that lower total can be attributed to the region’s largest clinic, Cambridge Pinebush, being closed.

A spokesperson for the region confirmed that the focus will now shift to more outreach-type clinics.

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