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

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

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

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

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

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

Songs heard on this show:

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

Naturally, Eric Wilhite has a playlist for us.

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Princeton motel may not be able to rebuild following November's flood

Several months after a massive flood tore through the town of Princeton, a family is still trying to salvage what they can of their property. As our Taya Fast reports, the family owns a motel and says they are being forced to remove most of the motel's cabins.

Several months after a massive flood tore through the town of Princeton, B.C., a family is still trying to salvage what they can of their property.

Gordon Daw and his wife have owned the Riverside Cabins for almost 17 years and said that the flood caused $1.7 million in damage.

“That’s a tough one because you’ve never really been through something like that,” said Daw. “You go to bed one night, you get up the next day and everything is gone.”

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Daw said they are hoping to rebuild but he has been told to tear down over half of the cabins.

“So, they said anything that has been touched by the they have to remove, so they want everything on this side gone,” Daw said, pointing to the cabins closest to the Tulameen River.

“They said at the time that these could stay but now I hear only six of those can stay and without having any help or knowing what I can do.”

The tear-down comes with a hefty price tag. Daw estimates that each cabin could cost upwards of $70,000.

“We don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know what my rights are here. It sounds like the town’s make me destroy most of it and I guess that’s at my expense,” said Daw.

The mayor of Princeton, Spencer Coyne, said the cabins were up to code prior to the flood but that is not the case now.

“Unfortunately, because of the building codes, when you go to rebuild, you have to meet current building codes and those buildings are so old that they predate most of the building codes today,” said Coyne.

Coyne went on to say that the cabins are too close to the river.

“Unfortunately – he is right on the river and there is a 30-metre area that the riparian is in. And he’s unfortunately within those 30 meters,” said Coyne.

Coyne added that Daw needs to get a riparian study before he can potentially move forward with rebuilding the motel.

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Saint John Sea Dogs skate past Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 to win Memorial Cup

There’s never been a better time to be a fan of the Saint John Sea Dogs. Not only are they hosting the 2022 Memorial Cup, but the team has earned a spot in the finals. As Robert Lothian reports, they’ve faced their fair share of adversity to get to where they are today.

The Saint John Sea Dogs are Memorial Cup champions once again.

Considered a long shot at the beginning of the Canadian Hockey League championship due to a first-round loss in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs, the host Sea Dogs downed the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 in Wednesday’s championship game.

Saint John scored twice in the first six minutes of both the first and second periods and rode the emotion of a wildly enthusiastic sellout crowd to win the championship for the second time in its 17-year history.

William Dufour, captain Vincent Sevigny, Cam MacDonald, Josh Lawrence, Peter Reynolds and Riley Bezeau scored for the Sea Dogs. Mason McTavish, with two goals, and Jan Mysak answered for the Bulldogs, who advanced to the final with a 4-3 overtime victory over Shawinigan in Monday’s semifinal.

Saint John goaltender Nikolas Hurtubise, acquired by the Sea Dogs at the QMJHL trade deadline, posted his third victory of the
tournament with 25 saves. Hamilton’s Marco Costantini stopped 21 of 26 shots in the loss.

The Sea Dogs also won the Memorial Cup in 2011 and their win on Wednesday marks the sixth time a QMJHL team has won the Memorial Cup in the last 10 tournaments.

The 2020 and 2021 Memorial Cup events were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hamilton was making its second Memorial Cup appearance after advancing to the 2018 semifinals where they fell to the Regina Pats.

The Sea Dogs defeated the Bulldogs 5-3 in the opening game of the tournament and used the same script Wednesday, scoring early.

Sevigny accepted a feed from Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Villeneuve and his blast hit the stick of Hamilton’s Arber Xhekaj and whipped past Costantini 2:35 into the game.

Just over three minutes later, Villeneuve made another slick move on the right side boards and hit MacDonald in the slot . He made no mistake when he wristed a quick shot to beat Costantini at the 5:47 mark.

McTavish picked up his fifth of the tournament when he redirected a Nathan Staios shot past Hurtubise at 7:45 to calm the crowd and give Hamilton a much needed injection of offence.

Bezeau – a forward from Rothesay, N.B., who started attending Sea Dogs games as a five-year-old boy – patiently held the puck on a rush down the right side before connecting on a wrist shot 4:41 into the second.

Dufour, who led the tournament with seven goals, ripped a feed from Ryan Francis 5:15 into the period to give the host Sea Dogs a 4-1 lead.

Hamilton allowed several other golden chances but came within two goals when Mysak, the overtime hero in Monday’s semifinal win over Shawinigan, had a Gavin White shot glance off him and past Hurtubise with nine seconds left in the period

Lawrence put the Sea Dogs on the brink of the title with a sharp shot to the top corner on a feed from Dufour on a power play 6:32 into the third.

McTavish added his second of the night with 4:57 left on the game clock. Reynolds fired a puck into an empty to seal the win at 18:43.

The Sea Dogs were bounced in the opening round of the QMJHL playoffs and their four Memorial Cup contests are the only games they have played since May 12.

It was another national title for Gardiner MacDougall, a seven time University Cup champion with the University of New Brunswick, who replaced Gordie Dwyer as head coach on May 22 and was credited for the revamped enthusiasm within the team that went 47-17-1-3 in the regular season.

The Bulldogs finished 16-3 in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs to advance to the Memorial Cup but dropped their first two games of the preliminary round to set up a series of do-or-die contests, starting with a 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

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In a thrilling semifinal on Monday, Mysak scored 10:08 into overtime to lift Hamilton past the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-3. The gruelling run began has taken its run on the Bulldogs, however, as captain Colton Kammerer has not played since the second
game of the OHL final against Windsor.

Many other Hamilton players, including Staois, the CHL defenceman of the year, were believed to be playing with injuries.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 29, 2022.

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NATO welcoming Sweden, Finland will put pressure on Canada's defence spending: experts

WATCH: NATO allows Sweden, Finland to join, names Russia as potential threat

The welcoming of Sweden and Finland into NATO will put additional pressure on Canada to boost its own defence spending and contributions to the military alliance, experts say.

The two Nordic countries were formally invited to join the alliance Wednesday, marking one of the biggest shifts in European security in decades after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine pushed Helsinki and Stockholm to drop their tradition of neutrality.

Once the move is ratified and Sweden and Finland add their well-trained armies to NATO’s ranks, “the question will be, why is Canada, one of the wealthiest countries on the planet … not improving our ability to protect our sovereignty,” said Aurel Braun, a political science professor at the University of Toronto.

“Right now, what we are contributing is not enough.”

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Canada has yet to publicly commit to the alliance’s target for all members to spend at least two per cent of the national gross domestic product on defence, which was first agreed to in 2014.

New numbers released by NATO on Monday projected Canadian defence spending will actually fall as a share of GDP to 1.27 per cent this year compared to 1.32 per cent last year and 1.42 per cent in 2020.

Speaking Wednesday at a NATO summit in Spain attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his foreign and military ministers, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said all countries should treat the two per cent target as “the floor, not as the ceiling,” as the world grows more dangerous amid Russia’s aggression.

Stoltenberg told reporters that he understands the desire to spend taxpayer dollars on health care, education and infrastructure. But he added he still expects “all allies to meet the guidelines that we have set” for defence spending, “including Canada.”

Braun agrees that welfare spending is important, but says Sweden and Finland are proof that countries with strong social safety nets can also meet the targets set by NATO. Finland already spends more than two per cent of its GDP on defence, while Sweden has publicly vowed to reach the same threshold by 2028.

“So what (is Canada) waiting for?” he asked.

Canada on Wednesday signed an agreement to upgrade the NATO battlegroup it leads in Latvia to a brigade, which will mean doubling the number of troops to between 3,000 and 5,000.

However, the government says it’s too early to confirm whether that will entail deploying additional Canadian troops as part of the upgrade.

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Robert Baines, president of the NATO Association of Canada, said the announcement of an upgraded force in Latvia indicates Canada’s dedication to the alliance.

“This is a strong message of continued support for NATO which will allow Canada to draw attention to the capabilities and contributions that the Canadian Armed Forces bring to NATO operations and which will help balance out the lacklustre metric of our low defence spending,” he said in a statement.

Pressed on Canada’s defence spending Wednesday, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said Canadians can be proud of the country’s work within NATO and in the Ukrainian conflict in general, and emphasized the role of diplomacy in responding to Russia’s aggression.

The parliamentary budget officer said in a report this month the federal government would need to spend an additional $75.3 billion on defence over the next five years for Canada to reach NATO’s target of two per cent of GDP.

Earlier this year, the federal budget promised $8 billion in additional spending on defence, part of what the government frequently describes as a 70 per cent increase in defence spending, first outlined in the 2017 defence policy reset.

Yet there are still questions how much of that $8 billion — if any — will be used for the $4.9 billion in upgrades to NORAD radar and surveillance systems announced last week.

Gen. Wayne Eyre, chief of the defence staff, told Global News’ The West Block last week that he doesn’t know where that money for NORAD is coming from.

A defence spending boost with a focus on NORAD is considered necessary to protect Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, and counter efforts by Russia and China to assert a greater presence in the region.

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Braun says Sweden and Finland will be able to help Canada and the rest of NATO on that front, while also limiting Russia’s aggression elsewhere.

“These are two Arctic states … who will also prevent Russia from making the Baltic Sea into a Russian lake,” he said, noting Finland itself shares a border with Russia.

“It completely changes the regional picture.”

Sweden and Finland’s inclusion in NATO will also mean that every member of the Arctic Council — except for Russia — will be a member of the military alliance, further weakening Moscow’s influence.

“One of the most important messages from President Putin … was that he was against any further NATO enlargement,” Stoltenberg said Tuesday evening. “He wanted less NATO. Now President Putin is getting more NATO on his borders.”

Braun struck a similar argument.

“They were driven to this,” he said, referring to Sweden and Finland.

“It tells us that not only does Russia have agency, that Russia is not a victim, but Russia has managed to alienate two countries that were so hard-working at having good relations that Russia has become a rogue state.”

— With files from Global’s Amanda Connolly and the Canadian Press

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Jan. 6 panel subpoenas White House lawyer under Trump after explosive testimony

WATCH: Ex-White House aide's bombshell testimony on Capitol riot prompts questions about Trump's criminal liability

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack issued a subpoena Wednesday to former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who is said to have stridently warned against former president Donald Trump’s efforts to try to overturn his election loss.

It’s the first public step the committee has taken since receiving the public testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, the one-time junior aide who accused Trump of knowing his supporters were armed on Jan. 6 and demanding that he be taken to the U.S. Capitol that day.

Cipollone, who was Trump’s top White House lawyer, is said to have raised concerns about the former president’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat and at one point threatened to resign. The committee said he could have information about several efforts by Trump allies to subvert the Electoral College, from organizing so-called alternate electors in states Biden won to trying to appoint as attorney general a loyalist who pushed false theories of voter fraud.

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Cipollone has been placed in key moments after the election by Hutchinson as well as by former Justice Department lawyers who appeared for a hearing the week before.

Hutchinson said Cipollone warned prior to Jan. 6 that there would be “serious legal concerns” if Trump went to the Capitol with the protesters expected to rally outside.

The morning of Jan. 6, she testified, Cipollone restated his concerns that if Trump did go to the Capitol to try to intervene in the certification of the election, “we’re going to get charged with every crime imaginable.”

And as the insurrection went on, she says she heard Meadows tell Cipollone that Trump was sympathetic to rioters wanting to hang then-Vice President Mike Pence.

“You heard it,” Meadows told Cipollone, in her recollection. “He thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.”

Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the chairman and vice chairman of the committee, said in their letter to Cipollone that while he had previously given the committee an “informal interview” on April 13, his refusal to provide on-the-record testimony made their subpoena necessary.

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., who sits on the committee, said last week that Cipollone told the committee he tried to intervene when he heard Trump was being advised by Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who wanted to push false claims of voter fraud. Federal agents recently seized Clark’s cell phone and conducted a search of his Virginia home.

Clark had drafted a letter for key swing states that was never sent but would have falsely claimed the department had discovered troubling irregularities in the election. Cipollone was quoted by one witness as having told Trump the letter was a “murder-suicide pact.”

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'It's not sustainable': Calgary firefighters look at funding boost to help improve response times

To improve response times and bolster resources, Calgary's fire chief has brought three options forward for city council to consider funding later this year. Adam MacVicar has the details.

To improve response times and bolster resources, Calgary’s fire chief has brought three options forward for city council to consider funding later this year.

Fire chief Steve Dongworth told the city’s Executive Committee that record call volumes, several years of budget cuts and the expansion of the city have all contributed to longer response times.

“It’s not sustainable,” Dongworth said. “The critical number is how long it takes to assemble the right number of firefighters and trucks at a serious and escalating fire.”

The fire department is currently responding to fire calls within seven minutes and 40 seconds, 90 per cent of the time; which is slower than both its own seven-minute response time target and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.

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The first funding option would be to increase staffing levels from two to four firefighters on existing units, with a price-tag of $29.3 million yearly, plus $9 million in capital funding.

Second, the conversion of six rescue fire trucks into aerial units, and the addition of four new aerial units to the fleet at a cost of $14.8 million annually, and $6 million in capital costs.

The third option suggests building two new fire stations with capital costs of $36 million, and an annual cost of $7.6 million.

Combined, it’s estimated to cost $52 million in operating funding, $51 million in capital funds and the addition of 315 firefighters.

A city report anticipated the implementation of all three options would contribute to a one-minute 15-second improvement in response times for what is called an “effective response force,” or the time it takes to assemble 12 firefighters at the scene of a fire.

“It’s when we’ve done all of that, we’d see a 75-second improvement,” Dongworth said. “Just by virtue of hiring the firefighters, of ordering the equipment, of finding the sites for the stations; this would take four years or more.”

Dongworth said the fire department would be bringing forward a four-year budget request that includes all three options later this year.

“Your Calgary firefighters have been at the breaking point for several years now,” Calgary Firefighters Association president Codey McIntyre said.

“It is now putting the citizens of Calgary at risk, and your firefighters at risk.”

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At Wednesday’s meeting, several councillors asked how much of the fire department’s increased call volume was to respond to medical calls.

Dongworth said half of the fire department’s calls are “critical medical interventions” and there has been between a 30 and 40 per cent increase in medical calls in the first five months of this year compared to 2021.

Ward 14 Coun. Peter Demong said the situation of firefighters responding to medical calls could be an example of “provincial downloading.”

“We as a city get put on the burner to say if EMS isn’t doing their job as well as they should be, it means the fire department has to take up some of their slack,” Demong told the committee. “The province is having a huge impact on our budget by not financing their departments properly.”

Following the meeting, mayor Jyoti Gondek said she would ensure the city is advocating to the provincial government for a share of its recently reported $3.9 billion surplus to help fund local emergency services.

“Considering we’re picking up the pieces for medical calls right now, and have a budget request coming from our fire department, that is also intended to cover medical calls,” Gondek said. “I think we need to have some pretty real conversations as provincial and municipal partners.”

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Originally, city council had asked administration to look into how much it would cost to bolster the fire department’s staffing and resources to meet NFPA benchmarks.

NFPA standards aren’t a regulatory standard, but a fire industry benchmark that includes staffing standards and response time targets of six minutes and 20 seconds for fires.

City administration determined it is “not feasible as a response standard for Calgary” because it would require an increase to the annual fire department operating budget by $214.5 million — nearly double its current budget.

A city report also determined it would take between 15 and 20 years to fully implement NFPA 1710 benchmarks.

Both city administration and Dongworth suggested city council use those benchmarks as an “aspirational guiding document.”

City council will discuss the proposed options from the fire department at a meeting scheduled in late July but will make its funding decisions when it crafts the next four-year budget during deliberations in November.

Dongworth told reporters the fire department is hoping council will fund “the full suite of options,” in an effort to close the gap.

“What you’re seeing playing out in council chambers sounds different, because we have more people who are willing to talk about the fact that we may need to fund services that we’ve previously been cutting,” Gondek said.

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Okanagan rain delaying cherry harvest, farmers say

Farmers around the Okanagan are starting to feel the effects of the increased rain and what feels like an extended spring season. Due to all the wet weather cherry producers are having to delay the start of their harvest. Jasmine King has more.

Farmers around the Okanagan are starting to feel the effects of the increased rain and what feels like an extended spring season.

“Compared to last year, I would say we’re running about two weeks behind schedule,” said Angelique Slade Shantz, owner of Rosehill Orchard.

Rosehill Orchard in Lake Country would normally be welcoming customers into the farm for their cherry-pick but the rainy weather has affected their output.

A recent storm has left at least one tree without a “pretty sizeable limb,” Slad Shantz said.

“(We) basically lost a lot of nice-looking cherries,” she said.

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Slade Shantz acquired the Rosehill Orchard in 2021 and has had to deal with a number of weather challenges.

“We had the extreme heat, we had the heat dome, we had the fires and the smoke,” Slade Shantz said.

Although her crop fared well last year, she’s unsure what this year will hold. “Now we’re dealing with completely the opposite issue. Lots and lots of rain.”

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Rosehill Orchard isn’t the only one affected by the wet weather. After 22 years of farming, Hayat Orchards say they haven’t experienced weather as they’ve seen recently.

“I’ve not seen that kind of hard winter,” said Hayat Orchard owner Tas Hayat. “It’s more than 10 to 15 days we had temperatures of below 25 or 30, that killed all the soft fruit. Especially peaches, apricots, we don’t have any, and cherries only 40 or 50 per cent.”

Hayat adds that the increased rain isn’t always a bad thing, as it can lead to a larger harvest.

“In some cases, it helps because it’s a longer growing season for our cherries to get to a bigger size.”

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Even though fruit in the North Okanagan hasn’t fully ripened yet, cherries are still available in the South Okanagan.

Slade Shantz says South Okanagan cherries are available for purchase, but if they’re interested in picking their own, they’ll have to wait until the first week of July.

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Saint John Sea Dogs down Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 in 2022 Memorial Cup final

The Hamilton Bulldogs have dropped the 2022 Memorial Cup final to the QMJHL‘s Saint John Sea Dogs.

The hosts from New Brunswick never looked back over 60 minutes having taken a 2-1 lead after one and 4-2 lead after two.

New York Islanders prospect William Dufour was the first star of the game with a goal and an assist for the Sea Dogs in Wednesday’s finale.

The QMJHL regular season MVP would also take honours as the MVP of the tournament.

Hamilton got a pair of goals from Anaheim Ducks draft pick Mason McTavish.

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Saint John went 1 for 3 on the power play while the Bulldogs were 0 for 1 on their only man advantage opportunity.

Both teams would combine for eight total penalties in the game, with the Bulldogs accounting for five including three in the third period.

Marco Costantini stopped 21 of 26 shots he faced.

The Sea Dogs Nikloas Hurtboise stopped 25 of 28.

Saint John finished the tournament with three wins and a single loss.

The Bulldogs won two and dropped three in five games.

It’s the third straight tournament win for the QMJHL who saw the won the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies win in 2018 and Acadie-Bathurst Titan in 2019.

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The tournament was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sea Dogs are now two for two in Memorial Cup final wins having also been champs in 2011.

Wednesday was the first-ever Memorial Cup final appearance for the Bulldogs.



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Heavy rain triggers flash flood in wildfire-hit Monte Lake

Residents in the Monte Lake area were cleaning up Wednesday after heavy rain triggered debris flows on Tuesday.

The flash flooding comes after the massive White Rock Lake Wildfire swept through the community last year, leaving the area more vulnerable to landslides.

Wally Green, who owns Heritage Campsite in Monte Lake, captured a video of the torrent of muddy water rushing downslope through his campground on Tuesday.

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“It was flowing probably about 10 inches deep down the whole hillside. It was pretty torrential rain. I haven’t seen it rain that hard ever,” said Green.

Green’s campground is upslope from Highway 97 and the water and debris ended up flooding the highway.

“It was pretty much mud all the way to the center line,” said Green.

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Campground resident Jackie Cooke said she was loading her truck when it happened and suddenly “all hell broke loose” and she found herself standing in water as if she was walking through a creek.

She described seeing her neighbours’ property floating around.

“A couple of my cats got washed away. One is dead, one is still missing but I got one back,” Cooke said.

“It is something you don’t expect to go through.”

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The intensity of the forecasted downpour also surprised Kevin Skrepnek, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s emergency operations centre director.

“We were seeing some pretty extreme rain in the forecast, but there was almost a surgical strike on this on this particular stretch. 20 minutes of really, really intese rain and a lot of that came down as hail as well. I think that hail is partly why we had the issues out here, just in terms of clogging up the culverts and drainages,” Skrepnek said.

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Tuesday’s flash flooding left those living in the campsites and the operator with a major clean-up job. They were using heavy equipment to clear out the mud and debris that had built up around the campground.

The mud flow was only the latest challenge Monte Lake residents have had to contend with. Residents of the area lived through a harrowing wildfire season last year.

When the White Rock Lake wildfire burnt through Monte Lake last summer, Jackie Cooke was among those who lost their home.

She now lives in a trailer in Heritage Campsite and is frustrated to be cleaning up from a post-wildfire debris flow.

“I can’t even say I am sad. I am mad because this shouldn’t have happened. If the fire wouldn’t have happened, if it had been stopped, this bullsh** wouldn’t have happened to anybody along this highway,” Cooke said.

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Monte Lake Resort, the campground next to Heritage Campsite, also experienced a torrent of water, mud and rocks.

The owners say they were 90 per cent finished with their fire rebuild when this flooding hit.

“It is obviously very frustrating when you are two steps forward and one step back,” said Dennis Smith, Monte Lake Resort’s co-owner.

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Smith said the area needs more help, including an assessment of the future risk.

“We are just looking for some support and for some professionals to come in and see what kind of damage has been done up there and what we are up against,” Smith said.

A general report, completed last fall, said the Monte Lake area was at high risk for landslides after the fire, so the regional district is not ruling out the possibility of another event similar to what happened on Tuesday.

“We are going to work with the province to try to get a more specific report about this area particularly,” said Skrepnek.

“We want to better understand what exactly the issues are here and if there is anything we can recommend to these property owners in terms of how they can prepare for next time.”

No injuries were reported as a result of Tuesday’s flooding.

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Toronto police won't enforce some weekday parking rules on Canada Day

Some on-street parking rules in Toronto will not be enforced on Canada Day, police have confirmed.

Rules will not be enforced and tickets will not be handed out in places where posted signs indicate parking regulations are in place from Monday to Friday, according to police.

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Rush-hour routes will also not have parking rules enforced, meaning the public will be free to park along them on Canada Day.

Toronto police said all other areas will continue to see parking rules enforced by their officers on Friday, July 1.

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