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NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

JAN­UARY Canada Cus­toms seizes a Dutch doc about Nel­son Man­dela be­cause it might be hate pro­pa­ganda. RIP: Alt-coun­try singer/song­writer Hand­some Ned.

FE­BRU­ARY NOW re­ports on the Toronto chap­ter of the re­ac­tionary So­ci­eties in De­fence of Tra­di­tion, Fam­ily and Prop­erty and its con­nec­tions with rightwing dic­ta­tor­ships in Latin Amer­ica. T.O.’S food banks worry their ser­vices, meant to be an emer­gency re­sponse to ris­ing poverty, could be­come per­ma­nent if gov­ern­ments fail to ful­fil their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

MARCH Nat­u­ral­ists call for pro­tec­tion of the Rouge River sys­tem from devel­op­ment, which the fed­eral gov­ern­ment agrees to years later. In the wake of the Iran-Con­tra il­le­gal arms scan­dal, NOW traces Nicaraguan Con­tra con­nec­tions to right-wing groups and politi­cians in Canada.

APRIL A na­tional child­care pol­icy promised by the fed­eral Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment emerges as a pro­gram of tax cred­its rather than di­rect fund- ing for day­care cen­tres. Pro­vin­cial lead­ers agree to the Meech Lake Ac­cord that rec­og­nizes Que­bec as a “dis­tinct so­ci­ety.”

MAY Lo­cal peace ac­tivists op­pose the visit of a U.S. war­ship car­ry­ing nukes. A 19-year-old West Ger­man pi­lot lands a small plane on Moscow’s Red Square.

JUNE For the third year in a row Mayor Art Eggleton re­fuses to pro­claim Pride Day. Metro Toronto tries to de­velop a plan to deal with rapidly fill­ing lo­cal land­fill sites. The prob­lem per­sists. AU­GUST Na­tive dis­sent emerges against the Meech Lake Ac­cord.

OC­TO­BER Toronto be­comes the North Amer­i­can HQ for the an­ti­a­partheid South African Congress of Trade Unions. Stock mar­ket lev­els plum­met in a day that be­came known as Black Mon­day.

DE­CEM­BER Just in time for the hol­i­days, Prozac hits the mar­ket.

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