In this year…
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.