In this year…
JANUARY We pay 7 per cent more for just about everything – Mulroney gives us the GST. FEBRUARY Maestro Fresh Wes becomes first Canuck rapper to crack U.S. market. Tory youth convention in Peterborough marks the start of Mike Harris’s Common Sense Revolution. NOW is there when Nelson Mandela arrives home to Soweto, South Africa, after being jailed for almost 28 years. Hagersville, Ontario, hometown of Rush’s Neil Peart, is the site of a massive 17-day, toxin-spewing tire fire. MARCH ROM’s Into The Heart Of Africa exhibit, inadvertently glorifying Canada’s colonial past, is met by outrage and demonstrations. Meanwhile, the National Gallery of Canada spends $1.8 million on Barnett Newman’s Voice Of Fire, which some see as a red stripe on a blue background. Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first executive president of the Soviet Union, and what looks like a stain in the shape of the Balkans turns out to be a birthmark. MAY Mike Harris, the most reviled Ontario politician in recent history, is chosen Tory leader. Toronto becomes the first North American municipal government to use only cleaning products not developed through animal testing. Under Lucien Bouchard, Tories and Liberals leave their caucuses to form the Bloc Québécois.
The World Health Organization removes homosexuality from its list of diseases.
JUNE Thirty thousand gather in Queen’s Park to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s first visit to T.O. The ill-fated Meech Lake Accord is signed. The Star takes right-wing attack dog Tom Jakobek’s word for it and runs with damaging charges that Jack Layton and Olivia Chow are freeloading by living in subsidized housing.
AUGUST Iraq invades Kuwait, instigating Gulf War one.
SEPTEMBER Future premier Bob Rae is arrested at a Temagami protest to save forests from chainsaws.
The first known Web page is writ- ten. Within days it’s advertising free porn links.
DECEMBER Slobodan Milosevic becomes president of Serbia.
Bob Rae arrested at protest to save Temagami.