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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.

NOVEM­BER

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.

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