In this year…
JANUARY Police complaints commission criticizes Toronto police for using excessive force and denying access to legal counsel for 144 people arrested at the G7 Economic Summit in 1988. Gulf War “One” explodes in the Middle East. Tory Metro councillor Paul Christie introduces motion calling for the deportation without right of appeal of non-citizens convicted of a crime. FEBRUARY Contrast, Toronto’s oldest black journal, folds after 22 years. Psych professor Phillippe Rushton’s theories on the racial superiority of whites unleashes daily protests at the University of Western Ontario where he teaches. MARCH Pointing to slow promotions and racism, black Toronto police officers form their own group outside of police union. Four white cops beat motorist Rodney King, sparking LA riots which leave 50 people dead. Premier Bob Rae comes under the gun for dumping flamboyant MPP Peter Kormos from cabinet after he posed for the Sun’s Sunshine Boy feature. Rogers Cable pulls AIDS awareness show saying gay scenes of men kissing offend public taste. Legendary nightclub Twilight Zone closes, marking downward spiral of warehouse-style clubs. JUNE Yugoslavia breaks apart. Slobodan Milosevic initiates ethnic cleansing of Croatians until the UN intervenes. JULY Saudi PR gesture to pick up first day admission to the Ex – a “thank you” for our role in the Gulf War – angers local Arabs who say the money could have been better spent helping Iraqi victims of the war. Summer pot shortage in Toronto – blamed on a shift from international to domestic supply – drives the price of weed to $500 an ounce. AUGUST Cold War ends as Soviet Union collapses. The Baltic states declare independence followed by Ukraine. SEPTEMBER Biosphere 2 begins its first mission. It's a failure as crops die and oxygen has to be pumped in. Pauly Shore’s Biodome also a failure. OCTOBER The pre-Conrad Black Financial Post fires executive editor Steve Pretherbridge for running unflattering front-page story on declining financial fortunes of Canadian Airlines. Prostitute rights group charges Toronto police are extorting sexual favours from sex workers. NOVEMBER RCMP decides not to charge Toronto police chief Bill McCormack for wearing Korean War medals he didn’t deserve.
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