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NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

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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