In this year…

NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

JAN­UARY The North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment (NAFTA) goes into ef­fect. Za­p­atista Army of Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion be­gins war in Chi­a­pas, Mex­ico. Artists and anti-cen­sor­ship ac­tivists cram city com­mit­tee meet­ing to protest first-ever po­lice raid of an art show, Eli Langer’s at Mercer Union, un­der Canada’s child porn law. FE­BRU­ARY Big-box store revo­lu­tion gets a toe­hold in the GTA with con­tro­ver­sial ap­proval by the OMB of a Costco out­let in Bramp­ton. MARCH RIP: John Candy, comic ac­tor. Po­lice ser­vices board chair Su­san Eng pushes to de­velop strict in­tel­li­gence-gath­er­ing pro­ce­dures af­ter rev­e­la­tions that Toronto’s finest spied on black com­mu­nity groups. Con­tro­ver­sial black na­tion­al­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion Na­tion of Is­lam opens Toronto chap­ter. APRIL Har­vard stu­dent pa­per the Crim­son left red-faced af­ter run­ning ad for Holo­caust de­nier Ernst Zun­del. MAY Nel­son Man­dela is in­au­gu­rated as South Africa’s first black pres­i­dent. Christie-Dupont Loblaws Su­per­store gets go-ahead in the face of crit­i­cism from lo­cal busi­nesses that it will kill Bloor Street vi­tal­ity. Canada lifts a 16-year ban on devel­op­ment funds to com­mu­nist Cuba. JUNE The most fa­mous po­lice chase in his­tory: O.J. Simp­son and Al Cowl­ings in a white Bronco. Po­lice ser­vices board votes to re­place po­lice Uzi sub­ma­chine guns with more pow­er­ful car­bine ri­fles. AU­GUST Ma­jor league base­ball goes on strike, end­ing the Ex­pos’ last shot at a World Se­ries ti­tle. NOW en­dorses pro­gres­sive Bob Kerr for po­lice chief while estab­lish­ment cam­paigns against his ap­point­ment be­hind the scenes. OC­TO­BER Court strikes down the sec­tion of Crim­i­nal Code ban­ning the pro­mo­tion of pot as un­con­sti­tu­tional. NOVEM­BER Re­former Bar­bara Hall whips the right’s choice, June Row­lands, to be­come mayor of Toronto. DE­CEM­BER AGO direc­tor Glenn Lowry goes to New York to take over the helm at the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art. RIP: Felix Partz and Jorge Zon­tal of Gen­eral Idea.

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