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JAN­UARY The World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion is es­tab­lished. Cops at 51 Di­vi­sion hold a wild­cat strike to protest ap­point­ment of David Boothby as chief. Rogers Com­mu­ni­ca­tions stops neg­a­tive op­tion billing process af­ter public out­cry. The Canadian Air­borne Reg­i­ment is dis­banded as a re­sult of the So­ma­lia af­fair and the pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing their bru­tal haz­ing rit­u­als. FE­BRU­ARY RIP: Tim Sims, comic. APRIL Bomb­ing of Mur­rah Fed­eral Build­ing in Ok­la­homa City, where 168 peo­ple, in­clud­ing eight fed­eral mar­shals and 19 chil­dren, are killed. The busi­ness of sell­ing books changes for­ever as Chap­ters is in­cor­po­rated. MAY Egan v. Canada: The Supreme Court rules that sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion is a pro­hib­ited grounds of dis­crim­i­na­tion un­der the Canadian Char­ter Of Rights And Free­doms. The law ban­ning ho­mo­sex­u­als from adopt­ing is struck down. Paul Bernardo goes on trial. JUNE Mike Har­ris de­feats Bob Rae to be­come pre­mier. JULY Cor­rec­tions Canada pulls plug on world’s first in­mate-run TV show on Kingston ca­ble. Toronto school board votes down pro­posal for­warded by black ed­u­ca­tors to es­tab­lish black-fo­cused schools. AU­GUST RIP: Dead­head Jerry Garcia. An­gry poverty ac­tivists demon­strate out­side Rosedale manse of lieu­tenant-gover­nor Hal Jack- man to protest Har­ris cuts to pro­grams for the poor. Three peo­ple are killed and sev­eral in­jured in a TTC sub­way car ac­ci­dent. Law-and-or­der Tories arm cops with dead­lier hol­low-point bul­lets. Toronto Sun scribes party with cops at post-Bernardo-trial bash. Talk about ob­jec­tiv­ity in jour­nal­ism. SEPTEM­BER Paul Bernardo is found guilty of the kid­nap­ping, rape and mur­der of Les­lie Ma­haffy and Kristen French. OC­TO­BER O. J. Simp­son is ac­quit­ted. The Mil­lion Man March is held in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Que­bec sep­a­ratists nar­rowly lose the ref­er­en­dum. Beret-wear­ing vig­i­lante group

Guardian An­gels makes an­other failed foray into Toronto. Alexa McDonough wins NDP lead­er­ship, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of the end of party rad­i­cal Svend Robin­son’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

NOVEM­BER

Is­raeli dove Yitzhak Rabin is as­sas­si­nated, killing the best chance the Mid­dle East has seen for peace. Nige­rian play­wright and envi- ron­men­tal ac­tivist Ken SaroWiwa, along with eight oth­ers from the Move­ment for the Sur­vival of the Ogoni Peo­ple, are hanged by gov­ern­ment forces. Part-time Ry­er­son jour­nal­ism prof Gerald Han­non is outed as a gay pros­ti­tute in the Toronto Sun. The first in a se­ries of provincewide Days of Ac­tion protests against Mike Har­ris’s regime blows through Lon­don, On­tario. Bud­dies in Bad Times Theatre moves into 12 Alexander St. 360 Restau­rant (the re­volv­ing one in the CN Tower, not the old le­gion on Queen) opens and is deemed a celebrity hang­out. Bata Shoe Mu­seum opens. Vel­vet Un­der­ground opens. NOW’s first an­nual Read­ers Poll.

DE­CEM­BER

Pock­ets get heav­ier as the toonie is put into cir­cu­la­tion.

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