In this year…
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.
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.
Pockets get heavier as the toonie is put into circulation.