Megac­ity melt­down

“No­body knows where the hell down­town Toronto is.”

NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra - – Mel Last­man

On April 11, 1997, the On­tario Tories ram through their megac­ity bill af­ter a nine-day NDP-led fil­i­buster, and de­spite a no vote in a ref­er­en­dum across the six mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. NOW, the only pa­per op­pos­ing the plan, con­trib­utes thou­sands of col­umn inches to the mas­sive out­pour­ing of re­fusal. Our city colum­nist, John Sewell, leader of Cit­i­zens for Lo­cal Democ­racy, which packs var­i­ous down­town churches with a thou­sand in­censed city-dwellers ev­ery Mon­day night, parses ev­ery step of the anti-Tory strug­gle in NOW’s pages.

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