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NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

JAN­UARY Power is still out in large ar­eas of Que­bec and On­tario fol­low­ing a huge ice storm. Toronto amal­ga­ma­tion be­comes of­fi­cial. Mel Last­man is sworn in as mayor of the new megac­ity. Cos­mol­o­gists an­nounce that the uni­verse is ex­pand­ing.

FE­BRU­ARY

Osama bin Laden pub­lishes a fatwa declar­ing ji­had against all Jews and Cru­saders. MAY Re­claim the Streets demo co­or­di­nates with G8 meet­ing in Birm­ing­ham, Eng­land. Four par­tic­i­pants are ar­rested and one spends four days in jail. All face charges of un­law­ful as­sem­bly. Less than a month af­ter an On­tario court rules that Friends of the Lu­bi­con’s boy­cott of Daishowa is legal, the com­pany an­nounces it won’t pur­chase tim­ber on Lu­bi­con land un­til their land claim is set­tled. JUNE Lib­eral leader Dal­ton McGuinty doesn’t show up at Pride Day. NOW sus­pects it’s be­cause he’s try­ing to win soft Tory votes. TTC hires spe­cial con­sta­bles to ar­rest peo­ple ask­ing for spare change on TTC prop­erty.

AU­GUST

De­bate be­gins over a $21-mil­lion bridge to the Is­land Air­port. Canadian dollar drops to 64.02 cents U.S. Cuba bans NOW news writer Enzo DiMat­teo, who was plan­ning to cover the Cuba-Canada Meet­ing of Friend­ship and Sol­i­dar­ity in Ha­vana. DiMat­teo had writ­ten sev­eral sto­ries crit­i­cal of Cas­tro’s regime and was hop­ing to speak with lo­cal dis­si­dents. He is the first jour­nal­ist ever de­nied en­try by the com­mu­nist coun­try. SEPTEM­BER Google search en­gine is founded. OC­TO­BER The Na­tional Post be­gins pub­li­ca­tion, fol­lowed im­me­di­ately by ru­mours of its demise. DE­CEM­BER Canada’s gun reg­istry comes into ef­fect.

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