in this year…
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.
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.
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.