JANUARY World does not explode, implode, vaporize or see a rapture after Y2K. RIP: Colin Vaughan, city councillor and TV journalist. FEBRUARY The last original Peanuts comic is published following the death of creator Charles Schulz. MARCH Artists and deep-pocketed corporations get ready to decorate and place 150 to 200 moose on the streets after picking up the idea from Chicago’s 1999 Cows On Parade project Jerry Falwell calls Bill C-23, which would legalize gay marriage in Canada, the source of the “destruction” of Canada and the end of the family. APRIL The international custody battle over who will raise Cuban boy Elián Gonzáles gets serious airplay after federal agents seize him in a raid on a relative’s home in Florida. MAY Slot machines open atWoodbine Racetrack. Starbucks starts offering fair trade coffee. Governor general Adrienne Clarkson gives NATO General Wesley Clark (who oversaw bombing of former Yugoslavia the spring before) Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross. JUNE OCAP worker John Clarke arrested for instigating the riot at Queen’s Park. NOW reports Canada’s Communist party raises money for FARC, a group known to have committed human rights violations in Colombia. JULY Tamil Tigers, many of whose expat members live in Canada, are put under the microscope for funnelling funds to the civil war in Sri Lanka. Conrad Black’s Hollinger sells its papers to CanWest for $3.5 billion. An Air France Concorde crashes shortly after takeoff, killing all aboard. Within three years all Concordes will be retired. AUGUST Jean Chretien gets cream pied in PEI. RIP: Joe Flexer, activist. Russian sub Kursk sinks in the Barents Sea, killing all 118 seamen. OCTOBER RIP: Carole Corbeil, author. NOVEMBER RIP: Libby Scheier, poet. Tooker Gomberg takes on Mel Lastman for mayor. Lastman wins. RIP: Carol Bolt, playwright. Al Gore wins the popular vote but loses with the Electoral College. Nader plays spoiler, taking 97,000 Florida votes that would have saved everyone that whole hanging chad business RIP: Debra Plotkin, founder of T.O.’s Jewish Film Festival. DECEMBER Naked News begins broadcasting from Toronto. The U.S. Supreme Court stops recounts in Florida, giving the presidency to George W. Bush. Seven cops file a $3.5 million lawsuit against Councillor Kyle Rae after the “panty raids” on Pussy Palace. A police observer calls the suit a threat
to local democracy.
OCAP’s John Clarke