2000

NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

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

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