in this year…

NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

JAN­UARY The ac­tual start of the 21st cen­tury. Ge­orge Dubya is sworn in as the 43rd pres­i­dent. FE­BRU­ARY RIP: Reid Di­a­mond, mu­si­cian and vis­ual artist. NOW in­fu­ri­ates po­lice by pub­lish­ing chief Ju­lian Fantino’s Wood­bridge ad­dress and a photo of his house. Cabs are equipped with cam­eras, rais­ing pri­vacy ques­tions.

APRIL The Nether­lands le­gal­izes same-sex mar­riage, the first coun­try in the world to do so. When Heather Reis­man’s Indigo takes over Chap­ters, she stops al­low­ing NOW Mag­a­zines in­side the stores. Mel Last­man’s elec­tion war chest: $1.3 mil­lion. Clos­est ri­val Tooker Gomberg’s: $92,000. MAY RIP: David Barker Maltby, pho­tog­ra­pher. JUNE OCAP takes over pro­vin­cial fi­nance min­is­ter Jim Fla­herty's of­fice and “evicts” him by re­mov­ing fur­ni­ture. JULY Canada be­comes the first coun­try in the world to sanc­tion and reg­u­late the use of medic­i­nal mar­i­juana. AU­GUST R&B singer Aaliyah is killed in a plane crash in the Ba­hamas. SEPTEM­BER In what comes to be known sim­ply as 9/11, the World Trade Cen­ter and the Pen­tagon are hit by hi­jacked planes. An­thrax be­comes the lat­est ter­ror­ist threat as en­velopes laden with the virus are sent to U.S. news agen­cies. The at­tacks are not made public un­til three weeks later. OC­TO­BER The U.S. in­vades Afghanistan. The Pa­triot Act goes into ef­fect – be­cause if it doesn’t, the ter­ror­ists win. Ap­ple re­leases the iPod – be­cause if it doesn’t, the ter­ror­ists win. Cops un­veil of an abo­rig­i­nal art mu­ral to mark the first year of their graf­fiti clam­p­down. Mike Har­ris calls it quits af­ter six years of low-lights that gut labour laws, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and lo­cal democ­racy and “cre­ate crises” in ed­u­ca­tion and health care. NOVEM­BER GameCube and Xbox launch. Pope John Paul II sends the first pa­pal e-mail. Mug­gles be­ware: Harry Pot­ter ma­nia sweeps the globe.

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