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JAN­UARY Mayor Mel Last­man an­nounces he will not seek re­elec­tion, cit­ing de­clin­ing health. It isn’t long be­fore he’s sell­ing fur­ni­ture again and yelling “Noooooo­body!” in an­noy­ing TV ads. Coun­cil­lor David Miller de­clares his can­di­dacy for mayor, up­set­ting ex-Mayor Bar­bara Hall’s run. FE­BRU­ARY The Space Shut­tle Columbia dis­in­te­grates upon re-en­try, killing all 7 as­tro­nauts on board. It’s later determined that the ac­ci­dent was caused by a piece of foam that hit the wing upon liftoff. CN Rail named in U.S. suit seek­ing slave repa­ra­tions. MARCH Af­ter months of prayers, vig­ils and mas­sive demon­stra­tions in Toronto and other cities, PM Jean Chre­tien de­cides Canada won’t join the in­va­sion of Iraq; Op­er­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom be­gins. APRIL The Hu­man Genome Project is com­pleted as 3 bil­lion nu­cleo­tides are mapped and se­quenced. MAY The His­toric Dis­tillery Dis­trict opens. The artsy en­clave would still be try­ing to find its foot­ing three years later. Pres­i­dent Bush pro­claims “Mission ac­com­plished,” af­ter land­ing on the air­craft car­rier USS Abra­ham Lin­coln. The Iraq body count is still climb­ing three years later. JUNE Martha Ste­wart is in­dicted for in­sider trad­ing, fol­lowed by pri­son time and house ar­rest. OC­TO­BER Dal­ton McGuinty de­feats Ernie Eves as the Lib­er­als take the pro­vin­cial elec­tion. NOVEM­BER David Miller de­feats John Tory 43 per cent to 38 per cent to win the may­oral race. Wacko Jacko is ar­rested on child mo­lesta­tion charges. Af­ter all the court­room drama, Jack­son re­tires to Bahrain. DE­CEM­BER Paul Martin be­comes Canada's 21st Prime Min­is­ter. Pre­mier gives thumbs up to a study for an en­viro-un­friendly Man­i­toba hy­dro dam to sup­ply power to south­ern On­tario.

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