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NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

JAN­UARY Matthew Behrens (many times NOW’s best ac­tivist) is ar­rested dur­ing a pray-in, vi­o­lat­ing bail con­di­tions stem­ming from a pre­vi­ous ar­rest in which he and other mem­bers of Wit­ness for So­cial Jus­tice and Com­pas­sion planted a gar­den at Queen’s Park to protest the Tories. Mel Last­man changes his mind and stops fight­ing the megac­ity. Cit­i­zens for Lo­cal Democ­racy, the anti-megac­ity group led by NOW colum­nist John Sewell, at­tracts 15,000 sup­port­ers to a rally. FE­BRU­ARY Just Say No: NOW ed­i­to­rial urges read­ers to de­feat the megac­ity in the ref­er­en­dums. MARCH Megac­ity ref­er­en­dum vote re­jects the megac­ity plan. The Tories ig­nore the re­sults and meet to pass Megac­ity Bill 103. John Sewell is es­corted out by Queen’s Park se­cu­rity guards. JUNE Fed­eral elec­tion: de­spite NOW’s pre­dic­tion that Grits will be pun­ished be­cause they didn't op­posed the megac­ity, Olivia Chow loses to Tony Ianno, Jack Lay­ton loses to Den­nis Mills. Toronto board of ed­u­ca­tion hosts the first gay prom at 519 Church. JULY The city closes a house in Kens-

in­g­ton Mar­ket oc­cu­pied by street kids and coun­ter­cul­ture bands. It’s con­sid­ered un­safe, and the owner wants to tear it down and build a high-rise AU­GUST Sarah McLachlan kicks off the first Lilith Fair. RIP: Diana, Princess of Wales. NOVEM­BER Start of a two-week teach­ers’ strike – the big­gest in North Amer­i­can his­tory – sparked by the Tories’ Bill 160, which doesn’t let teach­ers bar­gain over prep time or class size, among other things. Megac­ity may­oral elec­tion re­sults: Mel beats Bar­bara Hall 387, 175 to 346,105. DE­CEM­BER 121 coun­tries sign a land­mine treaty in Ottawa. The U.S., China and Rus­sia do not sign. Hong Kong kills all its chick­ens to stop a deadly in­fluenza strain.

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