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NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

JAN­UARY RIP: Urjo Kareda, artis­tic direc­tor of Tar­ragon Theatre. It’s determined that the Walkerton scan­dal was due to in­suf­fi­cient wa­ter treat­ment to rid wa­ter of E. coli. Op­er­a­tion Green Sweep, which po­lice say nets au­thor­i­ties more than 46,000 pot plants, most of them des­tined for the U.S., be­gins in re­sponse to threats that the U.S. is adding Canada to the list of ma­jor drug-ex­port­ing coun­tries. FE­BRU­ARY Cops give away Rap­tors tick­ets for turned-in guns, rais­ing the is­sue of racial pro­fil­ing. How do they know golfers and Leafs fans aren't pack­ing heat? Canadian-born Bush speech­writer David Frum pens the in­fa­mous “axis of evil” line. MARCH Stephen Harper de­feats Stock­well Day to be­come the leader of the Al­liance. APRIL Four Cana­di­ans sol­diers are killed in Afghanistan when two Amer­i­can F-16 pi­lots drop bombs on them. MAY Marc Hall takes the Durham Catholic school board to court and wins the right to at­tend his high school prom with his gay boyfriend. JULY Toronto’s stinky garbage strike is in full force. Pope John Paul II vis­its Toronto. AU­GUST Mad cow dis­ease is found in Saskatchewan. Jean Chre­tien an­nounces that he is step­ping down, open­ing the door for Paul Martin. SEPTEM­BER Coun­cil­lor Gior­gio Mam­moliti rides an ele­phant to com­mem­o­rate the open­ing of a city park. City by­laws pro­hibit ele­phant rid­ing. Hockey Night In Canada com­men­ta­tor Ron MacLean wins a con­tract dis­pute with the CBC af­ter the public is en­raged that the net­work won’t meet his salary de­mands. NOVEM­BER The U.S. cre­ates the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity. Five stops to nowhere: Mayor Mel fi­nally gets his sub­way as the Shep­pard line opens, bring­ing Ikea shop­pers a lit­tle bit closer to that Ivar chair.

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