Women won't be bait
T.O. cops got into hot water when, hoping to set a trap for a sexual predator, they failed to tell Riverdale women that a series of attacks had taken place in the area. They underestimated the next rape victim. Using the name Jane Doe, she successfully sued the police for using her as bait in a case that led to a review by the auditor general and to a stinging indictment of the force's sexual assault squad. The Story Of Jane Doe (Vintage), Jane Doe's book about her ordeal and her gutsy activism, came out in 2003.
Feminist art shows are taking a different form. Before, we were producing papier mâché wombs. That's all you would see - organs all over the place. - artist Midi Onodera on maintaining momentum in feminist art shows
We have to make the peace industry more interesting, more exciting than the war industry. It's as simple as that, and if not we lose. - Yoko Ono on giving peace a chance
A Christian is a Jew with a life insurance policy. - author and activist Rita Mae Brown, who wrote Rubyfruit Jungle
I rejoice in ignorance and vulgarity and pornography and stupidity and the American way of life - which is sex and violence. I love it. - singer, poet, writer and actor Lydia Lunch on her show In Defense Of Filth
I've rated Ontario Hydro's efficiency programs, and they range from sophomoric to embarrassing and primitive. - Amory Lovins, leading energy efficiency expert
"They emulate him with the look, the sound and all that is cheap and suspect about him - minus the good music and production." - about pop band Mazarati's less-than-subtle Prince obsession
"So much for good ideas. This sounds like almost any other recent Glass album, with the addition of awkwardly fitting lyrics. Glass insists on working his riffs to death - a concept not out of place when discussing Glass's largely monotonous, unexciting music as of late." - about Philip Glass
"In any case, if the two were to tackle the same song, Luba would blow the wet head back into the minors. She deserves to win this one." - about Luba's ability to kick Corey Hart's ass, musically
"They've got the makeup, the haircuts and the cheekbones, and they also appear to have a record company determined to make stars out of them. Too bad they're absolutely devoid of new musical ideas." - about Brit dance band King
"Victorialand has been made to be played at 45 RPM, but if you want it to last longer try it at 33 - that sounds kind of neat, too." - about the Cocteau Twins' album
"Canada's problem is that we're the Rotarians of the international community. We'll join anything. We were among the founders of NATO, hoping that, along with the British, we could Gulliverize the Americans. We run around now saying, 'But what would the world think of us?' when, of course, the world doesn't spend much time thinking about us at all." - about Canada's role as an international peacekeeper
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Brain, the first PC virus, starts to spread.
Space shuttle Challenger disintegrates 73 seconds after launch, killing its crew of six astronauts and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.
National Hugging Day is first observed, leaving cooties activists scrambling.
The United States Senate approves a treaty outlawing genocide.
Bye-bye Baby Doc: Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier flees the country in the wake of a popular revolution.
A reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant explodes, creating the world's worst nuclear disaster. Vast territories in Ukraine and Belarus are rendered uninhabitable.
Tommy Douglas, politician and Father of Medicare, dies.
At least 5-million people hold Hands Across America from New York City to California to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness.
Today's estimated projected cost of domed stadium: $235 million. Original project cost: $150 million (as reported in October 1985). Final cost: $628 million.
A judge rules that the It's A Girl exhibit by feminist art collective Woomers is not a "disgusting object" and that Pages bookstore is not guilty for displaying it in its window.
Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson. After losing 160 pounds of prince in a divorce 10 years later, Fergie becomes a spokesperson for Weight Watchers.
RIP: Gay racing steward John Damien, who sued the Ontario Racing Commission after being fired because of his sexual orientation.
Toronto board of education trustee Olivia Chow (now federal MP for Trinity-Spadina) speaks in support of doctors at the Morgentaler abortion clinic after their arrest by Metro Toronto police.
NOW interviews anti-apartheid leader Dennis Goldberg upon his release from a South African prison after 21 years.
On October 9, Ward 6 councillor Jack Layton (now leader of the federal NDP) speaks out against council's resistance to extending health care benefits to the families of lesbian and gay city employees.
Environment Ministry confirms that lead levels in the South Riverdale and Niagara neighbourhoods are five to 10 times higher than normal.
Innu activists come to Toronto in their campaign to stop low-level flights by NATO military aircraft over Labrador.
Animal rights groups launch boycott of Gillette to stop cosmetics testing on lab animals.
Ontario amends its Human Rights Code to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Logging of Temagami old-growth pine forests prompts the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources to add Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park to its registry of threatened world-class preserves.