In April 1989, when NOW has a heart-to-heart with Leonard Peltier on the blower from Leavenworth prison, the American Indian Movement activist has already been behind bars for 13 years. We speak as Toronto campaigners seek to overturn his botched extradition from Canada a task outstanding to this day. Peltier, who sounds a little gloomy but unyielding on this spring day, is serving a life sentence for the murders of two FBI agents on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation, despite a myriad of trial irregularities and the prosecutor's strange admission to NOW that the actual ballistics aren't conclusive.
Rock music is like a party, and you have to keep showing up even if you have a weird loud shirt on. - songwriter Stan Ridgway
It makes me insane that men are allowed to be moody and express their love with three well-placed grunts, and we're expected to create sentences and homes around them. It makes me mad! - performer Sandra Shamas, author of My Boyfriend's Back And There's Gonna Be Laundry: The Cycle Continues
We thought because smoking a few joints and doing psychedelics seemed innocuous and fun, drugs were okay. Well, as it turns out, once you get into cocaine and heroin you've gone over a cliff and now you're waiting to hit the pavement. - David Crosby on getting sober
Metal is much more sexist than punk rock was. I always looked at punk as being asexual. It sort of ignored sex, or pretended that it wasn't important. - director Penelope Spheeris on her film Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
Everybody's trying to fuck you at the same time. - singer (and now Canadian Idol judge) Sass Jordan on the music industry
Yippee, no corsets. - Appollonia on leaving Prince's court
I get flak about guys onstage pushing their masculinity and grabbing their dick. Maybe rappers do overkill it - "Yo, I'm a man. Check out my thang" - but you got to understand, we get pushed into this corner. You're never going to get love records from Ice-T. - Ice-T on the overt masculinity of rappers
"Irony poured over the proceeding along with the rain as a drenched dome stadium crowd witnessed the opening of Canada's grandest entertainment showplace with an amateurish and dangerous spectacle that only entertained unintentionally." - about the grand opening of the Skydome
"Attached to a historical legacy with which few are familiar, they have formed a composted ideology owing as much to Mikhail Bakunin, Peter Kropotkin and Emma Goldman as to the raw anger of Sid Vicious and the flower-child matrilineage of Yoko Ono." - about Survival Gathering: An Anarchist Unconvention
"At $25 a ticket, and with about six songs in the 45-minute set, fans of MC Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock paid just shy of five bucks a song." - about getting more rap for our buck
"Pandering to the 'you can't exploit me if I exploit myself first' ethic, hard-rocker Lee Aaron examines life backstage and in back seats, creating fantasies perfect for pubescent boys and no one else." - about Canada's metal queen
Top ten movies
Do The Right Thing
The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen
Sea Of Love
Jesus Of Montreal
Roger & Me
Sex, Lies, And Videotape
Driving Miss Daisy
Field Of Dreams
Top ten albums
Lou Reed New York
Blue Rodeo Diamond Mine
Men Without Hats The Adventures Of Women And Men Without Hate In The 20th Century
Sarah McLachlan Touch
Daniel Lanois Acadie
Kate Bush The Sensual World
The Neville Brothers Yellow Moon
10,000 Maniacs Blind Man's Zoo
Handsome Ned The Ballad of Handsome Ned
The Tragically Hip Up To Here
in this year
NOW proclaims that peace activism is merging with the ecology movement and that a thousand anti-war and eco-friendly flowers will bloom.
Fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie by Ayatollah Khomeini has Muslims and civil libertarians pondering whether the book should be banned in Toronto.
P.W. Botha resigns from the presidency of South Africa.
The Exxon Valdez runs aground off the Alaskan coast, spilling 11 million gallons of oil.
The Tiananmen Square student protests begin.
Supreme Court of Ontario grants injunction to Morgentaler to stop anti-abortionists from harassing women going to the Harbord clinic.
City council finally votes to recognize Lesbian and Gay Pride Day. The decision is overturned.
NOW reports on new green line by Loblaws, the first major retailer to go green. Pollution Probe executive director endorses seven products, triggering a debate over whether ecologists should be industry watchdogs or business consultants to the green consumer movement.
Crombie commission on the waterfront recommends no expansion of Island airport.
William McCormack becomes police chief in secretive selection process.
Berlin Wall falls.
Marc Lépine kills 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, inspiring the White Ribbon movement.