On June 6, 1991, NOW breaks the story that Metro Toronto police chief William McCormack is not entitled to wear the war medals he seems intent on parading. In a terse interview, McCormack responds that he rightfully wears the decorations awarded to those who fought North Korea and China between 1950 and 1953. He served on the ship Empire Test in the merchant marines, ferrying troops to Pusan in 1952, he tells NOW. But alas for the chief, the British department of transport declares the ship never made it to Korea.
We've been made the enemies of lawyers and judges our tax dollars support, and it's time we turned around and said, "fuck you." - Marc Emery launches his bid to legalize pot
This is an emergency; changes in media competition, technology and pornography have escalated the beauty myth to such a lethal rate that we can't trivialize the issues any more. - Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth
The real reasons people are upset is that there are same-sex scenes, and Madonna and the other women in the video are in control of their sexuality - and that really interrupts the status quo. - Sue Golding of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre on the banning of the Madonna video Justify My Love
Our songs are very emotional. They aren't tempered by sophistication or irony or sarcasm or any of these humour tools some really good songwriters are able to use. - Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers
Record companies are a lot like the Wizard Of Oz. From the outside, they look so impressive. But once you get inside, you realize it's all just some idiot standing behind a curtain pulling levers. Depending on which one he pulls, he can either help you or make you look like a fool. - Smashing Pumpkins megalomaniac Billy Corgan hates record label attention
"When he isn't fantasizing about sex, Anthony Kiedis gets all weepy and starts crooning like B.J. Thomas about how the city is his only friend and other sensitive things." - about the Red Hot Chili Peppers' less than spicy Blood Sugar Sex Magik
"Merrily stroking their uncircumcised guitars through a hard-rocking two-hours-plus set, they delivered the kind of show that makes them one of today's biggest bands." -about Metallica live
"For those wondering if there could be anything duller than watching a seated Shaun Ryder whine about his kinky afro and scoring dope to canned backing tracks in performance - how about a dodgy live recording of it made in a soccer stadium?" -about old-school Manchester kids the Happy Mondays
"The mealy meat patty has exuded ugly, purple foam - the sure sign of frozen meat that is grilled directly from the freezer. It eliminates the only decent escape one has, if one has for some reason been trapped in this mire. Down to the ice cream: how can anyone ruin store-bought ice cream? Ask Mr. Greenjeans." -about the gimmicky tourist trap Mr. Greenjeans
top 10 albums
3rd Bass Derelicts Of Dialect
Cannibal Corpse Butchered At Birth
De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead
Coil Love's secret Domain
Gang Starr Step In The Arena
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
R.E.M. Out Of Time
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
top 10 movies
Silence Of The Lambs
The Fisher King
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Boyz N The Hood
Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
Thelma & Louise
In this year
Police complaints commission criticizes Toronto police for using excessive force and denying access to legal counsel for 144 people arrested at the G7 Economic Summit in 1988.
Gulf War "One" explodes in the Middle East.
Tory Metro councillor Paul Christie introduces motion calling for the deportation without right of appeal of non-citizens convicted of a crime.
Contrast, Toronto's oldest black journal, folds after 22 years.
Psych professor Phillippe Rushton's theories on the racial superiority of whites unleashes daily protests at the University of Western Ontario where he teaches.
Pointing to slow promotions and racism, black Toronto police officers form their own group outside of police union.
Four white cops beat motorist Rodney King, sparking LA riots which leave 50 people dead.
Premier Bob Rae comes under the gun for dumping flamboyant MPP Peter Kormos from cabinet after he posed for the Sun's Sunshine Boy feature.
Rogers Cable pulls AIDS awareness show saying gay scenes of men kissing offend public taste.
Legendary nightclub Twilight Zone closes, marking downward spiral of warehouse-style clubs.
Yugoslavia breaks apart. Slobodan Milosevic initiates ethnic cleansing of Croatians until the UN intervenes.
Saudi PR gesture to pick up first day admission to the Ex - a "thank you" for our role in the Gulf War - angers local Arabs who say the money could have been better spent helping Iraqi victims of the war.
Summer pot shortage in Toronto - blamed on a shift from international to domestic supply - drives the price of weed to $500 an ounce.
Cold War ends as Soviet Union collapses. The Baltic states declare independence followed by Ukraine.
Biosphere 2 begins its first mission. It's a failure as crops die and oxygen has to be pumped in. Pauly Shore's Biodome also a failure.
The pre-Conrad Black Financial Post fires executive editor Steve Pretherbridge for running unflattering front-page story on declining financial fortunes of Canadian Airlines.
Prostitute rights group charges Toronto police are extorting sexual favours from sex workers.
RCMP decides not to charge Toronto police chief Bill McCormack for wearing Korean War medals he didn't deserve.