We don't want sex going on in parks and in the streets, so do we really want to be clamping down on this? - Councillor Kyle Rae on the police crackdown on sex rooms in downtown gay bars
It has never been Starbucks' intention to put anyone out of business. - Starbucks rep Jeanne McKay on the Dooney's takeover protest
He's got that wonderful flaw in a politician - he's modest. We have to beat that out of him. - Robert Nixon, former treasurer of Ontario, on Gerard Kennedy running for the leadership of the provincial Liberals.
This is the urban equivalent of clear-cutting. - preservationist John Martins-Manteiga on the art deco Woolworth building at 311 Bay scheduled to be flattened to make way for a Budget Rent a Car parking lot
Rapping is starting to hit a low point. The nine-six is going to be the year of the DJ. - Funkmaster Flex
Every so often I'll get a question like, "What was the last week of Kurt [Cobain]'s life like?" If I'd just met you and knew that your best friend had died, the last thing I'd do is ask you about it.? - Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter Dave Grohl
"Yeah, we have drug testing at NOW - if a job applicant's drugs are any good, we hire them.' - Michael Hollett editorializing on how drug testing is a lousy management practice on the occasion of Ontario Human Rights Commission ruling that Imperial Oil drug testing is a violation
"Fat, fortyish and farcical, the Sex Pistols are back to prove that reunions are best left to families." - about the Sex Pistols live
"Jennifer Tilly's image is one of spaciness, if not downright bimbosity." - about Jennifer Tilly
"Casino Rama looks like a warehouse with Woodlands-style native art on the outside. Other comparisons I hear are 'a Ford plant' and 'a really big Canadian Tire outlet." - about a casino that isn't in Vegas
"The forthcoming cover story obituaries and teary-eyed laments mourning the lost genius in Rolling Stone, Spin and other magazines that wouldn't give Shakur the time of day a few months ago will undoubtedly do just that." - about the death of thug-rap mouthpiece Tupac Shakur
Top 10 albums
Aphex Twin Richard D. James Album
A Tribe Called Quest Beats, Rhymes And Life
Belle And Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
DJ Shadow Entroducing
Manic Street Preachers Everything Must Go
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Murder Ballads
Hayden Everything I Long For
Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Top 10 movies
The English Patient
The Cable Guy
Secrets And Lies
When We Were Kings
Welcome To The Dollhouse
NOW was there
September 4, 1996, Earthroots begins a blockade of Rabbit Lake Road to protect old-growth forest at Owain Lake in Temagami. This is the latest in a series of anti-logging actions covered by NOW reporters avoiding arrest so stories can be filed. Twenty-two protestors are nabbed by police in the first two days, but 39 remain - some until late November. NOW runs a full-page "Red Alert" ad: "Thirty-nine people stand between chainsaws and one of Canada's last old-growth forests. It's time we all stand with them.'
in this year
The first Pokémon video game is released and a craze is born.
"Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is arrested at his Montana cabin.
NOW website launches.
The Guvernment opens.
Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal, is born.
The Ramones play their last show ever at Lollapalooza.
Osama bin Laden writes The Declaration Of Jihad On The Americans Occupying the Country Of The Two Sacred Places, his first open call for war.
A consortium of private-sector companies proposes to the metro Catholic school board to buy 18 of its schools and rent them back.
Tupac Shakur is shot following the Mike Tyson bout in Vegas and dies six days later, enflaming the East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry.
Seven anti-Mike Harris protestors who pour a blood-like substance on the steps of Queen's Park are acquitted of trespass charges.
Annex residents organize to save café Dooney's from a Starbucks takeover.
Days Of Action Against Mike Harris - one-day public service strike (TTC, postal service, schools) - and massive demo the next day (over 100,000 march up University to the legislature).
Environment Canada says allowing jets at the Toronto Island airport would cause more traffic and more pollution. The report comes just after city council votes down another proposal to let jets use the airport.
RIP: Clarke Rogers, artistic director, Theatre Passe Muraille.
Tories start to push megacity proposal to amalgamate six municipalities into one. It takes two years to happen.
Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey is found murdered in her family's basement in Boulder, Colorado.