The summer of 1998 is the season of squeegee kids, and City Hall is not pleased. Toronto police start invoking the Highway Traffic Act to ticket the unemployed young folk, and civil libertarians are aghast. Clever OCAP gets waivers from those ticketed so org activists can show up on their behalf. NOW sends a reporter undercover with a squeegee and a bucket to tells readers what it's like living as a cop target. The stigma is so bad she can't get served at a restaurant.
Can my willy really bring down society as we know it? - David Drasic, a member of Totally Naked Men Enjoying Nudity (TNT Men), on how Pride Day marshals will be pointing out transgressors to police at the parade this year
Me? I don't have a clue what I'm doing. - Star squawk box Rosie DiManno on whether she'll join the newly launched National Post
This ain't no Lilith Fair bullshit. - Corey Parks, Nashville Pussy
My mind isn't capable of that kind of genius and sickness at the same time. - Isaac Hayes on Trey Parker and Matt Stone writing the songs for Chef in South Park
I don't think there are any real people behind Mel Lastman. If there are, it's his wife, Marilyn. - Jim Warren, mayor Mel's spokesperson
Listen up, people. No weapons allowed in the house. Please lock up your weapons in your cars. - Nation of Islam bodyguard at meeting for Louis Farrakhan at the CNE
"What makes Ken Starr such a terrorist threat is that he has invaded all our sexuality to serve his hate-filled obsession, to inspire a moral panic, using the issue of sex and work as the touchstones to unite the feminist-minded man-haters on the left and the woman- and sex-haters on the right." - about the "erotic evil" of the straitlaced son of a fire-and-brimstone-preaching fundamentalist
"The curse of this decade has been to make all subversion obvious. Obvious and boring. Tattoos are boring, piercing is boring, Farrakhan is boring, dykes are boring, fags are boring, breeders are boring and so is revolution. Revolution is past boring. People laugh at it." - about a boring decade, obviously
"Thousands of young women have found an object worthy of their knock-kneed affection who will never ask them for a blow job." - about the fans of Ani DiFranco
"Michael Moore dresses like an unmade bed." - about Michael Moore dressing like an unmade bed
Any show where the amount of cheering is determined by how much of the crack of his ass the performer reveals is arguably a show worth avoiding. - about Usher, opening for Janet Jackson at the Skydome
top 10 albums
Rufus Wainwright Rufus Wainwright
Hayden The Closer I Get
Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
Eleni Mandell Wishbone
Madonna Ray Of Light
Sloan Navy Blues
Hole Celebrity Skin
top 10 movies
Saving Private Ryan
Shakespeare In Love
The Sweet Hereafter
Gods And Monsters
in this year
Power is still out in large areas of Quebec and Ontario following a huge ice storm.
Toronto amalgamation becomes official. Mel Lastman is sworn in as mayor of the new megacity.
Cosmologists announce that the universe is expanding.
Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.
Reclaim the Streets demo coordinates with G8 meeting in Birmingham, England. Four participants are arrested and one spends four days in jail. All face charges of unlawful assembly.
Less than a month after an Ontario court rules that Friends of the Lubicon's boycott of Daishowa is legal, the company announces it won't purchase timber on Lubicon land until their land claim is settled.
Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty doesn't show up at Pride Day. NOW suspects it's because he's trying to win soft Tory votes.
TTC hires special constables to arrest people asking for spare change on TTC property.
Debate begins over a $21-million bridge to the Island Airport.
Canadian dollar drops to 64.02 cents U.S.
Cuba bans NOW news writer Enzo Di-Matteo, who was planning to cover the Cuba-Canada Meeting of Friendship and Solidarity in Havana. DiMatteo had written several stories critical of Castro's regime and was hoping to speak with local dissidents. He is the first journalist ever denied entry by the communist country.
Google search engine is founded.
The National Post begins publication, followed immediately by rumours of its demise.
Canada's gun registry comes into effect.