Mel freezes over
Why did this have to happen when I became mayor? - Mel Lastman on the storm
It's a lesson on municipal arrogance. - Councillor Jack Layton on the storm
Taking the tally of Operation Preamble, aka Operation Enduring Humiliation:
14 days, 65 centimetres of snow, 100 PEI plow drivers, 400 Canadian Forces soldiers with shovels, APCs turned into ambulances, $70 million, and one big mouth equals humiliation from coast to coast
I don't give a fuck. - Councillor Kyle Rae responding to critics commenting on his attending the Leather Ball
Some people might consider me a mama's boy. But I asked my mom and she doesn't think so. - Nigel Lezama, one of the 50 per cent of 20-to-34-year-old males living at home
When you gamble against Mother Nature, you tend to lose. Councillor Joe Pantalone on city snow removal after the year's big storms
Hiphop purists can eat a dick. - Jay-Z
This is the kind of record you want to turn up full blast, put on those leotards, hip boots and your bathing cap and do the frog right there in the middle of your driveway. - Tom Waits on his Mule Variations album
I'm trying to die unashamed. - Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister's personal code for living
It was like a giant hemorrhoid. - Chantal Kreviazuk on the stress of anticipating her second album
I don't talk to NOW. You're not fair. - Mayor Mel Lastman outside an invite-only bash at the Courthouse nightclub
"Glamorama is serious literature as porn. It's gets you hard as it makes you think." - about Bret Easton Ellis's Glamorama
"Only in hiphop could a song called Baller Bitch be seen as role-model material. Normal folks would feel itchy just listening to it." - about Foxy Brown's Chyna Doll album
"The brothers Wachowski don't make movies to express some deep sentiment about the human condition. They make movies they want to see. And they want to see some cool shit." - about The Matrix
"Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. It's the closest thing to time travel we've got." - about Blondie, back and beautiful at Massey Hall
"The (one) good thing about Tom Waits only playing here every 12 years or so is that he can make you forget about most of the shows you've seen in the interim." - about Waits live at the Hummingbird Centre
"A juvenile version of Vanilla Ice without the fancy footwork." - about Eminem's Slim Shady LP
top 10 albums
Air Premiers Symptômes
Aphex Twin Window Licker
Beck Midnight Vultures
Sigur Ros Agætis Byrjun
Dr Dre 2001
Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Riot For new Zero Kanada
Jay Z Vol. 3: Life And Times Of S. Carter
Pavement - Terror Twilight
top 10 movies
Boys Don't Cry
Being John Malkovich
Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai
All About My Mother
In this year
Michael Jordan announces his second retirement from basketball.
The Leafs play their final game at Maple Leaf Gardens.
RIP: George Luscombe, founder of Toronto Workshop Productions.
Nunavut becomes the third territory.
Wayne Gretzky plays his final NHL game.
The Columbine High School massacre.
Ex-Menudo member Ricky Martin invades our ears with Livin' La Vida Loca, which becomes Billboard's top song.
Bill Clinton is acquitted of perjury and obstruction of justice. People still keep telling Lewinsky jokes.
Napster is released.
Mike Harris is re-elected with another majority victory.
In a continued attempt to shake bad reps and confuse voters the Reform Party becomes the Alliance.
John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash.
Woodstock 99. Unfortunate elements of the event include: mud fights, fires, assaults and Limp Bizkit.
To no one's surprise, Eaton's files for bankruptcy.
NOW cracks the story of the City's head bean counter, Wanda Liczyk, and her conflict of interest deal with Ron Summers and his software company.
NASA loses a Mars Climate Orbiter because scientists fail to convert imperial units to metric. We wonder how they'd survive on a trip to Canada.
Air Canada takes over Canadian Airlines.
RIP: Matt Cohen, author.
Y2K freak-out begins.