Mayor Mel gets stinking mad when, in the middle of a huge showdown over shipping T.O.'s garbage to Adams Mine in Kirkland Lake, we grab our fearless leader's garbage to see just how committed he is to recycling. Turns out, not very. Not only do we find plastics that could have been blue-binned, there's a ton of office papers and receipts all of which we itemize, of course.
It's $15. What's that? A couple of movies and a beer. - U of T professor Bob Rae, trying to get his less than enthused class to buy the course reader
I've been to Seaton House, I've been robbed, I've been stabbed, I've been beat. I've been to the Salvation Army and it's the same thing. - Roger Potts, resident at Toronto's Tent City at Cherry Street and Lakeshore, on why he chooses to live on the Home-Depot-owned lot
We're cracking down on these guys big time! - chair of the Toronto Board of Health John Filion about the rodent crackdown at restaurants
We plan to do exactly as we had planned regardless of the illegal occupation. - U of T president Robert Pritchard about Students Against Sweatshops' 10-day sit-in in his office, which he then had fumigated
Fuck you, the Pope and all the rest. - Imma Battaglia, president of the Mario Mieli Gay Centre, responds to the Church's treatment of gays around World Pride
I wish they would go after the criminals instead of peaceful, loving naked people. - Kyle Rae on a police raid on the Barn after members of gay nudie group Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity, wearing only shoes, stopped for some brews
I didn't see the justification. I find it problematic that everyone was treated as if they were doing violence. - MPP Gerard Kennedy, after cops lay a beat down on him and young people at a 1,500-strong anti-Harris protest at Queen's Park
The building's owner thinks we're all Satan-worshipping devils. - Sanctuary Vampire Sex Bar owner Lance Goth (Stephen Lee) lamenting the loss of his Queen and Claremont location to a Starbucks
We're Canadian. We don't believe in ass-kissing. - Kids in the Hall Dave Foley
Sentimentalism has completely been beaten out of me, by myself. - Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan discussing what he does best
?If Jill Scott?s sultry debut disc, Who Is Jill Scott?, doesn?t blow up within the closed-minded R&B world (and without even a hint of formulaic bump ?n? grind, don?t expect it to), it?s good to know she?s got something to fall back on. In fact, you almost get the impression that music is a distraction for the Philadelphia singer.? ? about Jill Scott
?In the world of teen-targeted rock, where proud virgin Britney Spears coos Hit Me Baby One More Time and the Backstreet Boys uncork cloudy carnal cravings from their fuzz-faced fans, Blink-182 are more about cock than coquettishness.? ? about Blink-182
?If maintaining a good-timey party vibe at the expense of gunplay and debasing slurs means they get called soft now and again, Jurassic 5 can live with that, even if Tupac Shakur couldn?t.? ? about Jurassic 5
?Rage Against the Machine are a bunch of hippies.?
Top 10 albums
Sarah Harmer You Were Here
Radiohead Kid A
Johnny Cash American III: Solitary Man
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Erykah Badu Mama's Gun
Omara Portuondo Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo
New Pornographers Mass Romantic
Jurassic 5 Quality Control
Sigur Rós Agaetis Byrjun
Top 10 movies
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Requiem For A Dream
In The Mood For Love
You Can Count On Me
in this year
World does not explode, implode, vaporize or see a rapture after Y2K.
RIP: Colin Vaughan, city councillor and TV journalist.
The last original Peanuts comic is published following the death of creator Charles Schulz.
Artists and deep-pocketed corporations get ready to decorate and place 150 to 200 moose on the streets after picking up the idea from Chicago?s 1999 Cows On Parade project
Jerry Falwell calls Bill C-23, which would legalize gay marriage in Canada, the source of the ?destruction? of Canada and the end of the family.
The international custody battle over who will raise Cuban boy Elián Gonzáles gets serious airplay after federal agents seize him in a raid on a relative?s home in Florida.
Slot machines open at Woodbine Racetrack.
Starbucks starts offering fair trade coffee.
Governor general Adrienne Clarkson gives NATO General Wesley Clark (who oversaw bombing of former Yugoslavia the spring before) Canada?s Meritorious Service Cross.
OCAP worker John Clarke arrested for instigating the riot at Queen?s Park.
NOW reports Canada?s Communist party raises money for FARC, a group known to have committed human rights violations in Colombia.
Tamil Tigers, many of whose expat members live in Canada, are put under the microscope for funnelling funds to the civil war in Sri Lanka.
Conrad Black?s Hollinger sells its papers to CanWest for $3.5 billion.
An Air France Concorde crashes shortly after takeoff, killing all aboard. Within three years all Concordes will be retired.
Jean Chretien gets cream pied in PEI.
RIP: Joe Flexer, activist.
Russian sub Kursk sinks in the Barents Sea, killing all 118 seamen.
RIP: Carole Corbeil, author.
RIP: Libby Scheier, poet.
Tooker Gomberg takes on Mel Lastman for mayor. Lastman wins.
RIP: Carol Bolt, playwright.
Al Gore wins the popular vote but loses with the Electoral College.
Nader plays spoiler, taking 97,000 Florida votes that would have saved everyone that whole hanging chad business
RIP: Debra Plotkin, founder of T.O.?s Jewish Film Festival.
Naked News begins broadcasting from Toronto.
The U.S. Supreme Court stops recounts in Florida, giving the presidency to George W. Bush.
Seven cops file a $3.5 million lawsuit against Councillor Kyle Rae after the ?panty raids? on Pussy Palace. A police observer calls the suit a threat to local democracy.